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I know of ArcGIS Tracking analyst and QGIS Time Manager. I have a transportation network with time based schedule for buses. I will create time aware shapefiles from this data. Is it possible to create a simulation that shows buses moving along a track (as per the time ) using some plugin? This is necessary as i want to convert it to a video.

Essentially can you all list all Add-ins / Plugins that deal with time based data in popular GISystems.

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Check i2maps framework. There are two examples using animated data that might be of some help:

  • Agent-based simulation: A micro-simulation of pedestrian flows on the campus. In this example we do not use a server-side simulation engine but test browser's performance to process and visualize dynamic OpenLayers objects.
  • Public transportation: A micro-simulation of public transportation system of Seattle. Again we use dynamic OpenLayers objects to visualize the agents but in this case their activity chains are generated server-side.
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Seems interesting !! – GeoH2O Feb 17 '12 at 19:23
Is there some documentation for public transportation simulation...if not the source code at least some help as regards how it was built or how it may be used with own data – GeoH2O Feb 18 '12 at 1:32
i2maps is exciting and it seems it is very new...perhaps newbie users will need to wait for some good documentation to come out though – GeoH2O Feb 18 '12 at 4:26
Couldn't find any activity after summer 2011. I hope they haven't ditched the project. – underdark Feb 18 '12 at 10:08
Yes i will do that..there is some documentation about installing it though – GeoH2O Feb 18 '12 at 21:48

In ArcGIS 10 you can enable time on a layer (with the proper time fields) in the Time tab of the layer properties. Then using the Animation toolbar you can save to an animation file. See the help links for more details:

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Yes indeed but i think without many proprietary extension like tracking server the full capabilities of ArcGIS are difficult to realize – GeoH2O Feb 18 '12 at 1:21

Map Channels has an interesting Animated Route Maps tool and API that you can embed directly on a web page and display simulated route animations.

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