Geospatial technologies

As geospatial technologies we understand the use of computer systems for the support and handling of information with a spatial component in the geographical sense. Approximately 70% of the information handled by any organization has some type of spatial relationship with its position.

Prodevelop started working with geospatial technologies in 1993. Since then the company has evolved at the same rate as the advances that have taken place in this field.

We are now specialized in the application of an extensive range of geospatial technologies which give added value to our collaborators’ and clients’ solutions.

Unlike closed-source (or proprietary) software (called this because it prevents the user using it freely), in the world of free software, there is no single solution. There is great variety of projects with very different characteristics. Some of them do not have a minimum degree of maturity or a solid and trustworthy community of development and users. There is also a certain degree of overlap and different approaches amongst the plethora of available projects.

At Prodevelop we are specialized in selecting the most stable and mature projects from each type of technology, in order to design the optimum configuration for each project. To do this we collaborate with and are well connected with the various development communities, which means we have all the necessary knowledge to deal with each solution with guaranteed success.

The complete and real adoption of standards of interoperability and data formats is an intrinsic characteristic of the projects based on open code, compared to the concealment of formats and protocols typical of closed-source systems, or their slow adoption. This opening-up and transparency permits the design of leading solutions using open technologies, thus assuring the technological independence and future viability and stability of our projects.

The geospatial technologies we work with can be grouped into a series of categories:

  • Desktop GIS: Advanced tools for the management and analysis of cartographic information, designed to be used as desktop applications.
  • Map servers: Middleware servers that access different data origins and generate maps and geospatial information in different formats and with different protocols.
  • GIS Mobile: Tools for the management of cartographic information on mobile devices such as PDA’s.
  • Light map clients: Frameworks and Web applications for access to maps and the construction of geoportals.
  • Geodatabases: Geospatial information repositories, normally on relational databases.
  • GeoSensor Web: Client or server tool for standardized access to sensor information using SWE (Sensor Web Enablement).
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs): Are a group of technologies but also, and especially, a group of institutional policies and agreements created to ensure that geographical information can be discovered and spread with no technical impediment.