What are the costs of Monitoring Spatial Web Services?

What are the costs of Monitoring Spatial Web Services

Every geospatially enabled organisation must have some sort of monitoring and analytics, in order to both measure how they are doing and know how services are being used. One of the largest obstacles in the way of starting these measurements for many organisations are the costs of the implementation. But are the costs actually that high after all, when you consider what you gain from monitoring and analysing the usage? Geodata ROI might just be the answer

Cost of monitoring infrastructure

Spatineo has been developing monitoring solutions since 2011. Our experts have created solutions that are specialized for Spatial Web Services. We know how to do the work most efficiently. Therefore, we can offer monitoring to our customers with less cost because we do similar things for many organisations.

So, if we calculate what is the cost of using Spatineo Monitor compared to an organisation actually doing all the development and maintenance by themselves, we get an estimate of 0,016. That is an astonishing 0,16% of the full monitoring price. So we can proudly say that we can save over 99% of the total costs you might be having in developing an in-house monitoring/analytical solution.

Some organisations also decide to use free or very simple tools for monitoring their infrastructure, which at the end do not fulfill all the analytical needs and performance assurance indicators spatial services need. What is usually missing when they go to that road, is both the reliability of the monitoring itself and the in-depth analysis of the spatial element of the services.

Hours and hours of coding are just the tip of the iceberg of all the resources poured into our monitoring solutions. And when the products are well established, what happens then?

Maintenance & Servers

Cloud-based solutions are the key to make services adjustable and restrain costs. But cloud-computing isn’t free and someone actually has to host these infrastructures. Right now Spatineo is using Amazon Cloud to host our services. With cloud we can make sure we always have an scalable computing power at our disposal, so our services have close to zero downtime and we can scale our computing resources automatically to match the variable needs our clients.

Spatial Web Service Monitoring Costs

Maintaining this infrastructure, keeping up with all the suggestions our clients have and assuring that we are on top of latest innovations of GIS-technology requires a team of experienced GIS and application and systems experts. If someone were to start manually monitor all of their services it could take as much as one person full time to do it efficiently. That time is taken away from something else.

ROI evens out the costs

Investing in your SDI’s monitoring/analytics has proven to be highly profitable, but the question is: how efficient you want your investments to be? Last year we had a webinar about Return On Investment of high quality spatial web services, and there we openly displayed what were the ROI with SYKE (Finnish Environment Institute) monitoring their infrastructure. Optimized solutions create optimized results. Return On Investment (ROI) can be calculated with one simple formula:

ROI = (Benefit from investment – Cost of investment Cost of investment) / Cost of investment

Cost of investment is how much resources you pour into monitoring of your SDI. That is the variant, you can have an impact on. As mentioned earlier, creating your own monitoring systems is expensive, but investing in a well recognized solution is much more cost-efficient.

Currently we provide our ROI calculations to our customers. These calculations gives a close estimate what kind of amounts of ROI we are talking about case-by-case.

If you want to know what your return on investment in monitoring of spatial web services of your SDI is, you can contact us and we can calculate an estimate for you. In previous cases we have reached ROI up to 300% with our solutions!

monitoring price and ROI


Why Spatineo is monitoring Open Spatial Web Services?

Organisations often wonder why does Spatineo monitor their spatial web services? They might have noticed that we are sending requests to their services. Currently we monitor almost 70 000 open services globally, and the data we gather from these services is for the benefit of all, both for the owners and users of services. We don’t keep the data for ourselves, but share it to the community.

Spatineo monitoring

Spatineo Monitoring Agent

We have been monitoring open spatial web services since 2012, and we have gathered a huge amount of useful data for everyone to use. Our open data of the availability of services is freely usable to recognize your success and promote the impact of your open spatial data.

Spatineo monitors services continuously around the clock from our network of dedicated monitoring servers we call agents. Each of the monitored Spatial Web Services is sent a lightweight test request every 5 minutes. This interval is frequent enough to get a reliable measurement of availability as well as timely alarms for our customers, but not cause extra load to the monitored servers. This interval also complies with the performance testing criteria set in the INSPIRE technical guidance. But what are the technical details behind this all?

How are the requests established?

Spatineo formulates requests to services based on the service description (for example the OGC Capabilities document) and the specification or API. The requests target a dataset that is available in the service using a bounding box within the bounds of that dataset. The bounds are varied using artificial intelligence as per our patented technology. You can read more on our Monitoring agents network and the technical nature of it here.


We’re not saying these are what our service agents look like, but were not denying it either.

Impact of Open Data – Reason for Monitoring

As more and more open services are released to the public, we have been able to perform wider and more comprehensive analysis of the whole spatial data community. Comparing services to each other enables us to find and study services that are doing extraordinary well. We want to be a top of knowledge here, and be able to give our customers the best advice and guidance in reaching new heights of success.

As we want to be as transparent as possible with our data collection, we publish all this data in our Spatineo Directory. There you can find all the info we have harnessed from monitored services. If you want to improve your service page, you can check our service metadata guide, for tips and tricks. There we have written a guide on how to improve the information content of the service metadata of your services.

So why is monitoring beneficial for you also?

When trying to improve your services, you need to know some metrics on how the services are doing right now. Availability is one of those key performance indicators that you need to know when planning the development. Spatineo provides to you that information via Spatineo Directory. Displaying your success to your stakeholders and users of services is really beneficial.

In-case we haven’t discovered your services yet, we made a youtube video on how to manually add your spatial web services to Spatineo Directory. You can see the video here:

If you have any questions related to our monitoring, feel free to contact us for additional information by email or our contact form!

Do We Have an Office in Your Country?

We are often asked that where are we located and can our team be met locally? Our office is located in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Our current personnel are all living in Finland, so it’s only reasonable to have our office located in here. So the answer to the question is no, we only have an office in Finland, but there are many ways to contact us and set up a meeting, also face to face. We want to support all our customers and anyone who wants to improve their spatial web services in the best possible way and even more.


Taking Part in Sustainable Development

Our policy is to support sustainable development in every way we can. The small things are the most important. We have a recycle plan at the office, we are avoiding e.g. printing as much as we can and we encourage personnel to use the public transportation.

Our business is operated with digital and cloud based systems, and we are organizing our meetings online because our digital business supports it. This saves time and the meetings can be held even on a short notice and it is environmental friendly.

Spatineo offers several free webinars for our customers and for anyone interested on improving their spatial web services

You Can Meet Our Team in Many Ways

Our Sales Team and Tech Support can be reached easy. You can call us, send an email or contact us with the contact form on our website. Our personnel are attending several conferences world wide, throughout the year so you can also meet us there.


Fabio Bittencourt having intense conversations at INSPIRE Conference 2017

You can follow us on Twitter to know where we are travelling and which conferences we are attending. Just contact us and book a meeting when it’s convenient for you.

Our Sales Partners Are There for You

We have Sales Partners located in Europe and Australia to help our customers locally. And we are growing our Partner network, so that we could support our customers even better. Spatineo doesn’t have any offices outside Finland but our local Partners are available for meetings face to face.

Spatineo Partners

If you are traveling in Finland, you are always more than welcome to visit our office, enjoy a cup of fresh coffee and meet our team.

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