Vector tiles vs raster tiles – the pros and cons

Base maps provide us with the foundation to visualise and analyse data using the ArcGIS platform. But with a range of options now available, have you ever wondered if you’re using the right base map within your solution?

Technology’s rapid evolution is driving the need to utilise fast rendering tiles, which is why vector seems to be getting all the coverage these days. However, raster tiles remain very useful for many tasks and workflows.

So vector or raster? There is a place for both types of tiles. Making the right decision as to what’s best for you and your customers really comes down to your specific needs.

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Guarantee the safety and productivity of your field workers with smart mobile apps

Keeping your mobile field workers safe, informed and connected is a challenge faced by an increasing number of organisations.

Whether you’re managing teams of winemakers, nurses or engineers, being able to effectively monitor and clearly communicate with your staff is vital to ensuring employee safety, productivity and trust.

A recent report from Strategy Analytics forecasts that the global mobile workforce will reach 1.75 billion by 2020 – accounting for 42 per cent of the total workforce.

To address the challenges that will come with this growth, MapData Services has recently launched the FieldWorker Suite for ArcGIS, providing essentials tools for managing your remote teams in ArcGIS Online.

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Insurance quoting is made easy with Geoscape

What happens when someone requests a home insurance quote? They get asked lots of questions about their property.

This allows the insurer to determine the level of risk and accurately calculate an estimate.

Before confirming the price of a quote, there are various property questions insurers typically need to ask. These include:

  • Is the building single or multi-storey?
  • Does it have solar panels or a swimming pool?
  • What material is the roof constructed from?
  • Is the building built on sloping land?

Any of these factors could reduce or create insurance risk, and therefore influence the quote provided.

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Data visualisation using HERE data and mapping tools

As the saying goes – a picture says a thousand words

Because of the way the human brain works, it’s much easier for people to understand data represented in a chart or on a graph rather than hidden away in spreadsheets or reports. Data visualisation is key to making data analytics approachable and conveying analysis results effectively.

In its raw form, data can be essentially meaningless. Without the ability to compare and contrast, highlight trends and predict outcomes, the value of data remains trapped. By taking raw datasets and representing them in a visual format, analysts can unlock a wealth of insights and gain a greater understanding of any situation.

Combining the latest visualisation technologies with the huge amounts of data available from companies like HERE – a leader in mapping, navigation and location experiences – allows you to present your data on striking, interactive maps that are not only informative, but also highly engaging.

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The best bits from Ozri 2015

This year’s Australian Esri User Conference – Ozri 2015 was another huge success. We are proud to be part of such an outstanding event which brings together mapping and spatial professionals from all over the country. We hope you enjoyed the 3-day action-packed program as much as we did.

Committed to powering your next big idea with premium content we took advantage of the conference to launch exciting new applications and deliver helpful demonstrations.

But if you’ve missed out on Ozri 2015 – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Find a summary of the best bits below.

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Easy Map Visualisation

There are some really cool and easy visualisations you can do with different online mapping platforms now available.

ArcGIS Online Smart Mapping

ArcGIS Online has recently included new functionality to easily create an interesting visualisation from your data. The new Smart Mapping option helps you to figure out the best way to display your data, taking into consideration what your data ranges are and the type of data that is in your table.

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Making Map Movies

There are some really cool and easy visualisations you can do with different online mapping platforms currently available.

In previous posts we have linked to visualisations using the CartoDB Torque function to create some interesting maps. CartoDB Torque uses a time and date column in your table to animate your data.

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