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Why geospatial for web and mobile apps?

Location-aware programs are becoming cornerstones of effective customer relationship-building, from developing augmented-reality-based games, to promptly delivering pizzas, to assessing flood-zone risks for insurance companies, to reducing urban traffic jams. By integrating location coordinates with other user data, it’s possible to generate customer insights that increase the value of your brand interaction.

In location-based applications, geospatial data — including points, polygons and linestrings — captures the location, size and shape of  real-world objects. Geospatial indexes speed up searches based on location, enabling applications to take full advantage of the spatial relationships within data. Web and mobile developers can enhance their applications with geospatial operations, enabling advanced location-based features, mapping functionality and situational awareness.

IBM Cloudant Geospatial: powering location-based apps

IBM Cloudant Geospatial combines the advanced geospatial queries of geographic information systems (GIS) with the flexibility and scalability of the Cloudant NoSQL Database-as-a-Service, offering easy GeoJSON storage with complex indexing algorithms optimized for spatial data.

Cloudant Geospatial is developer-friendly, empowering application builders to interactively construct complex geospatial queries using visualizations powered by Mapbox. Cloudant also offers offline geospatial data access through its bidirectional replication and sync, and integrates with existing GIS applications so they can scale for data size, concurrent users and multiple locations.

Mapbox visualizations

Draw complex geospatial queries right in the Cloudant dashboard, using integrated map visualizations created with Mapbox.js. Fine-tune coordinates and other parameters in the dashboard, and easily copy the corresponding Cloudant API call for your query.

Simple GIS over NoSQL

Build queries using polygons, rectangles and circles/ellipses, as well as perform Nearest Neighbor Analysis. Cloudant Geospatial supports most coordinate reference systems (CRS), so you can use proven and efficient CRS libraries.

Open data ecosystem

No database is an island. The toughest part of any project is always moving data between systems. IBM offers data interoperability through work in the Open Geospatial Consortium and the World Wide Web Consortium.

Cloudant Geospatial in action: crime data visualization

See Cloudant’s precision geospatial indexing and querying in action with this interactive crime data visualization, powered by Mapbox. Select the Pencil tool and draw any shape on the map of Las Vegas to query crimes within that area. Get a breakdown of crime types by location and time of day.

Geospatial resources for developers

Video: how to build and query a Cloudant geospatial index

See how to create and reference a geospatial index in Cloudant using the integrated Mapbox visualization dashboard tool.

Watch overview (06:02)

Tutorial: location tracker sample app

Discover how to build a location tracker application and see how simple it is to store and query GeoJSON using Cloudant.

See tutorial

Demo app: open crime data visualization

Learn how open data can be harvested, converted to GeoJSON in Cloudant and utilized to create rich location-based features for applications.

Explore the demo


We expected to need a separate geospatial tool, but the built-in capabilities of the IBM Cloudant platform gave us all we needed, which streamlined the app development process considerably.

Tom Pierce, Vice President, Fleet IT, Comdata,

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Joe Bondi, CTO and Co-Founder, Runkeeper,

IBM Cloudant allows us to grow without having to worry about the database or supporting global operations.

Sam Lown, CTO, Cabify,

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Open Geospatial Consortium

The OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) is an international not-for-profit organization committed to making quality open standards for the global geospatial community.

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