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Thinking outside the box: interactive mapping from Akira Studio

At Akira, we don't just build websites, we devise better ways for clients to deliver their message to an increasingly sophisticated audience. Which is basically a posh way of saying we've built some pretty neat web stuff over the past couple of years!

One of our most successful solutions has been customising Google Maps to create unique, interactive maps for clients - here are just a few of our successes to date.

The Waterfront Trail – online interactive map

The Waterfront Trail is a 1400km route that stretches along the shores of the Great Lakes. It's very popular with cyclists, and so when the Waterfront Regeneration Trust wanted their website revamped, they also wanted an interactive trail map that people could access and use on the go. Akira Studio devised a zoomable map that showed cyclists and other users important information including trail descriptions, tourism information, parking and public transport information, and downloadable PDF maps by region. By integrating the Trail data into a Google Maps format, Akira ensured trail users could also zoom in to see the view 'on the ground' using Google's street view option.

Haldimand County Hydro - outage mapping

Akira were tasked with creating an accurate and timely map of power outages on the electricity supplier's network. This involved integrating data provided by the client into a Google Maps interface, and also making it easy for staff to add new outages and remove old ones quickly and easily. The whole system was then incorporated into a downloadable app, so mobile device users will always know where the power outages are, without needing power for their PCs!

MLSPro - property hotspot mapping

Actually, this hasn't even been released yet, but it's such a great way to find homes for sale, we couldn't wait to tell you! As part of our new MLSPro real estate agent website service (www.mlspro.house), we included a very neat mapping tool. This automatically creates 'property hotspots' on a map, indicates the locations of homes for sale based on their MLS listing. Prospective buyers can zoom in to see each property's location, and then click for more details including street address and price. It's a terrific way for buyers to see what is available in their favourite neighbourhood, or within a given distance from their work or a preferred school.

If you think your website could benefit from a customised map that gives your customers more information on your activities, products or services, gives us a call.

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