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Microsoft to add Azure Location Based Services for enterprise cloud customers

Microsoft Corp. is launching a location-based feature that will be integrated into its Azure cloud computing platform.

Azure Location Based Services (ALBS) offers Microsoft's enterprise customers location capabilities that support internet of things asset tracking, fleet management, logistics and traffic congestion.

Microsoft partnered with Dutch company TomTom NV to supply geographical data on ALBS, which include a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide mapping, search, routing, traffic and time zones that will be available on Azure.

ALBS has launched in private preview, with several service providers in the mobility space testing the feature, such as Irish telco Cubic Telecom Ltd. and U.S.-based internet of things solutions company Fathym Inc. ALBS is currently in public preview and will launch globally in 2018 in more than 30 languages.

Esri Business Information Solutions Inc. also plans to join ALBS to provide location data management, digital mapping and geographic analytics through its ArcGIS suite and developer APIs.