If you’ve been on the fence about earning an online GIS degree, search “GIS” and you’ll see a slew of new GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology hitting the market. Here’s a look at a few new toys.
GIS software provider, SuperGeo Technologies recently released the Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 to assist in cadastral navigation measuring and field survey. According to the company’s press release, “Mobile Cadastral GIS is designed for cadastral (data information about rights and interest in land) navigation measuring and field survey on the basis of SuperGIS Mobile Engine. Integrated with GIS and GPS technology resources, Mobile Cadastral GIS enables field surveyors to recognize their current locations and the correct information of cadastral navigation swiftly.”
Digital technology and solutions provider, Eka Technologies Inc., recently announced their new FotoSpot and FotoMapr geo-tagging digital cameras. They will both add GPS photo location, shot direction and even user notes to images created with Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Ricoh and other popular digital cameras. “For the advanced photographer or GIS professional, the FotoMapr series is a cost-effective way to professionally geo-tag and notate images for use in their mapping platforms,” said Arun Madhav, Eka CEO, in a press release. “Without compromising DSLR image quality and performance, field professionals using Nikon, Ricoh and other DSLR cameras, can now geo-tag and notate every image with precise GPS and user data.”
Google Maps now has 3D Maps for smartphone users. You can drag down with two fingers to tilt, and then zoom in on one of more than 100 cities around the world with 3D buildings to see a skyline come to life. Twist with two fingers to rotate the map and view it from any direction. There’s even a compass mode, so you can orient yourself to the map. And the best part: Maps are preloaded, so you can interact with them even if you lose the connection.
The IT staff of the city of Sacramento, California, worked with GIS software provider, ERSI to create a customized app to open its redistricting process to the public. The free online tool enables anyone to develop new district boundaries for consideration by the city’s redistricting citizen advisory committee, which will make recommendations to the city council. ESRI Redistricting, a comprehensive web-based redistricting solution, was released in February and is also available as Software as a Service (SaaS). The Sacramento app allows users to redraw district boundaries to meet new population targets while keeping communities intact and adhering to federal, state and city requirements.
Information technology and business intelligence solutions provider, Qbase LLC recently created the second generation of its MetaCarta GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr. According to the company, the GeoSearch Toolkit brings geospatial document search to Solr, the popular open source enterprise search engine, and adds polygonal search. The GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr allows users to index and search their documents by keyword inside of a defined geographic area. Using this Toolkit, users can build sophisticated search solutions that go outside of circle or square boundaries and include polygonal areas.
These are just a handful of the new uses for GIS technology. What’s next?