Today in APIs: WSO2 API Manager Recieves Praise, and 12 New APIs

Eric Carter, Founder & Corporate Counsel, Dartsand
Jan. 17 2014, 02:00PM EST

Info Security Products Guide has named WSO2 API Manager a finalist in the 10th Annual Global Excellence Awards. Plus, Google offers details on Google Drive Android API and 12 new APIs.

WS02 API Manager a Finalist for Annual Global Excellence Awards

Info Security Products Guide, leading information security research and advisory guide, named the WSO2 API Manager a finalist for its Annual Global Excellence Awards. The category for which WSO2 was named a finalist is API Management and Security. The awards are granted to innovative IT vendors that take groundbreaking products to market setting an ever higher bar for the broader industry.

Paul Fremantle, WSO2 co-founder and CTO, commented:

"We are honored have our WSO2 API Manager product named by Info Security Products Guide as a finalist in the API Management and Security category....We believe this recognition from the highly regarded Info Security Products Guide further validates our commitment to reinventing software around open source and open standards to meet enterprises’ real-world API management, governance and security needs."

WSO2 API Manager constitutes the first fully open source API management platform. It offers a complete set of API management features including API lifecycle governance for creating, publishing, deprecating and retiring APIs, key credential management, and credential mediation.

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12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including a site explorer and link checker, a Tanzanian sms messaging service, a customer referrals program, a photo processing service and a mail distribution service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AhrefsAhrefs API: Ahrefs is a web explorer that can be used to verify link validity. The service updates every 15 minutes and includes tools to show link domains, anchors, and top pages within a domain. The Ahrefs API is offered as a free service and a paid service. Using REST calls, users can make calls to retrieve backlinks, and other data. The API also exposes the Ahrefs interface to be integrated into third party applications. An account is required with service.

Bongo LiveBongo Live API: Bongo Live is a Tanzania-based mobile services company that provides group messaging, targeted SMS, and specially tailored SMS services like raffles and surveys. Developers can access the Bongo Live platform programmatically using the Bongo live REST API in order to integrate SMS capabilities into their own applications. Functions made available through the API include managing SMS logs, tracking purchases and usage, getting delivery reports, and checking credits balances and sender names. The Bongo Live website is provided in both English and Swahili, although the API documentation is given solely in English.

Invite ReferralsInvite Referrals API: Invite Referrals is an online marketing campaign service that allows for customer referral programs. Invite Referrals allows users to create and manage customer referral campaigns and contests.

The Invite Referrals API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Invite Referrals with other applications. The main API method is integrating Invite Referrals into websites and applications.

Metro ImagingMetro Imaging API: Metro Imaging is a professional photographic printing service that operates in the U.K. The service allows professional photographers to submit photos for a full exhibition package from retouch and printing to finishing. The service is available through the Metro Imaging API through which the user can submit the photos for retouching, as well as integrate a gallery into third-party services to create a photo shop. The service is free to use.

MetroLogistics MetroLogistics API: MetroLogistics is a mail and shipping service that offers International Mail, Air, Rail, Ocean, LTL and Full Truckload shipping programs. The MetroLogistics API uses SOAP calls and allows users to calculate shipping cost, create shipping labels,standardize addresses, store addresses, track shipments after integrating with the MetroLogistics system. An account is required with service.

Network RailNetwork Rail API: Network Rail is responsible for running, maintaining, and developing Britain’s rail tracks, signaling systems, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts, and 17 key stations. The Network Rail API offers a number of real-time data feeds to encourage the development of new services of interest of those who use the railway. The API provides developer access to schedules, train positioning and movements, temporary speed restrictions, real-time performance, and more.

NZTA Christchurch TrafficNZTA Christchurch Traffic API: The New Zealand Transport Agency’s InfoConnect is a web service that connects developers with NZ traffic monitoring systems through a series of APIs. The Christchurch Traffic API is accessible via both SOAP and REST protocols, and exposes two sets of traffic data for the Christchurch area:
• Road works: Roadwork locations on the Christchurch Roading Network, including duration and impact details.
• Planned public events: Events within Christchurch that have an associated temporary traffic management plan, including duration and impact details.

OpenTechOpenTech API: OpenTech (Open Technology) is a Lebanese company that provides its customers with bulk SMS services. It bills itself as the Middle East's leading mobile messaging provider. Users can send SMS from the OpenTech website, an Excel plugin, or via API. The API allows users to integrate SMS capabilities into their other applications via REST calls.

Realtime TrainsRealtime Trains API: RealTime Trains provides railway information across the British rail system. RealTime Trains makes use of five feeds from the Network Rail open data platform, and exposes this data through an API. The API is available as a feed that pushes data out, or as a RESTlike API that pulls data through HTTPS calls.

TNZ Group SMSTNZ Group SMS API: The TNZ Group offers users a variety of telephony services, including bulk SMS services. The TNZ Group's SMS API allows users to send and receive SMS messages by email, through a web portal, or via REST or SOAP calls using a virtual mobile number. The TNZ Group also provides real time reporting on the success or failure of sent messages.

UTBoxUTBox API: UTBox provides bulk SMS services that can be integrated into other applications via REST or SOAP API. In addition to sending and receiving SMS, the API allows users to programmatically get delivery receipts, query SMS statuses, set the call back URL, and more. Potential users can contact UTBox for API access.

Zergo Moscow MetroZergo Moscow Metro API: Zergo is a multi-site service that provides links to other shopping sites, and allows users to tag and link photos. The Zergo Moscow Metro API allows users to choose Moscow metro stations by ID or name and embed it on third-party websites or blogs. The service uses REST calls and no account is required with service.

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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