Introducing Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro
Today we announce Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro—an add-in for Esri's ArcGIS Pro platform that makes Mapillary imagery and data available for use alongside your own geospatial data. We're in the process of putting final touches on a Beta build of the add-in that will be released to our Beta Program in early August (more on that below).
As an early release, the Beta focuses on bringing Mapillary public imagery into ArcGIS Pro. In short, what that means is that you can use ArcGIS Pro to:
- view Mapillary imagery as visual reference,
- view, edit, and create features in street-level imagery,
- compare imagery to see how places change over time.
Using Mapillary public imagery
Mapillary hosts a dataset of 165 million images, contributed by a wide variety of people and organizations around the globe, that are publicly available to anyone via the Mapillary platform.
While the geographic coverage is better in some places than others, it's constantly growing, with the opportunity to bring your own imagery from any place at any time. Amsterdam in the Netherlands is a great example of what's possible. The City of Amsterdam has taken advantage of access to Mapillary public imagery by contributing a comprehensive collection of high-quality street-level imagery of Amsterdam.
The ability to view Mapillary imagery within ArcGIS Pro is perhaps the most important element of this release. Gone are the days of lining up a browser window containing Mapillary or Google Street View imagery with features that you're working with in ArcGIS Pro. Now it's possible to view imagery directly alongside your own data in ArcGIS Pro.
Managing feature layers
While viewing street-level imagery in ArcGIS Pro is useful, interacting with features directly in the imagery can add efficiency to the work that you're already doing in ArcGIS Pro. For example, you may want to create a feature layer that contains the locations of assets that you're surveying, or verify that the features in your layer correspond to the locations of the assets that it's supposed to represent.
This is why we built what we call Placement Tools. These tools allow you to create, update, and delete your features directly in the imagery.
For example, you can survey the location of a feature:
And you can modify the feature:
Observing how places change in time
One thing that street-level imagery allows you to do is survey change over time. For example, by comparing two images of the same location, you can assess the state of a development project or how seasons affect that location. Wherever there are at least two co-located images among the imagery, you can use Time Travel.
For a detailed overview of how all the functions work and how to use Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro, please refer to our Help Center.
As mentioned, we're about to launch a Beta Program for Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro. The Beta Program will run for about 2 months and provide access to an early build of Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro free of cost. Participating in the Beta Program gives you the opportunity to shape the future versions of Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro to meet your needs. If you're interested in joining, send us a note.
Next to launching the Beta Program to gather feedback from real use cases, we are already thinking about some of the potential features to add. Here are some examples:
- accessing imagery from your private repository on Mapillary,
- filtering imagery,
- additional Placement Tools such as line strings and polygons,
- access to Mapillary datasets: traffic signs, object detections, etc.
If there's anything that you would like to see in Mapillary for ArcGIS Pro, please don't hesitate to get in touch.