Glympse Releases SDKs Allowing Developers to Add Real-Time Location Sharing to Apps

Janet Wagner, Data Journalist / Full Stack Developer
May. 15 2013, 10:00AM EDT

Glympse, a service that allows GPS-enabled mobile phone users to temporarily share their location in real-time, has announced the availability of the Glympse platform allowing developers the ability to integrate real-time, temporary location sharing into third-party web and mobile applications. Glympse has also made available SDKs for iOS and Android as well as REST based APIs for use in websites and web based applications.

Glympse Map

Image Credit: Glympse

Glympse is a new, patent pending technology that lets users temporarily share their current location in real-time. Users can share their real-time location for an amount of time that they specify which is then displayed on a dynamic map that can be shared with others. The dynamic Glympse map features several view settings including street, satellite, map and traveling.

In addition to SDKs and REST based APIs, an HTML5-based Glympse viewer has been made available and allows the latest Glympse group views and the latest Glympse shared on Twitter to be displayed on HTML coded websites and mobile applications (via a copy and paste iframe code snippet).

Bryan Trussel, Co-Founder and CEO of Glympse states for the press release that:

"There are innumerable industries and businesses that stand to benefit from our technology — with this platform, we've made adding location sharing to an app or service incredibly easy. Based on the response of our current partners and strong interest from the broader developer community, we were encouraged to develop a publicly available platform that would enable anyone to add location technology with just a few lines of code. Android and iOS developers can add Glympse functionality and be up in running in a matter of minutes. We are excited to see how developers use Glympse technology within their applications."

The Glympse platform can be useful in applications for a variety of industries and is currently being used in applications created by well known companies such as BMW, Citizen, Ford, Garmin and Mercedes-Benz.

There are currently free and commercial Glympse SDKs available and the lite SDK is free for companies with no more than 300,000 monthly active users. For more information about the Glympse platform, visit glympse.com.

Janet Wagner Janet is a data journalist and full stack developer based in Toledo, Ohio. Her focus revolves around APIs, open data, data visualization and data-driven journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @webcodepro and on Google+

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