2013 has been a very exciting year. As we move into 2014 we wanted to recap some of the product features that we have release over the past twelve month.
We started off the first quarter of the year by supporting a new file format, KML, which is common from GPS sensors. This has allowed users to quickly visualize and share sensor based data. While this was a test project for us, we will look to completly support all KML file types in 2014. Here is an example of kml data uploaded from sensors:Humidity and temperature readings from hand-held sensor.
We also included two new flat model types as alternative options for users when designing maps. The map below, which measures optimal locations of warehouses, demonstrates one of these new model types:
We also included new elevation options, allowing models and markers to be incorporated at various levels. Here is an example of an area map clamped to the surface, allowing for a flat view of the data.
The maps have also been made more interactive. Users are now able to click or hover over a point on a map and see the underlying data. Also, when sharing, the individual layers can continue to be turned on and off, so all users can take full advantage of the shared maps. Click below to see the interactive map, showing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy:
About mid-way through the year we released one of two new analytic features – buffer rings. This new tool allows users to define a zone around selected points to analyze their relationship to their neighbors or surrounding area. Here is an example of buffer rings being used to measure the potential walking radius of parks:
The second analytic feature that was released was the Ribbon. This feature connects points along a path, allowing users to visualize information along a route, as in this map of CO2 readings along a bike path in France:
CO2 readings from SensPod.
One of the more interesting features was the release of the canvas. This tool allows users to select alternate tiles to use for their base map. Users can choose from more subtle traditional options, grey and black tones, or a more bold watercolor option. An example of the grey tone can be found in this map highlighting traffic collisions in the City of Toronto.
Our last main feature this year was the ability to export in 3D. This feature provides users the ability to import maps into other 3D modeling software and truly embed data into their designs. It also provides users the ability to leverage other technology such as 3D printing, as seen below:
In 2014, we will continue to provide new functions and tools from our very long product road map. Look for many new features to be released over the next year to increase collaboration, simplify data analysis, and to continue to allow GIS technology to reach all parts of the organization.