GISCafe Weekly Review June 13th, 2013

As a mobile enabled GIS software development company, our focus is on three key sectors; local government, transportation and forestry. Each utilize geo-technology to varying degrees. The new paradigm that is mobile GIS and cloud computing, offers solutions to business challenges for organisations active in each of these sectors. We are finding some common themes

Local Government – Data Sharing

Sharing information with the general public is a key concern of local governments. This can be as simple as providing information about local amenities such as parks, boating docks, camping areas, and libraries. Visit the Web site of your town or city and you will often discover this simple information is hard to find, and usually presented as a simple text based list. Finding out about local events; where and when, and other local information presents similar challenges. Maps are an easily understood way to present information. New cloud based services allow not only easy publishing of this type of data, but access to this data at any time and place. At the centre of Esri’s cloud based mapping platform; ArcGIS Online is a web map. This is an interactive map containing a collection of relevant published data or layers, which can be embedded in any web page. So maybe the location of local parks. If more sophistication is needed beyond just displayed locations, maybe tools such as ‘Find the nearest park to my house’, the web map can be used within an application. With an iPhone or iPad in hand this query becomes ‘Show me the nearest park to my current location’. Cloud enabled mapping services allows local governments to more easily share important public information. The general public can now access this data anywhere and at any time.

Two articles in The New York Times point to the importance of maps and mobile services this week.

A screen shot of the Android version of Waze, a social mapping service used by millions of drivers around the world.

Jim Phillips, director of Geospatial Enterprise Intelligence Solutions at Exelis, answered some questions about the recent release of ITT Exelis’ Jagwire Mobile which extends the supported client devices to iPhone and Android handhelds.

Mobile version of Jagwire

ILSC 2013
Trimble – Get GEOptimized
Intergraph: Smarter Publicworks
GIS For Government


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