Thursday, February 21, 2008

Providing ESRI Customers with Innovative Digital Pen and Paper Software Solution

Adapx, the company that is changing the economics of field data management, and ESRI, the world leader in the geographic information system (GIS) software industry, today announced a strategic agreement to deliver Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop to all of ESRI’s markets such as government, utilities, engineering, natural resources, and various other industries. Under the terms of this agreement, ESRI will offer Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop in the United States through its direct sales force and channel of 1,700 resellers. Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop is a fully integrated GIS software solution that digitally enables paper-based field mapping with a digital pen and standard paper for a broad range of industries.

“We have been a key player in the GIS market for over 25 years and continue to stay on the cutting-edge by offering the latest products to meet the changing needs of our customers,” said Jack Dangermond, president at ESRI. “Adapx offers a refreshing approach to field data management with a truly integrated end-to-end solution designed for the way people work in the field – pen and paper technology that is intuitive to use and feature rich.”

ESRI sees Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop as a complementary solution to its portfolio of ArcGIS software products. Capturx enables ESRI customers to simply upload field annotations from paper maps directly into ESRI’s ArcGIS software without manual data entry, making handwritten GIS information instantly available in a digital format and ready to share with colleagues. The digital pen stores data and once docked in its station transforms it into geodatabase features. Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop is a powerful, simple, digital data collection solution that empowers ArcGIS Desktop users to collect GIS data with pen and paper.

There are three core components of Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop solution:

# The Capturx for ArcGIS Desktop software platform – Only Capturx offers a software platform that interprets information back and forth from the field to computer. After paper maps have been marked up, the software platform translates the digital ink captured in Penx as geodatabase features available in ArcGIS Desktop.

# The Penx digital pen – Penx, the field-ready digital pen, writes on paper with regular ink and simultaneously records pen strokes as digital ink. The durable construction is designed to go in even the harshest climates and conditions and ranks higher in convenience by users than rugged PCs and tablets. Penx is designed for the way people work, with virtually no training required.

# Digital paper – Any standard paper up to A2 (16.5 x 23.4) can be used to print the ArcMap-designed map. Most color, high-resolution and PostScript Level 2 printers can imprint the special digital pen-enabling pattern of dots recognized by Penx.

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