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Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan
Matt holds an MSc in Geography and GIS. He has been working with clients solving problems with GIS for over 17 years. Matt founded WebMapSolutions whose mission is to put innovative, intuitive GIS driven applications into the hands of new and existing users.

It is amazing what is now possible with mobile and cloud GIS

May 23rd, 2014 by Matt Sheehan

Let’s keep this mobile and cloud GIS theme moving forward. We’ve spoken in this blog about the realities, as we see them, of GIS in 2014. Chris Cappelli at Esri talks about muscle memory. Its a good analogy. Mobile and cloud GIS remain a tough sell. Do they provide anything new? In many ways no: if you have deep pockets anything is possible. But that is the point, few of us have deep pockets, and all of us are looking to do things better, quicker and cheaper. And that is what we get with mobile and cloud GIS.

You want proof?

Its time for demos I think. Let’s show what is now possible. From data collection, to focused customised, cloud based GIS Web apps to location analytics for business users.

Data Collection for Pipeline Inspections and Land Management

Let’s start with getting the data into the system. Below are two demos. One shows mobile encroachment inspection for pipelines the other data collection for land management. Both demonstrate automatic data upload to the cloud:

Focused Web App for Outdoor Advertising

Now we have data, what next? Focused Web and mobile apps for GIS and non-GIS users, that is what. Here is a Web application for outdoor advertising:

Location Analytics – Business GIS App for Commercial Real Estate

Applying GIS in the business world is new and exciting. Integrating with existing business systems and providing location intelligence.


Below is an interactive property map running on an iPad. The app includes location analytics tools, and uses data generated in Business Analyst (BAO):

The Future is Bright

I threw out some terms in a recent blog Impressions from the mobile and cloud GIS front line …..turmoil, resistance, adjustment, fear, confusion. Let me throw out some more for this current post

Easy, low cost, new uses, new users, business integration.

Mobile and cloud GIS is a tough sell today. As hopefully these demos demonstrate, with understanding and realization this will change. Thoughts?

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Categories: ArcGIS Online, cloud GIS, Mobile ArcGIS, Mobile GIS, Web and mobile GIS

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