Vexcel Corporation has partnered with ESRI to develop a web-based GIS system for a manufacturer of wireless network equipment. The system, VexLinkTM, evaluates whether unobstructed line-of-sight relationships exist between designated geographic locations – clearance that is required for setting up high-speed, wireless data links. The VexLink system utilizes Vexcel’s geographical database, which includes 3D models of buildings, trees and terrain. A customized version of ESRI’s software products power VexLink’s capability of connecting to the database.
VexLink turns labor-intensive, time-consuming, manual methods of assessing point-to-point clearance into an affordable and expeditious task. Users are not required to purchase extensive geographic databases of all areas of potential interest, but instead gain access to geographic information from the database on a pay-per-use basis. Since VexLink doesn’t require a high-speed Internet connection and is available 24/7, users have the flexibility of place and time to access the database and determine line-of-sight clearance.