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docSTAR and Fountains Spatial Announce the Availability of MapConnect Version 2.0

18 Jun, 2010

docSTAR and Fountains Spatial Announce the Availability of MapConnect Version 2.0


Schenectady, NY (June 16, 2010) – docSTAR, a leader in document management software, and Fountains Spatial, a leading international developer of geospatial software are pleased to announce the availability of docSTAR MapConnect™ version 2.0.

docSTAR MapConnect combines the power of the ESRI® ArcGIS® architecture with docSTAR’s award-winning document management software. MapConnect is designed to enhance ESRI’s GIS application by associating documents with geospatial features in any layer or a general geographic area.  MapConnect enables users to instantly geo-link and access documents in real-time.  The result is significant savings of time, resources and tax dollars.

“80% of documents used by State and Local government agencies are tied to a location,” says Larry Spraker, President of Fountains Spatial. “MapConnect delivers immediate access to time sensitive documents by leveraging existing GIS software and docSTAR.  This can impact emergency response time as well as day to day operations.”

docSTAR MapConnect allows local government to address many different facets of their document storage and retrieval needs.  Land-based documents, such as deeds, plans and permits are easily associated with parcels, while asset-based documents such as inspection records can be linked to features such as hydrants or signs for quick access.  Finally, documents such as floor plans and infrastructure drawings can be linked to structures to assist with facility management, emergency response and homeland security.

“If there’s a catastrophe you need to know what’s there,” explains Jeff Frankel, Executive VP of docSTAR. “MapConnect provides government agencies with a solution to mitigate risk by allowing first responders to immediately access documents related to assets and infrastructure.  The goal is to increase speed and improve safety during disaster relief.”

docSTAR and Fountains Spatial initially developed MapConnect for use by the Town of South Windsor, CT.  The town needed a way to quickly make complex decisions while facing economic challenges as well as increasing legal and regulatory requirements.

“Integrating GIS and document management is critical today more than ever,” declares Scott Roberts, IT Manager for South Windsor.  “Having access to our historical records quickly, and more importantly by location, dramatically improves staff efficiency and overall customer satisfaction.  Today we can answer questions within minutes that in the past could have taken days.” 

The docSTAR MapConnect suite includes three applications that seamlessly integrate with ESRI ArcGIS software.  MapLink™ allows users to quickly link documents with geospatial features.  MapView™ is a web-based mapping application which enables users to click a point on a map and retrieve all associated documents. ArcMap™ Toolbar for ArcGIS Desktop lets users geographically retrieve documents without leaving their GIS software.

MapConnect, like all of docSTAR’s document management solutions, has a host of universal benefits.  Along with time and cost savings, docSTAR provides long-term document preservation.  The software guards against theft and provides disaster protection.  Document authenticity is secured by the USPS Electronic Postmark (EPM) and compliance is supported for many regulations including GASB-34 and NPDES.

About docSTAR
docSTAR is a recognized leader of comprehensive and integrated document management solutions. docSTAR allows instant access to documents and immediate cost savings while delivering ease of use, fast implementation, safety and security.  For more information, go to www.docstar.com.

About Fountains Spatial
Fountains Spatial is a leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) services, offering a full range of GIS and other geospatial technology services.  For more info, visit www.fountainsspatial.com.




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