Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions and the city of Abbotsford partner to enhance Internet-based city services


HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 26, 2002 – The city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, is taking steps to substantially enhance city services on the Internet with a partnership with Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions.

Using Intergraph’s GeoMedia® WebMap technology, the city has created an immense database of geographic information that is available to City of Abbotsford citizens and customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day over the Internet.

The city’s Mayor, George Ferguson, and Jim Wickson, vice president of Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions for North America, announced the partnership at a recent meeting with City of Abbotsford officials.

Mayor Ferguson stated, “The Abbotsford e-government strategy will alter the way we deliver city services in the future. Our e-government goals are clear: create a user-friendly, interactive Web site; use -edge service, business, and technology applications; provide enhanced city services for citizens and customers; and position Abbotsford as an attractive, high-quality place to live and do business. Clearly, our partnership with Intergraph and the implementation of their Web mapping technology will help us achieve these goals.”

“We applaud the city of Abbotsford for their vision and commitment to improving customer service and the quality of life for citizens,” said Jim Wickson, vice president of Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions for North America. “Web mapping technology such as GeoMedia WebMap is modernizing methods for city government to communicate and share critical data with employees, customers, and citizens. We look forward to continuing this partnership in support of the city’s e-government initiative.”

City staff worked closely with Intergraph to customize an attractive, easy-to-use mapping interface for the city’s Web site. Using a Web browser, customers can read or download mapping information about specific properties or areas of the city.

Features important to the development of industry, such as land use and zoning, city utility services, contours, and aerial photos, will also be available. Local citizens can benefit from the new Web site with access to basic parcel information such as street addresses, plan numbers, and zoning. They will also be able to search for the location of parks, schools, and facilities.

To access areas of the city’s Web site containing personal or user-specific information, such as homeowners or tax information, a citizen must be registered with the city of Abbotsford.

“The development of our Web mapping product was approached with the end user in mind,” said Vic Morcom, manager of Abbotsford Information Services. “Initial feedback from industry focus groups indicates that electronic access to key city information will save our customers time and money, and reduce the demands on our staff. We foresee customer service and staff productivity substantially improving as a result.” Abbotsford’s online services can be viewed at www.city.abbotsford.bc.ca.

City of Abbotsford

The city of Abbotsford, situated in one of the most productive agricultural areas in Canada, serves as a regional hub for the thriving Fraser Valley population. While enjoying both an appealing rural quality of life and a vibrant business community, Abbotsford experiences tremendous growth, due in part to its proximity to Greater Vancouver, a one-hour drive from the downtown core. Thriving sports programs and major summer festivals reflect the area’s agricultural heritage, and the highly acclaimed Abbotsford International Airshow draws thousands of visitors to the city each August.

Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions

Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions brings together geospatial and information technology to help customers achieve their business goals. A technology innovator with more than 30 years of market leadership, Intergraph serves government agencies and commercial enterprises worldwide with end-to-end geospatial solutions for cartography and map production and enterprisewide mapping and GIS. The company provides superior customer support and services ranging from project implementation to production.

Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions is a division of Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR), Huntsville, Ala., and does business in more than 60 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and global distributor and partner network. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com/imgs.


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