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Moxi Media Announces Release of OGC-Compliant Internet Mapping Framework

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Tuesday, May 6th 2003


North Vancouver, BC, Canada-- Moxi Media Inc.has released an OGC-compliant version of its Internet Mapping Framework (IMF) product for use in deploying customized web-mapping applications.

The IMF is used to rapidly develop and deploy multiple Internet mapping sites within an organization with a common look and feel, while providing a sustainable infrastructure for the management of web-mapping application software and hardware.A single installation of IMF provides the common tools and processes for all of an organization's web-mapping sites without duplicating any of the core application code when new sites are added.

This product is an offspring of our existing IMF application, which uses ESRI's ArcIMS as the map and query engine.The ArcIMS version of IMF has been adopted by more than twenty enterprise level organizations internationally to support their web-mapping applications.A great deal of well-tested code, concepts, and lessons learned have been applied to the OWS version.

IMF is a platform independent server-side pure Java / JSP application.It can be installed under Windows, UNIX or Linux operating systems and use a variety of web server and servlet engines, including Microsoft IIS, Apache, Sun One (formerly iPlanet), Oracle 9iAS, Oracle OC4J, Tomcat, and ServletExec.IMF sites are thin-client applications that operate without plug-ins or applets, and are very robust and reliable.

This version of IMF is fully internationalized, and can be configured to communicate with the user in any language.

It uses one or more Web Map Services (WMS) to generate its maps and respond to feature queries.Services that are compliant with WMS specifications 1.0.0, 1.1.0, and 1.1.1 (the current specification) may be used.Images from multiple servers are merged by IMF, and projected or forwarded when necessary to support secure WMS servers or servers that are not capable of responding in the desired map projection.IMF eliminates the need for a cascading map server to perform these tasks.

Using IMF, most sites are deployed without any programming at all.A site can be fully configured using XML configuration files and a few HTML documents relevant to the site.It is far easier and more cost-effective to develop a web-mapping application using IMF than any other approach.

IMF has been designed to make it easy to add new tools or routines to the core set of functions included with the distribution.It is trivial to create new tools that interact with the map, collecting a user point, line, polygon, or rectangle and sending the coordinate values to your new routine. Graphics layers are supported to allow IMF scripts to add graphic shapes, text or images to the map.The IMF custom Java object model contains projection and geo-processing capabilities (such as buffer, intersect, union, etc.) to support the most complex spatial analysis processes that you can imagine.

Support for related Web Feature Services (WFS) to provide enhanced query capability is planned for mid-summer, 2003.This upgrade will be provided to licensees free of charge when it becomes available.

Detailed product information and examples can be found at: http://www.moximedia.com/ows.html

For more information please contact:
Doug Cates
Moxi Media Inc.
Tel: 604-984-8109
Fax: 604-608-4764
Email: doug@moximedia.com
Web: www.moximedia.com

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