Mapware recently made a big change to our pricing plan. Going forward, we are offering customers a simple, one-time processing fee of 2¢ per megapixel. We won’t charge for anything else—including cloud storage, ingress, or egress.
We’re particularly proud of this new plan. But you may wonder why it’s such a big deal, especially if (like the author) you were born into this world knowing nothing about cloud pricing. In this blog, we hope to provide some context.
Be forewarned: the math in this blog post is ridiculously simple. That’s just how our plan works.
You Pay 2¢ Per Megapixel, That’s It
Let’s say your aerial survey team estimates it will take 10,000 megapixels worth of drone photos of a site over the course of six months. At 2¢ per megapixel, you can safely earmark $200 for photogrammetry processing. The project starts, your team uploads photos to Mapware, and you pay that $200 once to perform the photogrammetry process.
Done. You own your Mapware data.
Under our plan, the only variable in your budget is the number of megapixels you need to process at a given time. If you can estimate that, then you can safely predict your costs well ahead of the project start date. And you will only have to pay that cost once—when you process your data through Mapware’s photogrammetry pipeline. There are no additional fees unless you decide to do more photogrammetry.
Easily Calculate Costs
If you do more photogrammetry, it’s easy to calculate the additional costs.
Let’s say your team underestimated the number of photos you need to take of the site, and the resulting model was of lower quality than required. Your team reshoots the entire site and collects a new image set of 12,500 megapixels. The math is the same. At 2¢ per megapixel, you will pay $250 to process the second set, bringing your project total up to $450.
Upload Data to Mapware, For Free
By the way, many cloud service providers don’t charge you for ingress – the process of uploading your data to our cloud. But it’s worth mentioning that we don’t, either. Getting that second set of high-resolution source images into Mapware is free. So is the third set, and the fourth, and so on.
Keep Your Data on Mapware Forever, For Free
Now imagine your project drags on longer than expected. Maybe poor weather postpones your drone flights, or local traffic delays the arrival of field personnel, or onsite equipment breaks down, or wireless internet connections are spotty, or poor-quality drone images force you to take reshoots. Whatever the case, your data must sit in the cloud a bit longer.
Under a subscription-based cloud-storage plan, time is money—and you would have to pay for every additional week, month, or year that you need to store your data. But under Mapware’s plan, you don’t pay a cent for storage. Your budget is still $450.
Retrieve Your Data from Mapware, For Free
In theory, you could keep your data on Mapware’s servers indefinitely, for free. But eventually, you will probably want to transfer it to another part of the internet. Removing data from cloud storage is called egress, and many cloud-service companies charge you for this. But again, Mapware won’t make you pay to retrieve your data. It’s already yours.
So, over the course of your project: you’ve uploaded one image set (for free), processed it (for $200), uploaded a second image set (for free), processed it (for $250), stored images and photogrammetry products on our cloud for longer than expected (for free), and finally transferred it all off our cloud (for free). In the end, you’ve still only paid $450.
If you select Mapware’s new pricing plan, pay 2¢ per megapixel only when you decide to process your Mapware data through our photogrammetry pipeline. That’s it. You can upload your data to our cloud for free. You can keep your data on our servers for as long as you like, for free. And you can transfer or download it for free. There are no additional charges, no hidden fees, and no complex rules to puzzle over. This is rare, both from other photogrammetry service providers and general cloud-storage providers like AWS and Azure.
Hopefully, now you understand our enthusiasm.