Our answer to a recent email asking …. Is your mobile GIS app free?
I always wonder about this question of free?
Is anything free? Is Collector for ArcGIS actually free (given that it requires ArcGIS Online)? Suppose you use a truly free app to get your work done, does that mean you pass this cost (free) onto your clients?
Now open source is free and (can be) wonderful. This is quite a different question. Usually these are world wide collaborations. Often the base for extended work.
We’ve built a mobile GIS framework which provides more flexibility than the excellent Collector for ArcGIS, as an example. Using the framework we provide clients with mobile ArcGIS apps which are:
* Configurable – styled based on client needs, can use ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Server layers directly.
* Extensible – so we can add custom tools or widgets based on client needs
* Intuitive – non GIS-centric workflows, so usable by non-GIS and GIS folk alike.
If we measured how much we are saving clients, then I suppose you could say our mobile GIS apps are free 🙂