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A new map in town: MapKit JS by Apple

Back in 2011, #TeamEBP has written about the usage of geo.admin.ch and compared it to other map services like Google. A year later, Apple joined the party of map providers and introduced Apple Maps to the world, with one caveat: It was only available on Apple devices. With Apple’s developer conference last week, this has changed: Apple introduced a new Javascript library called MapKit JS from Apple – this means that you can now embed...

Pedestrian Reachability Analysis for Hyperlocal Marketing

Since 2013, EBP has been developing and refining Walkalytics, an approach to data analytics for business-relevant questions regarding pedestrian mobility. At the heart of the approach lie isochrones, which are calculated for every square meter of an area-of-interest. In the early stages, we successfully applied Walkalytics mainly in urban and transportation planning. In this blog post, however, I want to demonstrate how Walkalytics can help you in geomarketing on very small scales. Example 1: Narrow the audience...

2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 2

The timing worked superbly, like the best Swiss clockwork: A few days before winter made a comeback in Switzerland, I sat in a plane to Los Angeles. Nevermind that California also had slightly cooler temperatures than usual – it was definitely preferable over the polar cold air masses that firmly occupied Switzerland. Even the place names felt evocative: Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and San Francisco. For two weeks I would cruise California, before making my...

2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 1

The timing worked superbly, like the best Swiss clockwork: A few days before winter made a comeback in Switzerland, I sat in a plane to Los Angeles. Nevermind that California also had slightly cooler temperatures than usual – it was definitely preferable over the polar cold air masses that firmly occupied Switzerland. Even the place names felt evocative: Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and San Francisco. For two weeks I would cruise California, before making my...

2017 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit

From Swiss late winter to Southern California spring: My colleague Alex Graf and I attended the 2017 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit in Palm Springs two weeks ago. These events are always a great opportunity to get the latest information on Esri software and strategy as well as spend a week in an inspiring ‚geo-rich‘ environment. In this post, we summarize some highlights from the conference. The motto of the Partner Conference and the...

Fitting the Alps into an App

Recently, we faced a peculiar dilemma: We wanted to provide a mobile app prototype with an attractive basemap for overview purposes. Our prototype app is focused on Switzerland and we wanted (almost needed, really) to incorporate elevation information in the form of at least a shaded relief. For the intent of this blog post it suffices to say that we wanted to show some real-time position on top of the basemap. The app was geared...

Pedestrian Isochrone Maps

On Monday, October 3rd, the 17th Annual Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, Walk21 Hongkong has opened its doors to more than 500 participants. One of the speakers will be our Ivo Leiss. In his presentation, he will speak about Walkalytics – EBP’s approach to data analytics for business questions related to pedestrians. Walking has always been a topic on our agenda. Already in 2013, we have written about accurate analytics for pedestrian accessibility and...

Offline Editing with ArcGIS

We are currently working on a mobile app with offline geodata editing capability. The idea, of course, is: Users collect and edit data in the field and synchronise changes back into a central database when they return to their offices. The ArcGIS platform provides all the tools to easily implement that functionality. The necessary configuration is described in this tutorial. However, if you use your own app instead of Esri’s Collector app, you have to...

Patrouilles des Glaciers: Track Replay

Comparing Positions with Time Lag As blogged earlier I spent a week at the race office of the Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG). During the race, each PdG team of three athletes was equipped with a GPS device that kept broadcasting its position to the race office. Furthermore this device was equipped with an emergency button able to send a distress message along with its current position to the race office. We wanted to know whether...

Time Keeping at the Patrouille des Glaciers – A Look behind the Scenes

The Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) is an international ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Armed Forces in which military and civilian teams compete. It is said to be the world’s toughest team competition. The very long race distance, the extreme route profile, the high altitude and the difficult alpine terrain with glaciers and couloir climbs are the main features of this unique competition. As announced in November 2015 Ernst Basler + Partner is teaming...