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Laser-Scan, Radius Topology and Oracle10g 09.24.2003

September 24, 2003
Users will be able to take advantage of the topology storage feature in Oracle10g.

Laser-Scan is pleased to announce the development of Radius Topology for Oracle 10g which will enable users to take advantage of the topology storage feature in Oracle10g.

Laser-Scan's Radius Topology is a dynamic topology management layer stored in the Oracle9i database, creating a server-side topological solution for handling the structure of spatial information. This means that Radius Topology acts as a "gatekeeper", only allowing clean, accurate data into the database. Inconsistent data is automatically corrected, within the bounds of user-defined rules.

Laser-Scan was invited to take part in the Oracle10g beta programme from the design stage. The current testing has led to the design of Radius Topology for Oracle10g. This gatekeeper will create and maintain data within the Oracle10g topology storage model. This design will be tested shortly in Oracle's New England Development Center and a prototype solution will be built.

Topology creates gold standard data which allows spatial information to play a full role in standard IT infrastructure. It has allowed Laser-Scan customers to re-engineer key corporate geographic datasets, such as the Basic Land and Property Unit (BLPU) to meet the UK government's 2005 e-objectives. It will also make a strong contribution to supporting "joined up government" by improving the quality of key data used as a basis for information sharing.

Laser-Scan customers have reported factor of 4 cost savings in data improvement projects. Time savings of several orders of magnitude have also been reported.

Steven Ramage, Laser-Scan's Oracle Programme Director said:

"Laser-Scan is the recognised leader in the delivery of robust solutions for topology management in the Oracle9i database. We have gained significant benefits from working closely with Oracle in the last 24 months. Our involvement from the early days in the Oracle10g beta programme positioned us well to deliver our topology application to meet customer demand. The additional spatial functions such as geocoders and the routing engine will open greater market opportunities to partners delivering components which operate within an IT infrastructure, as opposed to a specialist spatial market".

According to major players in the Oracle spatial environment, Oracle Spatial customers upgrade faster than any other market segment. The Radius Topology for Oracle10g development provides the upgrade path for Laser-Scan customers from their Oracle9i installations.

Source: Laser-Scan, Sept. 24, 2003