Spatial Operations for Azure Maps are now generally available

Published date: June 07, 2019

Azure Maps Spatial Operations will take location information and analyze it on the fly to help inform our customers of ongoing events happening in time and space, enabling near real-time analysis and predictive modeling of events. Spatial Operations includes the following services:

Geofencing. A geofence is an “invisible fence” around a particular area. These “fences” exist in coordinates in the shape of customizable polygons and can be associated with temporal constraints so that fences are evaluated only when relevant. Furthermore, you can store a geofence Azure Maps Data Service. With Azure Event Grid integration, you can create notifications whenever the position of an object changes with respect to a geofence – including entry, exit, or changing proximity to a geofence.

Buffer. Build an area around points, lines, and polygons based on a given distance. Define the area in proximity of powerlines that should be kept clear from vegetation or create route buffers in fleet management for managing route deviations.

Closest Point. Returns the closest points between a base point and a given collection of points. It can be used to quickly identify the closest stores, charging stations, or in mobility scenarios, it could be used to identify the closest devices.

Great-circle distance. Returns the great-circle or shortest distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. In the context of drone delivery services, this API can be used to calculate the distance between an origin and destination as the crow flies taking into account the curvature of the earth so that an accurate time estimate for the delivery can be taken into account to optimize operations.

Point in Polygon. Returns a Boolean indicating whether the location is inside a given set of Polygon and MultiPolygon geometries. For example, the point in polygon API can be used to determine whether a home for sale is in the preferred area of customers.

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