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Placebase is the developer of Pushpin, the leading platform for the development of professional web applications in mapping, business geographics and location-based services.
Pushpin is hosted software used by customers in real estate, financial services, navigation and fleet tracking and other sectors to deliver deeply customized highly fluid maps and location-related content via the web.
Placebase also builds customer-specific map tile sets via out specialized render farm (Rendermap) for fluidly usable, beautifully legible draggable maps that work without plugins in any browser.
Professional applications require best-of-breed data. Pushpin Collections has over 12,000 variables and layers on tap, all instantaneously available on maps or reports.
Included are parcel data, demographic forecasts, consumer expenditures, business locations, POI's and much more, sourced from leading commercial data vendors.
"… when Google launched Google Maps for free, the whole world was agog with what you could find. One man who wasn’t thrilled: Jaron Waldman, founder of Los Angeles-based startup Placebase. He was contemplating starting a white-label mapping business when Google went and made the value proposition of his idea disappear. After all, it’s hard to compete with free. Or so you would think.
Waldman thought differently. He decided to compete with Google and other free mapping services by doing two things: One, by offering customizations and tons of features that integrated private and public data sets in many diverse ways. (He knew it would be a while before Google would get around to offering customization). His other twist was to offer a way to layer commercial and other data sets (such as demographics and crime data) onto the maps using an easy-to-use application programming interface (API). The product is called PushPin."
“Google Maps is great for consumer usage, but we are making it easy for large companies to take our Maps API, customize it and then use it,” Waldman said. Users of its Maps API include Cyberhomes and Dash. “We are being used for real estate, fleet tracking and traffic.”
The following maps are examples of Placebase geodata overlayed with cross-referenced demographic data.
Intuit is announcing on Monday a Flash-based Web service that companies can use to geographically visualize their customer data and business activity.
Customer Explorer is being unveiled at this week's Adobe Max conference in San Francisco. Customer Explorer, available at the Intuit Workplace, imports QuickBooks data and overlays it on a live map.
Users can view where their customers are clustering or which regions generate the most revenue. They can also generate time slices of the data, much like a moving weather map, to see how their business has been evolving. And they can overlay regional demographic information, such as median household income. Customer Explorer previously used Placebase maps for geodata.
PolicyMap currently offers over 10,000 indicators related to demographics, real estate, city crime rates, health, schools, housing affordability, employment, energy, and public investments. PolicyMap previously used Placebase for geodata.
Poly9 FreeEarth is a cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe which does not require any download. It is the lightest, most compatible 3D globe on the Web. The main application weights approximately 300 kilobytes - meaning users don't wait more than 2-3 seconds. Features include: Worldwide coverage with high resolution imagery for U.S. metropolitan areas; Worldwide relief data brings topography to life; Cover certain spans of the globe with custom map covers; Support for Flash video makes integration of multimedia content a breeze; And rotate and tilt the globe using left and right mouse buttons.
The U.S. patent application 20110196610 entitled "Schematic Maps" filed on February 5, 2010 provides the following information regarding the proposed display of points of interest.
7. The method of claim 1, wherein the schematic map illustrates points of interest nearby the location of the device.
9. The method of claim 7, wherein the nearby points of interest comprise search results, businesses, and friends of a user.
10. A handheld device comprising: a communications interface configured to receive map vector data describing map features including landmarks, route segments, and potential points of interest
The schematic maps can be useful for providing directions or maps of surrounding areas and maps displaying places of interest and locations of people in the surrounding area.
The overall route can be “distorted” (308) from geographic reality in order to emphasize regions of high interest. Areas of high interest can include turns, areas surrounding a destination, areas surrounding a user's present location, areas surrounding search results, and other points of interest such as gas stations, parks, restaurants, etc. What constitutes an area of high interest can, in some embodiments, be based, in part, on user preferences.
According to his Linkedin profile, Ethan Sorrelgreen is now employed by Apple's Geo Team. Ethan Sorrelgreen is notable for his influence at Nextbus.
GIS Project Manager at Nextbus
Lead GIS Engineer at Nextbus
GIS Analyst at Nextbus
Because traffic variations, breakdowns, and day-to-day problems faced by transit providers can interrupt service, NextBus was designed to keep your customers on schedule even if their bus isn't. NextBus uses satellite technology and advanced computer modeling to track vehicles on their routes. NextBus can estimate vehicle arrivals with a high degree of accuracy. This estimate is updated constantly.
According to his Linkedin profile, Scott Dudgeon is now employed by Apple's Geo Team. Dudgeon is notable for his experience at Inrix as a GIS Analyst.
INRIX is the leading-provider of traffic information, directions and driver services, as well as apps and tools all designed to get your traffic-powered solutions to market rapidly. Intelligently combining the best data from the largest traffic network in the world with game-changing technologies, auto manufacturers, mobile developers, transportation agencies, fleet and Internet companies, INRIX helps to set themselves apart. Together we give customers the power to go anywhere.
Valerie Yakich is also now employed by Apple as a Senior Engineering Manager following a position as Senior Software Engineer. Valerie Yakich is notable for her experience at Inrix as a GIS Architect. Valerie Yakich is also notable as the "most influential" GIS Twitter member "GeoEntelechy."
Get seamless fusion of real-time, historical, predictive and incident data to offer routes customers can rely on every day
Ever taken a detour that ended up taking longer than staying in on your current traffic-choked route? INRIX's 3rd Generation Routing Engine puts an end to this frustration. This groundbreaking service looks ahead in time to determine how traffic is expected to change along the course of travel. And that results in better routes and more accurate travel times for consumers.
Combined with additional in-car driver services - such as dynamic fuel prices and road and weather conditions - the 3rd Generation Routing Engine helps you arm customers with all the insight they need to save time wherever their travels take them.
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INRIX Real-Time Traffic Flow
Ideal for traffic map display, travel times, alerting and other real-time applications, INRIX Real-Time Traffic Flow provides true real-time coverage across each country's roadway network. We do this by blending real-time road sensor data with billions of real-time data points from GPS-enabled commercial and consumer devices in taxis, service vehicles, airport shuttle services, cars, heavy good vehicles (HGV) and long haul delivery trucks.
INRIX Predictive Traffic Flow
INRIX Predictive Traffic Flow accurately predicts the future, anticipating conditions on specific routes for the next few minutes, days, hours or weeks - up to one year ahead. The technology combines input of commonly known traffic-impacting factors such as the current traffic conditions, day of the week, season, holidays and related days, current and forecast weather, accidents and road construction, as well as other events such as school schedules, sports games and concerts. This allows INRIX to make predictions conditioned on dynamic knowledge of current and future conditions, including:
- Proactive route monitoring throughout the trip, in order to actively re-route drivers to avoid congestion up ahead.
- Accurate info regarding when congestion is expected to start or clear along a route.
- More reliable travel time predictions for key routes.
INRIX Historical Traffic Flow
Useful for integration in non-connected devices as well as for performance management by transportation agencies, INRIX Historical Traffic Flow features historical average speeds on individual road segments for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Average historical speeds are available for 1+ million miles in North America and 1+ million kilometers across Europe.