As part of our 6.0 release, we’ve added new data types and functions that let you work with geospatial data in your applications. If you care about where things are in the real world and how they relate to each other spatially, we have some new features that will help you out.
The New Data Types
We’ve added two new SQL data types that let you store the locations and regions that are important to your application: GEOGRAPHY and GEOGRAPHY_POINT. We’ll discuss the latter first.
The new data type GEOGRAPHY_POINT lets you store data that represents a point on the surface of the earth.