GIStec GmbH (Darmstadt, Germany) and IntelliWhere(TM), a division of Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions, have announced a cooperative partnership to address new opportunities in the European location-based services (LBS) market. The companies will develop innovative applications for both consumer and business in the areas of information services, mobile workforce management, tracking services, and emergency services.
IntelliWhere will support the partnership using IntelliWhere LocationServer as the server-side software platform. It delivers location-based maps and text results in open Extensible Markup Language (XML) and industry-standard formats. Because IntelliWhere LocationServer is device and data independent, it is a flexible LBS solution for fast and easy data transfer.
GIStec, a Team GeoMedia Registered Solutions Provider, is establishing an infrastructure with several host servers and will act as a service provider to customers who want to offer mobile information services, especially in the event sector. For example, sponsors of large public events such as festivals and music concerts can provide key information to attendees about entertainment timetables, routing and parking, information and merchandise kiosks, and so forth.
IntelliWhere and GIStec currently have under development a city information system for Darmstadt. The system provides online and mobile access to key business and cultural information, including business hours of city facilities and authorities, doctors, restaurants, and area shopping centers. Timetables of public transport systems and theater and cinema programs are also available, providing a broad range of information to citizens and visitors.
The system also demonstrates the capability to deliver “in-house” information on mobile devices. For example, when entering large buildings such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research, where GIStec is located, finding departments and offices may not be easy. The city information system provides routing information to make destinations within a building easier to locate.
Overall, the city information system helps ensure a uniform method for delivering information to Darmstadt city employees and citizens and will serve as the basis for further developments such as emergency operations support.