About This Constellation ShortList™

Location data services refers to a category of software that turns spatial data into contextually actionable information. These systems extract and interpret spatial data from a variety of sources and deliver them into common formats. Spatial data often powers next-best actions inside maps and visualizations for a wide variety of industries.

Organizations use location data services to not only provide navigation optimization but also to improve how geospatial information is delivered to democratize decision-making. The top solutions support multiple location types, enable layering, provide easy access and sharing of data, and can even deliver sophisticated joins.

Legacy manual and rule-based driven systems now give way to artificial intelligence. As machine learning and neural networks improve, expect mass personalization to emerge. Location data services provide the critical context that transforms customer experience, future of work and matrix commerce.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Supports multiple location types
  • Provides geocoder
  • Provides turn-by-turn navigation and drive-time analysis
  • Supports logistics and route optimization
  • Tracks assets
  • Delivers data visualization
  • Enables layering
  • Exports or imports map data
  • Uploads raster or vector data from different formats
  • Accesses and shares data from any source
  • Understands time and space with sophisticated joins   
  • Delivers easy-to-use mapping APIs for tracking and positioning                 

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 15 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.

  • CARTO
  • HERE Technologies
  • iGIS
  • Mapbox
  • MapLarge

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList will be updated at least once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients can work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this Constellation ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

 

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