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ThinkGeo Maps Query Sample Spotlight: Cities Affected by Nuclear Disasters

The settlements affected by Chernobyl’s 1986 nuclear accident

There have been a handful of nuclear power plant events that have had significant consequences for people, the environment and the facilities and workers of the plant. Sometimes the scope and radius of the area impacted by these events is minimized or not completely understood. Maps can help in painting that picture. ThinkGeo Cloud can go the extra mile and stress the importance and the magnitude of such events.

ThinkGeo’s Maps Query Service can be used in a near-limitless variety of applications, but for this use case we wanted to show off the ease of putting a map together that focuses on finding points within a custom area shape. Continue reading

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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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Maps Query Service added to ThinkGeo Cloud

Cities affected by a threatening Atlantic Hurricane

ThinkGeo’s Cloud Maps Spatial Query Service is a data allocation haven. With it, you can free-draw, set lines and/or polygon contours for any portion of ThinkGeo’s World Maps and then extract a bevy of spatially-related data. For example: if your input shape contains waterways, buildings, railways, points of interest, etc., you can
query them and get instant highlighted results from your search. Through our demo center, users can experiment with a variety of layers and query types to customize their experience and they can even set their max results to a custom value. 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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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’s 2019 U.S. Retail Closings Map & How We Built It

We notice the empty storefronts on our commutes and weekends out and about.  The names and numbers continue to mount. Some marquee U.S. retail franchises are in the midst of a mass-scale disappearing act.  The retail business hit record revenues in 2018 so some may ask why the record high store closures?  Economists have pinned the blame on over extending and over expanding the realistic shopper base and in some cases over-inundating some major metropolitan areas with franchises. Another obvious trend is the takeover of online shopping and the convenience of pressing buttons at home versus roaming the wild for goods. Continue reading

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Add Aerial Imagery to Your Mapping App!

Looking for affordable and less restrictive alternatives to mapping providers like Bing or Google Maps? Or perhaps you are building an offline application which requires offline street and aerial maps? Map Suite GIS Services includes street maps for the entire world, aerial imagery for the US and much more.

Map Suite GIS Services “Cloud Hosted” is an online solution that you can easily add to your application with a few lines of code. If you are looking for offline alternatives ThinkGeo offers imagery tiles available through a requester pays S3 Bucket that allows for caching and easy data management. Continue reading

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