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What is the cost
Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 4:19 pm
Just what does it cost to own your own database of maps? You said it was expewnsive, I was just wondering HOW expensive?
Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 9:54 pm
I meant the development cost. The price of commercial products (ESRI, Mapquest) implies how much it costs to develop such a system.
To build our own map server, the only choice seems to be the open source 'MapServer' project (http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu
), plus the TIGER/LINE map data. MapServer doesn't automatically support TIGER AFAIK. Even if it does, TIGER data is low efficient for real-time query - imagine dealing with 4GB data (whole US) for each geocoding. I am not sure how long it takes to set up a server based on 'MapServer' and TIGER, a few months? 1 year? Additionally TIGER data is likely out of date because it updates every a couple of years. The latest update was in 2000. (NavTech updates every few months).
Buying map data from NavTech or GDT is not practical for us for the same reason of cost.
All in all, hope you get a picture of the situation.
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 9:30 am
OK... I just hate it when these ideas keep coming out of my head....
Would it be technically possible to have accutracking collect the data from the phone, and then input that data to the CUSTOMERS copy of mappoint? (Thereby eliminating the cost of a map database)
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 9:33 am
....just looked at the cost of MapPoint.... let's change that app to Streets!
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 10:50 am
A good thing about MapPoint is it's open SDK. Streets & Trips? na...
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 11:00 am
MS Streets & Trips Page
mentioned Import Data Wizard - Import data and contacts from Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook or text files. Contacts show up right on the map in just a few easy steps.
Our site now provides a data download link. Maybe manually importing data will work? Try if you have the software?
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 11:18 am
I saw that feature, and assumed a manual import would work... what would be slick is an automatic interface.... so instead of an attached GPS, you have an attached connection to Accutracking over the net. This gives Accutracking an avenue for future revenue, having the ability to push information to the connected map client and having a way of sending sponsored ad's (oh the horror!)....
I just do not have the program to try...
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 12:32 pm
You are right. That's our future. So be with us...
Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2004 12:33 pm
I have used DeLorme Street Atlas for several years, both on the desktop and on a mobile device with GPS. The GPS function works well and I agree that a direct interface to a user's own mapping software would be cost-effective and practical. There must be a way to replicate the data stream from the GPS phone and push it to the mapping program. Maybe this would reduce bandwidth requirements for AccuTracking, compared to the other Nextel partners and also keep user costs low.
Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:14 pm
imported the csv file to my map point,where i was able to break out the lat. long. from the file & import to map. Found my new 2004 Mappoint on Ebay for 49.00.
Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:46 pm
I use MapPoint 2004 the same way. It is slicker than snot itself. Download the CSV file from the handy Accutracking website, open MapPoint and press "ctrl-I" then just follow the prompts. You can see the track made by the phone and save it.
You can even get a bit of automation going if you save the CSV file in the same spot everytime and use the same MapPoint file. then you just open the MapPoint file and press "shift-F9" to update the data. Microsoft data can be as handy as duct tape sometimes! Not a spit shine finish but a far cry from ploting coords on a paper map