Frequently Asked Questions2022-05-26T13:58:46-04:00

Frequently Asked Questions about Giza

How can Giza help me manage my imagery?2022-05-26T14:00:09-04:00

Giza delivers advanced analytics on how users interact with your imagery to help expose the trends hidden in your imagery. Giza makes it possible to work with imagery data directly from cloud storage in web applications, desktop GIS, and CADD software. A service typically uses broadly supported WMS or WTMS protocols (OGC standards for serving map images or tiled imagery data via an HTTP interface). Here at AppGeo, we’ve been observing the shift towards managed imagery services as the de-facto way to consume imagery for enterprise users.

How can Giza help me stream the data I want without violating vendor terms of service?2022-05-26T14:00:01-04:00

As a management and analytics engine, Giza fulfills your imagery needs while maintaining vendor compliance. Giza adapts your imagery data and streams it more efficiently, while uncovering trends on how the imagery is being used. Faster tile delivery is possible, but why pay for that performance when the milliseconds gained don’t actually provide value? The important concept here is the service floor – the consistent reliable performance speed, which is distinct from the potential top end speed under ideal conditions. Giza’s WMTS service floor is to provide 95% of WMTS responses under 1 second.

With Giza, can I provision access to my imagery content to only the users I want?2022-05-26T13:59:55-04:00

An exceptional imagery streaming service gives you administrative and analytical controls. Giza provides you with the control you need to securely partition your content access to exactly the individuals or groups that require access, for the time they require it, in the areas they need it, and access the content from the infrastructure where work should be taking place. Giza tracks and delivers statistical summaries of imagery tile usage allowing unprecedented insight into which locations and levels are providing value to your users, which in turn promotes better imagery management and cost savings.

What does the trial consist of?2022-05-26T13:47:38-04:00

This free trial lets you experience Giza as an end-user. You’ll be able to experience streaming imagery via Giza in the application of your choice (As long as it supports WMTS or WMS!) You’ll receive a WMTS URL that is plug-and-play ready within a wide variety of software and tools within your organization.

Interested in exploring the administration and management tools Giza offers?  Get in touch for a free consultation.

How do I access the trial?2022-05-26T13:47:36-04:00

When you sign up via email, You’ll receive a WMS/WMTS quad-word URL link that enables you to access sample imagery via Giza in the application of your choice. To add the imagery layer(s) to your application, follow the instructions for adding a WMTS source.  


How long do I have access to the trial?2022-05-26T13:47:35-04:00

Because of the open nature of this access point, we are cycling the live endpoint on a weekly basis. If you are interested in a more stable endpoint to facilitate your testing please Contact us and we are happy to discuss what additional testing configurations are possible.

What data (tilesets) are available for testing?2022-05-26T13:47:33-04:00

At this time, we have two imagery layers available for evaluation. These share imagery from the Hexagon Content Program. 

Chicago –  Experience the latest urban area imagery in ultra-high-resolution for the Chicago metro area. Explore The Loop in stunning detail and extraordinary tile load speeds. 

National Parks – Explore Giza’s powerful clipping feature which lets you define the boundaries of the data you share with users. In this example,  we share a subset of a nation-wide imagery layer, with the boundaries of the National Parks as our imagery extent. 

Interested in seeing imagery of your local area? Want to try streaming other data with Giza? Get in touch and we can show you what is possible. 

What’s the difference between WMS and WMTS? Which one should I use?2022-05-26T13:47:32-04:00

WMS (Web Map Service) and WMTS (Web Map Tile Service) are both methods for requesting  raster data over the internet. Both are OGC standards leveraged  by a wide variety of software platforms which seek to enrich their users’ experiences with additional raster context. 

A WMTS service responds to requests for imagery with many small pre-computed tile images to the software or application which is making the requests. Because of the tiled nature of the imagery backing up this service type,  users of a WMTS can be delivered  multiple images at the same time very efficiently.  

Giza supports WMS as well.  A WMS service responds with a single image that has been computed on the fly from source imagery to meet the requested specification.   We recommend users leverage the WMTS service option when possible for improved imagery delivery performance. 

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