MapGeo Subscription Growth Expands Access to Local Geographic Data

Posted on November 8, 2012 in News

Subscriptions to our MapGeo property mapping platform continue to increase steadily and have picked up in the last few months.

“Since July, we have added more than a dozen MapGeo subscribers” said Michael Terner, Executive Vice President, “and today there are more than 40 MapGeo subscribers representing counties and municipalities in 7 states, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia.”

The web usage statistics show that MapGeo sites are visited regularly and repeatedly, generating maps and views of all types of data.  Even more important than the numbers, users find substantial benefit in the data access provided by MapGeo.

“The feedback we are getting from subscribers and users is very positive,” said Terner.  “Local government staff, real estate and other business professionals, and residents have written to tell us how much they like the user interface and how MapGeo makes it easy to access local geographic data directly, saving them time and money.”

“Our focus at AppGeo is empowering our clients to put geographic data to work for real benefit,” said Rich Grady, President. “The democratization of authoritative local geographic data through MapGeo supports that goal.”

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HTML5 + Geospatial: Past, Present, and Future

Posted on May 8, 2012 in Thinking

Where we’ve been and where we see the potential of HTML5 for the GIS Community

AppGeo’s Vice President and Director of Software Architecture, Peter Girard, has been watching the development of HTML5 for several years with the conviction that it represented the correct technology direction for the company.  We held back jumping on the Flash bandwagon, and we took some flack for not being at the “cutting edge” while we quietly invested in HTML5 components as they appeared, and the dividends are now arriving and we are not surprised.

HTML5, simply put, makes sense for the GIS community for several reasons, not least of which are:

  • Improved handling of graphical and multimedia elements without plugins
  • Support for device access or awareness such as geolocation, orientation and sensor input
  • Expanded scope for modern user interface design
  • Operates efficiently on low-powered devices
  • Enhances offline and storage options that keep applications running even if connectivity is lost temporarily

If you just follow the news, you might have the impression that HTML5 just arrived on the scene.  But the truth is that HTML5 has been coming slowly for several years, and will keep delivering in the years ahead.

Bottom line: we are fans, and have put HTML5 into practice with our MapGeo(TM) application and other custom mobile and web-based applications that we have developed or are developing.  For example, our award-winning custom applications for the City of Baltimore and for the US Geological Survey GAP Analysis Program took advantage of HTML5.

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MapGeo, AppGeo’s Newest Web Mapping Offering

Posted on January 5, 2012 in News

Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo) launched its newest hosted web mapping solution, called MapGeo, in September, 2011.  Since then, AppGeo has launched 10 additional sites with another 10 expected in early 2012.  Nantucket, Massachusetts became the 11th MapGeo site with its public launch on December 2nd.  Nantucket’s MapGeo replaces an ArcIMS website that was launched in October, 2005.

MapGeo represents AppGeo’s next generation web solution that leverages an attractive HTML5-based user interface and aggressive use of tile caching to deliver a very fast and friendly end user experience.

Nathan Porter, Nantucket’s GIS Coordinator reports: “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback about the update to the site, from the public and from other departments within the Town.  People like the more modern look of the data and the smoother search features.  The easily displayed property information and the super fast abutters tool have received a lot of praise as well!”

“We put an enormous amount of thought into technology choice and architecture” said Michael Terner, AppGeo’s Executive Vice President.  “MapGeo and its subscription pricing model represents something different for us.  Each of our customers is using the identical code base hosted on Amazon’s cloud, and updates, improvements and new features are continuously added through new versions.”

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