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February 17th, 2009
NEC and SAIC Collaborate to Bring SOA GeoSpatial Tools

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PR – NEC Sphere Communications, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation and the
leader in Unified Communications (UC) Software and Service Oriented
Communications (SOC), today announced it is collaborating with Science
Applications International Corporation [NYSE: SAI] to deliver robust
interactive unified communications capabilities as part of their
service-oriented architecture (SOA) collaborative infrastructure.

Leveraging the UC services with SAIC’s SOA is their GeoViz product, a commercial off-the-shelf, WebCentric GeoSpatial CollaborationTM tool suite that provides 2-D, 3-D and 4-D views of geographic areas of interest to military, security, safety and disaster management officials. The GeoViz tool suite provides a unique SOA-based, mission-oriented framework for allowing users and/or groups of users to compose their own specific mission (or user) defined operational picture (MDOP or UDOP) for subsequent collaboration and mission execution. Geospatial collaboration has become one of the hottest areas for government IT organizations seeking to provide a more complete emergency response solution using this new technology.

NEC Sphere’s software is designed as a business application that fits naturally into SOA environments. Its flexibility and openness allows solution integrators to easily create applications that are tailored to customers’ needs. When combined with SAIC’s GeoViz collaborative framework the solution can deliver shared VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) through IP phones or soft phones, instant messaging and on-demand conferencing to different users across multiple domains. The result is rich collaboration among first responders and other emergency personnel that helps to assure emergency resources are deployed efficiently. A very complex technical problem of integrating rich media content is addressed for the first time in a manner that allows users to easily define their own need-based content, including voice communication for timely responses in a mission critical situations.

With GeoViz and NEC Sphere integration, users at various echelons can view and annotate geospatial content of their interest while maintaining voice communication among collaborating communities of interest. The users achieve dynamic collaboration of geospatial data representations within a Web-centric presentation environment. The tool is fully integrated with a SOA providing visualization services in a Web browser environment with a common graphical user interface allowing simple point-and-click operations. A user can connect to and share disparate technologies and systems through an industry-standard Web architecture.

“Regardless of whether the enterprise is the public or private sector, collaboration is at the core of decision making,” says Todd Landry, senior vice president of NEC Sphere Communications. “GeoViz customers can now securely and reliably collaborate in emergency response scenarios without having to think about dialing, radio channels, and other complexities – at a time when instant communications is imperative.”

NEC Sphere software is architected as a distributed software application with rich unified communications services that are opened up to easily participate in SOAs. NEC Sphere software has been accredited by the U.S. Department of Defense under the JITC (Joint Interoperability Test Command) PBX1 Certifications and is available under the APL (Approved Product List) for purchase and deployment in defense communications.

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