GISCafe Weekly Review July 25th, 2013

As we have discussed before in this blog, mobile enabled GIS cloud technology is are changing how and who uses GIS. As we suggest in the title of this blog the future of GIS is here today. Let’s take a step back and look at the current landscape.

Today’s GIS Requirements and Mobile Enabled GIS Cloud Technology

There are a range of core elements required by our clients which are now provided by leveraging the new technological advances. These include:

1) Centralised data – away from a stove pipe approach to data.
2) Privacy – protecting data remains important
3) Data access from any device – PC, laptop, smartphone and tablet accessibility.
4) Simple targeted applications – no more complex workflows and ‘swiss army knife’ type apps.

So what solutions are now available which leverage cloud technology and target location based data?

GISCafe.Com is exhibiting at the Intergeo 2013 conference in Germany on October 8-9 and  at the GEOINT Symposium in Tampa, Florida on October 14-15. We are recording video interviews at our booth at each conference. Any conference attendee can book a time slot for an interview. Each interview is typically 3 – 7 minute long. We typically ask the following questions and a few follow up questions:

  • Tell us about yourself and your company?
  • What are you showing at your booth or what brings you to the conference?
  • Do you want to share any new announcements with the GISCafe audience?
  • How can GISCafe visitors find out more about your company?

The questions can be customized for each company or attendee.

We charge a nominal fee to cover our expenses. Contact Sanjay Gangal if you are interested in booking a 15-minute time slot for an interview. You can see past interviews here.

To add a little fun to the conference, we are asking the conference attendees to share a joke in front of the video camera. The best jokes will be edited together in a video montage. The jokes have to be clean and funny. You can see a Joke Reel from Esri User Conference here.

Here is one of the interviews we recorded last year which has received more than 2,000 views:


Bentley Map Mobile Debuts
July 24, 2013  by Susan Smith

The first version of Bentley Map Mobile, a Bentley app that empowers infrastructure professionals to share Bentley Map geospatial information with field technicians via Android-based mobile devices, was released recently.

For those who follow the British royals, an Esri map is available for the media to embed or share. See where the last 12 heirs to throne were born and track real-time Twitter reactions to the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s child.

Esri’s Royal Births Map>

Leverage the Value of Your Geospatial Content with eCommerce
July 22, 2013  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Last year, we showcased a story of how the Netherlands-based, Dotka Data maintains a large and growing collection of historical aerial photography and maps, reflecting more than 200 years of history, and how it had selected ERDAS APOLLO to manage this data in conjunction with an exciting new e-commerce project.

Through this partnership, Dotka is working with the Dutch newspaper AD to offer its readers an opportunity to view current and 50-year old aerial photographs of their own homes.

As such, customers who maintain a subscription or purchase three newspapers have been granted access to a website enabling them to geocode their addresses to locate the relevant imagery, zoom in and out to view the details of their home and surrounding geography and order a free set of aerial images of their homes from 1960 and 2011.

After a year of working with ArcGIS Online (AGOL), we had a round table last week among our GIS developers and asked the question “what are the 6 things you most like about ArcGIS Online”. The results of our informal poll are below:

1) Web Maps – we all agreed the use of a single web map to express all map layers was a big deal. In the past too much work was needed by the developer to reach out to different sources for layers, and to deal individually with each layer (projection etc) before it was displayed. The web map has simplified that process, they form form the base for Web and mobile maps and development. They can also be embedded in a web page, rather like a youtube video, see our contact page for an example. Now that is cool.

2) Authentication and Groups – being able to control who has access to your data was often a request our clients had when it came to ArcGIS Server development. It meant we had to develop custom authentication services. The ArcGIS Online Portal has authentication built in. Marvelous. Our code is simpler, and our clients have a greater level of control over data access.

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