Microsoft launches Azure Location Based Services for geospatial needs across industries

Leipzig, 12/20/2017 – Microsoft is launching Azure Location Based Services to offer enterprise customers location capabilities. Azure Location Based Services are integrated directly into Azure, enabling enterprise customers to add Location Based Services to their existing Azure cloud solutions with the assurance that it meets Azure’s world-class standards of privacy, compliance, scalability, management and simplicity. Therefore, developers and enterprises can seamlessly build these location-aware applications in Azure:

Search

Create apps that provide details about a point of interest (POI), including contact information, hours of operation, a location pinpointed on a map, and directions to its address. Search for businesses by name, category, or what’s closest to you.

Traffic

Develop mobility solutions that improve travel time and avoid gridlock. You get multiple alternate routes around traffic jams, insight into the length of the backup and the time it takes to get through it, and faster travel during rush hour.

Maps

Integrate clear, easy-to-read maps into your solutions with the JavaScript Map Control APIs or the Render API. The maps update dynamically—your customers get constantly refreshed information.

Routing

Give your solutions the ability to navigate the shortest or fastest routes available—to multiple destinations at a time—or provide specialized routes and facts for walkers, bicyclists, and commercial vehicles.

Refresh your apps and devices with dynamic information (Source: Microsoft)
Refresh your apps and devices with dynamic information
(Source: Microsoft)

Geocoding

Make apps that turn latitude and longitude coordinates into street addresses—and switch street addresses to map coordinates. Use this data to ensure customers, goods, and drivers get to destinations on time. 

These new location capabilities will provide cloud developers with critical geographical data to power a multitude of use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) asset tracking, fleet management, logistics, automotive, urban planning, retail and more. For example, fleet managers in taxi or delivery companies can bring IoT and search capabilities together to direct GPS-enabled, connected vehicles to specific POIs using the business search feature. Customers have a better experience, and packages and people reach their destinations more quickly.

Several service providers in the mobility space have been testing Azure Location Based Services in private preview. Currently in public preview, Azure Location Based Services will launch in calendar year 2018 and will be available globally in more than 30 languages.


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