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Centro/West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority selects Cadcorp SIS as its new corporate GIS

Stevenage, Herts, UK. 13 March, 2008. Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer, Cadcorp, has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Centro/West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority (WMPTA) for the supply and installation of Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System and Cadcorp GeognoSIS software to provide Centro with a web mapping facility.

Cadcorp SIS desktop software will be used by Centro’s GIS development team to develop a range of end-user applications, while GeognoSIS will be used to develop and power a web-based corporate GIS. This will make information from the new applications, as well as spatial information from the organisation’s existing, disparate GIS facilities, available to everyone via the corporate intranet.

Centro’s remit is to develop a public transport system for the West Midlands, on behalf of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, that will encourage motorists to use it in preference to their cars. To support its work, the organisation had invested in a number of GIS from other vendors over the years. However, these GIS had been developed in isolation from each other to meet specific, individual needs.

The new Cadcorp SIS-based corporate GIS will serve to consolidate the information from these previous systems; to ensure that data regarding public transport is accurate; and to make spatial information readily available throughout the organisation in order to help it in its planning activities and to be more responsive to queries.

Among the reasons cited by Centro for its selection of Cadcorp SIS and GeognoSIS were the software’s ability, as standard and at no additional cost, to read and display and/or write to over 160 GIS, CAD, graphic and database formats on the fly, plus its ease of use and its value-for-money.