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Comparing Esri’s ArcGIS With LuciadLightSpeed

What is ArcGIS?

ArcGIS is a product of ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) – an international supplier of GIS software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. The company is headquartered in Redlands, California.

ArcGIS is the most popular GIS software with a 40.7% of the global market share in geographic information systems, as of 2013. The software enables users to gain greater insights using contextual tools to visualize and analyze data. It also provides a suite of tools that allows users to collaborate and share via maps, apps, dashboards and reports.

What is LuciadLighSpeed?

LuciadLightSpeed is a situational awareness software product which was originally developed by Luciad, (one of the several spin-offs of the KU Leuven). The company is now under Hexagon, a technology group based in Sweden. Luciad’s real-time situational awareness geospatial software components are known for their flexibility, high performance and accuracy. They play an invaluable role in safety, aviation, military and transport.

Major international companies and organizations, systems integrators, and original equipment manufacturers use LuciadLightspeed to rapidly develop geospatial situational awareness applications for mission- and business-critical operations.

Comparing their performance

We obtained the video below which compares the performance of the two geospatial software solutions in real-time. A Shapefile (SHP) data with tens of thousands of housing data is uploaded to each of the software platforms.

For your information, a shapefile format is a geospatial vector data format developed and regulated by Esri as a mostly open specification for data interoperability among Esri and other GIS software products. The shapefile, introduced with ArcView GIS version 2 (which is an earlier version of ArcGIS in the early 1990s), stores the data as primitive geometric shapes like points, lines, and polygons. These shapes, together with data attributes that are linked to each shape, create the representation of the geographic data.

Can LuciadLightspeed handle Esri’s shapefile format? Which of the two software platforms performs better? Watch this video and be your own judge!


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