Nearmap WMS integration allows users of off-the-shelf GIS and CAD applications to load high-resolution imagery on demand.
To consume Nearmap imagery via WMS, you must authenticate using API Key Authentication.
Once authenticated, your software package will have a way for you to specify:
- The Nearmap layer you want to view
- The coordinate reference system you want to use to view the layer
To display Nearmap imagery, you will need to tell your GIS or CAD package to load a Nearmap layer in a coordinate reference system that our WMS server supplies it in. This is specified in our layer capabilities file, readable by WMS-enabled software packages, and located at:
Australia & New Zealand:
Image Format - Use JPEG
Most GIS applications have PNG as the default image format for WMS requests. We recommend that you instead set the image format to JPEG when you set up a WMS connection to Nearmap. Each GIS application will have a means of specifying the image format or image encoding.
JPEG imagery is compressed, whereas PNG imagery is not. Setting JPEG as the image format will result a substantial improvement in performance due to much less data being downloaded, with only a small reduction in quality compared to PNG.