Daily API RoundUp: Bing Maps, ayvri, OxeBox, Beaconstac, Productive

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Nine APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Mapping, eCommerce, and Blockchain. Highlights include two APIs for adding localization functions to Bing Maps and an API for proximity marketing via Bluetooth technology. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.


Bing recently announced the addition of new mapping APIs to help developers add localization services to applications. Bing Maps Local Search API returns a list of business entities centered around a location or a geographic region. The API currently returns business entities in the U.S. in JSON or XML formats. Bing Maps Local Insights API returns a list of local entities within the specified maximum driving time or distance traveled from a specified point on Earth. The API returns coordinates for a location, longest possible travel time, the longest possible distance used to define the geographic region and more. The Local Insights service is part of the Routes API, which allows users to create a route create routes from major roads for driving or walking routes. Both APIs are listed in our Mapping category.

ayvri provides 3D GPS track visualization services. The ayvri API is used by adventure travelers and others to create and track cycling, flying, drone flying, running or other trail and racing routes in rendered 3D terrain images. Methods are available for scene time, activities, adding GPS points and more. The ayvri API enables users to create and manage ayvri Activities and Scenes to use in applications. The API returns JSON objects and listed in our 3D category.

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Screenshot: ayvri

Blockstream Satellite network broadcasts the Bitcoin blockchain for free. The Blockstream Satellite REST API allows users to create applications that broadcast messages globally using the Blockstream Satellite network. It is open for anyone to integrate the API into existing applications or build new services that can send both encrypted and unencrypted data. The API is listed under the Blockchain category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Blockchain APIs.

OxeBox is a paperless billing solution. The OxeBox API enables developers to integrate the service with applications in order to generate and securely send digital receipts over email. OxeBox API has endpoints to create PDF receipts from an eCommerce store, and send them to the customer via email. The API also enables users to embed latest offers, and social media handles on the bill for user engagement. This API is listed under the eCommerce category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of eCommerce APIs.

Productive is a project managing Platform for agencies and consultancies. The Productive.io API allows Integration to the services for running an agency such as sales pipeline, planning, time tracking, and profitability. Methods include bookings, companies, contracts, dashboards, deals, emails, expenses, holidays, invitations, lost reasons, and organization memberships. We have listed the API under the Organization category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Organization APIs.

Beaconstac provides proximity marketing services using Bluetooth beacons. The Beaconstac API is used to create users in the Beaconstac store in order to purchase beacons. Developers can create engaging beacon campaigns that deliver cards, images, forms, videos, and more. Detailed analytics are available to evaluate clicks, and campaign performance.The API is listed under the Bluetooth category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Bluetooth APIs.

Screenshot: Beaconstack

Screenshot: Beaconstack

Revive Adserver is a multifaceted open source ad server. The Revive AdServer API returns JSON data for advertising applications. It contains API methods for ad campaigns, statistics, banners, and channel management. Interactive demo available. The API is listed under the Advertising category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Advertising APIs.

ChannelApe provides Direct to Consumer (D2C) inventory and operations management software. The ChannelApe API enables users to access and integrate services with methods for managing inventory, orders, business intelligence, rate shopping, electronic data exchange, and channel management. ChannelApe API is listed in our Inventory category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Inventory APIs.

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