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South Carolina telecom firm implements MapObjects Software-Based GIS

Comporium Communications of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has implemented an ESRI MapObjects software-based geographic information system (GIS) for managing its cable network. The company is also implementing an enterprise deployment based on ArcSDE. Comporium is a group of affiliated companies providing residents of the north-central South Carolina counties of Lancaster and York with communication services including local telephone, long distance, wireless, cable TV, and Internet connection. Just over the border from fast-growing Charlotte, North Carolina, the area is becoming less rural and more suburban.
The company currently has 70 users working with a data viewer based on MapObjects. ArcInfo 8 is used for data generation and management. One of the most important uses of the MapObjects application is to locate cable in the field. A technician will routinely download the most up-to-date data and take a laptop out to the field. With its data converted to shapefile format, Comporium is ready to further enhance its system functionality throughout 2003. The conversion to an enterprise system using ArcGIS is already in the works. The company is currently building a geodatabase, with plans to initially convert data maintenance users to the ArcSDE and ArcInfo Desktop before the end of the year. Shortly after, a new version of their MapObjects software-based viewer will be developed to connect to the geodatabase.