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Get Time Zone Information (GMT Offset) via Bing Maps Web Services (Geocode or other) RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All,

    Is there a way to get time zone information - specifically the GMZ offset - for any given address, via Bing Maps web services.  For example via the Geocode web method(s)?  I thought I had seen this in the documentation at one point, but now that I am looking for it, I don't see it. 

    Thanks in advance.
    • Moved by Ricky_Brundritt Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:24 AM (From:Bing Maps: Map Control and Web services Development)
    Monday, August 24, 2009 3:11 PM

Answers

  • I'm not aware of any property of an address returned by the find() service that represents a timezone or GMT offset.
    The only related thing I can think of is that the Mappoint Web Services has a map style that displays standard timezones, but I'm not sure that this will help you: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc514465.aspx
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    Monday, August 24, 2009 3:36 PM
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  • I'm not aware of any property of an address returned by the find() service that represents a timezone or GMT offset.
    The only related thing I can think of is that the Mappoint Web Services has a map style that displays standard timezones, but I'm not sure that this will help you: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc514465.aspx
    Beginning Spatial with SQL Server http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430218290
    Monday, August 24, 2009 3:36 PM
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  • There's a third party webservice run by earthtools, that will give the current local time and offset from GMT for any given latitude/longitude:
    http://www.earthtools.org/webservices.htm#timezone

    I've not used it before, so I don't know how accurate the information is (timezones and offsets are not as static as many people believe them to be!)

    Beginning Spatial with SQL Server http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430218290
    Monday, August 24, 2009 3:38 PM
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  • Its been 2 years since this was answered.  Is there any update on this?  Does Bing still not provide any timezone correlation to gps coordinates?

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:20 PM
  • No. My original answer still stands.

    If you've got access to a spatial database such as SQL Server, you can import a set of shapefiles representing different timezones (such as http://efele.net/maps/tz/world/) and perform an STIntersects() test to see in which time zone a given lat/long lies.


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    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:45 PM
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  • Cool, thinks.

    FYI, IRT shapefiles, I also found this, which at first glance, appears to be a more *official* source:

    http://www.nationalatlas.gov/atlasftp.html#timeznp

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 4:01 PM
  • Unless I'm mistaken, the nationalatlas site provides only US data. So, however official it might be, it's not very useful unless you happen to only be interested in addresses in America...
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    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 10:53 PM
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