ESRI, Telvent and Miner & Miner to integrate products

Telvent GIT, Miner & Miner and ESRI are moving forward to build an integrated product suite that will enable energy utilities and other enterprises to make better strategic use of realtime and spatial information. Using the framework of the ArcFM Solution based on the core technology of ESRI's ArcGIS and Telvent's OASyS DNA product suite, plans for a complete integrated product line are well under way...

REDLANDS, CA, MADRID, Spain, & FORT COLLINS, CO, March 8, 2005 -- Telvent GIT, Miner & Miner (M&M), and ESRI are moving forward to build an integrated product suite that will enable energy utilities and other enterprises to make better strategic use of realtime and spatial information. Using the framework of the ArcFMTM Solution based on the core technology of ESRI's ArcGIS® and Telvent's OASyS DNA product suite, plans for a complete integrated product line are well under way.

Telvent has recently acquired a majority stake in M&M to strengthen its position as a Global RealTime IT company. The Telvent investment in M&M will allow the ArcFM Solution to expand and add spatially-integrated network and asset data to the realtime environment. The integrated backbone of realtime, spatial, and other operational applications will allow users and clients to improve the strategic use of all data, enabling integration of the enterprise from the field to the boardroom.

"The concept of taking realtime data and integrating it with spatial and other operational data isn't new," said Jeff Meyers, president of M&M. "This strategy is not just about products, but also about the integration frameworks and skill sets to bring the solution to life, either in total, or in part. Most utilities today have some or even all of the components of an integrated enterprise, so we can't base our success on providing every aspect of the solution. Instead, we have to implement a framework that allows for use of ArcFM and OASyS DNA components, along with applications from other vendors."

Initial development includes integrating M&M's Responder OMS product with Telvent's flagship OASyS DNA SCADA platform. Integration with other spatial applications will follow, along with development to support the energy, traffic, transportation and environment industries.

Manuel Sánchez, CEO of Telvent, is optimistic about the value of the integrated solution. "We see utilities and other enterprises as being able to benefit from the marriage of our respective technologies and the application of our joint skills," he said. "We have worked hard to maximize the potential of the open realtime design of OASyS, and now through reinforcing our partnership with ArcGIS and ArcFM, we will be able to leverage that open systems architecture to the benefit of the entire market."

"What is interesting about this partnership is the potential benefit to utility companies and their customers," said Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI. "Here you have a combination of a core GIS technology leader, and focused solution leader, and a strong international realtime IT leader, all committed to serving the market in an integrated way. Eventually, the enterprise and the consumers that they serve will reap the benefits."

Miner & Miner (www.miner.com), a Telvent company, is a world leader in development and implementation of GIS software for utilities. M&M's ArcFM Solution and extended services assist electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities in increasing productivity, lowering costs, and improving services by allowing them to effectively manage spatial information. Founded in 1946 as a full-service electrical engineering firm, M&M has been a business partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled M&M to become the key developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry. M&M services include implementation and customization of software to fit the needs of individual utilities.

For over 30 years, ESRI (www.esri.com) has been a leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. It also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. In addition to its headquarters in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,400 business partners. ESRI's goal is to provide users with comprehensive tools to help them quickly and efficiently manage and use geographic information to make a real difference in the world around them.

Telvent (www.telvent.com), a global real-time information technology company, specializes in high value-added solutions for four specific industrial sectors (Energy, Traffic, Transport and Environment) in Europe, North America, Latin America and China.

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