New Bing Maps Application: Piracy Watch by IDV Solutions
Article by George Norman
On 20 May 2010
One new application has been added to the library of Bing Maps applications. The new application is called Piracy Watch and as the name so adequately points out, it focuses on piracy. But not the software kind; it focuses on the real kind of piracy that involves ships, the open seas and pillaging stuff from honest people.

What the new application does is place pushpins on Bing Maps; each pushpin represents a region where a pirate attack took place. If the user clicks the pushpin, he is presented with additional information about that pirate attack.


And to be more precise, that additional info includes the date of the incident, the type of ship that was victimized, the aggressor, and the location of the incident. From Piracy Watch’s side panel, located to the left, you can sort the data the application provides. You can sort it according to the date, victim type of aggressor type.

“The application was built by our good friends at IDV Solutions who have a slew of additional information about piracy including an interactive heat map of pirate activities around the world. This Bing Map App leverages web services hosted in IDV’s Visual Fusion Server to pull data into the map which is quite the powerful solution,” explained Bing Maps Technical Evangelist, Chris Pendleton.

To get started with the Piracy Watch app by IDV Solutions, just click here.

You will be amazed to find out just how many pirate attacks occurred in the past few months.

In related news, another Bing Maps app was recently released. The app I am talking about is Global Action Atlas, an application created by National Geographic that is meant to make it a lot easier for people all over the world to access information on humanitarian and ecological initiatives. Additional details on this app are available here.

Tags: Bing, Bing Maps, Piracy Watch, IDV Solutions
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