WWWalker's Map Mashups

See also

My Site: Mobile | Embedded | Wireless | Defence | PNG | Data Integration |

Other: Google Maps API Reference | HERE Developer Site (ex Nokia Ovi Maps API) | Australian Government 2.0 Taskforce (2010) | Opensource GIS | Google Maps API Basic Tutorial | GPS World | Destination Spatial (Careers) | GeoRabble | Directions Magazine | GeoSpatial Webinars | GeoJSON | Planet QGIS | Brisbane CityCycle - AllBikesNow CityCycle app | OpenStreetMap | QLUMP (Qld Land Use Mapping Program)

Google Maps

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 August 2008, there was another expression of interest in developing a Windows API for programming Google Maps on a PC. We could develop this as we are software engineers. We will use native Google Maps API. Why develop a Windows API for Google Maps? Javascript and PHP do just fine for mashups. Web services which is platform independent is a better way to go - more open and not locked into one operating system like Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. This is challenging for developers used to writing for Windows but we have always been Web-based and are used to writing to protocols, not to a certain binary application.

One recent expression of interest in Sydney, September 2008, was for a courier to run a mobile Web services application to map their vehicle locations using Google Maps. We have experience with Google Maps mashups using MySQL, PHP and Javascript which we developed whilst developing our own custom wireless database originally for Orange but now worldwide. We will build our own inhouse software to do this job.

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.

HERE Developer Site (ex Nokia Ovi Maps)

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.

OpenStreetMap was used to tag many features including buildings, roads and disease vectors for aid workers using dozens of presets in

OpenStreetMap is updated and used via Web browser and smart phones (Android, iOS etc) adding agility to disaster response to impoverished nations in Africa etc.

Transport Consulting

State Rail Authority of New South Wales (RailCorp)

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.

Supply Chain Management

In 2015-2016, we also are trained via MIT MOOC in supply chain management for which we got very high marks.

Google Transit

We plan on using Google Transit Public General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) files to send transit information to mobile devices.

Transport Canberra 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, Transport Canberra ACTION buses will have NXTBUS real time data feeds (RTPIS = Real Time Passenger Information System). Canberra is getting light rail (Canberra Metro) too in August 2017!

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.

Opal card, New South Wales

myki card, Victoria

Apps4NSW 2014

UNSW GNSS remote sensing workshop 5/12/12

5 bands GIS receiver from UNSW.

Associate Professor Andrew Dempster talks with Dr Craig Roberts about the latest research to design a 'system of systems' GPS or GNSS receiver.

From 2010 the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Regional Navigation Satellite Systems (RNSS) era begins, with expected finalisation of the GLONASS constellation (Russia) and the launch of satellites from Japan and India. The COMPASS (China) RNSS is due to be deployed in 2012, with the Galileo European Union GNSS due in 2014 and the COMPASS (China) GNSS in 2020. Associate Professor Andrew Dempster talks about his latest research to design a 'system of systems' receiver that will be able to communicate with this rapidly expanding number of positioning satellites.


ESRI ArcGIS views Shapefiles. These were used in the Brisbane Floods in January 2011. We plan on developing 3rd party plugins or Web tools to manipulate Shapefiles for Web browsers and mobile applications.

In April 2016, I joined ArcGIS for Local Government Meetup Group and watched webinar on An Overview of the Blight Remediation and Neighborhood Revitalization Solutions at 4am local time. Moreton Bay Regional Council use ArcGIS for their mapping on their Website.

Qld Dept of Natural Resources and Mines Open Data

We attended a briefing of Queensland Dept of Natural Resources and Mines (ex DERM) Open Data Strategy including Web services for delivering GIS data to agencies to satisfy the drastic need to repair damage. We will use opensource GIS tools to manipulate the data.

See DNRM Natural resources and mines data including:

DNRM also have FloodCheck Map (ArcGIS) for 2010-11 Brisbane floods.

IMIA AP Brisbane Meeting

In April 2016, I attended IMIA (International Map Industry Assocation) AP Brisbane Meeting at DNRM Landcentre Woolloongabba including GDA2020, drones, Gruntify and Esri Story Maps.

In October 2017, IMIA Meetup Brisbane Meetup group disappeared and IMIA site moved to Facebook.

GEOINT Symposium

Spatial@Gov Conference

I visited Spatial@Gov Exhibition 15/11/2011 in National Convention Centre, Canberra and attended OSGeo meetup breakfast on 17/11/11. I learnt heaps about geospatial data and companies including Web services and Land Information New Zealand's standards.

SSSI (Surveying And Spatial Sciences Institute Limited)

GeoRabble Brisbane

In 27/8/13, GeoRabble had a QGIS developer Nathan Woodrow speak about opensource Qt GIS software. I then imported AEC SHP file into QGIS to find electoral boundaries for upcoming 7/9/13 federal election.

GeoRabble 17/4/12 is a community GIS event in Brisbane I was lucky enough to be there for since I was visiting from Moree 150th anniversary earlier.

GeoRabble Brisbane restarted in 14 November 2017.

CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) Conferences

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