MapInfo and Oracle team up to offer GIS products via an Internet database

MapInfo and Oracle team up to offer GIS products via an Internet database

A corporate partnership promises to provide enterprisewide access to spatial data via the Web through geographic information system products that work with a relational Internet database.

MapInfo Corp. of Troy, N.Y., has integrated several GIS products with Oracle Corp.'s Oracle8i Internet database and Oracle Spatial geographic data management tool.

'We have taken historically GIS proprietary systems where data is stored separately from corporate or enterprise data and given them a way to integrate the data across the enterprise,' said Brian Lantz, MapInfo public-sector sales director.

The integrated MapInfo products are MapXtreme Web mapping server, MapInfo Professional GIS, MapMarker geocoding server and Java bean, MapX OLE control and MapInfo EasyLoader loading tool for demographic and mapping data.

The technology is intended to boost electronic commerce by making spatial data accessible via Web browsers to PCs that are less expensive and simpler than typical GIS workstations, Lantz said.

Users also would need minimal training to access the information, and a system would require much less maintenance because it would run simply from an application server and the centralized database'no middleware would be involved, he said.

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