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New Brunswick, Canada, 9 August 2006: CARIS – headquartered in New Brunswick, Canada, developer of geomatics software designed specifically for hydrographic and marine industries – has announced that the Oceanographic Institute of the Navy of Ecuador (INOCAR) has selected CARIS Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) in order to move to database-driven hydrographic production system.

Dr. Salem Masry, CARIS President and CEO said, “Educator represents the 18th nation to have adopted HPD in their hydrographic production workflow.” INOCAR has selected a full implementation of HPD, which will include HPD Server, Source Editor, S-57 ENC Editor and Paper Chart Editor.

The INOCAR implementation will be a phased-in approach, beginning with the production of S-57 ENC then moving to Paper Charts. They intend to be in full-scale production by the end of 2006.

Using HPD, data is stored in a common database and shared by products, providing a higher degree of consistency between product types (e.g. ENC and Paper Chart). It also removes duplication of work and lowers maintenance costs. Updates to data can be done once and included into the appropriate products. New products can be introduced, such as AMLs, sharing the same common data. Status of updates can be tracked from source to product and history of changes recorded allowing better management of liabilities.