Today in APIs: Announcing the ParkerData Availability API and 4 New APIs

Eric Carter, Founder & Corporate Counsel, Dartsand
Mar. 26 2014, 02:05PM EDT

Streetline has announced a real-time parking data API: the ParkerData Availability API. AMD, Intel and Nvidia present OpenGL API for speed at Game Developer conference. Plus, Spotify shifts focus to API and SDK development, Australia's first female hackathon, and 4 new APIs.

ParkerData Availability API provides real-time parking data

Streetline, smart parking solution provider, has announced the ParkerData Availability API. The API allows developers and Streetline customers to incorporate real-time parking data into third-party applications. Mobile apps, digital signage, in-vehicle navigation systems and web-based tools all sit as prime candidates to integrate with the parking data.

Zia Yusuf, Streetline CEO, commented:

Opening up our real-time data set is an exciting step forward in accelerating the development ecosystem and the use of parking data as an ingredient in apps, websites, in-car navigation systems. ... By encouraging the integration of both our static off-street data and now our dynamic, real-time data through the ParkerData Availability API, we can optimize the benefits of parking guidance including reduced congestion, reduced emissions, improved motorist experience and a thriving downtown community.

Data for more than 40 locations across the U.S., Canada, Germany, the UK, Spain and France is currently available through the API. Streetline gathers the data from its inference engine that analyzes sensor-based parking events. For more information, visit the developer site.

Game on: AMD, Intel, Nvidia Show OpenGL API to be 15 Times Faster

At the recent Game Developers Conference, AMD, Intel, and Nvidia teamed up to show how the OpenGL API can yield results that are between seven and fifteen times faster, far better than the 1.3 times that is generally understood to be the case. Specifically, OpenGL cuts down on the driver overhead. On desktop systems that seed means increases in the frame rate. On mobile systems, the speed not only improves the frame rate but the battery life as well. Driver overhead can approach if not actually reach zero. That isn't possible with Direct3D.

Lee Bell reports in The Inquirer on just how this is done:

During the presentation, Intel's Foley talked up three techniques that can help OpenGL increase performance and reduce driver overhead: persistent-mapped buffers for faster streaming of dynamic geometry, integrating Multidrawindirect (MDI) for faster submission of many draw calls, and packing 2D textures into arrays, so texture changes no longer break batches.

The portion of the presentation from Nvidia can be seen on Youtube. More info is also available at the Nvidia blog. The techniques can be used by all major venders and work across multiple platforms.

APIs you shouldn't miss

4 new APIs

Today we had 4 new APIs added to our API directory including an email marketing service, a canadian seismographic information service, a library book recommendation service and an email and social media marketing and analysis service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Campayn API: Campayn is an email marketing service that allows users to create, share, and track email newsletters. Users can design emails from scratch or use one of Campayn's templates. Templates automatically adjust to the recipeint's device and software so that everything appears as intended. Users may also import and organize contact lists, create simple sign-up forms, and enable social sharing via buttons. Campayn's reporting tracks whether recipients open emails, click on links, or share received emails. The Campayn API allows users to retrieve and manage their contacts, contact lists, forms, and emails.

Earthquakes Canada Seismograph StationsEarthquakes Canada Seismograph Stations API: Data.gc.ca is a part of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government, enhancing transparency and accountability. The Earthquakes Canada Seismograph Stations API provides current information on the seismograph stations through Canada. This information is gleaned from NRCan's Canadian National Seismic Network's Station Book. The information available includes location, deployment date, station name, instrument type, etc.

This API is navigable by HTML and is available in GeoXML and GeoJSON formats.

Oslo Public LibraryOslo Public Library API: The Oslo Public Library (Deichmanske bibliotek) is the largest public library in Norway. The library has an online book recommendation service that can be accessed either through the website or via API. The API allows developers to integrate the ability to find and store recommendations into other applications. The API documentation located on the Oslo Public Library website is entirely in Norwegian, but the documentation on GitHub is in English.

VerticalResponse RESTVerticalResponse REST API: VerticalResponse provides online marketing tools for use over email and social media channels, with messages optimized for use on desktop computers and mobile devices.

The VerticalResponse REST API allows developers to utilize its marketing tools in their own applications, so that end users can manage marketing campaign contacts, organize contacts into lists, post or send social media messages or emails, and collect statistics on those messages.

Eric Carter Eric is the founder of Dartsand and Corporate Counsel for a specialty technology distributor. He is a frequent contributor to technology media outlets and also serves as primary legal counsel for multiple startups in the Real Estate, Virtual Assistant, and Software Development Industries. Follow me on Google+

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