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Routing Cost Matrix API added to ThinkGeo Cloud

Natural disaster relief teams need to know how far they have to go and how long they will be traveling

Sometimes getting from point A to point B just isn’t enough. Sometimes there are points C-Z to factor into consideration and if that’s the case then odds are you need to know how long it’s going to take to get there too. Enter ThinkGeo’s Routing Cost Matrix API. This latest addition to our ThinkGeo Cloud arsenal introduces a simple service that calculates the time and/or distance between several waypoints. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo Routing Sample Spotlight: Finding Places of Importance Along Your Route.

A Forestry Trucking Route from the heart of Mexico City

“We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there” ; an excerpt from Jerry Reed’s classic record “Eastbound and Down”. Within those lyrics resides a deeper story of managing time and distance across the roads of America. There were no data hubs in Jerry’s days of trucking/fleet management. There were no ways of saving time beyond those that could be thought up on a whim.

The infrastructure now is much different of course. Continue reading

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Putting ThinkGeo’s Service Area to use

Just landed in Vegas and want to find a place to stay on the outskirts of town

Anyone who has worked front desk at a hotel is aware of a daily task that requires the contacting of local competitors to ask them what price they are selling rooms at so that your hotel can set their rates accordingly. This is how data acquisition on the front-lines of the hospitality industry works; and several other industries for that matter. This is one of thousands of everyday tasks that ThinkGeo’s Service Area API can help with. Continue reading

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Routing and Service Area Functionality Comes To The ThinkGeo Cloud

ThinkGeo’s next addition to its robust cloud offering is ThinkGeo Routing, and it’s already here! Not only can you now get driving routes and turn-by-turn directions from our cloud, we also added a Service Area utility to help you manage business logistics using spatial analysis.

Cloud customers and evaluators are now able to enter in start/end coordinates and receive the shortest driving route back to them. In addition, our ThinkGeo Cloud Routing service supports routing through up to 25 waypoints if you need to find the best route between a list of locations. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo Mobile Routing Spotlight

Whether its fleet management, emergency services or simply wanting to avoid traffic on the drive home routing plays a huge part
in our business and personal adventures. ThinkGeo’s Routing extension is simple to use and highly effective. Some key features include

  • Turn by Turn Direction to help you find the fastest and shortest routes
  • The ability to generate a Service Area to manage multiple points and routing to and from these points
  • Avoiding specific areas on your route to maximize efficiency

Take a closer look at the following IOS and Android Github samples to get a preview of what our Routing extension has to offer on the Mobile Platform and if it gives you any project ideas let us know; we’d be happy to work with you and be part of your vision. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo as a Google Maps developer alternative

In light of recent news and changes that Google Maps is making to its developer platform it would make sense to highlight the options that ThinkGeo provides in the current online mapping environment.

With the pricing changes that Google has made, monthly usage costs (measure by load counts) will see a significant spike which could cause alarm to many small business and free websites that use Google Maps and have little no track of the usage amounts that come with that API integration. Continue reading

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Add Routing to Your Map Suite App

A new sample has been created that shows how to quickly add routing to your GIS app. The sample combines Map Suite for WPF with Map Suite for Routing and shows how to get shortest or fastest route within your application. Download the sample directly from GitHub here to begin your free Map Suite trial or enhance your existing application. Sample includes source code and is fully customizable.

Map Suite Routing is an extension which allows developers to add turn by turn routing and directions to their mapping application. Continue reading

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Map Suite 10.0 – A New Way!

Here’s another sneak peek on Map Suite 10.0. In previous versions of Map Suite everything was managed via the ThinkGeo Product Center. Users acquired daily builds, download samples, etc. all via the Product Center. In Map Suite 10.0 the entire process will be more publicly available and streamlined. Here’s a brief overview:

  • The one large assembly is split up into multiple smaller assemblies and distributed via NuGet. The installation and update will be handled by NuGet; you only need to update the specific package which contains the new feature/fix.
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Dijkstra’s Routing Algorithm

One of the most commonly used routing algorithms is Dijkstra’s algorithm. Dijkstra’s algorithm finds the shortest path between two nodes by building a shortest-path tree, and stopping once the destination node has been reached. Normally in routing applications, Dijkstra’s algorithm is used to find the shortest route between 2 locations. This is the case with Map Suite Routing’s built-in Dijkstra routing algorithm. However, there may be instances where you may want to find the shortest path from a single source node to several destination nodes. Continue reading

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New Traveling Salesman Algorithm for Routing Extension

The Map Suite Routing Extension allows you to add intelligence to your GIS app by adding route mapping and driving direction functionality. It supports many common routing scenarios as previously described here. A common scenario is the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) which allows you to generate the optimal sequence for visiting multiple locations.

The TSP scenario was always supported by Map Suite Routing Extension; however, improvements have been made to the algorithm which allows developers to work with more stops and more accurate results than before. Continue reading

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