Bing Spatial Data Services Meets 3D

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At //build 2014 there were many exciting announcements. It would have been easy to miss one of the implications of the moment of glory for Internet Explorer 11 during the keynote on day 1. The demo of the new FishGL website gave a hint about the enhanced support for WebGL in IE11 and, while I find fish quite yummy, I was more intrigued about what it means for mapping. After…

Geo-fencing with Bing Spatial Data Services and Azure Mobile Services

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Triggering certain actions such as sending notifications or alerts when a device enters or leaves an area is often referred to as geo-fencing. The geo-fence, the boundary of the area of interest, can be dynamic like a radius around a school or around your own device, it can be pre-defined such as a neighborhood, city or county, or it can be an area defined and digitized for a specific purpose.…

How to Fine-tune Location Coordinates with the Custom Geocoding Refinement Tool

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When presenting custom location data in Bing Maps applications, a frequent requirement is to geocode the addresses of your location data prior to presenting them on the map, ensuring that you have latitude and longitude coordinates that accurately reflect the real-world locations. Bing Maps offers batch geocoding capabilities via the Bing Spatial Data Services Geocode Dataflow API, and also via the Bing Maps Account Center, enabling data sources containing addresses…

Introducing Support for Custom Geospatial-Data in Bing SDS

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The Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) have always supported the management and retrieval of your points of interest (POI). You can upload text or XML-files with addresses or GPS-locations and batch-geocode or reverse geocode them, you can store them in the cloud and query your points of interest in a radius around a location, in a bounding box, or along a route. The SDS also provides access to categorized POI…

Retrieving Boundaries from the Bing Spatial Data Services (Preview)

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The Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) allow you to submit large amounts of addresses for batch-geocoding as well as GPS-coordinates for reverse geocoding. You can download the results or keep them in our data centers and retrieve your points of interest (POI) within a distance of a specific location or along a route through the SDS Query API. Aside from your own POI which you can manage through the SDS,…

Augmented Reality with Bing Maps in a Windows Store App

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In this blog post we are going to take a look at augmented reality apps and how to create them as Windows Store apps. When many people hear the words “augmented reality” the first thought that comes to mind is the large helmet type video games that never really took off in the 90’s. This was largely due to the high costs and bulky hardware that was required. This is…

Batch Geocoding and Batch Reverse-Geocoding with Bing Maps

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Introduction Geocoding and reverse geocoding are services that Bing Maps provides in the AJAX Control as well as in the SOAP and REST web services but what if you are about to start a project and you have to geocode thousands of addresses or what if you have a requirement to batch-process data updates as a recurring task? Of course you could just call the geocoder again and again but…