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Last Updated: November 14, 2005

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With the recent growth of mobile GIS technology, many companies now offer various services and equipment to perform different mobile GIS tasks. Though ESRI is a common choice, with its reputable name and excellent ArcPad software, there are now many other products and organizations to choose from. These include MapXtend software by MapInfo, GeoExplorer handhelds and mobile tracking devices by Trimble, ERMapper, and various GPS tracking solutions.

According to Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (M.A.P.S.), the leading GIS software companies are ESRI, MapInfo, and Intergraph. ESRI provides GIS software for the pocket PC (ArcPad) and tracking software for the desktop computer (ArcIMS Tracking Server). MapInfo is a major alternative to ESRI, offering GIS solutions for the desktop, mobile platforms, and server-based products to serve GIS to the web. MapInfo MapX and MapBasic are tools for developers to create custom GIS applications. Intergraph offers a mobile GIS platform called IntelliWhere, which brings Intergraph GeoMedia’s GIS capabilities to the mobile platform.

Mobile GIS has three components:

Handheld Computer
GIS Software
Global Positioning System




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