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Object Types

All object types except for XYZ Tiles and QuadKeys can be stored in a collection. XYZ Tiles and QuadKeys are reserved for the SEARCH keyword only.

Lat/lon Point

The most basic object type is a point that is composed of a latitude and a longitude. There is an optional z member that may be used for auxiliary data such as elevation or a timestamp.

SET fleet truck1 POINT 33.5123 -112.2693 # plain lat/lon SET fleet truck1 POINT 33.5123 -112.2693 225 # lat/lon with z member

Bounding Box

A bounding box consists of two points. The first being the southwestern most point and the second is the northeastern most point.

SET fleet truck1 BOUNDS 30 -110 40 -100


A geohash is a string respresentation of a point. With the length of the string indicating the precision of the point.

SET fleet truck1 HASH 9tbnthxzr # this would be equivlent to 'POINT 33.5123 -112.2693'


GeoJSON is an industry standard format for representing a variety of object types including a point, multipoint, linestring, multilinestring, polygon, multipolygon, geometrycollection, feature, and featurecollection. Tile38 supports all of the standards with these exceptions.

  1. The crs member is not supported and will be ignored. The CRS84/WGS84 projection is assumed.
  2. Any member that is not recognized (including crs) will be ignored.
  3. All coordinates can be 2 or 3 axes. Less than 2 axes or more than 3 will result in a parsing error.

* All ignored members will not persist.

Important to note that all coordinates are in Longitude, Latitude order.

SET city tempe OBJECT {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-111.9787,33.4411],[-111.8902,33.4377],[-111.8950,33.2892],[-111.9739,33.2932],[-111.9787,33.4411]]]}

XYZ Tile

An XYZ tile is rectangle bounding area on earth that is represented by an X, Y coordinate and a Z (zoom) level. Check out for an interactive example.


A QuadKey used the same coordinate system as an XYZ tile except that the string representation is a string characters composed of 0, 1, 2, or 3. For a detailed explanation checkout The Bing Maps Tile System.