INRO and ESRI Canada Ink Agreement to Add ESRI ArcGIS Engine Runtime to INRO Transportation Planning Solutions

MONTREAL and TORONTO – March 25, 2010 – INRO and ESRI Canada today announced an OEM agreement to embed ESRI’s ArcGIS Engine Runtime into INRO’s Emme® travel demand forecasting and Dynameq® dynamic traffic assignment applications and distribute the bundled software worldwide.  The new agreement builds on the companies’ 12-year partnership and provides a solution that allows transportation planners access to geographic information system (GIS) data and maps with ArcGIS technology directly from INRO software, without separate ESRI licensing requirements.

Emme 3.3, available now, and Dynameq 1.5, available soon, are the first versions of INRO software to embed ArcGIS Engine Runtime.  ArcGIS map layers appear alongside native Emme and Dynameq map layers, providing transportation planners with rich visual context to support visualization, network editing, analysis and report generation.  

"In combining our technologies, users can now access ArcGIS-supported geospatial data and view them within the Emme and Dynameq products,” said Michael Florian, President, INRO.  “This allows us to provide our users with a wider range of capabilities out of the box.”

“INRO has a proven track record in bringing leading-edge solutions to the transportation planning field,” said Alex Miller, President, ESRI Canada.  “We are proud to expand our partnership with INRO through this OEM agreement and provide Emme and Dynameq users worldwide with the important benefits of GIS technology.”  

ESRI’s ArcGIS Engine provides GIS components for developers to rapidly build custom mapping applications. The software allows developers to embed GIS functions into existing applications, as well as build new applications that deliver advanced GIS capabilities to many users.  ArcGIS Engine consists of a software developer kit and the ArcGIS Engine Runtime extension, which provides the platform to run the end user application.

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About INRO
Every day, thousands of transport planners around the world use INRO software to model urban, metropolitan and regional transportation systems, and to evaluate the transport policy that affects us all. INRO was formed in 1976 to bring leading-edge research and software to the transportation planning field, and today continues to innovate in the field it helped define with a strong tradition of research and new product development. The Emme travel demand forecasting, Dynameq dynamic traffic assignment and STAN strategic freight-planning products are collectively used in over 1,000 organizations in 80 countries, including half of the world's largest cities. To learn more, visit www.inro.ca.

About ESRI Canada
Founded in 1984, ESRI Canada provides enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower businesses, governments, and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.    The company distributes the world's leading GIS software from ESRI, Telvent Miner & Miner, Azteca Systems, and other technology partners.  Headquartered in Toronto, the company serves over 10,000 customers from 16 regional offices across Canada.  Information about ESRI Canada can be found at www.esricanada.com.   

Media contacts:
Shane Velan
VP Marketing
INRO
+1 (514) 369-2023
shane@inro.ca
www.inro.ca

Joy Chan
PR Specialist
ESRI Canada
+1 (416) 386-6488
Email Contact
www.esricanada.com



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