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The Information Management Tool for
Storing, Managing and Maintaining Location-based Data
MapInfo SpatialWare software enhances the value
of your corporate data by enabling it to be stored, managed and quickly
retrieved from leading commercial database management systems, Informix®
and Microsoft® SQL Server.
MapInfo SpatialWare is the first spatial information
management system to implement SQL-based advanced spatial access, analysis
and modelling in a database environment for the occasional user, or
the sophisticated database programmer. It sets a new standard in ease
of use and seamless integration. Simply stated, SpatialWare allows you
to enhance key business processes by connecting data and location.
MapInfo SpatialWare enhances the value of your
corporate data by extending the storage and analysis capabilities of
your database environment. SpatialWare enables location-based, or spatial
data, to be easily integrated with non-spatial data both on the desktop
and across the enterprise ensuring data accessibility, scalability,
integrity, reliability and security.
Storing key business information and customer
location information in your database allows users to query both spatial
and non-spatial data types within a single SQL Server query. SpatialWare
provides a consistent and standard-based environment allowing an enterprise
to integrate spatial data within the corporate database environment.
This empowers corporations to collect, manage, analyse and visualise
data in a spatial context, as well as the traditional non-spatial context.
Decision makers can now visualise and analyse large amounts of complex
data - better, faster and easier than ever before.
- Extend Functionality - Includes spatial data in your database for
better data management spatial indexing and SQL extensions.
- Better Data - Eliminates redundant geographic data files to provide
better data integrity, recovery and security.
- Flexibility - Analyse data at the database tier and the client
- Cost-Effective - Centralise data and reduce the resources needed
to store and maintain data - saving both time and money.
- Scalability - On the desktop or throughout the enterprise, SpatialWare
can be integrated into any environment.
- Ease of Use - MapInfo SpatialWare allows native SQL to access spatial
functions so existing applications can talk to your database the same
way they always have.
- Complete server-based spatial information management system.
- Efficient, flexible spatial data for MapInfo and other
spatial data in leading commercial database management systems.
- Powerful, fully-integrated Standard Query Language (SQL)
extensions for spatial operations.
- High speed spatial data loaders.
- Highly scalable to thousands of users and hundreds of gigabytes
of spatial data.
- Integration and management of spatial and business data
in a single database environment.
- Central storage and management of large volumes of spatial
- Align with ISO/IEC 13249-3-1999; Spatial Standard and the
Open GIS Consortium's Simple Feature Specification.
- Standards-based spatial operators such as buffer, contains,
adjacent to, overlap, length, union, slope, area and perimeter.
- Sophisticated SpatialWare Operator extensions like Difference,
Convex Hull, Clean, Relate, Cross and many others.
- 1000 predefined co-ordinate systems are supported as well
as custom user-defined projection systems.
- SpatialWare supports data extract and import in both OGIS
WKB and WKT formats.
SQL for Data Access
Uses standard commands to create, update,
insert, delete and select spatial objects in a table. It makes
adapting to spatial information applications easier for users
and developers - lowering training costs and overall investment.
SpatialWare facilitates the addition
of powerful location analysis extensions to a relational database,
simplifying both query and analysis of complex location data.
It also extends popular relational database tools so you can
manipulate and analyse location data simply and efficiently.
- SpatialWare has over 150 functions allowing you to analyse
and manipulate location data. Grouped into six categories,
- Spatial Predicates, such as Overlaps and Contains, analyse
location data types to see if they meet specific conditions
- a true or false is returned.
- Spatial Measurement Functions, including length, perimeter
and height, return number values describing a spatial data
type’s shape, size, angle, rotation or position.
- Spatial Functions perform operations on spatial data types
and return a new spatial data type. For example, Union joins
two spatial objects and returns the combined result as a new
spatial object, or Buffer which "expands" the shape
of an object by a user specified distance.
- Constructor Functions create new spatial objects. For example,
Circle is a spatial data type using a point and radius to
create the circle.
- Observer Functions return numbers, objects, or conditions
from within a spatial object. Number of co-ordinates, begin
point, end point and assemble status are examples of Observer
- General Functions include mathematical functions, identifiers,
and indexing functions. For example, Pi, Degrees and functions
that may be specific to a particular database environment.
As SpatialWare fully utilises SQL,
to add ASCII data, you simply format the data with standard
SQL commands - no special converters or formatting is required.
By employing emerging industry standards, SpatialWare assures
your future needs can be met while avoiding obsolescence.
SpatialWare also makes it easy for you to load MapInfo tables,
AutoCAD DXF and SDTS files by providing utilities, such as
Easy Loader to import these data formats directly
into your database.
MapInfo SpatialWare is made up of three
- Spatial Data Type - provides the storage
mechanism and necessary functionality to store, retrieve and maintain
the content of spatial data. It also allows the data type to be cast
to useful derivative types for use by client software.
- The geometries stored in this data
type, can either be two- or three-dimensional. The data type and the
SQL functions are based on ISO SQL/Multimedia standards and OpenGIS
- Spatial Indexing - Implements a special
indexing scheme based on Range-Tree (R-Tree) technology, designed
to index spatial data. R-Tree indexing is well suited for distribution
patterns typical for spatial data, and designed so no knowledge of
the data is required to achieve optimum performance.
Spatial Operators - Contains over 150
extensions to retrieve data from tables with the ability to compute
new geometric values or qualify data based upon geometric relationships.
These include extensions defined in the ISO standard, as well as additional
operators, known by MapInfo to be required by its customers, such
as co-ordinate system support, distance, centroid and convex hull
calculations and others.
System Requirements for Optional Database and Operating Systems
- Informix Dynamic Server with the Universal Data Option Version
- Sun® Solaris 2.7, Windows NT® 4.0
or HP/UX 11.0 operating environment.
- Microsoft® SQL Server 7.0 Desktop or Enterprise
Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
- Microsoft® Windows NT 4.0 or Microsoft Windows 2000.
Extensible, Adaptable Spatial Object Storage and Access
Multiple Client Support - Supports
MapInfo clients including MapInfo Professional®, desk-top
mapping software; MapInfo MapX®, an OCX component, allows
you to integrate a mapping object into new and pre-existing business
applications; and MapInfo® MapXtreme®
NT or Java edition, a mapping application server to add interactive
maps to your web site.
ODBC Client Connectivity - Provides
an open connection to SpatialWare through the use of almost any commercial
off the shelf software such as Delphi or Visual Basic. For example,
Microsoft SQL Server Query Analyser can be used to submit traditional
SQL statements or prepare pass through queries allowing the use of spatial
operators and predicates.
C API - For custom development,
SpatialWare provides a C API (placed in the public domain) that exposes
the full functionality of the database to application developers.
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- TCP/IP Network.
- System administration and database privileges for installation and
setting up the database environment.
- Internet browser to access documentation.
- Email connection to obtain a licence file.
- CD recommended on server, or cross mountable, for installation.
- Graphics display recommended on server or remote x windows access