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How a GIS expert’s simple app became Google Street View

By Byron Connolly | Aug. 4, 2016
Mel VanderWal was hired on a $10,000 software development contract. A prototype app he created was the beginning of what is now Google Street View.

Today as JLL's GIS leader, VanderWal investigates new GIS-related technologies and integrates them into the global real estate firm's workflows. He said JLL’s head of IT, Andrew Clowes sees the value in locational intelligence and how it can benefit the firm.

“That’s what I like about working here – we have people in authoritative positions who are big believers in what we do. It’s the bane of the GIS [expert’s] existence. If you ever talk to anybody who’s been in this field, it continually feels like you are justifying your existence so it’s nice working in a company where there’s people who understand why this is important.”


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