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Leipzig of East Germany prepares to integrate SICAD and ESRI Internet technology

The city of Leipzig is expanding its spatial information system (SIS) with planning data, environmental data and statistical data. This major East German city is integrating the ArcIMS Internet platform from ESRI into its cross-office SICAD solution.
The databases set up in shape format in the departments for the environment, planning and statistics will also be available via the communal intranet and can be used in combination with SICAD data. The municipal surveying office as the operator of the SIS applied for a licence for ArcIMS and integration services from SICAD GEOMATICS in December 2002. Leipzig is integrating the SICAD Internet Map Service (SICAD-IMS) and ArcIMS from ESRI on the basis of the Web Mapping Specification (WMS) of the OpenGIS Consortium (OGC). The SICAD client is responsible for presenting the two map services, SICAD-IMS and ArcIMS, on the intranet. The solution takes the existing system landscape and the user’s existing data structures and develops them into optimized information processes. The GIS strategy of the local authority does not involve migration of the existing databases under SICAD/open and ArcInfo and is therefore an excellent example of how to operate in a heterogeneous environment. SICAD GEOMATICS is responsible for integrating the system and data worlds and for installing and configuring ArcIMS in the Leipzig city administration. The project illustrates how users can profit now from the joint expertise of SICAD GEOMATICS and ESRI and their close cooperation.