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Four leading hydrographic companies launch the global HydroTeam alliance
Date: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 @ 13:00:00 EST

Four leading hydrographic companies launch the global HydroTeam allianceFour leading hydrographic companies launch the global HydroTeam alliance; ATLIS, HSA, IVS 3D and SevenCs form alliance dedicated to customer benefits. The international hydrographic market will enjoy a new standard for products and service with today's introduction of HydroTeam, the global hydrographic alliance partnering ATLIS, L-3 communication/HSA, IVS 3D and SevenCs.

HydroTeam customers will be able to choose from a set of tools that together support the complete hydrographic process from survey to chart - including an enterprise server architecture that enables the tools to work together in an integrated and user friendly environment. The company's existing and future customers will also experience a consistent level of performance, quality and detailed attention to customer service.

In a joint statement, the CEOs from the four companies stated, "The introduction of HydroTeam will alter the landscape for the hydrographic industry. All the alliance members provide world leading products and services in each of their areas, and this innovative global alliance now offers clients a best of breed solution. The HydroTeam alliance has been created entirely around our customers, and we are dedicated to providing the tools and services that best meet their needs. We are already working to expand our current offerings to provide greater functionality, increased service and improved benefits."

HydroTeam's unveiling was announced at a launch event at the ENC Tools User Conference hosted by SevenCs in Hamburg, Germany on November 13. Executives from the four founding companies signed the HydroTeam Charter in the presence of the Conference's audience. HydroTeam's first chairman will be George Spoelstra from ATLIS. The chair will be rotated amongst the members on a yearly basis.

Integrated solutions, better service

Through the formation of one of the world's most extensive hydrographic alliances, HydroTeam customers around the world will have more options to organize their production process. The alliance members have extensive skills and experience in virtually all aspects of hydrographic chart production, maintenance and data collection, dating back to 1991. Hydrographic offices, port authorities, inland waterway authorities, hydrographic survey providers etc. will have access to an integrated production system comprised of proven tools available from the HydroTeam members:

• Fledermaus from IVS 3D providing interactive 3D data validation and visualization,
• SENS from ATLIS for bathymetric and nautical object data management and distribution,
• SCIPS from SevenCs offering a full range of integrated ENC production and management products,
• ENC Cartographer and ENC Analyser from HSA providing ENC validation and paper chart production.

Wherever they are in the world, HydroTeam customers will never be more than a few steps away from qualified HydroTeam sales and support staff. HydroTeam members will represent each other in their respective markets and with main offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, UK and USA, and many resellers, world coverage is ensured.

HydroTeam will offer its first round of initiatives beginning immediately, including the release of common interfaces between the available products. Additional HydroTeam benefits will be phased in during 2009. HydroTeam will give a joint presentation at the industry exhibition to be held alongside the 4th Extraordinary International Hydrographic Conference (EIHC4) in Monaco from 2 - 5 June 2009.

The HydroTeam logo incorporates the name of the alliance and a design that denotes quality in the 5 steps of the hydrographic production process (acquisition, validation, management, production and distribution).

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