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Other: Google Maps API Reference | HERE Developer Site (ex Nokia Ovi Maps API) | Australian Government 2.0 | Spatial@Gov | Opensource GIS | Google Maps API Basic Tutorial | GPS World | Destination Spatial (Careers) | GeoRabble | Directions Magazine | GeoSpatial Webinars | GeoJSON | Planet QGIS | Brisbane CityCycle - AllBikesNow app | Open Street Map
We program Google Maps using Lat/Long to enable wireless hotspots, construction layout and roads to be built using mashups of mapping data and overlays. We built a wireless portal for Orange NSW which was never used but which we have used to program using XML to geocode points the world over! This includes PNG, Indonesia and Australia and will cover more and more of the planet including India, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North and South America.
The maps include street, satellite and terrain maps.
There is no charge for freely available maps but there is a charge for the custom programming and configuration on the server as can be expected for this kind of programming. Our code is not open source though relies on open source or freely licensed subsystems to operate over the Web or mobile phone network.
This sort of programming is very useful for location-based services such as in transport and justice mobile or Web-based information systems.
We will extend our software into these very large countries off our shores via the mobile phone networks which are growing at a rapid rate in these emerging economies like BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
In June 2008, we were working with a Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC) Workgroup to define baseline spatial data. Queensland seems to have a huge number of spatial developers compared to other states may be because of its huge size!
In September 2008, we started porting the mapping software to Nokia phones (S60) but swapped to a networking program using Python for S60 which is not finished as need Windows for a S60 emulator.
In 2011, we still have not ported our Google Maps wifi hotspot software to Nokia HERE Maps. This will use HTML5 now as it is cross-platform.
In March 2012, Nokia said it would differentiate itself by being "where" using mapping and high quality images in its smartphones. It also swapped from Linux MeeGo Harmattan to Windows Phone 7.
In November 2013, I went to Microsoft Cre8 Developer Intensives in Brisbane and wrote prototype Windows Phone application for Translink Web services. Before I wrote a version in PHP and MySQL using Google Maps but intend to use HERE maps with Windows Phone using Translink polylines.
This is a crowd-sourced alternative map to Google Maps or Here maps that is sometimes more accurate than them. People map roads or buildings or damage.
Open Street Map was used in Haiti disaster (2010) and West Africa Ebola virus epidemic (2014) to tag many features including buildings, roads and disease vectors for aid workers using dozens of presets.
We worked in SRA of NSW (RailCorp) in 1989 as a systems programmer of Novell and UNIX systems for smooth running of passenger and freight lines in New South Wales.
We are able to do transportation consulting for government or private sectors.
In 2015-2016, we also are trained via MIT MOOC in supply chain management for which we got very high marks.
We plan on using Google Transit Public General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) files to send transit information to mobile devices.
ACTION Buses in Canberra already use Google Transit in a loosely coupled way only suitable for standard browsers not mobile phones.
Rolling out from August to December 2013, ACTION Buses will have NXTBUS real time data feeds (RTPIS = Real Time Passenger Information System). Canberra is getting light rail too!
Since September 2012, NSW Tranport now uses Google Transit for all its bus routes and timetables, both in Sydney and some regional areas.
In October 2013, WA Main Roads is looking at crowdsourcing GPS and smartphones to improve KPI.