PostGIS : Case Studies
Sistema de Información Territorial Estatal en Línea, MéxicoSITEL, a project hosting a spatial data infrastructure, allows various government agencies to share data to be included in their own projects as health, security, urban furniture or mobility. Today, they've integrated over 1,910 vectorial layers plus another 70+ raster files, provided through PostGIS and WMS/WFS/WCS services with Mapserver.
Natural Language Spatial Search Engine for Rental Places &ndash RentoRento is a free web service that makes it easy to find a place to rent in Greece. Powered by PostgreSQL and PostGIS, it provides ad listings with photographs displayed on a map. Searching is accomplished through map navigation and natural language processing, with the search engine being capable of answering complex (spatial) questions such as "flat near the University of Athens" or "loft up to 800 euros near a metro station" (in greek).
GlobeXplorerGlobeXplorer serves terrabytes of imagery to clients around the world using PostGIS as their production database server. In 2004, GlobeXplorer migrated from Informix to PostGIS, and now they are serving over a million requests a day with PostGIS.
MADEIRA GPSMADEIRA GPS, a company that started in 2005, with a simple project in mind:
Deliver PDA-based navigation, with autorouting, for Madeira Island's tourism.
Institut Géographique National, FranceThe national mapping agency of France manages over 100 million topographic features in PostGIS/PostgreSQL and provides read/write access to over 100 field researchers around the country.
Infoterra, United KingdomInfoterra, a leading European satellite and aerial imagery provider, runs their data provision and sales systems on PostGIS, and stores the complete Ordnance Survey database on PostGIS.
UC Davis Soil Resource LaboratoryThe US Davis Soil Resource Laboratory publishes soil inventory data for the southwest United States using PostGIS and Mapserver. Six months ago they were using shape files for spatial data storage. With PostGIS, their data is integrated in the database and new avenues of display and analysis have been opened for them.
EU Joint Research CentreWith billion dollar satellites and PostGIS, the EU Joint Research Centre montitors fishing vessels in the North Atlantic and provides real-time reporting and mapping to decision makers and regulators.
Town of Orchard Park, New YorkThe town of Orchard Park, New York manages their GASB accounting inventory in PostgreSQL and provides access to multiple departments and the public via Mapserver on PostGIS.
North Dakota State Water CommissionThe North Dakota State Water Commission manages all their hydrological and spatial data inside PostgreSQL and PostGIS. Five years ago, they were using only proprietary software, now they are using mostly open source.
EcoTrust, OregonBuilding on the local and scientific knowledge of the Pacific Rim Bio-Region, Ecotrust is attempting to increase ecological awareness through the use of GIS and spatially enabled technologies.