ESRI, Redlands, Calif., a leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, has launched PLTS for ArcGIS 9 Defense Solution. Defense Solution provides tools to reduce cost and improve the efficiency of creating and maintaining high-quality topographic databases for publishing professional map products and data analysis. PLTS for ArcGIS leverages the object-relational ArcGIS technology to streamline production in a consistent process, enabling users to do more with fewer resources. Defense Solution allows for rapid creation and updating of many products including Foundation Feature Data (FFD), Vector Map Level 1 (VMap 1), 1:250,000 scale Joint Operation Graphic- Air (JOG-A), Vector Map Level 2 (VMap 2), and 1:50,000/1:100,000 Topographic Line Map (TLM) products. Other defense data models and products are also available with Defense Solution and can be customized to meet user requirements. 'With Defense Solution, our users can achieve significant time savings wh en performing large-scale database production and maintenance projects that meet military specifications,' said Daryl Smith, PLTS for ArcGIS product manager, ESRI. Defense Solution includes tools that enable users to Extract and attribute features more efficiently. View the size of a feature that has been created or selected. Populate the area, length, and ZV2 fields for a geodatabase. Update angle values. Add bridges to road features. Create simple building features. Check the relationships between different feature classes and geometry types. Defense Solution comes with PLTS for ArcGIS Foundation, a set of components for quality control (QC), database editing, cartographic product generation, and work flow management. Defense Solution requires ArcInfo and operates on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. For more information, visit http://www.esri.com/plts or call ESRI at 800/447-9778, or contact your ESRI regional office. Outside the United States, contact your local ESRI distributor. For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities nationwide. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,500 business partners. ESRI's goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a difference in the world around them. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. Source.