Geoloqi's team and technology have joined Esri, the world's leader in mapping technology and geographic systems, to bring powerful next-gen location and mapping technology to the mobile and web app community.
How will this affect Geoloqi and its current customers?
Geoloqi's core products will stay online. In the future, existing developers will be migrated to a service managed by Esri and the Geoloqi team. The pricing models will be streamlined, but very similar to the original prices. The older Geoloqi SDKs will be deprecated over time as the newer products become more mature. This fusion will give developers the best of both worlds.
What will happen to Geoloqi's products and services?
- Geoloqi's team, products and services will continue to exist and will be supported by the Geoloqi team.
- In the future, Geoloqi products and services will be integrated into ArcGIS online and be available through a new developer-friendly pricing model similar to the existing Geoloqi model.
- The intent is to continue to improve products and services as they are rolled into the new combined platform. This will result in better support, user expeirence and sample code for developers, as well as an increasing number of opportunities for new and existing ArcGIS customers and new industry verticals.
New Geocoding Service Powered by Esri
Developers can use Geoloqi's existing APIs for creating geotrigger rules, but instead of providing a latitude and longitude, they can now provide an address. The Geoloqi API geocodes the address and finds the latitude and longitude and chooses an appropriate size for the trigger. You can read more about the Geocoding enhancements here.
Geocoding: The Geoloqi API now supports geocoding & reverse geocoding. When creating a geotrigger rule, developers can now provide an address instead of a latitude and longitude. Internally, the Geoloqi API geocodes the address using the ArcGIS Geocoding service and finds the latitude, longitude and chooses an appropriate size for the trigger.
Reverse Geocoding: When retrieving information about triggers that have run or the locations of devices, the information returned is now enriched with the city, state and country of the geotrigger event.
Many external geocoding services have strict limits on usage and licensing, and many don’t allow developers to store the results of the geocoding API call, only letting them use the data one time. The results of the geocode can be used in conjunction with any other service. Google, by contrast, only allows you to use geocoding with their maps.
Now, developers don’t have to integrate with yet another external API to configure geotrigger rules.
An alternative to MapKit powered by the ArcGIS iOS SDK
With the ArcGIS iOS SDK, developers get access to high quality map layers. In addition to great-looking street and satellite views, ArcGIS provides a grayscale style, topographic maps, ocean maps and more.
We will roll out a new, affordable pricing plan for application developers that is comparable to Geoloqi's current pricing model and plans.
Enterprises and developers will be able to subscribe to Geoloqi's core features through the geoloqi.com website. See Geoloqi's pricing page for details. In the future, all of Geoloqi's features and products will be available through ArcGIS Online with a developer-friendly pricing model and feature set.
The Geoloqi and Esri teams were introduced through a shared contact, and from the beginning it was obvious that the two companies should combine forces.
Geoloqi is small, flexible and very developer oriented. Esri has a great foothold in the GIS industry and does great work on real problems.
The two companies together will provide an excellent addition to the industry and will excitedly fulfill the growing needs of an industry that is increasingly reliant on mobile technology.
What about the Geoloqi team?
The Geoloqi Portland office is now the Esri R&D Center—Portland!
The entire Geoloqi team is now part of Esri. Geoloqi will keep their office in downtown Portland, Oregon. Amber Case is now Director of Esri R&D Center—Portland, and Aaron Parecki is CTO of Esri R&D Center—Portland. Both will retain their leadership roles of the team and push the integration efforts and developer tools forward.
What does Esri do?
Esri develops geographic information systems (GIS) software that functions as an integral component in nearly every type of organization. On any given day, more than a million people around the world use Esri's ArcGIS software. In addition, Esri has over 350,000 customers, serving many verticals. Esri was founded in 1969 by Jack and Laura Dangermond and employs 2,900 people worldwide.
How much did Esri purchase Geoloqi for?
Esri is a private company. The purchase price is undisclosed.
Has Esri acquired other companies in a similar space?
Esri recently acquired GeoIQ which provides geo analytics.
What if I have additional questions?
You can easily contact us through our website.