Javier de la Torre

Partnering with Mapbox: A New Stack for Location Intelligence

Today we are excited to announce a new partnership with Mapbox that better integrates each company’s services with one another. For some time customers have requested this type of integration, and while it has been possible to use both services together we wanted to make this process much easier.

As of today, Mapbox will be our default provider for Location Based Services (LBS), in particular geocoding and routing services, for most CARTO enterprise accounts. What does this change entail? Unless another provider has been designated, when users geocode data inside the CARTO platform we will be running Mapbox under the hood. In recent weeks, we have been rolling out new capabilities, such as last week’s announcement that CARTO Engine now supports Mapbox Vector Tiles, to ensure users have the best experiences with both technologies when building new Location Intelligence solutions. As we move forward in 2018 you can expect to see more of these client side integration points.

For the last 15 years the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Industry has been defined (and confined) because of a partnership between traditional LBS vendors and specialized software companies catering to an exclusive community of GIS developers and analysts. The industry is long overdue for a change.

Instead, the industry’s future needs to embrace innovation at each level. From working with new data streams and sources, to developing new methods and analyses customized to these new data types, to a new community of developers, analysts, and scientists looking for better solutions to today’s problems, we need to replace business as usual, what is called the old GIS stack, with a more modern approach we call the New Location Intelligence Stack.

If you are looking to build location apps with spatial analytics capabilities that leverage GIS, then starting today Mapbox + CARTO’s new stack is here to help make working with location data and spatial analytics simpler, faster, and more efficient.

Eric Gundersen, Founder and CEO at Mapbox, puts it this way:

“Our map and location data services are now the platform powering CARTO’s amazing spatial analytics. Together, we are working to simplify working with location data. We’re putting spatial analytics into the hands of more users and are giving our customers competitive advantage with better decision making.”

If you’re a Mapbox customer wanting to learn more about CARTO’s analytics capabilities, or if you’re a CARTO customer wanting to learn more about Mapbox’s location based services, then feel free to contact us at sales@carto.com.

About the author
Javier de la Torre

Javier de la Torre is founder and Chief Strategy Officer of CARTO. One of the pioneers of location intelligence, Javier founded the company with a vision to democratize data analysis and visualization. Under his leadership, CARTO has grown from a groundbreaking idea into one of the fastest growing geospatial companies in the world.
In 2007, he founded Vizzuality, a renowned geospatial company dedicated to bridging the gap between science and policy making by the better use of data.

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