Scale, flexibility and coverage to power your services and solutions
The Bing Maps Platform ingests, conflates and processes massive amounts of location data to stitch together a base map of the Earth. Virtually everything we deliver is powered by our worldwide geospatial data.
Features and Capabilities
Virtually everything that the Bing Maps Platform delivers is powered by our worldwide geospatial data. With the ability to consume data from multiple sources to build a comprehensive model of the world, the Bing Maps Platform offers unmatched scale, flexibility and coverage to power all of our services and solutions.
A world of possibilities
Our imagery data comes from a variety of sources, such as imagery providers, partners and collected by Microsoft. The imagery data that is part of the Bing Maps Platform acts as a canvas for presenting spatial information, visualizing data, and data used for training AI models (e.g., computer vision).
Aerial imagery is captured by planes and satellites where mounted cameras are pointing straight down. The resolution for our aerial imagery is among the best available at 60 cm – 30 cm/pixel resolution (1 foot = 1 pixel). As part of the Global Ortho Project, Microsoft invested heavily in collecting this type of imagery across the United States and Western Europe, resulting in one of the most complete data sets of aerial imagery available. This type of imagery is available on the Bing Maps Platform with and without labels (e.g., street names).
Bird’s Eye Imagery
Bird’s Eye Imagery is aerial photography captured at a 45-degree angle and is provided by our partners. Captured by a camera system with five cameras mounted to an aircraft, Bird’s Eye Imagery allows you to rotate an image 90 degrees to view different vantage points of a location, offering better depth perception, particularly for buildings and geography (e.g., mountains). Bing Maps was one of the first web mapping services to offer oblique 45-degree angle aerial imagery, providing a more detailed view of a location than aerial or satellite imagery.
Collected by Microsoft, streetside imagery enables users to experience Bing Maps from street level and supplements maps, directions and local search. This type of imagery is collected with a sensor system mounted on a car that captures a 360-degree picture and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data that supports 3D and street level imaging.
With significant investments in deep learning, computer vision and AI to support several different search scenarios in Bing, the Bing Maps team has been using the same techniques to harness the power of computer vision to identify map features at scale. With the goal to increase the coverage of building footprints available for OpenStreetMap and humanitarian efforts, we have released millions of building footprints as open data available to download free of charge.