GISCafe Weekly Review October 4th, 2012

Topics in Mobile GIS
October 4, 2012  by Matt Sheehan

 

We came across the following table recently, listing mobile GIS topics:

Interesting. Obviously only a subset of the potential uses of mobile GIS. But worth reprinting. From the mobile app development work we are doing, key mobile requests from clients are:

Disaster management and emergency services can benefit greatly from Crowdsource Mapping, according to an article in the UN-SPIDER Newsletter. The idea is to collect data from as many on-site sources as possible and translate that real-time data into maps. Being aware of the surrounding and the infrastructure, locals can render accurate geo-referenced information or comment on existing data and thereby help disaster managers expand the information they need for emergency operations. That is of course not only true for on-going disasters, but also for risk assessment and preparedness efforts.

Crowdsource mapping UN-SPIDER Newsletter

Feature Editing in Mobile ArcGIS Online
October 2, 2012  by Matt Sheehan


So we’ve been spending quite some time with the very cool editing capabilities of the ArcGIS FeatureLayer. We are most interested in services published to ArcGIS Online. Editing will be a key advantage mobile brings to the world of ArcGIS. Avoiding the details (maybe in a future post), but not all ArcGIS FeatureLayers are the same. We wanted to put together a demo of the editing of a Featurelayer which contains a featureCollection, from the ESRI docs:

“The featureCollection is used when you want to initialize the FeatureLayer with features from outside of ArcGIS Server.”

This lends itself well to offline editing.

ArcGIS Mobile Editing

In the demo below we are online and accessing the app via a mobile browser (note, this demo needs Flash and thus wont run on an iOS device):

National Irish Electrical Network Extends GIS Workflows into Business Systems
October 2, 2012  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Utility providers are challenged with the complex process of managing all of their field assets, which are subject to weather-related damages and vegetation growth.  In addition, electrical distribution networks are often very vast and serve large populations that expect reliable services at all times.

Geospatial solutions have become the backbone for enabling and automating plots and network diagrams for fast and effective decision making.  Today, many GIS technologies now interface with other business and operational management systems, which extend and integrate workflows with other business critical systems.

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