Last week the latest release (R38) of MapInfo Stratus has seen (among other improvements) an implementation of WMS client support. A WMS is a standard protocol for serving map images over the Internet. It is a standard developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO). A wide variety of data can be accessed by WMS services made available by Government and other organisations. The Stratus Admin Console supports adding WMS layers as base maps or overlays from both public and secured WMS services. In MapInfo Stratus WMS legends and WMS feature information in call outs will be available.
This is a significant update to Stratus as now, the vast amount of data currently being published via WMS can be consumed by any Stratus instance all the Stratus administrator needs to do is point to the service and decide if the layer is to be a basemap or a map overlay (or business map). The Stratus map shown in the image below is an example of a map consisting entirely of WMS map layers. The basemap is the LINZ Topo 250 WMS published on the LINZ Data Service and a Soil Erosion Risk classification for the area of the Canterbury Region published by ECAN.
Click on the image below to open the Stratus map in a new browser. The ECAN Soil Erosion Risk layer is an example of a WMS layer that has feature querying capabilities enabled so that when you click on a particular location that has some form of classified soil erosion risk then the information is displayed in the pop-up.