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By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-04-09 Print this article Print

Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Oracles server technologies division, said that geospatial data use in applications is becoming "pretty mainstream." "Spatial data used to be something that just scientists did for oil search drilling," he said. He pointed to customers such as Shell Oil—which uses spatial data for oil searching and drilling—as an example of the type of customer that has traditionally implemented spatial data.
Nowadays, with the spread of wireless technology, spatial data has gone mainstream, Mendelsohn said. "You can easily convince yourself that yeah, Id like that kind of data," he said. "There are all these cell phones wandering around now. The cell phones are required because of emergency regulations, to be able to identify within 100 yards where you are. Theres always been this vision that if I have a cell phone and Im walking down in Boston somewhere and its 9:00 and I want to go to a movie, its like, Tell me where the nearest movie theater is. There are a lot of very obvious spatial queries that everybody would like to do—tell me where the nearest Chinese restaurant is. Theres going to be a real explosion in this technology."
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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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