This guide includes the following sections:

What is data usage based on?

For imagery usage your data usage is measured in bytes of Nearmap proprietary aerial imagery viewed.

For AI parcel data your usage is measured in numbered of parcels downloaded.

What consumes data?

The table below shows the various actions that consume data on different Nearmap platforms.

Classic MapBrowserNew MapBrowserNearmap on OpenSolar

Zooming and panning around in 2D at zoom level 14 and above, regardless of monitor size ◊ ♣(tick)(tick)(tick)

Larger monitor size ♦ ♣(tick)(tick)(tick)

Selecting another survey date - viewing 2D imagery ♣(tick)
Selecting a date to view from the date dropdown box

Exporting 3D content


Exporting AI parcel data


Solar reports(tick)
typically less than 1MB per report

Consuming Nearmap imagery via an integration such as WMS, ArcGIS Online, Tile API and KML (Google Super-overlay)


DSM API - consumes by transactionN/AN/AN/A

◊ Once you are zoomed out below 14, no data is consumed, no matter how much panning or how big your screen is.

♦ The bigger your monitor, the more tiles you can fit in view and therefore the more data you will consume.

But once you are zoomed out below 14, no matter how much panning or how big your screen is, we won't count data.


♣ 2D usage still applies if you are viewing a roads or streets layer on top of your Nearmap imagery 

In New MapBrowser Roads Overlay is accessed by right-clicking the location pin
In Classic MapBrowser a roads layer is displayed by clicking the Street Maps button.

What does not consume data?

Viewing only StreetView (with no Nearmap imagery)

Exporting 2D imagery

Panning over the world map at low resolution

Zooming and panning over an area that is not covered by Nearmap aerial imagery

The area you're viewing has no Nearmap coverage when:

a dialog at the bottom of New MapBrowser tells you there is no coverage
on New MapBrowser the imagery has a here watermark
on Classic MapBrowser the imagery has a Google watermark

Viewing Roads or Roadmaps

In New MapBrowser - by selecting Roads as your view type

In Classic MapBrowser - by selecting Roadmap as your view type

Are the usage statistics in Self Service Portal accurate?

We regularly audit our data usage calculations, examining server logs in order to determine whether session by session, day by day, correct usage statistics are being stored and shown. It is important to note that all imagery streamed from our server to your computer contributes to data usage, not just when using the Export function.

How do I know if I'm reaching my usage limit?

Administrators can check your account usage on the Self Service Portal. Follow the instructions here: View Account Data Usage.

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