Category Archives : Azure Maps



Azure Maps updates offer new features and expanded availability

This blog post was co-authored by Chad Raynor, Principal Program Manager, Azure Maps.

Updates to Azure Maps services include new and recently added features, including the general availability of Azure Maps services on Microsoft Azure Government cloud. Here is a rundown of the new and recently added features for Azure Maps services:

Azure Maps is now generally available on Azure Government cloud

The general availability of Azure Maps for Azure Government cloud allows you to easily include geospatial and location intelligence capabilities in solutions deployed on Azure Government cloud with the quality, performance, and reliability required for enterprise grade applications. Microsoft Azure Government delivers a cloud platform built upon the foundational principles of security, privacy and control, compliance, and transparency. Public sector entities receive a physically isolated instance of Microsoft Azure that employs world-class security and compliance services critical to the US government for all systems and applications built on its architecture.

Azure Maps Batch services are generally available

Azure Maps Batch capabilities available through Search and Route services are now generally available. Batch services allows customers to send batches of queries using just a single API request.

Batch capabilities are supported by the following APIs:

Post Search Address Batch




Updates to Azure Maps Web SDK includes powerful new features

Today, we are announcing updates to the Azure Maps Web SDK, which adds support for common spatial file formats, introduces a new data driven template framework for popups, includes several OGC services, and much more.

Spatial IO module


With as little as three lines of code this module makes it easy to integrate spatial data with the Azure Maps Web SDK. The robust features in this module allow developers to:

Read and write common spatial data files to unlock great spatial data that already exists without having to manually convert between file types. Supported file formats include: KML, KMZ, GPX, GeoRSS, GML, GeoJSON, and CSV files containing columns with spatial information. Use new tools for reading and writing Well-Known Text (WKT). Well-Known Text is a standard way to represent spatial geometries as a string and is supported by most GIS systems. (Docs) Connect to Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services and integrate with Azure Maps web SDK. Overlay Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Map Tile Services (WMTS) as layers on the map. (Docs) Query data in a Web Feature Service (WFS). (Docs) Overlay complex data sets that contain style information and have them render automatically using minimal code.



Feb post was co-authored by the extended Azure Mobility Team. The past year has been eventful for a lot of reasons. At Microsoft, we’ve expanded our partnerships, including Volkswagen, LG Electronics, Faurecia, TomTom, and more, and taken the wraps off READ MORE




Helping Smart Cities become more Inclusive
Helping Smart Cities become more Inclusive

According to the UN, we will see the world’s urban populations grow from today’s 55 percent to 68 percent by 2050. With almost a billion people on the path to be urban dwellers, most cities are still unfriendly to people with disabilities. As more people flock to cities, making our cities smarter and more inclusive will become increasingly important. The concept of smart cities is all about developing strategies that leverage data and technology to enhance urban life. The IoT plays a central role in collecting sensor data and then using the insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently.

As city planners tackle the complex challenges of increasing urbanization, managing scarce resources, climate change, and creating safer more accessible cities, Azure Maps (a collection of geospatial APIs) becomes a critical tool for city planners. A key aspect of IoT & technology solutions is that they should be intuitive, easy to use, and accessible.

Azure Maps and accessibility

Azure Maps makes it easy for all users to navigate an interactive map experience. Users can interact with maps using a mouse, touch, or keyboard. Azure Maps provides screen readers with enhanced descriptions that can combine multiple updates



Sep blog post was co-authored by Ricky Brundritt, Principal Technical Program Manager, Azure Maps. Azure Maps services continue to expand our support for Microsoft enterprise customers’ needs in Azure. And, we’ve been busy expanding our capabilities. Today we’re announcing Azure READ MORE




Harnessing the power of the Location of Things with Azure Maps

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the beginning of accessing planetary-scale insights. With the mass adoption of IoT and the very near future explosion of sensors, connectivity, and computing, humanity is on the cusp of a fully connected, intelligent world. We will be part of the generation that realizes the data-rich, algorithmically deterministic lifestyle the world has never seen. The inherent value of this interconnectedness lies within the constructs of human nature to thrive. Bringing all of this information together with spatial intelligence has been challenging to say the least. Until today.

Today, we’re unveiling a cross-Azure IoT collaboration simplifying the use of location and spatial intelligence used in conjunction with IoT messaging. The result is the means for customers to use Azure IoT services to stay better informed about their “things” in terms of space. Azure IoT customers can now implement IoT spatial analytics using Azure Maps. Providing spatial intelligence to IoT devices means greater insights into not just what’s happening, but where it’s happening.

Azure Maps provides geographic context for information and, as it pertains to IoT, thus geographic insights based on IoT information. Customers are using Azure Maps and Azure IoT for monitoring movement of assets




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.

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