Sybase Makes Spatial Data Mobile

Michael Vizard

When it comes to data, seeing is everything. And given the fact that more people are looking at their smartphones than ever, making data easy to see on a smartphone only makes sense.

Sybase today is announcing that it is adding support for spatial data applications to its SQL Anywhere database for mobile devices. SQL Anywhere provides a common platform that allows IT organizations to target a common platform for building applications that can run on a broad range of smartphones and other mobile computing devices.

As smartphone usage increases, it's also becoming clear that mapping applications that require spatial data are becoming increasingly popular. Jason Hinsperger, product manager for SQL Anywhere, says that in reality he has yet to see a mobile application that in some way or another could not take advantage of spatial data.

Sybase aspires to make it easier to developing applications that take advantage of spatial data by giving developers access to tools that allow them to build applications using tools that allow them to manipulate data at a higher level of abstraction.

Hinsperger adds that as the processing power embedded inside smartphones exponentially increases, the ability to effectively manipulate spatial data on these devices increases as well.

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