GIS Mobile Comparison
This page is used to describe comparisons between GeoSpatial Mobile applications to help users select suitable applications for their requirements.
- FOSS4G 2010
- A comparison of Mobile GIS applications
- Free and open source software for GIS has evolved a lot from last years, faster than privative alternatives and now every FOSS4G expert has several very good tools to use on desktop PCs and web.
- The mobile field is a bit different and few experts are using free and open source mobile GIS, despite of good applications exist. Last years with the appearance of Android OS phones a new wave of map applications have been developed.
- At this talk, different mobile GIS applications will be analyzed, compared and tabulated.
- The objectives are:
- To provide a detailed list of FOSS mobile GIS applications
- Find how far are free and open source software from privative alternatives
- Help to choose the best tool for every project
- The main aspects of the comparison will be: functionality, complexity, customizability, formats compatibility and performance and the applications compared will be: ArcPad, gvSIG Mobile, BeeGIS, TangoGPS, Google Maps Mobile, gvSIG Mini, Layar and others
gvSIG Mobile is a project aimed to develop a free and open source GIS/SDI client on mobile devices.
gvSIG Mobile is a version of gvSIG Desktop an OSGeo project under incubation, adapted for mobile devices, with support for shapefiles, GPX, KML, GML, ECW, WMS and images, capable of using GPS. Among its features there are tools for project management, display of local and remote information (via WMS standard), layers management (symbols), querying alphanumeric information of the elements, editing data using customized forms, creating GPS tracklogs/waypoints and so on.
|Version||0.3 / 1.0 alpha|
|Main Organization||gvSIG Association|
|User Documentation||Yes (English, Spanish, German)|
|Languages||English, Spanish, French, German, Italian|
gvSIG Mini is a free viewer of free access maps based on tiles (OpenStreetMap, ...), with a WMS, WMS-C client, address and POI search, routes, hybrid location and more things.
|Main Organization||Prodevelop / gvSIG Association|
|User Documentation||Yes (English)|
|Languages||English, Spanish, German, Italian|
Enebro allows view and editing vectorial cartogarphic information, also allows visualizing images and navigation using GPS systems. It is a useful tool for field work related with field inventory, territorial inspection, field work data revision, etc.
|Main Organization||Junta de Andalucía / Guadaltel|
|User Documentation||Yes (Spanish)|
ArcPad is designed for GIS professionals who require GIS capabilities in the field. It gives field-based personnel the ability to capture, edit, analyze, and display geographic information easily and efficiently.
|Free (cost)||No (aprox. $700.00 single-user license)|
|User Documentation||Yes (English, Spanish) TBD|
Here, a comparison of important open-source features is displayed for every product being analyzed.
|Name||Progr. Language||Open Source||License||Public Version Control||Public Bugtracker||Mailing List||Developer Doc.||Active Development||Contributors|
|gvSIG Mobile||Java ME - CDC||Yes||GPL 2+||Yes (SVN)||Yes||Yes (Very Active)||Partial||Yes||7|
|gvSIG Mini||Java ME CLDC / Java Android||Yes||GPL 2+||Yes (SVN)||No||Yes (Active)||Yes||Yes||4|
|ArcPad||C++||No||N/A||No||No||Yes (Very Active)||Yes||Unknown||Unknown|
Target Platform Comparison
|Name||Open Source||W. Mobile||Java CLDC||Android||iPhone||Linux PDA||Windows PC||Linux PC|
|gvSIG Mobile||Yes||Yes(WM 2003/5/6)||No||No||No||Yes OpenMoko, Maemo||Yes (W 2000/XP)||Yes|
|gvSIG Mini||Yes||Yes(JVM)||Yes||Yes (Android 1.5 - 2.2)||No||No||No||No|
|Enebro||Yes||Yes (WM 2003/5/6)||No||No||No||No||Yes (W 2000/XP)||Yes (Guadalinex v.3.0.1)|
|ArcPad||No||Yes (WM 2003/5/6)||No||No||No||No||No||No|