In this lesson, you have taken a look at what information vendors provide on available technical solutions. You have completed a critique assignment intended to help you cut through marketing-speak to identify key features and advantages. Hopefully, this exercise will help you ask the right questions if and when you are in a situation that requires you to select existing solutions for a GIS design project.
This week, we also covered the emerging technology trend of Augmented Reality - something that is already appearing on recent mobile phones and other portable devices. AR has a lot of potential to help users wield geospatial information while they're out interacting with the environment, and, undoubtedly, we will be expected to design GIS solutions to feed and build off of such mobile platforms.
In the next lesson, we will explore the choices you can make when "rolling your own" GIS through custom program development. We will start with an examination of basic system architectures and move on from there in subsequent lessons to dig deeper into implementation strategies and database decisions.
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