Irish firm powers award-winning system

11 Mar 2008

US telecommunications company Verizon has won a top international award for a service powered by Dublin-headquartered software company eSpatial.

Verizon won the GITA (Geospatial Information and Technology Association) 2008 Innovator award for VEGA (Verizon Enterprise Geospatial Application), a web-mapping application for network planning based on eSpatial’s iSMART product.

Verizon uses VEGA to streamline processes for planning and engineering of Verizon’s fibre optic network in 17 US states.

The VEGA application eliminates traditional ‘stove pipes’, which are seen in the integration of geospatial applications with other business systems. The geospatial and business applications have been fused into a single entity delivered as an enterprise-grade application with access from any web browser in the organisation.

ESpatial’s iSMART technology provides a range of web-editing capabilities allowing a custom geospatial application to be authored for delivery in a web browser without the need for any browser plug-in or additional client software. It allows users to carry out CAD-like editing and maintenance activities on their geospatial data through a simple interface, using only a web browser.

“Verizon’s use of eSpatial’s geospatial technology is an outstanding example of what can be achieved, and we believe it will benefit the industry in general,” commented Dan Bowditch, GITA Awards committee chair.

“Verizon is delighted to win this award with the VEGA application. VEGA delivers on its goals by utilising a novel approach to the use of geospatial technology using the latest IT standards and web technologies made available to us by eSpatial,” said Rao Tanuku, Verizon.

“We’re excited Verizon has won this award based on a system that uses eSpatial’s iSMART,” commented Orla Power, head of marketing, eSpatial. “This is a testament to both our technology and company commitment to deliver an innovative solution addressing Verizon’s business challenge of how to increase efficiency in network planning process by integrating core design and other key processes in a single environment.”

By Niall Byrne