Truckee Donner- Winner of the 2007 GITA Award

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO, CANADA and SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - March 26, 2007 - Truckee Donner Public Utility District, California was awarded the GITA “Excellence in GIS for Enterprise Electric Utility” award for their outstanding geospatial technology applications. The 2007 Excellence Award was presented during the opening session of GITA's 29th Annual Conference, held on March 4, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. This award recognizes accomplishments of organizations that serve as examples of quality service through the success of their geospatial projects. GITA (Geospatial Information & Technology Association) is a non-profit educational association serving the global geospatial community.

Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD), located in Northern California, USA, is a North American leader in utility oriented GIS implementations. The TDPUD offers electric and water service in the Truckee area and is a non-profit, publicly owned utility governed by officials elected by registered voters of the District. Truckee Donner had demonstrated high degree of initiative and innovation in implementing multifaceted geospatial systems that incorporate multiple applications by using ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite and Orion’s OnPoint software for Web-GIS applications.

TDPUD’s intranet site, powered by OnPoint™ Web-GIS provides an integrated, single point of access to the organization’s spatial and non-spatial data using the combined power of OnPoint™ and ESRI’s ArcIMS. Employees can find relevant street or customer information quickly, generate a customized map, and incorporate the map into a report. Site administrators can easily update ArcSDE database and manage the data as required. Other benefits have included quick implementation time, simple yet powerful web-based administration and application development, multi-level joining across multiple data sources and real time data sharing between field, office and dispatch personnel.

Shafik Jiwani, Chief Operating Officer of Orion Technology Inc. commented: “Geospatial data managers are faced with stiff challenges and competing goals that can seem very difficult to overcome. On one hand, they are charged with boosting reliability and delivery of services, and on the other, they must effectively reduce the long-term cost of the infrastructure. TDPUD has used GIS and OnPoint very innovatively to address such issues and I am very happy to see that GITA also has recognized the outstanding achievements of TDPUD in the GeoSpatial domain. TDPUD has developed very innovative applications using our OnPoint software and made us very proud of their achievements."

“I would like to personally thank Orion and their staff for their part in creating a premium enterprise GIS at Truckee Donner. We are honoured to receive the 2007 award for “Excellence in GIS for Enterprise Electric Utility” category by GITA. This is a very prestigious international award, and for a small utility like Truckee to receive such as award is a momentous achievement. This achievement was possible due to the great products Orion has created, delivered and supported’’, commented Ian Fitzgerald, GIS Coordinator at Truckee Donner Public Utility District.

ESRI frequently promotes TDPUD as a model GIS user, and the TDPUD GIS solutions are the subject of multiple awards, including a 2004 ESRI Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award, and 2005 NRECA Most Innovative Technology Award. GITA is the latest addition to the list of prestigious awards won by TDPUD.

About Orion Technology Inc.

Orion Technology Inc., based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, is a product development and integration company, specializing in web-GIS. Orion's focus is on helping organizations incorporate spatial technology into all facets of their businesses. Orion’s wealth of knowledge in the GIS domain and top-notch GIS software-development expertise has been showcased with its award-winning flagship product OnPoint™. OnPoint™ is enjoying growing support in the GIS community, both domestically and internationally, as a standard for providing geographic data through intuitive Internet and Intranet web-based user interfaces. The newest release of OnPoint™ provides out-of-the-box implementation capabilities, advanced security, powerful administration tools for customizing and managing your web portal, and unparalleled data and application integration features. Orion's easy-to-use Web-GIS solutions have helped Orion achieve phenomenal success in securing and delivering projects for reputable clients worldwide - from small organizations to entire countries.

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Contact Information:

Ian Fitzgerald
GIS Coordinator
Truckee Donner Public Utility District
Phone: +1 (530) 582-3952

Alice Jin
Sales and Marketing Associate
Orion Technology Inc.
Phone: +1 (905) 508-6900 ext. 243


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