Interactive map hosting services can be adapted to meet the needs of the client's hosted maps. These hosting companies provide application development and customization. Their GIS, web mapping, desktop and web applications are built on proven open source software programs. The number of users who manipulate GIS systems to improve their building, production, execution and operations is growing:
The GIS must go far beyond data warehousing and storing rosters. Some companies must store thousands of rosters that become the foundation of their maps. New data, aerial photos, weather charts need to be added. A static database makes the application process difficult if not impossible. Storing spatial data is redundant. Users need tile index software to serve their desktop end-users making it easy for clients to change data, alter maps, and create reports.
The industry is growing so fast that purchasing database and middleware is not feasible even if the company can afford it. Data sharing, and open source development is expanding the parameters of the software, forcing businesses to upgrade their systems constantly. It is often necessary to upgrade in-house systems continually.
The price of a basic map hosting service can cost less than maintaining the coffee kiosk in the office. This service can solve a multitude of problems for business and municipal planning. It is possible to make maps available instantly to all departments, around the globe. The map hosting company will take care of the following:
Working with a host eliminates the investment cost of hardware and software and significantly reduce the monthly expenses associated with publishing spatial information in-house.
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This is only the first benefit. They also offer geo-referencing applications, which businesses can place at Point of Sale in spatial locations so web visitors may follow them. These services can be used to map the clients and competition on digital maps and perform market analyses using overlapped data. These can be used to generate sales reports, advertising campaigns, map growth and franchising, plan efficient routes for fleet vehicles, and reducing transport and employment costs.
Map hosting can amalgamate web hosting and geo-reference tools for development, to help tourists or visitors find their way around the building and grounds, to plan for urban sprawl, and deployment of public utilities and emergency services. Business can use digital maps for their delivery and transport services. Terminal based maps are perfect for parks and tourism to let visitors see where they are, how to find amenities, emergency services, and specific locations in the park. No matter what industry, Map Hosting is a practical service that is fast becoming the choice over managing an in-house digital map service.
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