Put big location data to work
Location-based technology is critical to building contextually relevant applications. Leverage geocoded and reverse-geocoded location data to build rich location-aware applications and experiences for real estate, site planning and more.
Location data at work
Use geocoding and reverse geocoding services with the Locations API. Find a location based on coordinates (latitude and longitude) and other values like postal code, address, and query string.
Location Recognition API
Supercharge your applications with a high-powered reverse geocoding service that gives you insightful information about a specified location. When given location coordinates (latitude/ longitude), the Bing Maps Location Recognition API returns a comprehensive description of the location along with points of interest.
Local Search API
Nearby searches are on the rise. Bing Local Search API is a simple-to-use REST API that allows you to query for businesses by name, category or free text.
Local Insights API
The Bing Maps Local Insights API provides insights into businesses and entities that can be reached by car, on foot, or public transit. Score the attractiveness of a location based on the proximity to points of interest, making it easy for you to determine how close people are to things that are important to them.
Spatial Data Services
Get three key capabilities with the Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS): batch geocoding, point of interest (POI) data, and the ability to store and expose your spatial data. You can submit large numbers of addresses for batch-geocoding and GPS-coordinates for reverse geocoding. Download the results or store your spatial data in our datacenters and retrieve your POI through the SDS Query API. Outside of your own POI, you can also query POI from our public data sources grouped into categories.
Time Zone API
Working with time zones can get complicated. Microsoft’s suite of products currently features a Windows Time Zone standard and the IANA time zone standard, which provide a well-defined structure for representing global time zones. However, time zones change more frequently than expected and different regions change the way they apply daylight saving time.
The Bing Maps Time Zone API brings ease to the chaos. This API makes it easy to find a time zone and daylight savings time for a location by query or latitude and longitude coordinates. Also, its swift intelligence can convert datetime stamps to local time zones with daylight savings time information or by retrieving a Time Zone ID.
We often misspell words and search in ambiguous phrases, just hoping the search engine understands what information we’re seeking. The Autosuggest API is used to return a list of suggested entities based on a user’s partial query. The service can return three possible entity types: Addresses (including roads), points of interest, and Businesses, which are currently only available in the U.S. as we plan to expand to new markets soon. A maximum of 10 autosuggested entities can be returned per request, and the returned entities can be delimited by country and culture.
Bing Maps in Action
Example Use Cases
Location intelligence is critical to building contextually relevant applications such as:
- Real estate – Identify businesses and points of interest at or near a property.
- Field services – Identify the address associated with a given location of a mobile technician.
- Retail – Create location-based experiences such as store-specific notifications or coupons.
- Sales operations – Track customer visits to a store and identify new customer segments based on the types of locations users visit.