Port of Rotterdam Authority Relies on ERDAS APOLLO for Spatial Information Management
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Port of Rotterdam Authority Relies on ERDAS APOLLO for Spatial Information Management

Norcross, GA — May 10, 2010 — The Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) is now using ERDAS APOLLO to manage and deliver its massive amounts of geospatial information. The Port of Rotterdam, located in the Netherlands, is the largest seaport in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world.

Available in three tiers, ERDAS APOLLO is an enterprise-class data management system enabling an organization to describe, catalog, search, discover and securely disseminate massive volumes of data. ERDAS APOLLO seamlessly integrates with existing GIS environments, leveraging business systems and supporting almost any kind of data input.

PoR facilitates and supports businesses in the port area, and acts as the manager of the port. Spatial Information Management supports the internal processes at the Port, including guidance of ship movements, commercial processes, infrastructure management and strategic planning.

To date, Spatial Information Management manages over two million spatial objects, totaling over a hundred gigabytes. Much of the data is self-collected by PoR, including soundings of harbor floor, parcel boundaries for lease contracts, environmental data and radar data. Other data is derived from outside sources, including a high detail general Netherlands basemap, cadastral, aerial photography (at seven cm resolution for the entire harbor area) and general topographic maps.

PoR’s centralized information solution has been very successful. Even though requested information resided in dedicated systems across the organization, there was a significant demand for a more integrated view of this information. “Everybody needs access to these sources, which calls for a service oriented information architecture and policy,” said Albert Mulder, Spatial Information Manager at Port of Rotterdam.

Understanding PoR’s needs, Imagem, the authorized ERDAS reseller in the Netherlands and Benelux, presented ERDAS APOLLO to the Spatial Information Management.

Mulder was impressed with the breadth of the ERDAS APOLLO suite that implements an out-of-the-box service oriented architecture (SOA). “One of the strong elements of the ERDAS APOLLO framework is its ability to cover the whole stack of preparing data, creating web services and visualizing those in a client,” said Mulder, “without extra effort to integrate those stages; it’s all in the package.”

ERDAS APOLLO was also selected because of its adherence to Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards, making it easy for PoR’s staff to access geospatial web services in a variety of applications. “These include applications for maintenance of infrastructure, the leasing of land parcels and nautical applications, to name a few,” said Mulder.

PoR also intends to use the ERDAS APOLLO Solution Toolkit to build custom client front-ends for their various customers. This includes adding OGC services discovery and visualization in custom GIS applications.

For more information on ERDAS, please call +1 770 776 3400, toll free +1 877 GO ERDAS, or visit www.erdas.com.


ERDAS creates geospatial business systems that transform our earth's data into business information, enabling individuals, businesses and public agencies to quickly access, manage, process, and share that information from anywhere.

Using secure geospatial information, ERDAS solutions improve employee, customer and partner visibility to information, enabling them to respond faster and collaborate better. It also means better decision-making, increased productivity and new revenue streams.

ERDAS is a part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden. For more information about ERDAS or its products and services, please call +1 770 776 3400, toll free +1 866 534 2286, or visit www.erdas.com .


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