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Mapping and GIS solutions for the information superhighway; introducing MapObjects Internet Map Server.

REDLANDS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 1996--In a major step toward implementing its overall Internet strategy, ESRI Wednesday announced MapObjects Internet Map Server, the world's first geographic information system (GIS) software product that offers true GIS Internet support for software developers.

MapObjects Internet Map Server now gives software developers the power to serve dynamic maps and data for both Internet and Intranet applications.

"Recent technology advances have sparked tremendous interest in GIS and mapping solutions for the Internet," said Bernie Szukalski, MapObjects product manager at ESRI.

"In response to this increased demand, we have created MapObjects Internet Map Server. Now developers can create highly customized and scalable GIS applications that will meet the needs of Internet users everywhere. With MapObjects Internet Map Server, users can now spatially enable their Web sites."

ESRI's MapObjects Internet Map Server is the solution for Web authors looking for tools to build custom GIS and mapping applications that can be used to serve a variety of needs via the Internet.

The MapObjects Internet Map Server is an extension for MapObjects. MapObjects software is a collection of mapping and GIS components for application developers, consisting of an ActiveX control (OCX) and over 35 programmable ActiveX automation objects. These objects provide application developers with powerful mapping and GIS capabilities.

MapObjects software can be used in a wide variety of development frameworks including popular programming environments such as Visual Basic, Delphi, Visual C++, PowerBuilder, and others.

The MapObjects Internet Map Server provides the capability to use all of the powerful MapObjects GIS and mapping functions via the Internet, for use within organizations' Intranet or for worldwide access via the Internet.

First, build an application using MapObjects software to provide the desired information or services. Next, create an Internet browser interface using standard HTML, Java, or ActiveX.

The MapObjects Internet Map Server provides the framework for brokering requests and delivering information to Web browsers from the mapping application on your Web server. These capabilities distribute client mapping requests efficiently throughout your entire Web server network.

This scalable design lets one serve maps and information quickly on a variety of architectures whether one possesses a single server for Intranet use or a network of many servers to handle high volume worldwide Internet access. The result is powerful access to information and maps anywhere on the Internet.

MapObjects Internet Map Server Features

The MapObjects Internet Map Server is built using Microsoft's standard ActiveX architecture and is completely compatible with industry standard Web technology. The MapObjects Internet Map Server features include: -0-

-- Complete Web access to the entire suite of rich mapping and

GIS functions available in MapObjects software

-- Support for standard HTML-based Web browsers such as

Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator including Java

Applets or ActiveX controls

-- Support for a variety of Web server architectures using

Microsoft Internet Information Server or Netscape Server

-- Flexible Web browser URL request syntax

-- Scalable and efficient request handling via the MapObjects

Internet Map Server request broker architecture

-- A complete solution for Internet or Intranet applications


NOTE TO EDITORS: ESRI was founded in 1969 as a research group devoted to improving methods of handling geographically referenced data. Today, ESRI is the leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, with more than 100,000 clients worldwide.

ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. In addition to its headquarters in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international offices and distributors in more than 70 countries, and more than 500 resellers and developers.

ESRI's goal is to provide users with comprehensive tools to help them quickly and efficiently manage and use geographic information to make a real difference in the world around them. ESRI can be found on the World Wide Web at

ESRI is a registered trademark; GIS by ESRI, MapObjects and the ESRI globe logo are trademarks; and and are service marks of Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. Other companies or products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.


Jesse Theodore, 909/793-2853, Ext. 1419 (E-mail)
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