Why is CARTO the best Location Intelligence platform?

The leading cloud-native spatial analytics and GIS platform for companies using modern cloud data stacks.

CARTO scales on demand with all data stored within your existing cloud data warehouse. Avoid the cost of expensive GPU server-based infrastructures and wasting time on data transfer or complex ETL. CARTO is a unified platform (available as SaaS, self-hosted and hybrid deployments) - providing an end to end solution for organizations looking to visualize & analyze geospatial data, at scale.

CARTO vs. HEAVY.AI at a glance

CARTO

The cloud-native Location Intelligence platform for teams of all sizes

HEAVY.AI

General and geospatial analytics platform using GPU accelerated technologies

Connectivity

CARTO

Direct cloud connections with no limitations on multiple data warehouses and databases. All queries are run natively on the data warehouse and no data is stored in CARTO.

HEAVY.AI

Data is stored in the GPU powered database. Connection service to data sources via foreign data wrappers, foreign tables, and foreign servers. Data is replicated in HeavyDB.

Data

CARTO

CARTO Data Observatory provides over 11,000 public and premium datasets from a variety of vetted data providers.

HEAVY.AI

No data offering.

Analysis

CARTO

Analysis is run natively using Spatial SQL directly in the cloud data warehouse environment.

HEAVY.AI

Analysis via SQL statements against the HeavyDB proprietary database.

Map Tiling/Rendering

CARTO

Create cached map tiles using native data warehouse connections in SQL or in the CARTO Workspace UI. Render tiles on the fly within CARTO Builder. Vector tile support and no server callback.

HEAVY.AI

Render tiles using GPU services in Heavy Render. Currently supports raster tiles only. All renders require a callback to the rendering service.

Geospatial Functions

CARTO

More than 100 geospatial functions run natively using spatial SQL, directly in the data warehouse connection.

HEAVY.AI

38 geospatial functions for basic analysis, measurement, relationships, and geometry construction.

Data Enrichment

CARTO

Complete enrichment support for all 11,000+ datasets in the CARTO Data Observatory, including area weighted interpolation.

HEAVY.AI

No data enrichment available.

Cloud-native

CARTO

Fully cloud-native with serverless connections and deployment.

HEAVY.AI

Not cloud-native. Uses a GPU accelerated database hosted within cloud services.

Pricing

CARTO

CARTO sets out clear pricing with no hidden fees or variable costs for credits. Our flexible license model allows for unlimited users and map viewers, without requiring named user accounts.

HEAVY.AI

Deployment requires hefty, fixed cost investment in server infrastructure to support GPU processing, regardless of usage.

Deployment

CARTO

SaaS cloud hosted or a self-hosted option deployed with Docker Compose or Kubernetes.

HEAVY.AI

Deployments in CentOS, Docker, and Ubuntu. Pre-built versions in AWS, GCP, and Azure.

Vendor Lock In

CARTO

Data is not stored in CARTO, only returned via API. Flexible enterprise pricing plans, with all inclusive pricing.

HEAVY.AI

Data must be stored in the HeavyDB to use Heavy.AI.

API

CARTO

Single API layer used in all platform products.

HEAVY.AI

No API offering. Some Command Line Interface tools.

Open source

CARTO

CARTO uses and contributes to open source libraries such as Deck GL, React, Geoparquet…

HEAVY.AI

Open source version is available with some constraints.

Ready to try it out?

1

CLOUD CONNECTIVITY

Easily connect your spatial data

CARTO integrates with the leading cloud data platforms and analytics tools, including Google BigQuery, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift and Databricks
2

DATA ENRICHMENT

Access more than 11,000 geospatial datasets

Our Data Observatory makes it simple for enterprise organizations to access thousands of “always-on” public & premium datasets, enhancing their spatial analysis with data such as demographics, POIs, human mobility, credit card transactions and much more.
3

SPATIAL ANALYTICS

Rapidly carry out spatial analysis

Whether you’re a Data Analyst starting out in location analytics or a Data Scientist creating machine-learning driven spatial models, CARTO’s services (including geocoding, routing, isolines and basemaps) speed up the process. Carry out analysis from your Jupyter notebooks, or run advanced analytics natively in the leading cloud platforms with our Analytics Toolbox.
4

SOLUTIONS & VISUALIZATION

Build intuitive Location Intelligence apps

Visualization shouldn’t just be pretty maps, it should answer a business question. With CARTO, you can rapidly build Location Intelligence apps or use one of our app templates, providing a solution that your business stakeholders will actually want to use in their day to day, whether it’s for Market Analysis, Site Selection, Out of Home Advertising or Supply Chain Optimization.

What CARTO customers say

  • “CARTO makes map making easy. I can quickly pull the data in, get it on a map, do some light SQL & then share. Collaboration is easy & within a couple of hours we can have a really great visual product to share with decision-makers.”

    Jason McVay,
    Associate Data Scientist at Indigo Ag

  • “CARTO’s cloud native platform has allowed us to modernize our GIS stack, making it simple to carry out spatial analytics with Google Cloud - moving away from the friction of legacy solutions.”

    Lydia Martin,
    Sr Manager at Telus Canada

  • “Using CARTO has enabled us to analyze service qualification at a much larger scale due to its comprehensive support for a wide range of functions and libraries including spatial indexes. This is a gamechanger, modernizing our GIS stack.”

    Kendra Lord,
    Director of Geospatial Engineering & Analytics at T-Mobile

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Market leaders rely on CARTO to solve spatial problems.
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