GCS developed an application using an Android-enabled smartphone to create a location-based application for realtors, title companies, and state and local governments. The Montana Parcel App allows smartphone users to access real estate information remotely. Using the built-in GPS, a thin client and links to a backend ESRI ArcSDE database, users can pinpoint their current location in the state and download parcel information.
The Parcel Apps allow smartphone users to access real estate information remotely from anywhere in the world or while standing on a property in several regions. Users can rely on the phone’s built-in GPS to pinpoint their current location in the state, or they can zoom into a mapping interface to select an area of interest by “double-tapping” the touch screen. Within seconds, the application retrieves location-specific property information for the selected site from two web-enabled databases.
The first is a parcel boundary file maintained in a Montana cadastral database.
This cadastral information is managed in an ArcSDE geodatabase and served over the web by ESRI Inc’s ArcGIS Server solution.
The smartphone application traces the property boundaries in red on the phone’s map display. Next, the application accesses the State of Montana CAMA (Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal) System where it retrieves property details such as owner name, parcel legal description, acreage, assessed value, and zoning code. The mobile mash-up leverages the Android mobile operation systems to deliver an easy-to-use, personal solution for anyone wanting to have the information at their fingertips.