Cowlitz County PUD Implements GO! Sync Mobile GIS

Carlsbad, CA, April 26, 2006: Cowlitz County PUD District No. 1, a consumer owned utility serving around 50,000 customers in Cowlitz County Washington, has selected Tadpole Technology's GO! Sync® Mobile GIS to drive business efficiency within its field operations.

Cowlitz County PUD chose GO! Sync as its standard mobile platform because it seamlessly extends its investment in ESRI technology in support of it field operations, specifically its underground locating business. Because Tadpole Technology's flexible mobile applications are suitable for a range of field workers, Cowlitz is able to equip its field workers with a mobile system that focuses on the work patterns and abilities of the individual worker.

For this initiative, Cowlitz selected both GO! Sync (Mapbook) and GO! Sync (Redline). GO! Sync (Mapbook) will be deployed to field workers needing a simple to use mapping application that provides easy access to geospatial information. GO! Sync (Redline), which boasts all the functionality of GO! Sync (Mapbook), provides additional tools that enable field personnel to sketch on top of a base map and share their sketches with other workers in the field or back in the office.

"An important factor for us is that GO! Sync is a complete solution for utilities using ArcGIS". States Tia Christina, Cowlitz GIS Manager "It not only has all the needed field functionality but it requires minimal training and can be quickly deployed."

The immediate aim of the roll-out is to use GO! Sync to replace the paper maps used by underground locators. Leveraging the power of enterprise GIS, Cowlitz created targeted maps for the entire county with a locate layer, which will eliminate the inefficient need for field personnel to constantly find and take out paper maps for work. Now, mapping information is accessed on laptops via a simple graphical interface and manipulated using task-specific tools. Users can no quickly identify and locate underground assets to assist in damage prevention work practices plus use GO! Sync (Redline) to make and share both sketches and field notes.

"We have implemented GO! Sync solutions at many utilities this year and damage prevention is a common theme," comments Ian Martin, Utility Industry Account Manager, Tadpole Technology. "Mobile access to mapping information is important, but even more important is providing the mobile worker with mobile technology that truly suits their specific needs, because this is when our customers see ROI".

About GO! Sync®

GO! Sync is The Mobile GIS StandardTM ideal for organizations such as utilities, municipalities and cooperatives with field crews or mobile and casual users. GO! Sync leverages investments in ESRI's ArcGIS® software to extend the power of enterprise GIS to the field.

About the Geospatial Solutions Division of Tadpole Technology Group

The Geospatial Solutions Division is a leading supplier of geospatial applications and technology for the office-based and mobile user.

For over a decade and a half it has designed, developed and delivered highly sophisticated geospatial solutions that improve business efficiency and extend enterprise information. Its experience extends across a range of technical areas, in particular field GIS applications, workflow management systems and geospatial data synchronization technology and is proven within a variety of industry sectors; including national mapping agencies, the utility sector and government organizations. Tadpole Technology is an ESRI authorized business partner.

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For more information, contact:

Carrie Turner
Tadpole Technology
(760) 929 8345 x111
Email Contact
www.tadpoletechnology.com/gsd




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