New Product, New Concept for Interoperability, Disconnected Editing and More

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Welcome to GISWeekly! Recent developments in mobile computing and improved communications have provided a robust infrastructure for providing field access to location data, yet for remote users there has been no cost-effective standard web based solution for disconnected editing.

GISWeekly spoke this week with Liam McGeown, CEO of Acquis, Inc. about ADE Remote, their forthcoming ADE disconnected editing solution, a feature of the Acquis's flagship product ADE. ADE Remote will be released at the end of September.

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New Product, New Concept for Interoperability, Disconnected Editing and More

As organizations seek to achieve greater productivity and provide better service at lower cost, it becomes increasingly important to share and edit all information, including location data, seamlessly among enterprise information systems across multiple departments and multiple geographic locations. With the current requirement for interoperability between leading GIS vendors via the Oracle database platform, it seems natural that a product like the web based data editor (ADE) from Acquis, Inc. would be developed.


a) ADE Vector Digitizing Over Raster

b) ADE Vector Digitising Over Orthophotography

What Acquis ADE offers is not just a product but also a totally new and innovative concept. ADE, which is based on Oracle's MapViewer technology, is a unique web-based data editing solution for Oracle 8i/9i/10g Locator, Spatial, LRS, Topology and attribute data. With ADE an organization can edit all of its location-based data directly to an Oracle Spatial database using only a standard web browser. Interoperability of data is guaranteed.


c) ADE Topology Feature Editing

d) ADE Feature Search Engine

ADE is that piece designed for the populace of a large organization who do not need access to an entire GIS, but just need to access and edit location data without bringing it into a specialist program. The product provides only the required functionality, it does not over serve the users with unneeded capability.


e) ADE Feature Attribute Engine

With ADE, organizations can maintain their business and location-based data stored in a central repository in standard database format, using a common user interface. Organizations will also be able to automate and integrate business processes in a standard, open IT infrastructure and develop event-based analytics based on up to date accurate spatial information.

Recent developments in mobile computing and improved communications have provided a robust infrastructure for providing field access to location data, yet for remote users there has been no cost-effective standard web based solution for disconnected editing.

GISWeekly spoke this week with Liam McGeown, CEO of Acquis, about ADE Remote, their forthcoming ADE disconnected editing solution, a feature of the Acquis's flagship product ADE. ADE Remote will be released at the end of September.

ADE Remote is ADE plus disconnected editing:
    - ADE provides full editing capability for Oracle Locator, Spatial, Topology. LRS geometries and associated attribute in a native web browser.

    - ADE remote is simply a component of ADE, which provides similar editing capability for Oracle Locator, Spatial, Topology. LRS geometries and associated attribute data for a disconnected user.
McGeown said that there is only be one product. ADE Remote is not a separate product. It is a component of ADE. Hence an organization has only to purchase and manage a single product, not multiple ones. i.e. for a given user who requires both desktop and disconnected editing capability.

The advantages to ADE Remote are as follows:
- Enables field data collection/validation with office grade software/interface
- Provides the same capabilities as ADE for data editing irrespective of LAN, Wi-Fi or GSM connection.
- Provides for disconnected and occasionally disconnected editing where network coverage is poor or not available
- Total Cost of Ownership is very low in comparison to mainstream vendor applications
- Fully integrated with Oracle Database and Application Server technologies
- Full support for connected or integrated GPS receivers or DGPS services
- Intuitive interface, low training overheads
- one product for connected and disconnected or occasionally disconnected editing

Disconnected Editing

Who needs disconnected editing? There are many examples of where disconnected editing is needed for field-based tasks. These can include
- Land Management - crop inspections, crop disease monitoring
- Asset Management – collection of utility network data
- Asset Maintenance – field recording of asset maintenance information
- Emergency Response - recording accident information.
- Exploration/Natural resources - recording of field sample data
Some of these tasks involve relatively simple data collection functions while others require complex editing of spatial and attribute data. ADE meets the requirements of both.

“Traditionally vendors have provided a completely separate platform for field collection of spatial and associated attribute data – with ADE it is the same software package as that required for an office desktop computer. The field user has the same functionality available as the office user,” explained McGeown.

“Let us consider the example where a user is editing spatial and attribute data in the office and the requirement arises for a field inspection. The user simply downloads the required data from the Oracle database in XML format to a laptop and goes out into the field to perform the field inspection. They have exactly the same functionality available in the field, simple and very cost effective,” added McGeown.

“What Acquis is doing in the spatial information market is making software not only affordable and but easy to use. All our products are downloadable from the Acquis e Commerce site. 24 x 7 web based support is available for both the Acquis and Oracle technology platforms from our support centers in United States and Ireland,” commented McGeown.



Training

When asked how long it might take to train people to use ADE, McGeown remarked, “The idea of ease of use is central to Acquis' corporate philosophy. The ADE platform has been architected to minimize training requirements. Users do ask some training related questions on support. However most of these queries have been related to data and database issues, not ADE.”

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