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Wireless Highway Traffic Data Services Planned

ESRI, which says it is the first company to leverage geographic information system (GIS) software on the Web, and TrafficStation Inc., a provider of highway traffic information, established a partnership to develop alternate routing, true time-to-destination and traffic forecasting services.

The companies said they will also collaborate to integrate ESRI's mapping, data visualization and routing capabilities into TrafficStation's proactive services delivered across a variety of platforms.

The partnership builds on and expands an existing strategic alliance between the companies that includes cooperative marketing programs and integrated highway traffic and GIS services for government and Fortune 1000 business clients.

Utilizing ESRI's scaleable ArcIMS and Arc Spatial Database Engine (SDE) software, TrafficStation will deliver real-time traffic information and alerts on detailed, multi-tier area maps.

ESRI's developers' toolkit, NetEngine, will provide dynamic intelligent routing services to the mobile user via voice recognition and wireless application protocol (WAP) browser interfaces.

Initial application will be implemented in the upcoming Trips123 Federal Model Deployment Initiative, aimed at providing real-time traffic and public transportation information as well as intelligent route planning services to more than 18 million people in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area.

ESRI will integrate TrafficStation traffic information with spatial data such as street maps and railway data, then serve this information to commuters via the Trips123.com Web site and an array of wireless devices.

"As we continue to accelerate our North American deployment and data harvesting activities, the ability to turn these huge volumes of data into actionable information will be more important than ever," said Geoff Halstead, TrafficStation president and chief executive office.

"The technical initiatives that we are announcing today will form the core of our TrafficStation 3.0 and 4.0 products, enabling us to fulfill our mission to help our customers and business clients get to their destinations quickly and efficiently."

TrafficStation provides traffic, transportation and traveler information via the Internet, telecommunications and mobile wireless devices. Services are currently offered in 27 major metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada.