[mapguide-users] MapGuide for an AVL app?

Andy Morsell amorsell at spatialgis.com
Thu Apr 20 11:22:54 EDT 2006

Right now MapGuide Studio is the only way to create MGOS maps, but Autodesk
has said that there will be a Studio "Lite" coming soon that will be open
source and will be HTML based.  The preview version does support database
connectivity, you need to download the beta FDO ODBC providers from here
I do not know if there are any other AVL apps based on MGOS out there.  MGOS
has really only been officially released for a couple of months.  There were
many AVL apps created with the older MapGuide, @Road being the most notable
- http://www.atroad.com/main.html



From: Max Brown [mailto:maxbrown3 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:05 AM
To: users at mapguide.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [mapguide-users] MapGuide for an AVL app?

Thanks Andy for the info, very useful for my evaluation, I also have a few
other clarifications : must I use Autodesk Mapguide Studio to develop the
app? the preview version doesn't support anything much (specially database
connectivity). So is there an alternative to MGS or preferably an Open
Source option :). 
Do you know any other similar apps developed using MGOS? where I might be
able to look at a sample to get an idea.

On 4/20/06, Andy Morsell <amorsell at spatialgis.com> wrote: 

Yes, it would work well.  As part of your system, you will be feeding a
database with point information (historic and current) about vehicle
locations.  You would define some queries in that database to extract only
the latest time-based position.  Then, in MGOS, you would point your layer
definition(s) to these queries where the symbols would be drawn directly
from the x,y data in the database using the FDO ODBC data provider.  A
little programming using the MGOS API would be necessary to refresh the
layers at the desired time interval, be it every 10 seconds or every 5
minutes or whatever.  If the latest point data has changed since the last
refresh, then the vehicle symbols will shift accordingly.  Or, you might be
able to write a trigger that would call a stored procedure if new point data
is added and then force a refresh from the server-side. 


Andy Morsell, P.E. 
Spatial Integrators, Inc. 
http://www.SpatialGIS.com <http://www.spatialgis.com/>  


From: Max Brown [mailto:maxbrown3 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 10:10 PM 
To: users at mapguide.osgeo.org
Subject: [mapguide-users] MapGuide for an AVL app?


I'm currently evaluating web based mapping software for an AVL system. Could
somebody let me know if Mapguide OS is a suitable dev platform to develop a
web based Vehicle tracking system. Is it possible to dynamically plot
coordinates on the MapGuide OS platoform. 

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