[Mobile GIS] GIS on mobile devices

Brent Fraser bfraser at geoanalytic.com
Fri Dec 1 17:12:40 EST 2006


  It's not really my project (I was just trying to generate some interest on the mailing list).  The MobileGIS interest group (http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Mobile_Solutions) started a few months before FOSS2006, where 20 or so people met for a "birds-of-a-feather" session (http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/FOSS4G2006_Mobile_GIS_BOF_Minutes).
  Currently, I know of two cross-platform open-source MobileGIS efforts:

1.  JVN GIS:  http://jvngis.googlepages.com/home2 - Java based, no data collection features?
2.  Mateusz Loskot's effort (http://sourceforge.net/projects/wcelibcex/ to port Linux/Windows C/C++ libraries (Proj4, GDAL,...) to Windows CE / Windows Mobile

Although, there are more listed on the Mobile Solutions site, most (if not all) are Navigation apps, not data collection apps (like ESRI's ArcPad).  Of course I expect the demand for a data viewer to be greater than a data capture tool.
My thought is to use Mateusz's WinCE ported libraries and wrap a wxEmbedded GUI around them (dunno where the GIS functionality will come from, GEOS? other?...).  The result should be a platform independant (well, Windows and Linux anyways) GIS Data capture/ Navigation application, scalable from an iPaq (what! no cellphone or iPod app? ) to a tablet or desktop computer.

Brent Fraser
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lyn Chua 
  To: bfraser at geoanalytic.com 
  Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 8:25 PM
  Subject: [Mobile GIS] GIS on mobile devices

  Hi Brent,
  I saw your post on the MapTools list on October 2.
  Are you starting up an Open Source group for GIS on mobile devices? I would like to contribute as a developer. Here is my brief
  1999-2000: GPS/INS systems for honours thesis in university. (Matlab/C)
  2000-2001: Embedded Systems (RTOS C) / Wireless protocol for trains (Java2)
  2001-2005: Intergraph GeoMedia customisation (VB6)/ ENVI customisation (IDL) / Bluetooth connectivity for IntelliWhere OnDemand (eVB)
  2006-present: Autodesk Map3D / MapGuide.
  Let me know if I can contribute - on the weekends! =)

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