Dutch based supplier of in-car location and navigation products TomTom has launched what it calls its Location Based Services (LBS) Platform and Developer Portal - which offers developers access to data and tools to create location-enabled applications for a variety of commercial and consumer markets.
Suggested applications could include for fleet management, route planning, traffic management and geospatial analysis.
The cloud-based LBS Platform enables third party apps to access TomTom's location and navigation services including map display, routing, traffic and geocoding. In addition, the TomTom Developer Portal provides developer tools for building web and mobile apps using simple application programming interfaces (APIs) and Software Developer Kits (SDKs), including supporting documentation.
TomTom said these tools were provided in response to increasing demand for its data and services.
An example cited in the press release where a developer has used TomTom's APIs was by NS - Netherlands Railways - that offers an online service providing real-time public transport and road traffic information. Commenting on their service Joost Ravoo, director Corporate Accounts at NS said, "We are happy to see our passengers turn into better informed and more quality conscious customers".
The TomTom LBS Platform and Developer Portal is claimed will grow its capabilities over time; currently it offers the following content and services:
Map Toolkit API providing access to:
Map display web service, which delivers WMS-style raster maps based on TomTom's MultiNet map database. Tiles are pre-rendered at 18 zoom levels, ranging from a single global tile to 305x305 metre detailed map images.
Geocoding web service, enabling both free text forward geocoding (find a location by entering an unstructured address, place or POI) and reverse geocoding (identify a location from a pair of latitude and longitude coordinates).
Routing web service, which provides accurate point to point routing and route re-calculation using TomTom's algorithms.
Traffic web service, using TomTom's HD Traffic to deliver real-time traffic incident and delay information.
Cloud-based performance and scalability, giving developers around the world 24x7 access to TomTom's content and services.
Management tools desinged to make it easy for developers to track usage.
The LBS Platform and Developer Portal, including a free evaluation API key, can be accessed via developer.tomtom.com. To learn more about TomTom's data products and services including MultiNet and HD Traffic, visit tomtom.com/en_gb/licensing.
TomTom launches Location Based Services platform for rapid application development