First American Spatial Solutions Provides Data for Microsoft Solution
—Parcel Data to be Available in New Cloud Computing Environment—
November 17, 2009, AUSTIN, Texas
First American Spatial Solutions, a member of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) family of companies and a leader in spatial and natural hazard risk solutions announced today that select ParcelPoint® data will be offered as part of the new Microsoft codename “Dallas”.
Microsoft codename “Dallas” is a Windows Azure and SQL Azure Database-powered information brokerage service that combines high-value, premium data and third-party applications to provide developers and information workers with visibility and access to multiple data sets and applications.
ParcelPoint is a national database containing information on more than 122 million U.S. land parcels. The highly accurate data, which includes the parcel boundary, centroid (geometric center of the parcel) and physical address, is regularly updated by First American Spatial Solutions. As part of the initial offering, First American Spatial Solutions will provide ParcelPoint data to Microsoft for select California counties. This will allow customers an additional channel to access ParcelPoint and utilize it in conjunction with other data and services offered in Microsoft’s solution.
ParcelPoint data has broad application across many industries including energy, utilities, telecommunications and government segments. Customers use ParcelPoint data to improve decision making, manage field assets and quickly understand key property attributes.
“First American is pleased to offer ParcelPoint data as part of the new Microsoft codename “Dallas” solution,” said Scott Little, vice president and general manager of First American Spatial Solutions. “This will allow broader access to the most accurate and current parcel data available.”
“With Microsoft codename “Dallas” we are providing developers, content providers and information workers an information marketplace that allows easy and flexible access to a wide variety of reference content and data,” said Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division at Microsoft Corp. “We are excited that First American has chosen to offer select ParcelPoint data within Microsoft codename “Dallas” as customers will greatly benefit from the ability to access the rich data on a flexible and easy-to-use platform.”
For more information about ParcelPoint and other geospatial solutions, visit www.faspatial.com. For more information about Microsoft codename “Dallas”, visit www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/dallas.
About The First American Corporation
The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a FORTUNE 500® company that traces its history to 1889. With revenues of approximately $6.2 billion in 2008, it is America’s largest provider of business information. First American combines advanced analytics with its vast data resources to supply businesses and consumers with valuable information products to support the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car or house, securing a mortgage and opening or buying a business. The First American Family of Companies, many of which command leading market share positions in their respective industries, operate within five primary business segments, including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Information and Outsourcing Solutions, Data and Analytic Solutions, and Risk Mitigation and Business Solutions. More information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found at www.firstam.com.