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based DigiCollect-GIS, a geo information solutions company, chose to built its value-added services using open source technologies because it could not afford the huge cost of investments in proprietary software.
A startup which was boot-strapped by angel investors, Kyron Accelerators, and also supported by Nasscom, DigiCollect-GIS chose not to accept external funding. This meant they were short of funds when they chose to build a platform. “We were a bunch of civil engineers and GIS specialists, and did not have any IT background. To keep our costs low while developing a platform we chose open source as a model,” explains Venugopal TV, CEO, DigiCollect-GIS.
Venugopal recalls that there was not much choice because proprietary platforms around GIS cost more than a few thousand dollars per seat. “We decided to crowd-source a portion of our development, and roped in some of the best talent from the open source community to consult for us.”
It took less than ` 3 lakh and four months to roll out the first version of the DigiCollect-GIS platform. “We have used the best of the open source world such as Django for the framework, Android ODK collect for client applications, and RabbitMQ and Celery for task systems. In the backend we are using OpenGIS and Mapflow among many other tools.”
The DigiCollect platform has over one lakh lines of code which have been contributed by over a hundred developers.
The platform will be launched in April 2014. The company is currently running beta trials with six customers.
We used the best of the open source world such as Django for the framework, Android ODK collect for client applications, and RabbitMQ and Celery for task systems