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Is it ok to use geocoding/reverse geocoding services without showing a map? RRS feed

  • Question

  • In my website (public and accessible by everyone) I need to perform geocoding/reverse geocoding operations but I don't have to show a map. I know Google doesn't allow this, I was wondering if it would be ok instead with the terms of use of Bing.

    If this question has already been asked, sorry for asking again but I couldn't find it.

    Thanks.

    Friday, July 18, 2014 4:48 PM

Answers

  • Yes. This is a fairly common scenario which is fine.

    If this is a public facing app, which it sounds like it is, then you would likely be able to use the free terms of use which allows 125,000 transactions per 12 month period for web apps, and 50,000 transactions per 24 hour period for Windows apps.

    Some of the scenarios we have seen in the past which we don't allow are:

    • Using our geocoder to power other, competitive mapping platforms (i.e. Google Maps)
    • Using the geocoders data to create a database which will be resold. We do allow storing our geocodes offline in a database for faster us of the data in your application.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:21 AM
  • Depending on what you plan to do with the result information this is usually ok.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Friday, July 18, 2014 5:35 PM

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  • Depending on what you plan to do with the result information this is usually ok.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Friday, July 18, 2014 5:35 PM
  • Thanks for answering.

    I need this to show to the user a list of nearby locations (restaurants).

    To put it simple:

    • the user enters an address
    • I then use reverse geocoding to get latitude / longitude for that address (I do this on the server side)
    • I then return to the client the restaurants that serve his location (their distance is below a threshold). I compute the distance on the server side without any API call.

    Would this be a legitimate use?


    Friday, July 18, 2014 10:05 PM
  • Yes. This is a fairly common scenario which is fine.

    If this is a public facing app, which it sounds like it is, then you would likely be able to use the free terms of use which allows 125,000 transactions per 12 month period for web apps, and 50,000 transactions per 24 hour period for Windows apps.

    Some of the scenarios we have seen in the past which we don't allow are:

    • Using our geocoder to power other, competitive mapping platforms (i.e. Google Maps)
    • Using the geocoders data to create a database which will be resold. We do allow storing our geocodes offline in a database for faster us of the data in your application.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:21 AM
  • That's great!

    If we are going above that number of transactions, it means my company can easily afford a paid subscription. So the limits are ok for starting.

    Thanks.

    Saturday, July 19, 2014 6:57 PM