The simplest way to create and publish map tilesets from BigQuery.
Today’s announcement follows 6 months of intensive beta testing by our enterprise customers, partners, and CARTO users. We have been impressed with the applications and maps that have been created using the solution.
The general availability of BigQuery Tiler represents a major milestone in our journey to build the world’s leading cloud native spatial analytics platform and our first step to develop a comprehensive Spatial Extension on Google’s cloud platform. Check out our video for an overview.
Having closely supported beta implementations over the past 6 months, our team has further enhanced the Tiler and integrated it with the rest of the CARTO platform. Here are some of the key highlights.
Now on the dashboard, you will be able to create and persist BigQuery connections that you use regularly. So no need to enter connection parameters every time.
We have also changed the way the BigQuery connector works to make use of a Service Account. That way, you can leverage the same connection for the entire organization and set more granular permissions. We have created some useful documentation to help you get started.
To coincide with this release, we have also made our full range of database connectors available to all CARTO users, regardless of their pricing plan. These can be accessed through the dashboard’s “Your Connections” section.
It is now possible to explore and visualize all tilesets related to your BigQuery projects directly from our simple user interface. These can be accessed through a “Data” option in the main menu.
In this section you can choose the project, or pin another one, and then click on the associated project datasets. You can enter your own projects or other projects that are publicly available. Check out for example:
bqcartodemos and select the
tilesets project to see some public examples.
Using our CARTO for deck.gl library we have implemented a simple tileset viewer that is fully integrated into the dashboard.
If you want to share the map with others, you can do so with the embedded publishing capabilities.
You can also embed map visualizations on any website you manage.
The viewer makes use of our new Maps API 2.0 which we have built from the ground up purely for handling vector tiles. It provides support for TileJSON endpoints so you can visualize these Tilesets in any supporting library or product, including our preferred Desktop GIS tool, QGIS.
With TileJSON support, this updated API can talk to many services, and truly supports CARTO’s vision to be basemap independent.
This new Maps API is fully cached through our CDN and designed to scale.
There are some great new functionalities available in this new Maps API, but we will keep the details for a later announcement.
If at all possible, you don’t want to have to move data from one place to another to produce spatial visualizations. Unfortunately, other available tiling services will force you to do exactly that. Having to export data, re-upload it, and carry out sometimes complex ETLs. Not only is this slow, but can also potentially compromise data security.
With CARTO BigQuery Tiler you can generate and serve tilesets directly on your data warehouse. Converting BigQuery into an effective spatial data mapping platform.
During our beta testing, many customers have expressed that this is a key requirement for their analytical workflows, and with our cloud native approach, our philosophy is that everything that can be done at the data warehouse level, should be done there.
Pricing can become very complex when it comes to mapping and tilers. For that reason, we wanted to create a pricing approach similar to BigQuery, where users pay based on the amount of computing processing done.
The unit of measurement is the GigaByte of data processed using our BigQuery Spatial Extension, which in effect has a direct relationship with the size of the datasets being visualized.
Our pricing plans are based on easy to understand processing tiers and we are confident that we have created one of the most competitive pricing structures in the spatial analysis industry.
Visualizing large spatial datasets is just one of the needs of any organization working with Location Data. You will also need to enrich your data with 3rd party location data, calculate routes, perform geocoding, calculate spatial features, perform spatial machine learning, to name just a few.
That’s why BigQuery Tiler is just one component on a larger toolbox we are calling CARTO Spatial Extension for BigQuery. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.
We believe the future of Spatial Analysis is in the Cloud, in SQL and spatially indexed. A huge step towards Cloud Native Spatial Analysis.
The BigQuery Tiler, our first BigQuery Spatial Extension, is available from today for all users. You can sign up for a free CARTO account and get started right now.
We can’t wait to see what you build!
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