PROGIS Software GmbH enables ICT developers to link the Geospatial Engine WinGIS, in combination with the embedded Bing Maps or Google etc. module to any database application based on the ActiveX developer component AXWinGIS. WinGIS provides a wide range of GIS functionalities, modules (thematic maps, ISO module, GPS modules, geocoding module) and interfaces (import / export / GPS / WMS). This is a unique solution, bringing together the advantages of an easy to use, cost efficient and versatile GIS software - WinGIS - and the outstanding potential of Microsoft products and online services like Bing Maps.
WinGIS – Geographic Information System
The GIS software WinGIS is the core product of PROGIS GmbH and central part of all PROGIS applications. Due to the integration of MS BING or other maps online data are an embedded module, the access to geographic content like satellite- and high-resolution aerial images, road and terrain maps and services like address conversion (geocoding of addresses also for entire databases in a single step) is part of the software and also part of any application.
The ortho-images are area-wide available for the USA und Western Europe with a resolution of 30 cm per pixel. The acquisition of new images in other regions can be done on project basis. This type of images is certified by the EU-JRC for agricultural use. In addition, MS Bing Maps provides worldwide available satellite images with a resolution up to 1-2 m per pixel and road/terrain maps from Nokia (former NAVTEQ maps).
The access to online data in WinGIS is not only limited to MS Bing Maps. There is also the possibility to integrate map content via Web Map Services (WMS). Vector data interfaces allows the exchange with other GIS and CAD systems (e.g. ESRI ArcView SHP files or AutoCAD DXF files). Building up and editing vector data like LPIS (Land Parcel Information System) or cadastre maps can be done in several ways: Digitizing on the basis of ortho-images, import of existing spatial data or via interfaces to GPS, GLONASS, Galileo devices.
The creation and editing of maps can also be done in the multi-user mode. Attribute data are either stored in the WinGIS Internal Database (IDB) or in external databases like MS Access or MS SQL Server.
Modules for thematic maps and ISO-models give extended visualisation and interpretation of data.
Further, WinGIS maps can be published in different ways on web platforms: Overlay of vector maps with MS Bing Maps web control or export of maps in KML format to combine them with Google Maps/Earth.
The Bing Maps online address database enables the WinGIS integrated Geocoder module to convert an address information (e.g. city, street, street number) to the corresponding coordinate (address search). The Bing Maps DB-Geocoder module converts addresses of entire database tables to the corresponding coordinates. After selection of the database (e.g. MS Access .mdb file), the table and the query fields (e.g. street, city, country), for every record an online transaction converts the address to a coordinate and adds X and Y fields to the table. Therefor you get an easy and efficient possibility to locate and visualize your personal database content (e.g. customer databases).
AXWinGIS – Developer Component
The WinGIS SDK gives software developers the possibility to link and integrate the geographic component to their existing applications via ActiveX and COM interfaces.
PROGIS enables ICT developers to link the GIS software WinGIS, in combination with the embedded Bing Maps module to any database application based on the ActiveX developer component AXWinGIS. WinGIS provides a wide range of GIS functionalities, modules (thematic maps, ISO module, GPS modules, geocoding module) and interfaces (import / export / GPS). This is a worldwide unique solution, bringing together the advantages of an easy to use, cost efficient and versatile GIS software - WinGIS - and the outstanding potential of Microsoft (database) products and online services like Bing Maps.
The ActiveX component AXWinGIS enables the communication between an application and WinGIS. The whole function set and every menu entry can be called directly from the application. The communication works bidirectional. Events in WinGIS (e.g. the selection of an area) are sent to the application and can be related to the corresponding database entries (attribute information).
WinGIS Canvas – Direct integration of a WinGIS map in the user interface of an application
WinGIS can run as an independent program with the full available user interface (menus, toolbars) beside the application, but also as an embedded map control („Canvas“). In the user interface of the application a region or window control (e.g. panel) is reserved for the map. By calling the according AXWinGIS function, the visualization of the map takes place on the defined region of the application window.