Organizations Building On-Demand GIS Applications with In-house Resources

Dayton, OH, Oct 26, 2005 – Organizations Building On-Demand GIS Applications with In-house Resources. 

Private industry and government agencies that need to supply end users with maps and data are finding it easier and quicker to produce custom GIS applications for individual user groups on an as needed basis.   

On-demand (OD) computing is an increasingly popular enterprise model in which computing resources are made available to the user as needed.  The benefit of ODC is that computing resources are used more efficiently by only making available what the user needs at a specific time. 

The City of Murfreesboro, Tennessee recently created several different and specific Web based GIS applications using existing GIS map layers, databases and servers.  Gerald Lee, GIS Coordinator at the City of Murfreesboro has found, as have many others IT and GIS administrators throughout the United States, that new software, data platforms and expanded networks allow them to rapidly create applications related to specific business processes within their organization.   

"I have made eight customized websites already for our City, which would probably have cost us at least $5,000 to $10,000 each, not to mention any other ongoing maintenance fees.  We continue to save time and money. Everyone that uses his or her particular site loves the customization ability that it affords.  Almost whatever they want to see and/or query on, can be accomplished, really in no time at all." Gerald Lee, GIS Coordinator, City Of Murfreesboro, TN 

Moving away from the model of one GIS application that does everything for everyone, IT and GIS departments need to quickly create unique applications that do a few critical job tasks very well, such as Emergency Management. 

One new software application that is becoming a leading choice for on-demand GIS applications is Freeance™.  Freeance is a new Web based server application that integrates Internet map services and enterprise databases with a simple-to-use content manager.  Freeance joins digital mapping with and enterprise databases and enables system administrators to quickly build on-demand applications for different user groups. 

Nationwide, in house teams are using Freeance to build many geospatial applications to improve business processes such as; hurricane damage tracking, real estate and land records browsers, public safety/sex offender notification, public works infrastructure, and code enforcement. 

The popularity of Freeance is due to its low-cost, easy implementation, fast application building and ease-of-use.  Organizations purchasing Freeance within the last 30 days include: City of Tyler TX, Jefferson County AL, Panhandle COG TX, Seacoast Utility Authority FL, City of Hayward CA, Broward County FL and Chesterfield County VA.

License fees for Freeance Release 4.0 start set $6,750 per server and allow organizations to build an unlimited number of internal and external Web based applications.  New functionality scheduled for release by end of year 2005 includes PDF printing and increased customization of user interfaces.  An optional software module, Freeance Direct, brings event mapping and batch geocoding to Web mapping applications. 

About Freeance
Freeance has become a leading solution for building Web mapping applications using ArcIMS. Freeance Release 4.0 is an affordable solution priced at $6,750 for a complete server license. To get more information, visit

About TDC Group Inc.
TDC Group is a GIS software development company located in Dayton, Ohio, serving customers since 1989 throughout the United States.


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