New APIs for Location Intelligence
New APIs for Location Intelligence
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 19 October 2012

Google has released two API for developers to use in third party geolocation apps. You can use the APIs to make your apps location aware, even if the app doesn’t have access to GPS information.

The two new APIs for Google Maps, Tracks and Geolocation, are targeted at the over 800,000 developers who are already using the Maps APIs to create their own apps.

The Google Maps Tracks API lets you build apps that can store, display and analyze GPS data on a map. It includes support for a technique called geo-fencing, where a user can create a virtual region on a map to notify a device when it enters or exits a predefined area.

For example, the Google blog suggests a fleet management company could set up notifications that would automatically alert drivers whenever they were 10 miles outside their delivery territory and need to turn around.

 

 

The Geolocation API allows you to create apps that can work out their own location without the use of GPS by looking up the locations of nearby wifi access points and cell towers. This means the app is less tough on battery life as the GPS usage is limited, and the app can work indoors or in remote areas.

While the status of the Tracks API is "experimental" which, means that its use is currently unrestricted, in the case of the Geolocation API you need an API key before you can use it. While you may use a free quota of 100 requests per day for testing and development you still need to obtain a Maps API for Business license and activate billing before you can use it for real.

More Information

Two new ways to add location intelligence to your apps

Google Maps Tracks API

Google Maps Geolocation API

Related Articles

Google Slashes Map Fees

Getting started with Google Maps

 

 
 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, install the I Programmer Toolbar, subscribe to the RSS feed, follow us on, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Linkedin,  or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

 

Banner


In-Demand Languages For 2018
03/01/2018

As we enter 2018, Java still holds sway as the most in-demand programming language although it saw a decrease in popularity in 2017. While it is still well behind, Python is in second place, is the la [ ... ]



Facebook Closes M, Its Virtual Assistant
09/01/2018

Facebook is shutting down M, its virtual assistant that relies on help from humans to handle users' questions and requests. Launched in limited beta almost two and a half years ago, it was only ever o [ ... ]


More News

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 October 2012 )
 
 

   
Banner
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2018 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.