Mapping Services companies have also developed APIs and SDKs for clients to customize map content as to their niche, such as Delivery Services, Fleet Management etc. This has presented an opportunity for us to help the clients with development and customization of these applications.
API is the acronym for Application Programming Interface, which is a software that allows two applications to talk to each other. When you use an application on your mobile phone, the application connects to the Internet and sends data to a server. The server then retrieves that data, interprets it, performs the necessary actions and sends it back to your phone. The application then interprets that data and presents you with the information you wanted in a readable way. This is what an API is – all of this happens via API.so for example each time you use an app like Uber or little cab you are using an API.
A software development toolkit (SDK) is a set of software tools and programs provided by hardware and software vendors that developers can use to build applications for specific platforms. In order to use a SDK, a developer needs an iOS SDK to build iOS apps, an Android toolkit for building Android apps, Nordic SDK to build Bluetooth or wireless apps and a VMware SDK to enable integration with the VMware platform.
Software development toolkits allow developers to add functionality to their applications and enable them to build the standard components of their apps easier and faster. Typically, a map API includes features for geocoding, reverse geocoding, geolocation, directions and navigation, touch-screen interaction, different types of maps (e.g., terrain or satellite) and customizable control objects.
• Maps: Developers can customize maps with context- and industry-relevant data overlays using widgets, gadgets, markers, graphics, images and popups. Maps are interactive and informative alternatives to textual content. They provide an easy-to-use, cost-effective tool for small businesses branding and customer engagement.
• Data: Software developers use map APIS to retrieve location data, e.g. proximity details about places, traveling distances and durations between endpoints, region statistics and area-based consumer trends, to use in bespoke applications and mashups.
• Statistics: Researchers use map APIs to identify anomalies in weather patterns, track disease outbreaks in health management programs, plot disaster management grids and discover patterns in customer buying patterns.
Uses of Map API
• Standardize application development and data retrieval methods.
• Reduce costs by utilizing open-source tools.
• Increase your digital business presence.
• Avoid writing standard code routines that already exist ‘out there.’
• Accelerate digital development using Agile methodologies.
• Integrate business partnerships and suppliers in your industry.
• Simplify your IT model using recognized protocols.
• Use pattern-based data analytics for insights traditional reporting doesn’t provide.
• Go Global: a Map API doesn’t care where you are based and often includes localization features.
Mobile Mapping Technology provides services such as:
a. Connected Driving
b. Fleet Management
c. Supply Chain
d. Urban Mobility
e. Consumer Engagement
Case use of Map Integration Platform
• Get transportation directions
• Creating a Map
• Measuring distance and ETA
• Mixing Maps information
• Finding your location
• Setting routes
• Getting traffic information
• Verbal instructions
• Location sharing
• Location editing
We are the experts in providing the best Mapping & Location APIs solution. M&A is East Africa’s leading PHP and Progressive Web App Development Company that offers a wide range of software and Mobile app development solution along with Map services. Some of the APIs we have deployed to clients include:
1. HERE APIs & SDK
2. Google APIs