Automated updated data goes to the field at Alliant Energy


Carlsbad, Calif., Fort Collins, Colo., and Edinburgh, October 15, 2002 — Tadpole-Cartesia and Miner & Miner jointly announced the successful trials of their combined technologies at Alliant Energy to automate the transmission of geospatial maintenance and revision data to field crews.

This project is the first to be completed by Miner & Miner and Tadpole-Cartesia with a major utility since announcing a strategic alliance and technology partnership earlier this year.

Its success now paves the way for Alliant to extend its rollout of the ArcFM Solution to include mobile and disconnected field units, using Tadpole’s bolt-on GeoSync data synchronization modules.

“Mobile GIS has been one of Alliant Energy’s most successful uses of GIS technology, making a frontline impact on operations. But it was a solution with a problem … the lack of an automation tool to provide revisions to the field crews,” says Ted Wadzinski, Alliant Energy’s Team Leader, GIS Systems and Services.

“In the past, we sent out CD’s containing a complete data set with each update. In addition, there was no capability of receiving updates from the field units.”

Wadzinski continues: “We’ve now completed a proof-of-concept of Tadpole’s GeoSync software. Its ability to incrementally synchronize data in small packets of changes could allow Alliant to provide updates over the WAN and eliminate the process of burning CD’s. In addition, we envision the capability of receiving updates back from the field crews. Tadpole’s GeoSync software can dramatically improve our mobile GIS program by improving the currency of our data and allowing field users to make updates in the field and feeding them back to the central database.”

Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) is an energy-service provider with growing domestic and international operations. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, it provides electric, natural gas, water and steam services to nearly three million customers worldwide.

With total assets in excess of $6.2 billion, operating revenues of $2.7 billion, Alliant Energy’s Midwest operations covers 54,000 square miles, and includes 43,000 miles of electric distribution and 9,700 miles of electric transmission lines and 8,800 miles of natural gas main.

Miner & Miner is a specialist in the development and implementation of geographic information system (GIS) software for utilities. M&M’s ArcFM Solution and extended services assist electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities in increasing productivity, lowering costs, and improving services by allowing them to effectively manage spatial information.

Founded in 1946 as a full-service electrical engineering firm, M&M has been a business partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled M&M to become a major developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry. M&M services include implementation and customization of software to fit the needs of individual utilities. For more information, please visit www.miner.com.

Tadpole-Cartesia, a software business unit of Tadpole Technology plc (www.tadpole.com), is a specialist in the deployment of enterprise-class mobile information systems in the world’s utilities, telecommunications and public service industries, and is the premier field solutions provider for ESRI-based technology.

In addition to ESRI-based solutions, the company offers a unique range of mobile business solutions known under the Conic brand that support both Windows and Java platforms and open new vistas for better management and productivity of field workers, improve customer service, reduce operational costs, and enable user industries to fully capitalize their investments in corporate GIS and CAD data.


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