Mapdata Sciences appointed reseller of Microsoft mapping products

Mapdata Sciences appointed reseller of Microsoft mapping products

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Sydney, Australia, September 26, 2007: Sydney headquartered MapData Sciences Pty Ltd (MDS) has been appointed Australian and New Zealand reseller for Virtual Earth and MapPoint Web Services, Microsoft Corporation’s web-based mapping service.

The appointment of MDS to set up MapPoint Web Services and Virtual Earth customer accounts and to provide end user support is designed to meet the escalating level of interest in mapping and location services across industry and government in Australia and New Zealand.

Virtual Earth combines road maps and directions with ‘bird’s eye’ and aerial imagery.
It uses such MDS data products as RoadNet Comprehensive, RoadNet Routing, Australian Points of Interest, Australian Suburbs and Post Code Boundaries.
MapPoint/Virtual Earth is accessed through an API, enabling an organisation to use a number of services including:

  • Find – geocoding an address to a latitude and longitude co-ordinate that can be located on a map or a “pin”
  • Render – creating an actual map
  • Routing – the path between two or more points on a map which can be explained as driving directions.

    MapPoint Web Service can also be used for more complex spatial analysis. The MapPoint Web Service is a programmable web service hosted by Microsoft and used by enterprises and independent software developers.