Server License

Respond Smarter & Faster to Clients. Share Live Survey Data instantly with the Office or any number of your Colleagues using Portable Mapper’s low cost and innovative Map Server technology. Data is received Geo-referenced and requires No Post Processing by your Team before sending on to your Client. Relies on a good mobile and/or wifi signal for data transfer. Automatically switches between saving locally or saving to the network depending on connection quality. Requires office server installation.



  • Key Benefits

  • System Overview

  • Server Hardware Requirements

  • Server Software Installation

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Key Benefits

Portable Mapper Ecology & Tree Survey Mapping Software
  •  Live Sharing with Work Colleagues. No matter where you are in the world ** your work colleague or employer can see your survey data as if they were there on site with you. (Note ** Providing you both have either a stable wifi or mobile connection). This could be invaluable for example to sign off a project as soon as it's been completed and forward direct to the client or, even to seek your colleagues advice with both of you seeing the same thing at the same time.

  • Instantaneous office server synchronisation. No more waiting for the survey results to come back to the office with your ecologist or surveyor. As there's a live link between the remote survey device or tablet and the office server then your office team can work on the survey data immediately. This shortens the time frame responding to the client.

  • Avoid work duplication. On many occasions survey data and results will be recorded on site only for someone back at the office to spend more time entering the data again in to their GiS system. Cut out this wasted duplication time by completing the survey out on site using Portable Mapper's easy use interface. Your data instantaneously synchronising with your office server in the correct format. With one client estimating a 40% reduction in labour.

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System Overview

Map Server was developed by Gareth Shedden with the help and support of Business Wales in 2019. They said of this 'Huge potential'. Map Server is a reliable but low cost solution for transmitting and receiving map data. For example from multiple portable mapping devices back to a single office based server.


Portable Mapper and Map Server have been integrated to form one incredibly versatile and powerful modular survey platform.

The Portable Mapper base program (for tablet or laptop) is by default a stand alone and self contained survey program perfect for individuals and sole traders. We call this the Single User License version.


But add an office based server and Portable Mapper automatically logs on to and synchronises with that server and any other devices * in that same network. Note *  This synchronising with other devices feature can be switched off. This is the Server License. For more details please read on. 

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Server Hardware Requirements

This installation will work perfectly on a high performance desktop computer. Unlike most traditional server applications Portable Mapper handheld device queries come through one channel. And as a consequence standard server equipment will bring no performance benefits. Likewise a RAID setup is not recommended as there will be no performance gain. That being said the desktop computer acting as a server will need to process many tasks simultaneously from that one channel. For that we need a lot of RAM, several processors and lots of threading.​ *** Note. Portable Mapper does not supply hardware but can advise. See recommended minimum specifications below.

  • Operating System. Windows 10 Minimum. The server installation has been designed around Windows.

  • Storage Drive 1. Minimum 256 Gb Solid State. With multiple user access the read write speed needs to be high. Equipment built with solid state storage offers tremendous access speed benefits over traditional disc drives. The amount of storage however does not need to be high.

  • Storage Drive 2. Minimum 64 Gb Solid State. This drive will be dedicated to holding programs, installation and configuration files together with backups of key files. Read write speed again important for the same reasons as above.

  • Processor. Minimum 8 Core. Processor speed needs to be high however the number of processor cores is far more important. The ability to multitask. The more cores the better.

  • Hyper Threading. How each processor core splits itself up to multi task further. More the better.

  • RAM. Minimum 32 Gb. The ability to deal with lots of handheld queries without wasting time reading and writing to file. The more RAM the better.

  • UPS Battery Backup. In case of power outage consider a battery backup that automatically offers a controlled shutdown.

  • Secondary Power Source. Consider if power outage is not acceptable to your business. Preferably link this to your UPS for controlled voltage regulation to your server during switch over.

  • Router & Line. A dedicated router connected directly to the server for handheld traffic would be the best and most secure option. As would a dedicated fibre line. Should you consider using your existing network and equipment then please ensure your IT department have factored in and allowed for the increased network traffic.

  • VPN. Virtual Private Network. It may be possible to use an extended VPN instead of a dedicated router and line. Your server will see the handhelds as if they are part of your exiting network. This will depend on how your IT department have set things up.

Server Software Installation

Installation consists of :      


  • Apache 2.5 HTTP Web Server *

  • PostgreSQL Database Management *

  • QGiS 3.20 Desktop & Server *

  • Configuration, Password and Access Rights files

  • Portable Mapper Modules


Items 1 - 3 are open source programs that are free to use, adapt and redistribute commercially.


Installation is best carried out on site with some but not all tasks being done remotely.

Communication & Security

Once operational, all communication to and from the server over the net takes place via the FCGID (Fast Common Gateway Interface) program. A secure program that allows multiple and simultaneous server access read write requests. With all traditional HT file web access and API instances being disabled.


The FCGID program then uses the WFS3 Protocol (Web Feature Service) to allow read write access to vector drawings and associated data.

Server access only being granted upon verification of a user name and password provided automatically by the remote Portable Mapper base program. Passwords use a minimum of 16 bit basic encryption. User access is further restricted using a dedicated access rights program.

All the above together making an incredibly secure setup. 

Data Sharing. By default Portable Mapper is not setup to share your survey data with other users of the server. Whilst the office based server administrator can see everyone's data, users can only see their own. This can be changed upon request to share with all users.

Maintenance. Your server will require very little in the way of ongoing maintenance. For optimum processor performance and longevity leave the server in a cool, damp free and dark room. Updates will install and reboot automatically overnight with routine processes setup for cleaning and performance optimisation. However some updates will require more than one restart so please check every morning.

Cost. For costing purposes it is assumed that the client has observed the minimum hardware requirements above and purchased the necessary equipment in advance. A generator and/or battery backup should already be tested, connected, setup and operational. The 'Server' completed its initial Windows setup procedure and at least connected to a keyboard, mouse and monitor. Router already configured to an appropriate broadband/fibre line. Leaving Portable Mapper to install and setup the five bulleted items making up the Server installation above. Whilst we can keep costs down with this initial preparation together with using open source software there's still a large chunk of labour associated with the installation, setup and configuration of the Map Server system. Every customer's needs are different and on that basis detailed discussions will need to take place before a quote is raised. You will understandably want to know a ball park figure before proceeding. Assuming there are no special requirements and installation is straight forward then £2,250 will be the base office server price. This does not include any software or modules for remote handheld devices. Finally we would like to draw your attention to our terms and conditions page here.

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