Urban Mapping to offer free Mass Transit API

Urban Mapping to offer free Mass Transit API
Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI), a provider of location-aware content for interactive applications, today announced the availability of a Free Mass Transit Proximity API that permits access to the company’s database of mass transit systems in 65 cities in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

The Mass Transit Proximity API enables interactive local search, mobile search, social networking, real estate, yellow pages and other location-based applications to provide end users with localized transit information for subway, commuter rail or bus stations. Other potential uses include data mining, economic development and direct marketing.

“Public transportation plays a significant role in the lives of people living in urban areas,” commented Ian White, CEO of Urban Mapping. “With the free API any piece of local content can be transit-enhanced. This can positively impact local search opportunities for businesses near station stops and improve the overall quality of life for those that rely on mass transit on a near daily basis.”

Free and paid for APIs
Urban Mapping’s mass transit offer obviously does not limit to this free API. The New York City-based company uses a variety of research techniques to aggregate a broad collection of over 100 mass transit attributes, including: egress points, station accessibility, amenities, staffed hours, exit type, sleeper cars, parking facilities and station/line transfers. Normalized schedules are available in both headway and tabular formats. This deep content is also available to developer as paid API.

The company's flagship product, URBANWARE Neighborhoods, is a database of informal space and is used by major companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft's Virtual Earth, Idearc's SuperPages.com, MapQuest and AT&T's YellowPages.com. Urban Mapping also offers databases of parking lots.

Watch our December 2008 interview with Ian White, CEO of Urban Mapping.

Monday, February 2nd 2009

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