By Janice Partyka.
Esri has announced that Geoloqi, a platform for next-generation location-based services (LBS), will merge its staff and product capabilities into Esri’s existing geospatial platform and launch a new Esri Research and Development (R&D) Center in Portland, Oregon, where Geoloqi is headquartered. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We are excited to have the team at Geoloqi and its technology become part of the Esri family,” said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. “Geoloqi’s capabilities and relationships with the developer community will build on Esri’s already impressive suite of ArcGIS products to create more dynamic mobile and web applications.”
Geoloqi’s platform enables rapid development of cross-platform, geography-based applications using a single API in any development language. Geoloqi provides specialized algorithms that help preserve battery life while location runs in the background or at stated intervals.
“It’s the perfect fit,” said Amber Case, CEO of Geoloqi. “Our tools and platforms are very complementary. We’ve seen a lot of other companies and start-ups try to work on only one piece of the location equation, but location doesn’t work with just one element. The entire system has to work together to add value, and Esri has just that.”
Geoloqi’s service for existing developers will not be interrupted. The Esri R&D Center in Portland will be focused on developing new tools and functionality to create improved, integrated products that accentuate the strength of a combined platform.