Launching Mapillary for Organizations: Work Together with the Freshest Map Data
Cities, agencies, and companies often use street-level imagery to do virtual inspections related to their work. For example, cities might want to monitor the progress of construction works; transportation agencies might want to get an overview of where potholes are popping up; or insurance companies might wish to inventory assets like fire hydrants in an area.
This is no simple process. Often, it means hiring a mobile mapping vendor, waiting for weeks or even months for the imagery to be processed, and getting it delivered on a hard drive, to be viewed only with proprietary software. This is cumbersome, slow, and not a scalable way to make data available across organizations and use it for understanding places.
Today we launch Mapillary for Organizations to address one of the biggest pain points for organizations that need to understand the world better. Mapillary offers the chance to quickly and easily capture street-level imagery yourself, host it on a platform that enables integrating the imagery into any tool or app, and automatically extract map data with help of computer vision.
Hundreds of organizations have already been using Mapillary in their day-to-day job, so we’ve learnt about their workflows and struggles. The functionality we have added to the platform makes it easier to work with Mapillary imagery and data as an organization.
Mapillary for Organizations is a workspace for your team to have shared access to the data you work with, and for team members to contribute imagery on behalf of the organization. By setting up areas of interest, you can get an overview of all the imagery and data available in that area, and subscribe to use it in your tools and workflows. This way, you can use the freshest street-level data across your organization, and keep your geospatial datasets up to date.
As you set up an organization on Mapillary, you can invite others to join your team. Each team member logs in with their individual account to access the shared workspace. As a member, you use the same account to access any organization you have been added to, as well as your individual profile. This applies to uploading imagery as well, where you don’t need to log into separate accounts but will simply be asked on whose behalf you are contributing at the time.
Any imagery that team members contribute to the organization will be owned by the organization. This means there are no ownership questions if your team should change—organization imagery will be kept even if the particular contributor is no longer a part of the team. On the other hand, any imagery you contribute to Mapillary individually will always belong to you and will not be transferred to the organization that you’ve been added to.
Shapes define your areas of interest. You can see them as “windows” that you can use to access the imagery and map data available in an area. You can set up multiple shapes—on district, city, or county level, according to what you need.
A subscription enables you to licence imagery and map data to use it in tools and applications. You can then integrate Mapillary public imagery anywhere (and your organization’s imagery too, but you don’t need a subscription for that as the organization owns it) as well as download map data as a file that you can import as a layer into GIS tools. Moreover, you get access to any added imagery and extracted data throughout the subscription period, meaning you’re always using the freshest data.
To get started with Mapillary for Organizations, log into your account on the Mapillary web, and use the switcher at the top of your profile to create a new organization.
/The Mapillary team