First Look: Luciad’s Cloud-Based Server Solution

July 26, 2017
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Over the past few years, Luciad has made significant efforts to bring its high performance geospatial product suite to the masses. Initially created to meet the needs of aerospace and defense customers, the company is prepared to solve big data challenges that many companies are now facing.

For its 2017 release Luciad completely overhauled its server solution LuciadFusion to help companies manage their geospatial data.

LuciadFusion Studio: One-Stop-Shop for Managing Geo Data

Getting started is easy: the product comes with a simple web interface, LuciadFusion Studio. Once you log in, there’s a guided tour to help you explore the different areas of the portal.

Luciad’s server product touts an impressive list of supported formats – vector, raster, symbologies, weather, multispectral and more. In LuciadFusion Studio, you can connect directly to any of these data sources in their original format and reference.

Connect to static or dynamic data sources, or drag and drop files right into the browser to start working. LuciadFusion will automatically crawl the data, extract metadata and catalog it, so you can retrieve it and publish it quickly.

LuciadFusion Studio includes a preview of data files and styling.

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A preview of NetCDF weather data in LuciadFusion Studio

Publish Data with a Click

After connecting to your data, search through the different files and publish them as a service. You can also select multiple datasets, combine them and add custom styling to publish the data as a product. Decide whether you want to keep the data dynamic or tile it with OGC WMTS or Luciad Tiling Service (LTS).

LuciadFusion Studio generates a link that’s immediately available to copy into Luciad’s Lucy desktop application, Luciad’s browser application LuciadRIA or any OGC-compliant client.

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Left, an overview of a large Shapefile containing building height in LuciadFusion Studio. Right, a full-screen preview of the data with custom styling that indicates building height – yellow for low buildings and red for tall buildings.

What Sets Luciad’s Server Solution Apart

Overall, LuciadFusion is extremely user friendly. The web interface is completely unique in the geospatial server landscape and allows any user to connect to the server from any location to add new data and make it available to users.

Luciad’s server product comes with built-in support for nearly all file types needed for the growing amounts of geo data, and if the support isn’t native, you can easily bring in custom formats with its API.

Smart cities projects, industrial operations and traditional GIS users can all benefit from LuciadFusion, and Luciad’s historically mission-critical clients get a big upgrade in terms of usability and performance.

LuciadFusion installs quickly and can be deployed on a local server, in the cloud or even on-premise.

Visit Luciad’s website to learn more.

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