Today in APIs: Captain Pass's Passbook API, and 9 New APIs

Greg Bates
Jan. 27 2014, 02:00PM EST

Captain Pass, creator of coupons, membership cards and more launches an API. Matrox Mura launches API for digital signage. Plus: Minimalytcis does mashup on metrics, and 9 new APIs.

Captain Pass API brings Passbook Tools to Small Businesses

Paris-based Captain Pass, a mobile wallet company, has launched an API to give access to its passbook creation of coupons, tickets, store cards, member cards, and transport tickets. The Captain Pass API joins 320 payment APIs and over 800 API tools in our API directory.

The Captain Pass REST API is secure (using 2048 bit SSL encryption), with integrations taking less than a week. Templates are provided for creating the passes. Updating thousands of passes with fresh data is possible with a single call. Types of customers can be segmented for special offers using tags. No public documentation is available; they have a contact form for further information.

Matrox Mura's API Expands Digital Signs for Video Walls

Montreal's Matrox Mura specializes in creating large video displays. It has just announced a new version of its Network API for the Mura MPX video controller boards. This enables independent software vendors to enhance their offerings with new video effects and transitions. A high performance HTML5 renderer makes it possible to integrate many types of online data, from social media to animations.

As Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics commented,

AV integrators around the world have long relied on Mura-based video walls in control room installations. Now with the new functionality enabled by the Mura Network API in applications from our partners, digital signage integrators will be able to use the same high quality, robust hardware to create cost-effective and engaging signage and presentation video walls in corporate, government, retail, restaurant, sports, museum, casino and house of worship environments.

The tools are available immediately by contacting graphics@matrox.com. If you'd like to try before you... dedicate a wall to the project, the company will be displaying at upcoming tradeshows including Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 4-6, stand 11-M66) and Digital Signage Expo 2014 (Las Vegas, Feb. 12-13, booth 348). API partner announcements are expected in Q1 of this year.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a australian shipping services, lebanese social networking site, web services for farmers, australian parcel delivery service, in-game hauling service for eve online, sms marketing service, sms marketing service, bulk sms advertising service, adult social network, . Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

E-goE-go API: E-Go is provides courier and freight services throughout Australia. E-Go offers its shipping calculator as an API, allowing merchant websites to offer on-line delivery quotes. The API accepts HTTP requests specifying the number of items, item type, and parcel dimensions. The API responds with a price and estimated time of arrival.

ElsawtElsawt API: Elsawt is a Lebanese social networking platform that aims to provide a media outlet for everyone. Participants can use the platform to consume and share news in a variety of formats using Elsawt's unique structure that divides news into specific tabs.

The Elsawt REST API allows developers to access some of the core functionalities of Elsawt. Use the API to post a shout on behalf of a registered user or get a registered user's timeline. An API key is required.

FarmSenseFarmSense API: FarmSense creates digital tools for DIY farmers, delivered via API. The FarmSense API currently delivers three services.
• Day Lengths returns a JSON string of solar data for a specified place and time.
• Frost Dates delivers data from the NOAA Frost Date data set.
• Moon Phases returns a JSON string of Moon Phase data for a specified date.

Realtime ExpressRealtime Express API: Realtime Express is an Australian freight and parcel delivery service provider. In an effort to allow merchant websites to offer on-line delivery quotes Realtime Express has exposed its rate calculator functionality via API. The API accepts HTTP requests specifying number of items, and package weight and dimensions. The API responds with a price and estimated time of arrival.

Red Frog FreightRed Frog Freight API: Red Frog Freight is an in-game service for the MMORPG EVE Online. The Red Frog Freight API provides developer access to Red Frog’s hauling services. The API exposes the Red Frog Jump Calculator and delivers data from the Red Frog Queue.

Slick TextSlick Text API: Slick Text is an SMS marketing service. It allows users to send bulk texts instantly or schedule deliveries for a later time and date. Users can also send marketing campaigns from their cell phones, run text-to-win contests, post text messages to Facebook, shorten links, track link clicks, and verify the ages of potential subscribers. New contacts can sign up for promotional texts by texting a custom keyword, using a website widget, or scanning a QR code on a flyer. Users can securely store and manage an unlimited number of contacts.

Slick Text doesn't require any long-term contracts, and users can switch to a higher or lower plan at any time. There is no charge for incoming messages, and any unused texts from one month roll over to the next. Slick Text provides analytics that include opt-in and opt-out rates, geographical statistics, and more. The Slick Text REST API allows users to integrate access to the Slick Text SMS gateway into other applications and systems.

SMS IngenuitySMS Ingenuity API: SMS Ingenuity (SMSi) is an SMS marketing service that can be used for bulk messaging, birthday reminders, timed campaigns, one-on-one communications, text-to-vote campaigns, and recurring messages. SMSi comes with features for automatically personalizing messages, managing contacts, and creating message templates. Developers can integrate the SMSi messaging gateway into their own application using the SMSi API. This allows them to send SMS programmatically using a wide variety of protocols and methods.

Universal SMS AdvertisingUniversal SMS Advertising API: Universal SMS Advertising enables users to send Flash SMS, Unicode SMS, picture SMS, customized SMS, scheduled SMS, and group SMS in bulk. It can be used to send automated reminders, notifications, and bulk advertisements. Delivery is instant, and users can get status reports for each sent message. Developers can integrate their application or website with Universal SMS's messaging platform via REST API, allowing those apps to auto-generate SMS messages.

YouSecondYouSecond API: YouSecond is a social network for adults, that allows users to search profiles, chat, share photos, write blogs, play games, and much more. The YouSecond API exposes the platform’s functionality, allowing developers to programmatically retrieve information on any given user’s friends, messages, notifications, photos, and user profiles.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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