Month September 2015


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Innovation is the name of the game at Systemapic.  As a darkhorse in the GIS sector and the entrepreneurial world we’re keen on pushing the envelope and the industry.  So when Norway’s best and brightest GIS minds came together at FOSS4GNOR on Wednesday 23 September you can bet we were the first in line to attend.


FOSS4GNOR (Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics) was the Diet Coke version of the big FOSS4G conference that took place in Seoul last week, but nevertheless we got some great insight into the open source geoinformatics trends in Norway and beyond.  Here are some of the highlights in our humble opinion:


-NorKart discussed their meeting with MapBox earlier this year, and their newfound love for vector tiles.  We agree, vector tiles are awesome. They allow for new and exciting possibilities for large data, and we’ve already been playing around with them for a while here at Systemapic.


-Geodata briefly discussed how ESRI servers can be incorporated into open source front end frameworks.


-Leaflet demonstrated the beauty and simplicity of their javascript package that is pushing the way we display maps in web browsers, and talked enthusiastically about the future of WebGL – map rendering in the browser.  As a company building a collaborative and interactive platform for web maps this was highly relevant for us and we looked forward to participating in this innovation.


-TurApp, our neighbor at Startup Lab in Oslo, gets a special shout out for their extremely awesome trekking/skiing route planning algorithms.  Really cool.  We can’t wait to hit some new trails using their product.


-Graeme Bell of NIBIO came late but good with an excellent talk on parallelizing geoprocessing. Lots of cool tricks for getting the most out of our CPU’s that we’ll definitively try out. Check out the slides for his talk here.


Overall, problems were discussed, solutions were batted around, business cards were exchanged and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Great learning experience.  We felt predictably comfortable in this small crowd of #geohipsters and felt like we were well received as relative newcomers.


We can’t wait to discuss our own experiences next year in Oslo or Bonn (fortunately a cheaper flight than South Korea for the global edition); because for Systemapic, collaboration is the other name of the game.


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Welcome to Systemapic

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Welcome to Systemapic and allow us to introduce ourselves:  First and foremost, we are Jørgen and Knut and we are dead-set on becoming the most innovative player the GIS (Geographic Information System) industry has seen.  We have a deep passion for geospatial data and the incredible possibilities it gives businesses in every industry and every corner of the globe.  Our business has been founded on the principles of innovation and collaboration, but to change a huge industry passion and principles won’t suffice.

Fortunately we’re tech guys and we like to build things.  It’s who we are and what we do.  So to get on pushing GIS technology forward we have built a solution to a problem:  The industry allows millions of tough questions to be answered daily by the analysis of spatial (map) data but it does not currently have a single platform that truly facilitates collaboration without sacrificing necessary complexity.  Furthermore, the bar for entry is just too high.  Programming skills and serious capital are both currently a must if professionals really want to harness the power of map data.  

Here is where we come in.  We’ve made the first platform to easily create, collaborate on and share beautiful geospatial visualizations of a world of data.  We operate on an affordable subscription model, host all the data ourselves on secure servers, work with any GIS file format and don’t require programming skills while sacrificing none of the richness or complexity like our web-based competitors.  We are Systemapic and we believe changing an industry can change the world.

A story:  In 2013 we were just two Norwegian tech entrepreneurs, living in Lebanon, tasked by WWF Norway to build an Arctic-area web map.  A large existing player had disappointed with their delivered result so WWF enlisted us.  We helped a good cause but unearthed a bad problem:  A project that should have taken hours took months due to the archaic technology of the mammoth Geo-Services industry ($270b annually) and cost WWF far more than we believed it could with some industry innovation.  Never ones to sit idly by, we started creating Systemapic and are now focused on innovating an industry so ubiquitous it is used to find both an optimized location for the next Starbucks and human pressure hotspots on Caribbean coral reefs.  We’re now in our Beta testing phase (join) and moving forward rapidly.

By introducing the industry’s first collaborative cloud solution with elegant and user-friendly interfaces we think a better GIS platform can make a world of difference.

Welcome to Systemapic.

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