Nearmap has been granted a patent for a system and method that generates dynamic APIs for map services. The APIs allow users to access datasets of surveys for specific areas of interest and date ranges. The technology automatically updates when new surveys are added, providing real-time map imagery. GlobalData’s report on Nearmap gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Nearmap, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Nearmap's grant share as of February 2024 was 51%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Dynamic api generation for map service with updated survey data

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Nearmap Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11874859B2) outlines a method for operating a server processing system for a map service. The method involves receiving an API from a client processing system, querying the map service repository for areas of interest and associated dates, finding surveys that intersect with the areas, and generating metadata to provide map-display APIs for the respective areas. This allows users to obtain map imagery on a display device using the provided APIs. The patent also includes provisions for accepting requests from the client system, querying the service repository, and sending map images to the display device for viewing.

Furthermore, the patent details different scenarios such as the use of Web Map Service (WMS) clients, tiled map services, and various types of map-display APIs like WMS GetMap requests and WMTS GetTile requests. The method allows for user-defined services with specific naming conventions, associated filters, and date ranges. Each area can have multiple associated filters, and the API template can be populated by the client system to customize the map-display APIs. Overall, the patent describes a comprehensive system for efficiently processing map services, providing users with a seamless experience in accessing and viewing map imagery on display devices.

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