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Laser-Scan fights poverty by improving water access

Laser-Scan and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has announced they are partnering to leverage an Oracle Database 10g spatial, temporal data warehouse that will support scientific research on how to improve water access in water deficient countries. Today, more than 40% of the total global population lives in countries classified as “water-deficient”. Water is a strategic resource, central to social, economic and environmental sustainability. Improving access to safe and affordable water is a high priority for the world community. For a very large share of the rural poor, access to water is a key constraint for their livelihoods. Improved access to water is often crucial in their struggle to escape from poverty.

Laser-Scan’s Radius Topology will be used to optimise all scientific queries applied against the planned six terabytes of spatial data implemented within an Oracle Spatial 10g database system. Radius Topology will also help by maintaining and enforcing topological constraints. As a substantial amount of mapping data available for developing countries has not gone through standardised quality controls, topological integrity is of critical importance. Oracle 10g Spatial support and development engineers have been advising IWMI during the design, testing and proving trials of the multi-terabyte central spatial warehouse that will be used to manage, analyse and model critical information related to water usage and availability. The scientists of IWMI and Oracle’s partner Laser-Scan are using Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition and Oracle Spatial 10g as the platform infrastructure to improve access to water in developing nations. The Oracle platform provides a robust, scalable, secure environment with the spatial data management features IWMI requires.

Laser-Scan’s Radius Topology is a dynamic topology management layer that was initially delivered on the Oracle9i platform. It acts as a ‘gatekeeper’, only allowing clean, accurate data into the database. Inconsistent data is automatically corrected, within the bounds of user-defined rules and without any significant disruption to the existing IT workflows. Radius Topology is now also available on Oracle Database 10g as a unique solution for Oracle Locator. It can also be utilised as an application to maintain topology in conjunction with the topology storage mechanism offered through Oracle 10g Spatial.