A new version of its electronic chart display software has been released by German navigation chart specialist SevenCs. The newly-released WMS ChartServer 5 version provides enhanced functionality across several fronts.
Much greater interoperability is the key to WMS ChartServer’s support of spatial queries; this support takes the depth and relevance of information on offer to a whole new level, using GeoJSON-formatted coordinates. Interoperability and valuable context were also the benefits fuelling the development of bounding boxes that cover more than 360° of latitude. These give users compatibility of SevenCs’ visual images with third-party geographic data sources such as those provided by Open Street Map. This innovation is said to address customers’ wishes for a more meaningful, contextualised visual image.
The new Example Client saves users costs and familiarisation time. It gets application developers up to speed with WMS ChartServer much more quickly. Providing an Example Client rapidly gives valuable orientation to developers who are using Open Layers and starting to work with WMS ChartServer. It gets around the matter of users all having their individual settings; at the same time, it vividly brings the WMS ChartServer functionality to life.
To reduce workload on server-related configuration and maintenance tasks such as software updates, installation, chart updates and security settings, SevenCs offers a fully-fledged hosting service, with WMS ChartServer. As in previous versions, WMS ChartServer comes with Chart Handler, a chart loading and installation tool.
SevenCs develops S-57 chart kernels for integration into ECDIS and other maritime applications, ENC production and distribution software, and professional maritime-navigation software.