Map Tiling

Map tiles are portions of a map that are seamlessly joined on the fly while you are panning and zooming in the map window. Each pan and zoom is a call to the server to request the appropriate map tile(s). Only those that fit the bounds of the map view and match the zoom level are returned. Google Maps and Bing Maps are examples of applications that use map tiles.

Spectrum Technology Platform includes a Map Tiling Service that returns map tiles on the fly or from a tile cache at the user's request. Through the Map Tiling REST Interface, the mapping client can determine the maps that are available from the server, query the metadata of each map and return a map comprised of tiles.

MapInfo StreetPro data is well-suited for use as map tiles. StreetPro is typically used as reference layers for a map.

Configuring map tiling for use in Spectrum Technology Platform involves creating a named tile definition that describes your named map. This is accomplished through Spatial Manager. To request tiles, use the Tile method from the REST interface. Tiles will be created on the fly. For greater rendering efficiency, consider pre-generating the map tiles or setting up a tile cache for on-the-fly tiles.