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London, 24 October, 2002. The success of GeoSolutions 2002, incorporating GIS 2002 and the AGI 2002 Conference, has been reflected once again through the decision-maker attendance levels and diverse spread of industry interest (1) in the use of Geographic Information (GI). GeoSolutions 2002 also featured the largest number of new exhibitors ever seen over the last 5 years of the event (2); and over one third of exhibitors launched new products & services this year.

Gowri Dhawan, Business Development Manager for first time exhibitors Citixsys Technologies commented: 'The exhibition has been a one-stop-shop to interact with exhibitors and visitors from the industry. It certainly has helped us in marketing our services. The exhibition has been informative and we shall be part of it every year.'

Increasingly, professionals are recognising the business benefits of finding out about GI applications and solution for future implementation. This was reflected through:-

- 70% of all visitors coming from a decision-making level within their business,

- 31% of visitors having business responsibility, 30% GI/GIS/Mapping responsibility, 13% technical responsibility, to name a few, and

- A diverse range of visitor interest areas such as asset/property management, marketing, site evaluation/location planning, surveying, risk/disaster management, logistics/distribution, Location Based Services and resource planning (3).

Accolade regarding the success of the event also came from GeoSolutions 2002 Industry Partners.

Ian Downey, Applications Market Development, BNSC said, 'The space feature at GeoSolutions attracted a great many visitors from many sectors. The seminars were literally full to bursting, literature and promotions were eagerly snapped up. A successful show for BNSC.'

Louise Deeley from IGGI, hosts of the 'GI for Joined Up Government Zone' commented, 'This year, we hosted a larger stand than ever before, and were pleased that we did. The stand was busy over the whole three days, which, in addition to earning us many new contacts, raised awareness of IGGI's role and that of GI throughout Central Government.'

Success was also achieved at The AGI 2002 Conference, as John Glover, AGI Conference Committee Chair confirmed, "Nearly all the delegates I spoke to were upbeat about the opportunity for partnerships between the public and private sector. It was my committee's intention that the AGI 2002 Conference would help foster new relationships, building on the lessons learnt at the conference. I was also pleased with the quality of debate in the final plenary facilitated by Emma Howard of the BBC."

Jessica Blue, Event Manager, GeoSolutions 2002 concluded, ¡§The success of GeoSolutions 2002 can be attributed to a number of factors, including exhibitor activity, the information and educational areas run by our industry partners and the issues led AGI 2002 Conference. All these gave visitors the ultimate platform to share best practice, discover the latest GI applications and technologies, and learn about successful implementation.

Notes to Editor

(1) Attendee figures are currently subject to ABC Audit.

(2) New exhibitors at GeoSolutions 2002 included Microsoft, blue 8, ESIT, ibase Systems, MWH,
Snowflake Software, Steanne Solutions/OIS Plc, Research Systems International, DATECS Ltd,
Eurimage, Magnasoft Consulting, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, ESI, Integrated Coastal Zone Mapping Project, Cook Hammond & Kell, Galdos Systems, Multimap.com, Citixsys Technologies and GeoSpatial Solutions.

(3) Visitor statistical analysis taken from visitor registration profiles.

About GeoSolutions 2002

GeoSolutions 2002 took place 17-19 September 2002 at Earls Court 2, London. Attendee figures are currently being ABC Audited, and will be available soon. GeoSolutions 2003, in association with AGI will take place 16 - 18 September 2002; Earls Court 2, London. For more information please visit
http://www.geosolutions-expo.com

GeoSolutions 2002 announced the launch of GeoNorth 2003, a one-day showcase & seminar that will examine the latest issues, technologies and benefits of geographic information (GI) for the public sector and public service communities. It will take place on 18th March 2003 at New Century House, Manchester. For further information, please visit http://www.geosolutions-expo.com

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