US: Boundless has announced a new partnership with real-time location and mapping platform, Mapbox. The partnership will enable developers to build applications that help people move through cities and understand their world better, by giving Boundless users the access to premium basemap content from Mapbox using Boundless Connect subscription service.
Additionally, Boundless has released a new version of its Desktop GIS software, which — along with Boundless Connect, that was first introduced in November 2016. Boundless Desktop 1.1 includes increased support for PKI authentication, new options for styling, new image discovery and terrain analysis toolbars, in addition to Mapbox basemaps. Users can quickly search through an image library and discover image scenes based on location, cloud cover, acquisition date and more.
“This announcement signifies the massive growth and capabilities of Boundless Connect and accelerates the movement towards open GIS software and developer tools by expanding access to important content like Mapbox’s datasets and gorgeous maps,” said Andy Dearing, CEO of Boundless.
“Partnering with Mapbox has been phenomenal and will only add value to our users. Making this data and content easily accessible through the Boundless ecosystem allows for significant productivity gains and unparalleled flexibility to our customers.”
Today, Boundless Desktop users can easily access this content through the Boundless Connect plugin. Mapbox content is also accessible through Boundless Suite and Exchange subscriptions. These basemaps include:
Mapbox Streets: A comprehensive, general-purpose basemap used for styling transit networks
Mapbox Outdoors: A basemap with curated tilesets and specialized styling tailored for adventurous use cases such as hiking or biking
Mapbox Light & Dark: A subtle, full-featured basemap that provides geographic context while highlighting data
Mapbox Satellite: A full global basemap, perfect as a blank canvas or overlay
Mapbox Satellite Streets: Combines Mapbox Satellite with vector data from Mapbox Streets, providing a comprehensive set of road, label and POI information; bringing greater clarity and context to the crisp detail in high-resolution satellite imagery
Additional premium services for routing, geocoding and more will be available in the near future.
“This partnership just makes sense. Mapbox and Boundless share a mission: helping developers build amazing applications that change the way people move and understand their world,” said Matt Irwin, head of strategic partnerships at Mapbox.
“Boundless’s open, flexible platform pairs perfectly with Mapbox’s live-updating, customizable maps. The Boundless community now has tools and content, all in one place. We’re excited to see what they build!”