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Google has been hosting a virtual version of the company’s annual developer conference: Google I/O. The first two days have included updates on WearOS, Google Maps Platform, and Android’s augmented reality platform. This post will provide an overview of these updates and changes to associate APIs.
TomTom has announced impending updates to the company’s Map Display API that will enhance the appearance of the tool’s visual components through the addition of detailed natural feature information. This will include visual representation of forested areas, deserts, and snowy mountain peaks.
Black Knight, a provider of analytics software for the mortgage and real estate industries, has announced a new API that will help developers automate bulk transaction pricing and committing within the lending process. This new API aims to improve efficiency and automation in the industry.
EVPassport is working to streamline electric vehicle charging by building out an API-powered app that removes roadblocks to charging station utilization. The app leverages API integrations to enable charging on myriad networks without leaving the app or fussing with creating multiple accounts.
Esri has announced the release of a PaaS offering that is intended to provide developers with deeper integration capabilities with the company’s location intelligence services. The ArcGIS Platform supports integration via fully supported APIs and SDKs, or third-party open-source API integrations.
The UK’s national mapping agency Ordnance Survey has released a suite of APIs that provide direct and immediate access to OS's most detailed and trusted location data. Over 5,500 public sector organizations now have access as part of the Geospatial Commission’s Public Sector Geospatial Agreement.
Black Knight, a provider of analytic services to the real estate industry, has announced a webhooks component for its API platform that is intended to improve automation capabilities for lenders. This new functionality will provide real-time access to advanced secondary marketing capabilities.
Seven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Mapping, Text, Mapping, and Games. Highlights include an API that offers data about gaming giveaways and an API for adding polls to applications or websites. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Planet, an Earth-imaging API provider, has introduced a new Developer Trial Program. The program allows developers to use Planet’s suite of APIs before signing up and paying for production use. Trial users receive an actual API key that allows real requests and receives real data.
Ordnance Survey has announced the release of a new geospatial data platform that will provide users access to the agency’s location data. The new platform, aptly named OS Data Hub, provides limited free API access to Ordnance Survey’s massive location dataset: OS MasterMap.
Google Maps recently celebrated its 15th birthday. As part of that celebration, the Maps team announced a number of new beta features, and a roadmap for making the next 15 years even more powerful than the first. Of all the features Google is adding, customization is the common theme.
The Google Maps team has announced the beta launch of Local Context. With Local Context, site and app owners can integrate the typical Google Map experience into their properties, but that experience is amplified with rich, local information (e.g. shops, restaurants, etc.).
Fifteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Business, Mapping, and Banking. Highlights include an API for a lending platform, an API for IT monitoring, and an API for biodiversity literature and image data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
HERE Technologies, a provider of mapping technology and services, has announced that its XYZ platform will move into general availability. HERE XYZ is designed to provide end-to-end support for developers that are working on map publication and data management.
Garmin, a provider of GPS solutions, has announced the release of the Connect Courses API. The new API will allow developers to integrate with Garmin’s GPS devices and directly import course directions. The API has already been implemented in the extremely popular Strava and Komoot applications.
Lepton Software, a GIS software provider, has announced myCOVIDrisk software and API. The new COVID-19 risk mapping solution helps businesses understand COVID-19 risks associated with their workforce, routes, assets, products, and more. The API tracks quarantine and containment zones in real-time.
Google has added a temporary closures functionality to the Google Maps Places API. Whether a business is closed for a season in the ordinary course of business, or it is temporarily closed in response to a global pandemic, the new feature provides real-time, operational information about a business.
Service Objects, a company that provides APIs for contact and customer data verification, has announced a new API that provides access to global geolocation data based on address. Specifically, the DOTS Address Geocode API provides both longitude and latitude coordinates.
Microsoft's latest Azure Maps updates include many new features and a number of services that are now generally available. Azure Maps on Azure Government cloud, Azure Maps Batch services, and Azure Maps Matrix Routing are all now generally available. New features were added across the spectrum.
Microsoft has announced updates to the Azure Maps Web SDK that includes increased support for common spatial file formats like KML, KMZ, GPX, GeoRSS, GML, GeoJSON, and CSV. Additionally, the SDK includes new pop-up templates and drawing tools.