Hyderabad, India: South America and Asia are top two investors in infrastructure in terms of their GDPs. Intelligent infrastructure can be developed on geospatial platform but the geospatial data used in infrastructure building is different from traditional geospatial data, observed Robert Mankowski, Director, Geospatial Product Management, Bentley, US. Mankowski invited developers to join Bentley Developer Network to develop tools/software accordingly the need of intelligent infrastructure.
Mankowski was addressing the session, Developers Forum at Geospatial World Forum 2011 in Hyderabad, India. The session was chaired by Rajesh Kalra, Managing Director, RMSI, India. According to Mankowski, mission of Bentley Developer Network is to provide third party developers with what they need on a technical and business level to extend and customise Bentley’s server and desktop- based applications to create world class solutions for the infrastructure community.
Prabuddha Ghosh, Technical Specialist, RMSI Private Limited, India, talked about Spatial Cloud Computing on AppEngine. He presented a case study where the company performed GIS-based work for its clients on Google AppEngine (Google’s Cloud Computing Platform). Though, he agreed that there faced certain challenges while they were using AppEngine. The challenges include:
– AppEngine DataStore does not have Spatial Indexing,
– Loading data to Appstore from any machine in the world as Java AppEngine does not have good bulk upload tools, and
– Supporting GIS functionalities without reinventing the wheel.
“To deal with the challenges, RMSI used JavaGeoModel – an existing open source project which supports creation of spatial indexes using Geohashing feature. They used Apache Commons Framework and
JavaAPIforKML for handling the data upload task and used Java Topology Suite for GIS processing,” added Ghosh.
Arvind Thangli, Manager, Autodesk Developer Network, US, invited developers to join Autodesk Developer Network (ADN). He claimed that at present the company has 300 partners worldwide and they develop 200-250 applications. He introduced some of the members of ADN who shared benefits of being member of ADN.
Andy Gup, Technology Lead, esri, US, talked about ArcGIS Online which API is available free of cost for developers. He cited some case studies like Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Situational Awareness Viewer and City of Greeley Property Information Map, where developers brilliantly used the API to help humankind.
According to Satyendra, Senior Product Manager, NSGI, India; challenges for developing tools for Geo Web and Geo Mobile can be segregated into four different categories: data, web, mobile and network. Challenges in data category are accuracy, attributes and updates. Challenges in web category are browsers vs. components and new APIs. Challenges in mobile segment are frequent updates and innovations; while challenges with network are bandwidth and coverage.
Bhaskar Dhanapal, Senior Software Engineer, CoreLogic, India, talked about an innovative application, a Java plug-in for Geo Server to read GeoRaster data. According to Dhanapal, key components of the tool are Java 1.5, GeoTools API Version 2.7, Oracle Spatial Queries, Maven and GeoServer.
To deal with growing traffic congestion problem in all over the world, Vaibhav S Dantale, IT Advisory Engineer, IBM, demonstrated IBM Informix database extended by TimeSeries Datablade and Spatial Datablade. According to Vaibhav, Informix Spatial DataBlade Module treats the Earth as a flat map. It uses planimetric geometry, which means that it approximates the round surface of the Earth by projecting it onto flat planes using various transformations.
Source: Our Correspondent