Category Archives : Azure Maps



Accelerating smart building solutions with cloud, AI, and IoT

Throughout our Internet of Things (IoT) journey we’ve seen solutions evolve from device-centric models, to spatially-aware solutions that provide real-world context. Last year at Realcomm | IBcon, we announced Azure IoT’s vision for spatial intelligence, diving into scenarios that uniquely join IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and productivity tools. In the year since, we’ve progressed this vision by introducing new services designed to help enterprise customers across industries optimize the management of their spaces. Across Azure, Dynamics, and Office, Microsoft continues to accelerate results from a growing and diverse set of partners creating smart building solutions on our industry-leading enterprise platform.

This year we’ve returned to Realcomm | IBcon, joined by over 30 partners who have delivered innovative solutions using our spatial intelligence and device security services to provide safety to construction sites, operate buildings more efficiently, utilize space more effectively, and boost occupant productivity and satisfaction. Here we’ll tell you more about a selection of these smart building partners who are accelerating digital transformation in their industries.


IoT is an invaluable part of the smart building lifecycle, even before the building comes to fruition. On construction sites, it’s imperative for companies to prioritize employee safety while ensuring the job




Announcing Mobility service for Azure Maps, SDKs updates, and more




Actuating mobility in the enterprise with new Azure Maps services and SDKs

The mobility space is at the forefront of the most complex challenges faced by cities and urban areas today. The movement of people and things is as much a driver of opportunity as it is an agent of chaos, aggravating existing challenges of traffic, pollution, and unbalanced livelihoods. Today, Azure Maps is continuing to expand the offerings of our platform, introducing a new set of capabilities in the form of SDKs and cloud-based services, to enable enterprises, partners, and cities to build the solutions that will help visualize, analyze, and optimize these mobility challenges.

The services we’re introducing are designed exclusively for the needs of the modern enterprise customer – powerful, real-time analytics and seamless cross-screen experiences, fortified by robust security services.

First, we’re officially moving the following services from public preview to general availability: Route Range {Isochrones}, Get Search Polygon, and Satellite and Hybrid Imagery. Furthermore, we’re introducing multiple new services. We’re enhancing our map canvas by introducing a stunning set of natural earth map tiles and an image compositor to make interaction with our maps more aesthetic, useful, and powerful. We’re also introducing Spatial Operations services that offer powerful analytics used by mobility applications and other industries today,




Dynamic mission planning for drones with Azure Maps

Real-time location intelligence is critical for business operations. From getting real-time road data, to building asset-tracking solutions for navigating drone fleets. Today, we’re excited to highlight a customer, AirMap, whose software solutions rely on Azure Maps for real-time location intelligence in a new frontier of technology called dynamic mission planning for drones.

AirMap is the leading global airspace management platform for drones. AirMap’s Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) platform enables the deployment and operations of safe, efficient, and advanced drone operations for enterprises and drone solution providers. Since 2017, AirMap has been part of the Microsoft Ventures portfolio and has chosen Microsoft Azure as its trusted cloud for its cloud-based UTM platform. AirMap offers open, standardized APIs and SDKs that make it easy for software developers to integrate AirMap’s intelligence services and capabilities into third party applications. This includes situational awareness of flight conditions, airspace advisories, and global airspace regulations. The AirMap developer platform also offers easy access to AirMap’s global network of airspace authorities, who offer notification, authorization, and more to drone operators on the AirMap UTM platform.

Figure 1: AirMap dynamically renders polygons representing different geographic areas subject to airspace regulations.

When faced with the decision of selecting



Dec blog post was co-authored by Ricky Brundritt, Senior Program Manager, Azure IoT. Today we are excited to announce multiple new features available designed to support Azure Maps customers. Azure Maps represents a new vision of map services aiding Azure READ MORE




IoT for Smart Cities: New partnerships for Azure Maps and Azure Digital Twins

This blog post was co-authored by Julie Seto, Senior Program Manager, Azure IoT.

Over recent years, one of the most dynamic landscapes undergoing digital transformation is the modern city. Amid increasing urbanization, cities must grapple with questions around how to strengthen their local economies, manage environmental resources, mitigate pollution and create safer, more accessible societies. The modern metropolis is on a crusade towards sustainability, prosperity and inclusivity, and critical to achieving those is its digital transformation, powered by cloud, AI and IoT technologies. Through these, cities can harness the power of real-time intelligence for monitoring, anticipating and managing urban events, from traffic congestion and flooding, to utility optimization and construction.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that we will invest $5 billion in IoT over the next four years. This year alone we announced many exciting additions to our IoT portfolio. Among them are Azure Maps and Azure Digital Twins, platforms that will help cities navigate the complexities of developing urban mobility and smart infrastructure solutions. Announced just shy of a year ago, Azure Maps is Azure’s location intelligence portfolio of mapping, navigation, traffic, and geospatial services. Azure Digital twins, recently announced at Ignite, is a service for companies to




Data-driven styling and more in the latest Azure Maps Web SDK update

It is with great pleasure that we announce the latest update to the Azure Maps Web SDK. The team has been working hard through the summer adding many powerful features and improving the overall performance of the Web Maps SDK. Some of the key improvements added to this update include:

Developer focused API improvements New data source and layering model Connect multiple layers to a data source New easy to manage Shape class Data-driven styling of layers Spatial math library Support for geospatially accurate circles Developer focused API improvements

We have enhanced our API interface to be more intuitive and improve performance. Previously, the majority of the functionality in the SDK was exposed as functions on the Map class. Without related functions being grouped together, developers often had to scan through nearly every function and property in the SDK hoping to find the function they needed. With this release we have grouped many related functionalities together and exposed them through manager properties on the map class. In the last version there were over 30 functions on the Map class, 7 of which were related to data layers. In this update, these functionalities are now exposed through the “layers” property of