GIS Cloud http://www.giscloud.com Visualize, analyze and share your geo data online. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:08:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 GIS Cloud Map Viewer for Mobile Released http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-map-viewer-for-mobile-released/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-map-viewer-for-mobile-released/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:08:19 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11611 Take your maps and projects with you wherever you go!Map-Viewer-for-mobile-s

We are happy to announce that GIS Cloud Map Viewer has been released. Map Viewer for Mobile is available for Android and iOS devices on GooglePlay and App StoreApplication offers an easy way to access private, shared or public maps and data from your mobile  and tablet devices at any time.

Non professionals can use the app as a great collaboration tool. GIS Cloud Map Viewer allows accessing different maps depending on user permissions in synchronization with other parts of the GIS Cloud system. It is important to mention that Map Viewer enables viewing large maps rich with features quickly, with unmatched rendering speed.

What is new?

GIS Cloud Map Viewer brings a whole new experience with maps hosted on GIS Cloud for mobile users. Its viewing functionalities are similar to those of Mobile Data Collection app.

This means that you don’t have to access your maps with mobile browser, because they are easily launched within the application. If you don’t need the data collection feature, this is a perfect way to access your maps via mobile devices. Map Viewer enables you to easily select any point on the map and view the attributes in a sidebar. Also, when multiple points (close to each other) are selected, you can go through a list of datasets and view the attributes in a sidebar – with just one touch of a fingertip.

With the Map Viewer app you can:

  • log in with your GIS Cloud account or sign up for a new one
  • access all public and shared private maps
  • tap on the map to view feature data
  • see the list of layers in the map and their symbology
  • show or hide layers or groups of layers
  • see your location on the map (accuracy depending on the GPS capabilities of a tablet/smartphone)

Get the app on the  Google Play for Android, and App Store for iOS devices.

 

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A reminder: City Portal Webinar on Thursday, February 11th http://www.giscloud.com/blog/a-reminder-city-portal-webinar-on-thursday-february-11th/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/a-reminder-city-portal-webinar-on-thursday-february-11th/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:33:02 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11594 City Portal webinar

Dear GIS Cloud Community,

we want to remind you that “Smart Cities – City Portal” webinar is scheduled for tomorrow.

Webinar time and date:

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

at 8:00am PST    11:00am EST    5:00 PM CET

REGISTER HERE.

For more information about the webinar topic, click here.

 

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Webinar Announcement: GIS Cloud Smart Cities – City Portal http://www.giscloud.com/blog/webinar-announcement-gis-cloud-smart-cities-city-portal/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/webinar-announcement-gis-cloud-smart-cities-city-portal/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:38:17 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11570 Citizen  Engagement Portal

Encouraged by a great interest for “GIS Solutions for Smart Cities of the 21st Century” webinar, we decided to start with a series of Smart City short webinars, designed specifically for one segment of possible GIS applications for a Smart City.

First webinar in the series is titled GIS Cloud Smart Cities : City Portal, scheduled for next Thursday, February 11, 2016.

A great City Portal is the face of a city, providing an incredible amount of information in just a blink of an eye. Knowing that the key for becoming a smart government is in fresh, accessible and accurate information, city web map is a very good initial step towards being a smart government. Also, it is an excellent source for gaining citizen feedback about government and city infrastructure, resources, projects and much more. Moreover, City Map Portal may serve as a way to drive citizen engagement in a quick and efficient way.

Portal has allowed me to create very detailed and information rich web mapping application with limited resources.  (Josh Forner, City of Darwin)

Webinar Time and Date:

Thursday, February 11, 2016 at:

8:00am PST    11:00am EST    5:00 PM CET

REGISTER HERE

 

Following Topics Will Be Covered:

  • Why City Map Portal is a good way to make your city or organization smarter
  • How to use Map Portal to drive citizen engagement
  • Various applications of Map Portal for numerous departments
  • Using Map Portal for federal and local governments, consultants and anyone who wants to show their data to larger public.
  • Real-Life Examples: City of  Canton, City of Darwin and others 

 

Who Should Attend:

  • Local and federal governments and their departments whose goal is to drive citizen engagement with smart solutions
  • Local governments interested in Smart City projects
  • Consultants who want to help their clients setup a custom branded application
  • All organizations who want to show their public data to a larger audience

 

For more updates from GIS Cloud, follow us on LinkedIn.
 

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Introducing GIS Solutions for Smart Cities Webinar Recording http://www.giscloud.com/blog/introducing-gis-solutions-for-smart-cities-webinar-recording/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/introducing-gis-solutions-for-smart-cities-webinar-recording/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:28:19 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11556 Dear GIS Cloud Community,

we are happy to present “GIS Solutions for Smart Cities of the 21st Century” webinar recording. A response for the webinar last Thursday (January 28) was great. We want thank to those who attended. For those who have missed an opportunity to attend, we prepared a recording.

Also, some of our attendees asked for examples of City Portals hosted on GIS Cloud. Here are some of them:

Thanks to your great responses, we decided to start with a series of short Smart City webinars, and the first of them will be about City Portals. It is scheduled for Thursday, February 11th, 2016. You can register here.

 
For  more updates from GIS Cloud, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
 

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Meet the People of GIS Cloud: An Interview with Tatjana Urvan, Head of Support and Quality Assurance http://www.giscloud.com/blog/meet-the-people-of-gis-cloud-an-interview-with-tatjana-urvan-head-of-support-and-quality-assurance/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/meet-the-people-of-gis-cloud-an-interview-with-tatjana-urvan-head-of-support-and-quality-assurance/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:00:39 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11541 Tatjana

One of the first encounters with members of GIS Cloud team is in a chat with our Support team. We take a lot of pride in their great work, claimed to be one of the best parts of GIS Cloud user experience, according to many comments shared by our community. If you ever wondered who sits behind the other side of the screen, here is a chance to find out.

The first stop in meeting people behind the GIS Cloud is Tatjana, whose job is to lead Support and Quality Assurance team, making sure that everything works properly each day. Tatjana joined GIS Cloud when we were a very small team, consisting of only 5 members. Find out how she feels about her daily job, benefits of having a dog in a work environment and how a regular day in user support and quality assurance looks like.

1. Tell us a few words about yourself – why did you choose GIS/geography as your field of interest and how did you find yourself working in GIS Cloud’s Quality Assurance and Support Department?

Even as a kid I really enjoyed looking at the World Atlas, but when I think of it, at the time those were just colorful and interesting pictures. The one who really got me interested in Geography was a high school professor and this was a starting point for my decision to study it. I ended up majoring GIS because it was something new and interesting as it brings possibility to use an old field of study in a modern, everyday world. Regarding GIS Cloud, I was really in the right place at the right time, I simply applied for a job and soon joined the team which was rather small at the time. First I worked on various tasks, but at the end, my affinities, the need that everything works as it should, got me to the quality assurance and support.

2. What are the biggest challenges you are confronted with in a day-to-day work?

The biggest challenge of my daily work is trying to provide the best help to as many users possible in the shortest amount of time. It is not possible to plan the day ahead, because it comes down to all day multitasking with different tasks day-by-day. Even if it demands lots of energy and concentration, at the end this is what makes my job interesting and drives me to do the best possible work.

3. Can you describe your regular working day at GIS Cloud?

Before the everyday rush starts I like to chill in the coffee shop across the street from office and plan at least the beginning of the day. I usually start by checking emails and creating a schedule of tasks my team needs to resolve within that day. When everybody arrives we start assigning job tasks, depending on priorities for the day. This is a very generalized description as each day is very different from another. Sometimes user support takes most of the time in a day, but there are also days where we are testing system intensively. Nevertheless, it’s always very dynamic and intense.

4. What do you consider as  the best part of your job?

Even if working at a high pace is exhausting, this is something that I love. I am glad that my job tasks are different from day to day, because concentrating on various tasks simultaneously makes my brain tick. I don’t like routine jobs where after a while you can do your job automatically without much effort, because then you start to do your job without enthusiasm which isn’t an option for me.

5. Do you have any favorite projects you were doing as a part of GIS Cloud’s team?

We have users all over the world and thanks to that we are a part of many fascinating projects. It is really exciting to see that people from different parts of the world collaborate thanks to our solutions. Also, there are many projects we do inside GIS Cloud. It’s interesting to follow its evolution, how apps are changing over time, but also how our internal organization is growing and progressing. I am proud and very happy to see how far we have come in a testing process during the last few years, which is getting more precise and efficient every day.

6. What are the benefits of having a dog in an office environment?

Since I am bringing my dog to work, spending time at the office became more informal and casual. Because of this it is much easier to stay in the office as long as I need, but it is also much easier to handle other tasks in the spare time. Everything is more relaxed and you get more positive approach on the job. Dog definitely works as a stress relief.

Besides that, an occasional dog walk charges my batteries so I’m more concentrated when I get back to the office. We all know that you must move from a work desk once in a while, but it is hard to get used to do that. Dog in the office absolutely motivates you to have healthier daily habits. :-)

 

 

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Fighting the Snow with a Fleet Management Solution – A Case Study http://www.giscloud.com/blog/fighting-the-snow-with-a-fleet-management-solution-a-case-study/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/fighting-the-snow-with-a-fleet-management-solution-a-case-study/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:03:15 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11528 Fleet Management Solution

Many local governments in areas that get regular snowfall maintain a fleet of snow plows. In the winter season, speed and efficiency of snow plow fleet are of a great importance – especially in highly urbanized cities. We bring you a case study showing how to make a snow fleet management system more efficient with a simple software solution, featuring a story coming from the City of Zagreb.

PROJECT INFO

City of Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. As the climate of Zagreb is moderate continental with hot summers and cold winters, during winter season, snowfall is a common occurrence. This causes various traffic difficulties. That is why it was important for the City of Zagreb  to have a solution for effective management of their snow plow trucks fleet.

What were the challenges?

City of Zagreb wanted to replace an outdated fleet management workflow that was slowing the decision making process during snow emergencies because they didn’t have an overview of the situation on the streets and the cleaning progress in real time. The decision making process was complicated by the fact that City of Zagreb officials needed to manage multiple subcontractors from one account. They wanted to have a possibility of having a full control of vehicles and their expenses on a daily basis. This data should be available on a map accessible by multiple users, both in the office and in the field, using different devices. Considering the fact that mapping data consists of larger datasets and contains a lot of information, the challenge was to have a fast solution with an optimal loading speed. City of Zagreb needed to make their snow emergency response faster, better and more efficient.

At the same time, they wanted to improve their daily workflow and reporting process, and be able to create custom reports with accurate data updated in real time.

What was the solution?

In a need of a more ‘up to date’ approach, City of Zagreb adopted and deployed GIS Cloud tools for their winter fleet management. Cloud based GIS turned out to be a necessity for a successful coordination between multiple users, contractors, and on multiple devices in a real time. Also, cloud GIS made their reaction time faster and workflow more efficient because they were able to track and monitor the progress of snow removal process while making decisions on site.

In order to use their existing data, an integration between Map Editor and Fleet and Workforce Management apps was achieved.

As a powerful mapping tool, Map Editor enabled publishing of existing data, editing and labeling, as well as managing and sorting the data in corresponding folders. The idea was to divide a given area (city of Zagreb) in multiple tasks, where each task represents a group of streets. Their mapping effort would then be connected to the GIS Cloud Fleet and Workforce Management solution, giving the each unit their assigned task.

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An overview of vehicle consumption is possible in Fleet and Workforce Management app so this way City of Zagreb has a full control of managing different types of costs (i.e. salt and other means for defrosting). This enables cost assessments for future, giving them information on what can be reduced and for which subcontractor in particular.

With GIS Cloud Fleet and Workforce Management Solution, real time coordination between drivers and dispatchers was accomplished, having an overview of driver’s locations at any time. This real time solution, enabled a faster response time and more effective decision making in critical situations. With customization options, set of various reports could be made like mileage, fuel consumption, speed limitation etc.

As a novelty, a system for early ice detection was incorporated, where multiple sensors are tracking different criteria like air and pavement temperature, humidity etc. Once a given threshold is crossed, this integrated system in Fleet and Workforce Management app will notify the dispatcher, giving him the necessary information for effective decision making.

GIS Cloud Fleet and Workforce Management Solution was ideal for City of Zagreb, as it accelerated the outdated workflow by using and customizing existing GIS Cloud applications. Real time vehicle tracking was enabled by using fast and responsive maps and by making the decision process inter-operable. With decreased response time, severe winter conditions became much more manageable.

To sum it up, these were the results:

  • Integration between Map Editor and Fleet and Workforce Management (overlap between fleet and their own data)
  • Vehicle Tracking in real time (monitoring of the status and path that certain vehicle has passed)
  • Report about every vehicle regarding the beginning and ending of the drive, time, miles, fuel consumption, speed limitation, status of the vehicle
  • Real time collaboration between the driver and the dispatcher
  • System for early detection of ice on the pavements (17 sensors over the city reports current status of the pavements regarding the temperature of pavement and air, humidity of the pavements and the freezing point which depends on rainfall, fog and salinity of pavement)

Interested in GIS Cloud’s Fleet and Workforce Management solution? Sign up here or contact our sales team.  

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GIS Cloud at FOSS4G in Bonn http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-at-foss4g-in-bonn/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-cloud-at-foss4g-in-bonn/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:05:45 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11520 foss4g-logo_07-s

We are happy to announce that GIS Cloud will be sponsoring FOSS4G 2016 conference in Bonn (August 24-26).

FOSS4G is OSGeo‘s annual global event focused on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. A FOSS4G includes talks, code sprints, bird-of-a-feather sessions, workshops, social events and lots of other attractive smaller and larger happenings.

This year, main conference theme is named “Building Bridges”, highlighting the idea of an open source community building bridges between people coming from all over the world, connecting students, developers, decision makers and software providers.

GIS Cloud’s team is excited to attend the conference and participate in conference events. Moreover, we”ll have our space in the exhibition area so there will be a chance to meet members of our team in person. Come and visit us!

 

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Google Maps Engine API Shuts Down Today (January 29, 2016) http://www.giscloud.com/blog/google-maps-engine-api-shuts-down-today-january-29-2016/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/google-maps-engine-api-shuts-down-today-january-29-2016/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:56:32 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11512 GME SHUTDOWN GIS CLOUD

As of today, January 29, 2016, Google Maps Engine API is deprecated. This means that the product support and the API will no longer be available.

 

Google Maps Engine was mainly a platform which provided businesses cloud based services for editing and storing their geographic data built on Google basemap. Google basemap remained a standard for most users who wanted to visualize and process any kind of information associated to a location, but it wasn’t the same with Google Maps Engine as a cloud service. Many users who decided to work in cloud environment choose other services for manipulating the data often built on Google Maps base layer.

 

GIS Cloud provides an excellent alternative to Google Maps Engine. We have put together a post summing up the benefits GIS Cloud’s platform offers to those who are seeking alternatives to GME API.

More info here.
 

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A Reminder: ‘Smart Cities’ Webinar is Today http://www.giscloud.com/blog/a-reminder-smart-cities-webinar-tomorrow/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/a-reminder-smart-cities-webinar-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:17:33 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11475 We are pleased to announce that more than 300 people have already registered for the “GIS Solutions for Smart Cities of the 21st Century” webinar. We want to remind our attendees and those who are interested in attending, but haven’t registered yet , that the webinar is scheduled for today:

 

Thursday, January 28th,

at 8:00am PST    11:00am EST    5:00 PM CET

 

If you haven’t registered yet, you can do it  here.

Find out more about “GIS Solutions for Smart Cities of the 21st Century” on this link.

 

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Introducing Learning Thursday: How to use a Buffer Analysis Tool? http://www.giscloud.com/blog/introducing-learning-thursday-how-to-use-a-buffer-analysis-tool/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/introducing-learning-thursday-how-to-use-a-buffer-analysis-tool/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:52:58 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=11445 Dear GIS Cloud Community!

Today, we are introducing “Learning Thursday” feature posts on our blog. The idea is to post educational texts, videos, tips and tricks, webinars and similar useful materials for our users on Thursdays, at least once a month. The first issue of GIS Cloud’s Learning Thursday is “How to use a Buffer Analysis Tool in GIS Cloud”.

Your buffer analysis could look great on a map. Here is a sneak peak into visualization possibilities of GIS Cloud’s Map Editor (click on image to Access the map):

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Want to do your own cool maps and buffer analysis in GIS Cloud? Sign up for Map Editor.

 

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