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RSPB first in UK to implement Sybase Spatial Query to store
and analyse bird sightings, habitats and other conservation
data


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has
chosen Sybase technology and professional services in a
£750,000 project, called Project Griffin, to aid its
conservation work across the United Kingdom. Project Griffin
will have the capacity to hold 20 million historic and
future records on birds, sites and habitats collected by the
RSPB and other collaborating conservation organisations. The
initiative is believed to be the largest non-government
conservation IT implementation in Europe.

The project, which will be the first to use Sybase Spatial
Query Server (SQS) in the UK, will involve the development
and implementation of the new system for the RSPB in three
phases over the next two years. It will also use SQL Server
11 database management system, Sybase Open Client middleware
and MapInfo Professional software. Other products evaluated
and rejected included Oracle's Spatial Data Option (SDO) and
MapInfo's Spatialware.

Data will be accessible to staff based at RSPB locations
including its headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire and
offices such as in Exeter, Inverness and the Shetland
Islands, using the RSPB WAN and LAN infrastructure.

The implementation will be developed on a Sun Ultra 2170
server and hosted on a Sun production server provided under
the RSPB's corporate partnership with Sun Microsystems.

According to Melanie Bryer, Griffin project manager, the
RSPB has chosen Sybase as the supplier of the RSPB's
strategic relational database management system. Sybase
recently announced shipment of Adaptive Server Enterprise
11.5, a key part of the company's new Sybase Adaptive Server
database product family that delivers predictable high
performance in enterprise computing environments. Adaptive
Server Enterprise 11.5 is the compatible successor to Sybase
SQL Server 11. "The project had already identified MapInfo
as the most suitable front-end for the Griffin application.
Sybase is able to offer a proven product in SQS and is able
to demonstrate all of the products working together. Sybase
is responsive and professional in dealing with enquiries.
Finally, it was thought that there is a good fit between
them and the RSPB and that they were a company with which
RSPB could build a long term relationship", explained Bryer.

"The Sybase solution will allow users to incorporate
familiar Ordnance Survey maps into their work and provide
good presentational facilities. Sybase technologies have a
track record of being implemented on systems using similar
data volumes to our requirements. No other products had such
track records," she added.

Sybase Professional Services (SPS) is working with the RSPB
Griffin team to design the system. SPS will advise on the
proposed technical architecture, provide on-going support
and deliver skills transfer to RSPB staff.

Spatial Analysis and Conservation Spatial analysis will be
used to answer a number of important conservation questions.
A typical query might ask ‘in the last 5 years, which bird
species have bred within 2km of this proposed new road ?'
The ability to interrelate various types of data will help
to determine relationships between them and the effects of
changes of one environmental factor to another. For example,
bird counts could be examined in relation to habitats,
pollution incidents and sites threatened by development.

"I am very pleased that Sybase's technological leadership
and professional expertise has been able uniquely to deliver
to the society the products and services that will really
make a difference in this crucial project to better protect
birds and their environment," said Colin Tenwick, vice
president and general manager of Sybase UK.

Notes to editors About the Griffin Project

The Griffin Project team is a mixture of conservation and IT
staff. Other suppliers involved in the Griffin project are
Cornwell Affiliates, providing project management support,
Dataview Solutions Ltd, who developed the initial prototype
and Parity Training who will be providing DSDM training and
consultancy. For more information, contact Melanie Bryer,
Project Manager, RSPB, on 01767-680 551 or email:
melanie.bryer@rspb.org.uk

About the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds The RSPB
is the charity that takes action for the conservation of
wild birds and the environment. It is the UK partner of
BirdLife International, a global partnership of bird and
habitat organisations. With a membership over one million,
the RSPB is the largest voluntary wildlife conservation
organisation in Europe.

About Sybase Headquartered in Emeryville, CA, Sybase, Inc.
is a worldwide leader in distributed, open computing
solutions with record revenues in 1996 of over $1 billion.
The company provides customers and partners with the
software and services to create business solutions for
strategic, competitive advantage. These high-performance,
end-to-end solutions encompass client/server, Internet and
intranet transaction processing and data mart and data
warehousing applications. The company's Adaptive Component
Architecture enables rapid design, development and
deployment of distributed multi-tier business applications.
The company's product lines include Sybase high-performance
database servers, EnterpriseConnect distributed data access
and connectivity products and Powersoft open business
development tools. The company's Internet addresses are
http://www.sybase.com and http://www.powersoft.com.

About Sybase Professional Services Sybase Professional
Services works with clients to design and implement market
focused growth strategies based on the seamless integration
of new business processes and leading edge technologies.
Sybase Professional Services has 1200 consultants worldwide
and 130 in the UK.

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