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Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative Selects Tensing SPY Mobile GIS

Sho-Me Power, a major electric cooperative in Missouri, has selected the Tensing SPY Mobile GIS product to expand GIS access to utility field crews. Tensing SPY Mobile GIS is a platform-independent product that runs on any Windows-driven device using the Microsoft .NET Framework or .NET Compact Framework.

“As a user of the GENS Smallworld package as its corporate GIS, Sho-Me Power needed a cost-effective manner of providing data access to crews in the field without sacrificing performance,” said Arjan Plomp, Tensing USA managing director. “After reviewing several mobile products, Sho-Me Power chose the Tensing SPY Mobile due to its platform flexibility and .NET technology.”

Tensing SPY Mobile GIS is a robust tool that allows field staff to review, analyze and change up-to-date data in the field. It extends GIS capabilities to crews in the field and gives them access to entire mapping systems on laptop, pen, tablet computers and PDAs. Data are provided to the field by extracting data from any corporate GIS database via a fast one-to-one conversion tool that simplifies the presentation of the data. Tensing SPY Mobile GIS now allows the customer to define the same application regardless of hardware platform.

Sho-Me Power, based in Marshfield, Missouri, expects to experience immediate benefits from extending its GIS data to crews in the field. Most importantly, the utility anticipates that equipment changes and repairs made in the field will be captured in the Mobile GIS and uploaded that same day to the enterprise system. In addition, Sho-Me Power will exceed its requirements to provide data to field crews because the Tensing SPY Smallworld Interconnect enables the users to define the data layers and attributes for complete extraction. As for future requirements, the utility expects Tensing SPY Mobile to support locating, repair and maintenance, and planning activities.

Tensing SPY Mobile is one of four software packages included in the Tensing SPY .NET suite built on the core SPY technology already used by thousands of clients around the world. Tensing created this suite specifically for end users who do not need a full-blown GIS but require fast-performing field tools and hardware independence. Other products in the suite include Tensing SPY Development Suite, Tensing Live Connect, and Tensing Gateway.

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