New Bing Maps App: Piracy Watch

Piracy_0 Avast me heartys! Me scurvy dog Bing scalleywags ‘ave another app for ye! Okay, so Talk Like a Pirate Day isn’t until September, but piracy is an international crisis that governments around the world are still dealing with everyday. And, since I’m a Microsoft guy I’m sure you’re thinking I’m talking about software piracy; but, I’m not. I’m talking about the real deal – dirty scoundrels capturing ships from seas around the world to pillage their booty. The Piracy Watch Map App illustrates international seafaring attacks by placing pushpins on the map showing where the attacks have taken place.


Users have the ability to click any of the pushpins to get more information about the respective incident – specifically, the date of the incident, the type of ship that was victimized, the aggressor, and a short description of the incident which includes the location of the incident. The left panel provides additional ways to sort the data – by date, victim type or aggressor type.

The application was built by our good friends at IDV Solutions who have a slew of additional information about piracy including an interactive heat map of pirate activities around the world. This Bing Map App leverages web services hosted in IDV’s Visual Fusion Server to pull data into the map which is quite the powerful solution and one I’ve blogged about in the past. In fact, Jerry Skaw blogged about IDV’s Pirate Tracking back in November and we’ve such moved the application into the Bing Maps App Gallery.

Ahoy! Go thar ye sprogs and see the swashbucklin’ app; or, I’ll have ya keelhauled…and, ye not be visitin’ Fiddlers Green after that.

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