ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, and Condat AG, the m-business company, have announced an integrated technology alliance. Condat will integrate its wireless middleware product, Skyware®, into ESRI’s Geography Network for delivering device-aware GIS data and software components over the Internet.
ESRI’s Geography Network enables service providers to make GIS data and software components available as Web services over the Internet to customers for using in ESRI products, custom solutions, and wireless clients. Condat’s Skyware extends this capability by putting GIS directly into the hands of mobile device users, regardless of where the user is or what device they are using. Skyware’ technology provides dynamic, device-optimized content in such a generic way, that map-services can become available to mobile devices without any action required by the content provider.
“Through Condat’s Skyware integration within the Geography Network, existing partners and consumers will be able to access GIS content with their mobile devices, from a smartphone, wireless PDA, or a laptop, whenever they want and from wherever they are,” says Dimitrios Karadimas, strategic portfolio manager and marketing director, Condat AG. “Skyware will dynamically optimize the content to match their device capabilities-display size, menu structure, navigation, color depth, resolution, layout, available memory, and so on. In addition, content providers on the Geography Network will be able to provide their data and services to mobile users without any modifications to the content itself.”
As part of the technology integration between ESRI’s Geography Network and Condat’s Skyware, GIS content providers on the Geography Network can expand their portfolio by including the mobile device as an additional delivery channel. Application service provider models and custom solutions (i.e., location-based services, or LBS) are supported.
ESRI and Condat are partners in offering mobile GIS-based applications to several high-growth markets. High performance standards are attained by combining the m-business and middleware platform from Condat with ArcIMS, ESRI’s powerful Internet-based GIS solution. High-quality, secure GIS applications are thus available to any mobile handset, offering maximum efficiency at minimum cost.