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UrbIS tools

Cartographic tools without downloading

Some UrbIS data are accessible via web services that meet the international standards of the OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium).
Some technical knowledge is required to integrate a web service into your web applications and set the parameters correctly.
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Like the Mobility Portal, the Brussels Institute for Statistics or Brussels, a sustainable city, the UrbIS WMS (Web Map Service) can be used to produce interactive maps, for instance by superimposing elements on UrbIS cartographic data as a basemap.
It is based on a standard Open Geospatial Consortium protocol and can be used by most current webgis solutions, both commercial and free.

OGC standard

WMS 1.1.1 - WMS 1.3.0

Technical description

The GetCapabilities accepts a language setting (language=fre, dut or eng), making it easier to use in tools such as ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.


The UrbIS WMTS (Web Map Tile Service) can be used to produce tiled georeferenced maps from a data server on the network.

While the WMS can be used for complex requests requiring a certain calculation capacity from the server, the WMTS focuses on the performance and only enables requests for pre-calculated images (tiles). They both support several coordinate systems and display formats (png, gif, pdf, kml and others).

We recommend that you use the WMTS to integrate the UrbIs basemap into your online maps. This service guarantees you better performances than the WMS!

OGC standard

WMTS 1.0.0

Technical description


WMTSUrbIS basemap


The UrbIS WFS (Web Feature Service) can be used, by means of a formatted URL, to integrate cartographic data dynamically (lines, polygon points, etc.) and to view points of interest, for instance: schools, metro stations, hospitals, (example of request), etc. (layer name: URB_M_ZIPOINT )

The UrbIS WFS supports several coordinates systems and the data can be obtained in various formats (GML, GeoJSON, etc.).

OGC standard

WFS 1.0.0 - WFS 1.1.0

Technical description

Some technical knowledge is required to use the WFS in your applications. Need help with this? Contact us!

Geolocation services

You can use geolocation services  to find points of interest on a map, locate an address or find it using the official code or coordinates.
The services can be deployed in various ways:

  • Via the SOAP protocol
  • Via REST type calls

If you wish to use the services directly in your web pages, without integrating them into an SOA architecture, this type of interface is recommended. A call then simply involves sending a 'GET' request with the right parameters and processing the response returned in the json format.

The services support jsonp, which means, among other things, that cross-domain problems can be avoided.

Instructions for use can be downloaded here.

Some technical knowledge is required to use this service. Need help with this? Contact us !

UrbIS services terms and conditions of use

The UrbIS®© services are regularly updated to include new functionalities and extend their scope of use. Send your contact details to be kept informed of the adjustments made.

Need anything else?

Download the UrbIS®© data to cover relatively complex needs. These data are distributed in the most common formats. So you can use them with most SIG, DAO and CAO software programs on the market.

To benefit from UrbIS®© data, the user undertakes to include the following message with all information, application programmes or products that he is authorised to forward to a third party, regardless of the type of support used to forward the data:

« Réalisé avec Brussels UrbIS®©» or
« Verwezenlijkt door middel van Brussels UrbIS®©»or
« Produced with Brussels UrbIS®©»

Limitation of liability

The data presented via the UrbIS®© services do not have any legal value and are provided for information purposes only. The BRIC may not be held liable for any damage caused by use which may exceed the informative context of the data, or for any improper use or incorrect interpretation of the data and services.

Info & contact

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Infos & contact

The BRIC offers this service. IRISteam only charges for the work done by IRISteam staff. Like to find out more? Contact us!