Extend GIS to the iPhone

Adam Pittman discusses how to find and use ArcGIS services to access content directly from your iOS device, including iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

May 5th, 2010

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00:04Mobile GIS helps us better use our maps in the field, collect information, and collaborate with others.

00:11And now, we can leverage the capabilities of the iPhone into our existing GIS workflows.

00:17ArcGIS for iPhone is part of the existing ArcGIS system, and it's a great way to not only capture information and look at maps…

00:27…but it probably, more importantly, it's a way for us to leverage our existing enterprise GIS services…

00:33…and really extend our GIS to a much wider audience.

00:36Let's take a look.

00:39This is the ArcGIS for iPhone application.

00:42Using this application, we can find and discover content.

00:46I can search galleries of information.

00:49I can browse by most popular maps, the highest rated maps, or I can access and use my own maps that I publish and host myself.

00:58And I've created a group called ArcGIS 10 What's Coming.

01:02So here are some maps in this group.

01:04I'm going to open the Fort Pierce dashboard map.

01:08So here we see a map of Fort Pierce, Florida.

01:11So using all the iPhone applications, I can tap and zoom in, pan around this map, but what's really interesting about this map…

01:19…is that it was authored with a stored query.

01:23So if I want to search for service requests in and around the city of Fort Pierce, I can do that.

01:28So let's search for all the closed requests.

01:30Here are all the staff in the field right now.

01:33So let's go take a look at the map, and we can see the requests that they have completed in the field.

01:39So we'll zoom in just by tapping.

01:42So here are the service requests.

01:44I'll touch this one.

01:46We can see Steve Jones and the information that he has captured and updated…

01:50…about a streetlight repair project that was happening in the city.

01:54So this is one example of how we can use the ArcGIS iPhone to solve problems in and around our community.

02:02I'm going to find another map.

02:07So this was designed for tax assessors, property tax assessors, so they can enter in a property ID…

02:15…locate that parcel on the map, and find out information about assessing this property.

02:24So if I wanted to identify this feature, there's the parcel, and there's all the information that's recorded with this particular parcel.

02:33But as a property assessor, I need to know as much information as I can about this particular property or this area.

02:42So I can bring in a different service, and we'll see that this map actually hosts multiple services.

02:49So not only do we have a basemap, but we also have operational information.

02:55So here I'll turn on the operational information.

02:57Let's identify this. This is for recent sales and foreclosures that have occurred in this area.

03:02So I can bring in a totally separate layer of information into my map, and here we see all of the information that's there.

03:10That's going to help me make a better decision about how this property is assessed.

03:17So far, all of the examples I've shown you are using a standard ArcGIS for iPhone application.

03:22There are going to be scenarios where you may want to develop or customize your own branded iPhone application.

03:29And to handle that, we're releasing an ArcGIS API for iPhone.

03:34So let's take a look at a customized application to see a good example of when you might want to customize your own.

03:41This is an example of a custom ArcGIS for iPhone application in which a city can leverage their existing enterprise GIS services…

03:49…to reach a much wider audience with their GIS workflows.

03:53In this case, we're creating a service request in which the citizens of this community can interact with their local government.

04:00So I may identify an area, and using the GPS functionality of the iPhone…

04:05…I could just GPS something I might notice or observe in and around the city.

04:11So I'm going to enter the details about this, maybe use the phone…the phone's camera to take a picture.

04:17And I already have a picture.

04:19So I'm just going to grab something that I have noticed in the community, a problem with a pothole here.

04:25So I'm just going to choose what type of problem I'm observing.

04:28In this case, it's a pothole.

04:31I can give it a description and then update my contact information to send if I want to be notified…

04:39…or stay in the loop of what's happening with this particular incident.

04:42So I could submit this back to the city, and then they can take this, leverage it right in with their existing workflows…

04:48…and address this problem. I'm certainly helping them generate and maintain the city around us.

04:56The iPhone provides a powerful and easy-to-use interface.

04:59And thanks to the ArcGIS for iPhone application, we can leverage our existing enterprise GIS services…

05:05…and extend the reach of GIS to a much wider audience.

05:10ArcGIS for iPhone is going to be a freely available app from the Apple App Store, and you'll be able to download it soon.

05:16Thank you.

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