Fredericton, NB, Canada - August 30, 2010 - CARIS is pleased to announce the release of Spatial Fusion Enterprise (SFE) version 5.3 featuring the new Web Map Tile Service (WMTS). SFE allows an organization to deliver its geospatial information to the Web using open standards and the latest technology.

WMTS is an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) standard that improves the performance and scalability of Web-mapping by using "tiles" of pre-rendered data. This offers performance benefits over the popular OGC® Web Map Service (WMS) standard. By requesting map images from the server combined with the ability to store the images for future use, performance gains through WMTS are significant.

CARIS has taken this one step further allowing multiple layers from any number of data sources grouped into a single layer prior to being drawn. The benefit of this approach is that the client application now only needs to request one draw for each tile, instead of one draw for each layer within a tile.

Kevin Wilson, Strategic Accounts Manager at CARIS, is enthusiastic about what this means for clients accessing web enabled geospatial information, “Our preliminary tests of SFE 5.3’s WMTS indicates that the draw time is up to ten times faster. This is important as many of our users are interested in web-enabling high resolution bathymetry data through public or internal portals. With SFE 5.3, CARIS can now offer these clients the performance they require to achieve their business goals.”

To learn more about Spatial Fusion Enterprise please visit the CARIS website at
To view a demonstration of Spatial Fusion Enterprise 5.3 please visit the CARIS YouTube channel at

Established in 1979, CARIS is a leading developer of geospatial software. The CARIS Ping-to-Chart™ product line delivers an integrated software solution for the entire workflow of hydrographic information from the echosounder "ping" through to the production and distribution of the "chart". CARIS products are continually selected by hydrographic offices, military agencies, survey contractors, ports and harbours, municipalities, land administrators and academia among others. In addition to its Canadian headquarters, CARIS has offices in The Netherlands, United States, Australia and United Kingdom. There are also more than 40 resellers bringing sales and support of CARIS brand software to more than 85 countries.

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