Oracle Corp is claiming it is the first software provider to enable true spatial data management capabilities on Windows NT. The claim comes following the announcement that the company’s latest spatial technology for the Universal server is now available. Oracle Universal Server Spatial Data option release 7.3.3, on Windows NT 4.0 is said to extend the database’s capability to store, manage, index and analyze geographic and locational data. The new Spatial option has been designed for use with high end applications in the business and government sectors, and the company says it will now be able to offer mission critical geospatial and land management options in a Windows environment. It is said to enable existing customers or users to seemlessly integrate the Spatial option into their systems, and works transparently regardless of the system it is installed on. Spatial application companies such as Bentley Systems Inc, who recently developed a CORBA compliant method for interpreting geographical systems data (CI No 3,107) are said to be welcoming the Oracle technology.