Google is now offering its Google Maps Engine API to developers so they can build consumer and business applications that incorporate the features and flexibility of Google Maps.
The new capabilities were announced June 5 in a post by Jen Kovnats, product manager for Google Maps for Business, on the Official Google Enterprise Blog.
"Maps tell stories about the world around us," wrote Kovnats. "With a single map, an organization can locate underground pipelines, decide on the best place to build their next store, or inform customers about cell phone coverage areas."
By using the Maps API, developers can now use Google's cloud infrastructure to add their data on top of a Google Map and share that custom mash-up with consumers, employees or other users. "At the push of a button an organization can share their maps internally or publish them on the web, making it easy to access their data from anywhere," wrote Kovnats.
When used in applications, the API "provides direct access to Maps Engine for reading and editing spatial data hosted in the cloud," she wrote. "With the API, organizations can develop on any platform—web, Android, iOS and server-to-server—and build applications like store locators, crowd-sourced maps or crisis-response maps."
The Maps Engine API can be used by developers to replace complex GIS technologies in their applications that use maps, she wrote. Developers can learn more about using the new API at the Google Maps Engine API information page.