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Federal Computer Week: Nautical charts on demand

Mar 09, 2000, 18:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Colleen O'Hara)

"...the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Coast Survey is developing a new electronic commerce and print-on-demand system that will enable retail stores to order the most up-to-date nautical charts online."

"Retailers, called chart agents, will log on to the system using a World Wide Web browser to order custom copies of maps. The system will send order information to a print-on-demand system that will print out the most current map information, including where navigation aids are located, characteristics of coastlines, water depths and navigation hazards."

"The system, which is in development, will use a Java-based architecture. It will run on a Linux server that will be located at an Internet service provider?s facility so that it can have a direct connection to the Internet. SPS will manage the system remotely, which is one reason the company chose Linux."

" 'Since we can't [be there physically to] push a reboot button, we decided to use Linux because we felt it was more efficient for us to maintain remotely for this size project,' Linza said."

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