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Azure Maps: Cloud and AI-powered location services

Microsoft Azure Maps

It gives me great pleasure to announce updates about the development of Azure’s enterprise mapping software development kit (SDK) and API. Microsoft is pleased to announce today that Microsoft Azure Maps will now house all of their enterprise map solutions. Azure is decommissioning Bing Maps for Enterprise and replacing it with Azure Maps, which includes the same technology and data. This is a big step forward for them as they restructure their enterprise mapping services to concentrate on building a platform that enables their clients to create and realise their ideas utilising state-of-the-art cloud and AI technologies all on a reliable platform.

Azure Maps API documentation

Robust set of map APIs that use location data to revolutionise the way your organisation operates.

Incorporate captivating features like as geolocation, map generation, asset tracking, and car routing into your web and mobile applications.

The benefit of Microsoft

Microsoft’s Maps platforms provide a customised solution to meet your specific requirements, regardless of your industry. Use Bing Maps for Enterprises’ dependable and predictable billing or Azure Maps to create safe, legal solutions.

Azure Map Services

With the help of Azure Maps, developers and companies can create a vast array of location-based services and apps.

Ability

Strong map APIs are offered by Azure Maps, which include Route APIs for route planning, Search APIs for geocoding and searching for points of interest, and Traffic APIs. These APIs offer comprehensive mapping, search, routing, and traffic features that are made to work smoothly with your current Azure applications. Use the power of real-time, extremely precise geographic data to improve your applications and make more informed judgements.

Combination

Integrate Azure Maps with ease into your current Azure environment. Because of the interoperability built into Azure’s platform, you can connect to a variety of Azure services, including Azure IoT and Azure Active Directory. You can easily add strong mapping and spatial analytics capabilities to your applications with little to no coding knowledge.

The ability to scale

With its unprecedented scalability, Azure Maps is built to expand with your organisation. Azure services are tailored to your requirements, regardless of the number of vehicles you are responsible for, from a few to thousands. As your user base grows, enjoy constant performance and dependability to make sure your geospatial services stay up with your expansion.

Safety and Adherence

Azure Maps gives your security and compliance requirements top priority. Azure platform complies with strict security and compliance guidelines, guaranteeing that your data is safeguarded using the best security solutions available. Azure Maps has compliance certifications in many different industries and areas, so you know that your private location information is secure.

Friendly to Developers

Because of Azure Maps’ versatility and ease of use, developers adore it. With developers in mind, Azure created their comprehensive APIs and SDKs, which come with a tonne of documentation and example code to get your projects off the ground. With Azure Maps, you can expedite the development process and create geographic apps more quickly than ever.

Economical

With Azure Maps, you can maximise the return on your geospatial investments. With no additional costs, you only pay for the services you use thanks to Azure’s economical pricing strategy. Whether you’re a small startup or a major corporation, take advantage of competitive price options that meet your budget. Advanced mapping features are now more affordable and available than ever before thanks to Azure Maps.

When to select Azure Maps

Azure Integration

The cloud-based location APIs provided by Azure Maps allow for smooth connection with other Azure services, making it an excellent option for expanding your current Azure applications.

BUSINESS AND SCALE

Because of its scalability and pay-as-you-go pricing for Azure Maps, Azure is an excellent option for developers, startups, and major corporations alike.

Personalized Development

With its comprehensive REST API documentation, Azure Maps APIs provide the versatility of several programming languages and environments.

With the integration of many well-known capabilities from Bing Maps for Enterprise into Azure Maps, Azure customers may leverage other Microsoft Azure cloud services to speed innovation. Additionally, Azure Maps offers a number of capabilities not present in Bing Maps for Enterprise, such as unique indoor maps, data residency compliance, geolocation, enhanced service authentication mechanisms, and weather data. Azure enterprise mapping products will be significantly simplified by unifying under Azure Maps, making it simpler for clients to purchase and utilise their services in a manner that is consistent with other Microsoft services.

The idea of “where” is now crucial to how businesses make decisions and move through the intricate business environment. The context of “when” and “how” Azure use this information is changing even as the demand for geographic data is rising. At Microsoft, Azure have seen firsthand how advances in cloud and artificial intelligence are changing how their clients interact with their services.

Changing over to Azure Maps

Customers of Bing Maps for Enterprise will have plenty of time to switch to Azure Maps under the terms of their renewed and current contracts. Current Bing Maps for Enterprise users can licence APIs and services until June 30, 2028. On June 30, 2028, Bing Maps for Enterprise will end. Azure will stop accepting Enterprise Bing Map requests on June 30, 2024. Customers on the free and basic licence for Bing Maps for Enterprise have until June 30, 2025, while those with an enterprise licence have until June 30, 2028, to switch to Azure Maps. Azure is dedicated to easing this change, and they hope you will accompany us on this adventure.

Azur Maps in Power BI

Making things easier and better using Microsoft products

Geospatial data is currently accessible to millions of developers and organisations via a variety of Microsoft products, including Dynamics 365, Power BI in Microsoft Fabric, and Excel. Clients use their geospatial services for product delivery, wildfire management, and public crises.

IT administrators and developers are seeking technology to fulfil the growing requirement for greater data and agility in business-critical systems. These requirements apply not only to the solutions but also to the components that go into making those solutions. Their customers are asking for more ways to streamline development, improve teamwork, and build reliable solutions with fewer integration points as application complexity develops. Azure can prioritize efforts in supporting the ways that developers are currently creating enterprise applications by consolidating their services.

Including Azure solutions in an integration

Azure clients use AI services and tools to integrate business effect into their solutions. Geospatial data is now more easily integrated with other Azure services thanks to Azure Maps’ incorporation into the Azure platform. Customers of Azure Maps already profit from AI that is tightly integrated into market-leading features like geocoding. Access to supplementary services from the Azure Marketplace is also made easier by being a part of the Azure ecosystem. Azure made the announcement that NVIDIA’s cuOpt service is now available in the Azure Marketplace at Microsoft Build 2024.

With numerous constraints, NVIDIA cuOpt is a graphics processing unit (GPU)-accelerated optimisation AI microservice that sets records and helps teams solve challenging routing problems. Customers may achieve real-time re-optimization and dynamic routing at scale by combining cuOpt with Azure Maps, which will increase revenue and efficiency. Along with the Azure Marketplace, Azure Maps creates new opportunities for creativity, empowering companies to take on a range of issues.

Businesses can gain new insights by combining geographic data with other data, which helps them lower operating expenses, increase revenue, and provide customers with better services. With the comprehensive picture offered by Azure Maps, you can comprehend not just what transpired but also the location of it. By using Azure Maps to correlate the location of your business parts with your overall business goals, you can pivot more quickly and make more informed decisions. This orientation equips your team to understand the circumstances and determine the best course of action.

Improve your location data right now

Knowing “where” means knowing how to advance and get better. Your company can more easily access, use, and derive insights from location data with Azure Maps. You can create predictive insights for your company by integrating their industry-leading cloud infrastructure with precise, trustworthy location data and Microsoft tools like Power BI.

Thota nithya
Thota nithya
Thota Nithya has been writing Cloud Computing articles for govindhtech from APR 2023. She was a science graduate. She was an enthusiast of cloud computing.
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