In January Google deprecated Google Maps Engine – cloud tool for storing geographic data and to layer that data on top of the Google Maps. Since some of Globema Google Maps based application were built on Maps Engine, we decided to create platform with similar functionalities.
Globema GeoPlatform (GGP) provides means to build comprehensive geospatial applications based on Google Maps. Such applications can be used to visualize on Google Maps spatial data which can be imported from various sources (CRM data, GIS data, marketing data etc.). GGP can be implemented both as a cloud solution or on premises. This is the main advantage of GeoPlatform over Google Maps Engine.
Globema GeoPlatform is based on its own spatial data repository which is using PostGIS database and GeoServer technology. The tool consists of the following modules:
- Google Maps – displaying (customized) Google Maps in the application
- WFS Layers – using WFS service to obtain detailed information and for searching for objects
- WMS Layers – displaying maps obtained from WMS service on top of Google Maps.
- Spatial Data Processor – importing spatial data from various sources and sharing them as WMS/WFS services
- restricting access to the application (access only for given Google Accounts).
Applications built on GGP
New version of Globema application GeoGrid is the first product built on GeoPlatform. GeoGrid allows to visualize GIS data directly on Google Maps and Google Street View. The solution supports companies managing technical infrastructure in the field (like energy & utility DSOs and telecommunication operators). GeoGrid gives quick and easy access to infrastructure data in the field on any mobile device (all types of tablets and smartphones are supported).
The tool was implemented in several district heating companies in which the application was loaded with GIS data from Globema Smallworld based system DH.GIS.