Boundless Expands its GIS Offering, Helps in Easy Transition to Open Source
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Boundless Expands its GIS Offering, Helps in Easy Transition to Open Source

By CIOReview | Monday, April 11, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Boundless, a provider of open source geospatial software and services launches a new platform for smooth transition to the open source GIS (geographic information system). The latest offerings are empowered by trusted open source projects, productivity tools, and value added services.

The Boundless platform includes Boundless Exchange, Boundless Desktop, and Boundless Suite. Boundless Exchange is a geospatial content management platform that facilitates collaboration and enables organizations to integrate geospatial content and analysis within their business processes. The product is powered by GeoNode, GeoGig and Boundless Suite and consists of a powerful versioning engine. Users can upload, access, and share content, while ensuring the quality of the content is uncompromised.  , Boundless Exchange can help enterprises both on-premise and as a pure SaaS implementation, providing an open-source alternative to proprietary portal technologies.

Boundless Desktop is desktop GIS that can be used to create, edit, visualize and analyze geospatial information on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The product is powered by QGIS, which supports both raster and vector data.

Boundless Suite is a geospatial suite of open-source GIS technologies for collecting, building, managing, and publishing geospatial data. The suite is powered by PostGIS, GeoServer and OpenLayers.  Boundless Suite provides extensive GIS tools with flexible architecture, where users can build and share maps and applications across web browsers, desktops, and mobile devices.  “We enjoy working closely with the community and our users to provide the tools and support they need to be successful,” says Andy Dearing, CEO, Boundless.

As computing platforms continue to proliferate and diversify, GIS practitioners are counting on crowd sourced data to allow users to use, manage, interpret, and incorporate that data into their work. The technology and architecture that cloud service and deployment models offer are turning out to be the key areas of research and development for GIS. Cloud provides opportunities for organizations to become more cost-effective, productive, and flexible, and enables them to rapidly deliver new capabilities.

ESRI , Hexagon  and MDA Information Systems are other vendors offering industry-specific GIS software, which, in turn, enhances the potential for the GIS software segment. The market, however, is witnessing the threat of counterfeit and pirated products. Therefore, vendors are offering open-source GIS software to overcome this challenge, which is becoming a fast-moving trend in the market, reveals a study by Technavio.