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Bryan is a Senior Sales Engineer for TerraGo Technologies and has been with the company for 7 years. Bryan has held various technical roles and participated in product management, marketing, training and product implementation during his tenure. Bryan holds a degree in Geography from the University … More »
My, how the maps have changed…
August 31st, 2015 by Bryan Burns
It wasn’t too long ago that maps were a dark art, reserved for things like surveying, tactical operations and family road trips. Remember? And to obtain one of these map things you had to order it (as in postage), go to a truck stop or have it printed especially for you. It might’ve taken weeks to get it. It was paper (laminated if you were lucky) and probably reflected data from when your great grandpappy was runnin’ hooch through the hills of Dawson County.
That’s what we had to work with and we were thankful for it. I guess…
Fast-forward a few years: Need to check a live traffic feed before you head out of the office? Hit-up Google Maps. Need to see if that sharknado is headed your way? Check the live Weather radar map. Need to find your friends at a football tailgate? Turn on your friend finder map/app (??mapp??). It’s all so easy now and right at our finger tips. And oh-by-the-way this ain’t hooch data, IT’S LIVE DATA!
What’s more, with powerful online mapping tools, like Esri’s ArcGIS Online, we see maps of all flavors and characteristics emerging and companies are starting to build their own maps and manage their own data right in a web browser. Needless to say, the dark art is starting to fade.
With the latest version of TerraGo Edge (version 3.7 for those keeping tabs) you can now take all your custom ArcGIS Online (AGOL) maps out of the confines of the web and mobilize them. No special coding, customizing or binary. Simply enter your AGOL credentials in Edge and you’ll have access to all your custom maps directly on your Android, iPad or iPhone.
You follow me?
This is live data, people. YOUR live data. On your phone, in an app built for you that makes your job easier, better and more successful. Just think of it. Lawn maintenance companies mapping out job sites. Utility departments tracking repairs! Single stop sign towns mapping out their stop signs!! Can I get an amen!!!
You and your crew deserve better than laminated, truck stop ‘hooch maps’. Join the movement. The TerraGo Edge movement.
Check it out for yourself and watch this on-demand demo video on using custom ArcGIS Online maps within TerraGo Edge. View here.