City of Burbank extends its geospatial network with ESRI-based mapping software

Tadpole-Cartesia Inc. announced a contract win for its ESRI-based GO!Sync mapping software from "the media city". The software is now being deployed by the Electric Division of the City of Burbank's Water and Power utility.


Carlsbad, Calif., April 23, 2003 -- Tadpole-Cartesia Inc. announced a contract win for its ESRI-based GO!Sync mapping software from "the media city". The software is now being deployed by the Electric Division of the City of Burbank's Water and Power utility.

Burbank is deploying Tadpole-Cartesia's unique software to secure data reception and transmission across its network, and to ensure that mobile work teams are provided accurate, up-to-date geospatial information in the field.

Tadpole-Cartesia's Go!Sync synchronization software is built around ESRI's ArcObjects product. It is used to securely and reliably synchronize the incremental changes tracked in ArcSDE 8.3 with personal geodatabases used in the field. Burbank uses Tablet PC hardware and the GO!Sync software to keep field data sets current on a daily basis utilizing a background process that takes advantage of Burbank's wireless LAN.

Larry Wilke of Burbank Water and Power's Electrical Engineering Department, comments: "From my perspective, Tadpole-Cartesia's GO!Sync technology is the definitive answer to deliver timely and accurate mapping updates to the field. It brings security and simplicity to our operations while extending Burbank's investments in existing ESRI data and applications."

In Burbank Water and Power's present production mode, many features are being updated on a daily basis. Their implementation of GO!Sync along with the digital ink layer inherent to the Tablet PC's operating system and available for use in ESRI's ArcMap (http://www.esri.com/partners/alliances/microsoft/tabletarcgis.html) has made the solution a field QA/QC tool as well.

Jason Linley, director of Tadpole-Cartesia's North American operations, adds: "GO!Sync software singularly enables municipals and utilities to securely extend enterprise GIS to the occasionally-connected mobile field force. It also provides all involved in the operations with the best disconnected set of tools to get the job done in the shortest frame of time"

About the City of Burbank

Burbank Water and Power (formed in 1913) is a community-owned utility that provides water, electric and fiber optic services. It currently serves approximately 52,000 electric meters within the city limit. BWP's electric system has over 398 miles of transmission and distribution lines across more than 15,000 poles and manholes. Burbank is located 12 miles North of the downtown area of Los Angeles. Burbank's population is just over 100,000 and is home to NBC, Disney, ABC, Warner Bros. and many other media companies. For more information on Burbank Water and Power, please visit: http://www.burbankwaterandpower.com

About ESRI

For more than 30 years, ESRI has been a developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,200 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. ESRI can be found on the Web at http://www.esri.com

About Tadpole-Cartesia

Tadpole-Cartesia, a software business unit of Tadpole Technology plc (www.tadpole.com), is a provider in the deployment of enterprise-class mobile information systems in the world's utilities, telecommunications and public service industries, and is the premier field solutions provider for ESRI-based technology. In addition to ESRI-based solutions, the company offers a unique range of mobile business solutions known under the Conic brand that support both Windows and Java platforms and open new vistas for better management and productivity of field workers, improve customer service, reduce operational costs, and enable user industries to fully capitalize their investments in corporate GIS and CAD data.

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