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London 23 July 2001 - Kingston University will again host The Solutions Centre at GIS 2001 event, the UK's leading spatial business intelligence exhibition. The Solutions Centre will offer visitors interactive hands-on workshops on how to set-up a real-time Internet-based GIS suitable for delivery of Locations Based Services; use GIS to locate and map crime incidents and; how to locate, report and deal with utility networks faults. GIS 2001, in association with the AGI Conference will take place at Earls Court 2, London from 18-20 September 2001.

The Solutions Centre forms part of GIS 2001's extensive educational line-up of free information services for visitors. Visitors will be able to benefit from independent advice from leading GI industry experts in a variety of forums including free seminars, workshops and case study lead forums. These features are independently run by a number of leading associations and industry bodies, and have been designed to make the event an informed, motivated and worthwhile experience for visitors.

Dave Livingstone of Kingston University comments, "We are working closely with CMP to ensure that the Solutions Centre provides an independent, friendly and informative facility for delegates to get hands-on experience of GIS in both formal workshops and informal 'drop-in' sessions.¨ Livingstone continues, "The workshops are designed to allow delegates to follow, step-by-step, the details of producing a practical GIS application using industry-standard software, but presented by independent GIS experts that have no vendor-lead sales agenda.¨

The Solutions Centre's workshop programme will run throughout the three days and will include:

- Dr Munir Morad (Kingston University) showing how to set up a real-time, Internet-based GIS suitable for a location-based service or a geographical messaging service.

- Dr Richard Armitage (Kingston University) showing how to use network analysis to locate reported faults on a service network suitable for a call-centre type application

- Mr Ian Oldfield (Metropolitan Police Service) showing how to use GIS to locate and map crime incident hot spots using methods applicable to other emergency services and local authorities.

Other Features, Free Educational Programmes and Information Zones at GIS 2001 will include:

- The Consultancy Centre with free consultations by recognised applications experts.

- First Steps' in association with Ordnance Survey on how to get started with GIS.

- The LBS Pavilion supported by the WAP Group.

- Space & Remote Sensing Feature in association with BNSC.

- The Public Sector Information Zone in association with NLUD, NLIS, NLPG and IGGI.

- Over 130 of the key vendors in Europe.

For more information about GIS 2001, or to register for free entry into the event, please visit http://www.gisexpo.com or telephone 020 8987 7584.


Notes to Editors


About CMP Europe Ltd

CMP Europe Ltd is a leading provider of business to business marketing services and information to the hi-tech markets of IT, electronics and games. The expanding range of events, publications and on-line services benefit from CMP¡¦s strong industry focus and, as part of CMP Media Inc, a unique global and regional reach. CMP Europe was formerly the IT, electronics and games interests of Miller Freeman UK. Further information about CMP Europe can be found at http://www.cmp-europe.com. CMP Media Llc. (http://www.cmp.com) is part of United Business Media International plc. Further information can be found at http://www.unitedbusiness media.com

CMP Europe Ltd. has more than 20 years of experience in producing industry leading, business-to-business events and publications that reflect the rapidly changing and diverse market of IT. The Company remains at the forefront of the industry by continuously developing existing events and adding new products to its portfolio. CMP's current successful events and publications in the UK include Com Europe and Call Centre Focus Magazines and Technology For Marketing, Networks telecom, GIS and Call Centre Expo events.


About Kingston University

Kingston University's ambition is to be the best modern University by building on an enviable record for teaching excellence, establishing innovative business partnerships and 'putting knowledge to work'. Located in a pleasant London suburb, Kingston University has gained excellent ratings from the Government's Quality Assurance Agency for courses taught in every single Faculty. In its latest league tables, The Sunday Times shortlisted Kingston for the University of the Year award. The newspaper praised Kingston's high graduate employment rate and prime location, adding "students should be breaking the doors down to get in".

Contacts:


CMP Europe:

Toni Cullen, Senior PR Manager, Tel 020 8987 7617, tcullen@cmp-europe.com
Colleen Just, PR Executive, Tel: 020 8987 7745, cjust@cmp-europe.com
Jason Lee, PR Executive, Tel: 020 8987 7635, jslee@cmp-europe.com


Kingston University:

Anita Gupta, Media and PR Manager, tel: 020 8547 7985, email: A.Gupta@kingston.ac.uk
Nicky Baird, Press Officer, tel: 020 8547 7952, email: N.Baird@kingston.ac.uk
Andrea Murray, Assistant Press Officer, tel: 020 8547 7166 email: A.Murray@kingston.ac.uk





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