With the June 2023 update of ArcGIS Online, the Near Me widget is now available as beta in ArcGIS Experience Builder. This new widget provides similar functionalities as the Web AppBuilder Info Summary widget. As you migrate to Experience Builder, you can leverage this new widget for your Info Summary workflows in Experience Builder.
Let us assume you have a Web Appbuilder App that is used by public to explore current roadway conditions, restrictions, closures, and other alerts to help plan a safer trip. You want to migrate this app to Experience Builder. Here’s how to do it:
Create an app
To create an app In Experience Builder
First, you’ll create an app in Experience Builder:
1. Sign into your ArcGIS account.
2. From the Content page, click Create app and click Experience Builder.
3. Click Create New.
4. Choose a mapcentric template and click Create
See an example of an application using the Blank fullscreen template.
5. In your app, add a Map widget.
Near Me is mapcentric widget, so you need to add at least one map with a feature layer. For my app, I chose a map that has local incidents, road closures and weather data.
6. Add the Near Me (Beta) widget to your app and connect it to the Map widget.
Configure Near Me widget
Now that you’ve created your app, you’ll configure the Near Me widget by configuring the map, search, and analysis settings.
In my application, I want the users to find out information about
- Local incidents.
- Road closures, Roadblocks and Detours.
- Weather warnings.
Configure map settings
- Click the Near Me (Beta).
- In the Content panel, under Map Settings, select your map.
- Click the map to configure its settings.
Configure search settings
1. Select Search by current map area.
2. Change the Heading label.
I entered Explore active incidents and warning
Configure analysis settings
Setting up analyses is the key step when configuring the Near Me widget; the widget will not work until at least one analysis is configured. To configure the analysis settings, follow these steps:
1. Click on Add Analysis button.
2. Select the Incident Perimeters layer.
3. Set a Label.
In my application, I labeled it Local Incidents.
4. From the Analysis Types dropdown, choose Proximity.
5. Select Sort features by Field and choose Incident Name field to sort features.
6. Enable Expand on open and check Expand feature details.
7. Click the back button in Edit Analysis panel to go back to main Analysis panel
Similar way I configured proximity analysis for Road Closure, road Blocks and Weather warnings layer in my application. After configuring all the analyses, my application’s configuration panel looks like following screenshot.
Explore active incidents and warning
Finally, you’ll verify that the Near Me widget works as expected.
1. Launch the application.
2. After the application loads, widget will show all the configured layer’s feature within current map extent.
In my application, the widget will show all the Local Incidents, Road Closures, roadblocks, detours and Active weather warning within the current map area,
3. With each map extent change (due to pan or zoom), there will be an information icon visible right beside the heading to let you know that map extent has changed. Click Update results will refresh the app with current map extent features.
- Documentation: ArcGIS Experience Builder Help: Near Me (Beta)
- Documentation: ArcGIS Experience Builder Help: What’s new
- Blog article: What’s New in ArcGIS Experience Builder (June 2023)
- Blog article: Recreating Near Me workflows in Experience Builder
- Blog article: Recreating Situation Awareness workflows in Experience Builder