Miner & Miner to embed Tadpole-Cartesia’s synchronization technology into two of its products

Carlsbad, Calif. and Fort Collins, Colo., March 19, 2002 — Mobile GIS leader Tadpole-Cartesia, a software subsidiary of mobile computing and network infrastructure group Tadpole Technology plc, and Miner & Miner, a developer and implementer of ESRI technology for utilities, on Tuesday jointly announced a strategic business and technology alliance.

The alliance harnesses the technologies of each company with Tadpole’s ESRI-based mobile data and secure web collaboration technologies being integrated into MINER & MINER products in the form of modules that can be easily added into deployed solutions. The modules will seamlessly and securely extend a utility’s data and its data models and applications to the field, and also enhance the database access and synchronization between servers and remote or disconnected mobile users.

With the new solutions, utilities will be better armed to achieve further gains in field workforce productivity and deliver improved customer service within and beyond MINER & MINER’s customer base of electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities. The bolt-on mobile solutions will also help MINER & MINER’s customers to maximize their investments in GIS technology.

Under the terms of the alliance, MINER & MINER will embed Tadpole-Cartesia’s ESRI-based mobile synchronization technology into its flagship products, ArcFM and Designer. ArcFM is a powerful collection of tools for managing, modeling, and editing facility and landbase data in an enterprise system. ArcFM comes with complete data architecture for defining feature behavior through one common, customizable methodology for the data model, data control, and interface. Designer provides an integrated environment for preparing construction work sketches, job cost estimates, and an automated means to update the baseline corporate GIS database. Designer supplies the design engineering functions and compatible unit data structures by interfacing with a work management/ERP system. It includes a variety of functions to optimize design including engineering calculations and automated layouts.

Also being embedded into MINER & MINER’s next generation ArcFM and Designer products is Magi, the award-winning secure web collaboration technology from another of Tadpole’s software companies, peer-to-peer leader Endeavors Technology, Inc. Magi overcomes utilities’ concerns of unmanaged and insecure flow of critical information across their networks. Using Magi, mobile workforces can securely access, share and interact upon business-centic information from any location, using any device as a full “peer” on any communications network.

By embedding Tadpole’s data flow and Magi technologies into MINER & MINER’s modules, utilities will be able to securely synchronize the bi-directional flow of information between multiple SDE servers and personal Geodatabases for the first time. The integration will be seamless and intuitive to the user, and will include an extensive set of tools to manage and administer data transactions. The key benefits of MINER & MINER’s new add-on modules are twofold-network scalability, and security of bi-directional information flowing between corporate databases and devices throughout the utility.

“The integration of MINER & MINER’s and Tadpole’s market technologies made perfect business logic,” said Noam Arbel, director of software architecture at Miner & Miner. “The strategic alliance further enhances our competitive edge and allows MINER & MINER to pass the benefits of enterprise mobile and distributed solutions to its global customer base.”

Mark Ketteman, Tadpole-Cartesia’s general manager, adds: “Clearly, Tadpole-Cartesia is delighted to enter into this business alliance with such an established utility vendor as Miner & Miner and bring the full advantages of ESRI technology into the widespread field applications of its customers.”

About Miner & Miner
Miner & Miner is a developer of geographic information system (GIS) software for utilities. MINER & MINER products and 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, MINER & MINER has been an equity partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled MINER & MINER to become the world’s developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry. MINER & MINER services include implementation and customization of software to fit the needs of individual utilities. For more information, please visit www.miner.com.

About ESRI
For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,200 business partners. ESRI’s goal is to provide users with comprehensive tools to help them quickly and efficiently manage and use geographic information to make a real difference in the world around them. ESRI can be found on the Web at www.esri.com.

About Tadpole-Cartesia
Tadpole-Cartesia, a software business unit of Tadpole Technology plc (www.tadpole.com), deploys 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. Further information on Tadpole’s businesses on 760-929-0992, +44 (0)1223 428200 (UK), or by email sales@tadpole.com.


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