A comparison of GIS                    Mobile Applications                          Miguel Montesinos & Javier Carrasco   ...
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
Introduction        In the beginning it was ArcPad +        MS PocketPC + Old PDAs6-9th Sept. 2010
Introduction        The evolution followed these trends:                   •   Competitors far far away from ESRI         ...
Introduction        Some OS initiatives started:                   •   MOSS4G – FOSS4G BOF 2006                   •   gvSI...
Introduction        Mobile phones swallowed PDAs                   •   MOSS4G – FOSS4G BOF 2006                   •   gvSI...
Introduction        PDAs are not personal any more        ¿EDAs?                   •   Windows Mobile based GIS           ...
Introduction      Article with      details available      at OSGeo wiki      http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GIS_Mobile_Compar...
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
Mobile GIS Products                   Real GIS                          •   gvSIG Mobile                          •   Eneb...
Products. gvSIG Mobile          Member of gvSIG family          Funded by Reg. Gov Valencia, Spain          GPL          C...
Products. Enebro          Funded by Reg. Gov Andalucía, Spain          Open Source          No Community / Open Developmen...
Products. ArcPad          ESRI product          Privative Software          Active Development6-9th Sept. 2010
Products. Tango GPS          GPS-flavoured product          Open Source          Linux platforms          Forked by Foxtro...
Products. Foxtrot GPS          GPS-flavoured product          Open Source          Linux platforms          Active OSGeo l...
Products. gvSIG Mini          GPS-flavoured product          Open Source          Android / Java ME CLDC6-9th Sept. 2010
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
Platform Execution6-9th Sept. 2010
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
“Open-Source-ness”6-9th Sept. 2010
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
Basic and symbology6-9th Sept. 2010
Offline formats support6-9th Sept. 2010
Online formats support6-9th Sept. 2010
GPS6-9th Sept. 2010
Editing6-9th Sept. 2010
Other features6-9th Sept. 2010
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
Perfomance Tests        Only for Windows Mobile Products                   •   gvSIG Mobile 0.3                   •   Eneb...
Perfomance Tests. Datasets             Vectorial Datasets             FOSS4G 2010 Dataset (ShapeFile)             Raster D...
Perfomance Tests. Methodology             Manual measurement. Stopwatch.             Averaging             Minimal thresho...
Perfomance Tests. Methodology             Used device. PDA:                    -   Acer S200                    -   Proces...
Perfomance Tests. Results             Vectorial Datasets. Small/Medium6-9th Sept. 2010
Perfomance Tests. Results                   Vectorial Datasets. Large6-9th Sept. 2010
Perfomance Tests. Results                   Raster Datasets                   For small zooms, no response in Enebro withi...
Agenda                   1.   Introduction                   2.   Products                   3.   Platforms               ...
Enebro       •   Very good software, quite fast and free       •   Not open development, no public repositories       •   ...
Very light applications       •   Application like gvSIG Mini or TangoGPS that           support only tiles (OSM, yahoo ma...
New devices and platforms       •   Android and iOS devices are “cheap” and           powerful, include cameras, aGPS, WiF...
Layar and Augmented Reality       •   Augmented reality provides users the possibility           to see located objects ov...
Web based touch applications       •   There are some initiatives to make the web           mapping possible on mobile    ...
Desktop applications optimized for                       mobility       •   Beegis is an application developed to be used ...
The number of applications       •   We searched very hard for FLOSS mobile Geo           applications with very few resul...
Are the OS applications comparable                to ArcPad? (I)       •   In both FLOSS apps and ArcPad Is possible to:  ...
Are the OS applications comparable                to ArcPad? (II)       •   ArcPad has great documentation, a good        ...
To do       •   FLOSS Mobile GIS still have to work on             •     Making better documentation and tutorials        ...
A comparison of GIS                    Mobile Applications                          Miguel Montesinos & Javier Carrasco   ...
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  1. 1. A comparison of GIS Mobile Applications Miguel Montesinos & Javier Carrasco mmontesinos/jcarrasco@prodevelop.es6-9th Sept. 2010
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  3. 3. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  4. 4. Introduction In the beginning it was ArcPad + MS PocketPC + Old PDAs6-9th Sept. 2010
  5. 5. Introduction The evolution followed these trends: • Competitors far far away from ESRI • MS leading the path • PDAs evolving to smartphones • No Open-Source projects6-9th Sept. 2010
  6. 6. Introduction Some OS initiatives started: • MOSS4G – FOSS4G BOF 2006 • gvSIG Mobile • Enebro6-9th Sept. 2010
  7. 7. Introduction Mobile phones swallowed PDAs • MOSS4G – FOSS4G BOF 2006 • gvSIG Mobile • Enebro6-9th Sept. 2010
  8. 8. Introduction PDAs are not personal any more ¿EDAs? • Windows Mobile based GIS • Newcomers6-9th Sept. 2010
  9. 9. Introduction Article with details available at OSGeo wiki http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/GIS_Mobile_Comparison6-9th Sept. 2010
  10. 10. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  11. 11. Mobile GIS Products Real GIS • gvSIG Mobile • Enebro • ESRI ArcPad Mobile Viewers • TangoGPS / Foxtrot GPS • gvSIG Mini • Layar6-9th Sept. 2010
  12. 12. Products. gvSIG Mobile Member of gvSIG family Funded by Reg. Gov Valencia, Spain GPL Community Alive & kicking6-9th Sept. 2010
  13. 13. Products. Enebro Funded by Reg. Gov Andalucía, Spain Open Source No Community / Open Development6-9th Sept. 2010
  14. 14. Products. ArcPad ESRI product Privative Software Active Development6-9th Sept. 2010
  15. 15. Products. Tango GPS GPS-flavoured product Open Source Linux platforms Forked by Foxtrot GPS6-9th Sept. 2010
  16. 16. Products. Foxtrot GPS GPS-flavoured product Open Source Linux platforms Active OSGeo list: foss-gps6-9th Sept. 2010
  17. 17. Products. gvSIG Mini GPS-flavoured product Open Source Android / Java ME CLDC6-9th Sept. 2010
  18. 18. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  19. 19. Platform Execution6-9th Sept. 2010
  20. 20. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  21. 21. “Open-Source-ness”6-9th Sept. 2010
  22. 22. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  23. 23. Basic and symbology6-9th Sept. 2010
  24. 24. Offline formats support6-9th Sept. 2010
  25. 25. Online formats support6-9th Sept. 2010
  26. 26. GPS6-9th Sept. 2010
  27. 27. Editing6-9th Sept. 2010
  28. 28. Other features6-9th Sept. 2010
  29. 29. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  30. 30. Perfomance Tests Only for Windows Mobile Products • gvSIG Mobile 0.3 • Enebro 2.0 • ArcPad 10 Only for common data formats6-9th Sept. 2010
  31. 31. Perfomance Tests. Datasets Vectorial Datasets FOSS4G 2010 Dataset (ShapeFile) Raster Datasets ECW from CNIG (Spanish Nat. Mapping Agency)6-9th Sept. 2010
  32. 32. Perfomance Tests. Methodology Manual measurement. Stopwatch. Averaging Minimal threshold = 0,2 s. Operations tested: Add a layer. Zoom to a small area. Pan. Fit all (Zoom to Extent)6-9th Sept. 2010
  33. 33. Perfomance Tests. Methodology Used device. PDA: - Acer S200 - Processor: Qualcomm 1 Ghz - Memory: 256 KB SDRAM. - ROM: 512 KB. - Screen: 480 x 800 px. - O.S.: Windows Mobile 6.56-9th Sept. 2010
  34. 34. Perfomance Tests. Results Vectorial Datasets. Small/Medium6-9th Sept. 2010
  35. 35. Perfomance Tests. Results Vectorial Datasets. Large6-9th Sept. 2010
  36. 36. Perfomance Tests. Results Raster Datasets For small zooms, no response in Enebro within 5 mins.6-9th Sept. 2010
  37. 37. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Products 3. Platforms 4. Open source analysis 5. Feature comparison 6. Perfomance tests 7. Conclussions6-9th Sept. 2010
  38. 38. Enebro • Very good software, quite fast and free • Not open development, no public repositories • No developer documentation • Confusing license • Very few spread6-9th Sept. 2010
  39. 39. Very light applications • Application like gvSIG Mini or TangoGPS that support only tiles (OSM, yahoo maps...) or WMS are fast and light and powerful • This kind of applications are growing in number • With a few more work is possible to add custom forms and POI creation to do asset inventory and maintenance and incidence reporting6-9th Sept. 2010
  40. 40. New devices and platforms • Android and iOS devices are “cheap” and powerful, include cameras, aGPS, WiFi and CellId based location, compass, accelerometers, light sensors and so on. • The new boom of tablets provides bigger screens with small weights and good battery consumption • Multitouch screens require new interfaces • The number of users is astonishing6-9th Sept. 2010
  41. 41. Layar and Augmented Reality • Augmented reality provides users the possibility to see located objects over the real world • The spread of Layar is *15 the spread of ArcPad • ¿Could it be interesting for the GIS community to use mobile AR professionally?6-9th Sept. 2010
  42. 42. Web based touch applications • There are some initiatives to make the web mapping possible on mobile • TouchMapLite • Openlayers • more? • With HTML5 personal database is possible to have offline data • We will keep an eye on those projects6-9th Sept. 2010
  43. 43. Desktop applications optimized for mobility • Beegis is an application developed to be used by geologists on outdoor surveys • Is built on top of Jgrass, so it has a lot of functionality • It works on tablet-PCs • Its key functionalities are • Geonotes tool • GPS tool6-9th Sept. 2010
  44. 44. The number of applications • We searched very hard for FLOSS mobile Geo applications with very few results • Did we missed any important software? • What are the reasons for such a few results?6-9th Sept. 2010
  45. 45. Are the OS applications comparable to ArcPad? (I) • In both FLOSS apps and ArcPad Is possible to: • field mapping • inventory and mantainment of assets • incidence reporting • inspections • ArcPad does not support any open or OGC format • Performance is perfectly comparable and in some cases gvSIG Mobile is even faster6-9th Sept. 2010
  46. 46. Are the OS applications comparable to ArcPad? (II) • ArcPad has great documentation, a good customization framework and good integration with ArcGIS • gvSIG Mobile (the most complete OS App) does not support rangefinder or dgps or camera and geometry editing is poor compared to ArcPad at this moment6-9th Sept. 2010
  47. 47. To do • FLOSS Mobile GIS still have to work on • Making better documentation and tutorials • Making the software easier to install and use • Expand the user and developer community • Support professional equipment like rangefinder and dgps • Keep an eye on new interactions (multitouch), new hardware (+1GB RAM, Sensors), new approaches (AR) and new possibilities (HTML5, WiFi and CellID location)6-9th Sept. 2010
  48. 48. A comparison of GIS Mobile Applications Miguel Montesinos & Javier Carrasco mmontesinos/jcarrasco@prodevelop.es6-9th Sept. 2010

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