Tech Talk Video with CloudMade’s CTO

In this short video, CloudMade’s CTO, Jim Brown, talks about CloudMade’s technologies and how they are used to create better user experiences in automotive, outdoors, fitness and wearable products.

The technologies Jim talked about can be found here:

  • Hybrid – aggregation, sync and management of location content
  • Mapsafe  – cloud-based personal data and preference storage, sync, access and backup
  • Micromap - a compressed, routable, searchable geodata format
  • UMDb – a tool chain that imports data from numerous formats into Micromap

To learn more about CloudMade’s technologies and for a demonstration of their capabilities, get in touch.

October 7th, 2013 - Posted by Nick Black in for OEMs, geodata, products, talks, technologies

The new version of Geocoding API is released

The CloudMade Team is proud to release Geocoding v3 beta, the latest version of geocoding API services, designed to provide our users with even better data, search features and language options.

We’ve tried to take into consideration all the feedback from our users. So we’d like to share some key improvements of Geocoding v3 beta with you:

- Fuzzy search with better algorithm of error-tolerance
- Latest data with possibility to search through the different sources
- Handy query language with language choice
- Better data format

Our pricing for geocoding services has not changed:

- $15 per 100,000 transactions and first 100,000 transactions are free each month.

We hope that you enjoy Geocoding v3 beta!

July 24th, 2013 - Posted by Alex Golubenko in api, for developers, news, products, technologies

Single Line Search in Navigation

CloudMade’s On-the-Go Search

We’re re-shaping search-on-the-go at CloudMade, making search faster, easier and more relevant while in the car read on to find out more

In this post we look at how CloudMade’s On-Dash and In-Dash platforms use our Hybrid Data and Mapsafe technologies to let users search through point of interest data from many different providers and see the results represented as a single item.  For some real-world examples of this in action, check out Magellan’s SmartGPS product that lets users search through Yelp, Foursquare and TomTom data from a single interface.

Global Search

Users want access to a rich world of location information from a single search interface.  After all, Google lets us search the entire content of the web from a single interface, so why should we need to go into separate ”apps” when searching for a place to stop for lunch?

When the user searches for “Pizza”, search results are shown, sorted by distance, from different providers on a single screen.  In this example you can see results that appear both in Yelp and Foursquare, results that only appear in Yelp and results that only appear in TomTom data – indicated by the icons at the far right of each returned result.

Search

CloudMade’s Mapsafe technology provides social context to search results, in this case associating each place with check-ins, reviews and posts made by the user’s friends on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Disambiguated Results

The next screens show how the user is able to view the details associated with the results.  Different data providers have different attributes and strengths.  Yelp for example includes a 1-5 star rating, Foursquare data is typically updated the most frequently, Tom-Tom often has the most accurate positional data.

CloudMade’s Hybrid Data technology handles a process of disambiguation which takes unique results from three (or more) datasets, for example a pizza place in Yelp, Foursquare and TeleAtlas and understands through a process of fuzzy matching that the three separate entities in-fact refer to the same real-world location and presents a single, disambiguated result to the user.  This gives you the best of all worlds: the user gets the latest, richest information from sources like Yelp and Foursquare whilst you can rely on the positional accuracy of a provider like TeleAtlas.

Search-Disambiguation

A note on merging and disambiguation – at no point does CloudMade’s platform merge results together.  The different databases (Yelp, Foursquare and TomTom in this case) are kept as separate databases with the user being able to search from a single interface, see all results on a single page and quickly filter through different providers.

Live Results

Where devices have an internet connection, through a Bluetooth tether for example, live results from an online search provider like Google Places can be fed into the search results.

Search-Live
Discussion

The capabilities of CloudMade’s On-Dash and In-Dash platforms to handle large volumes of rapidly changing geo-data from a vast number of different sources and make the geo-data available to OEMs through a set of cross platform APIs opens up a new range of use cases and possibilities for device OEMs to create vibrant, exciting search experiences.  Some of the new possibilities include:

- Global search across a huge number of different datasets

- Including photos of locations, products, menus in search results

- Including user generated reviews and ratings in search results

- Integrating sources from small, niche providers that may cover one vertical in particular metros but not offer full regional coverage

- Integrating sources that may lack accurate positional data

Contact CloudMade to learn more about the capabilities of our On-Dash and In-Dash platforms.

May 7th, 2013 - Posted by Nick Black in for OEMs, geodata, products, technologies

Magellan Announce Android and iOS “SmartGPS” Apps

At the Mobile World Congress this week, Magellan announced the next part of their SmartGPS ecosystem of GPS navigators, apps and websites.  The free apps for Android and iOS will be released in the summer and will compliment the SmartGPS On-Dash navigator.

The apps are powered by CloudMade’s SDKs for iOS and Android and by our Mapsafe and Hybrid Data products.  Let’s take a quick look at the use cases that CloudMade’s On-Dash navigation platform enables:

Magellan SmartGPS Android

  • Free: both apps are free which means they will attract >10x more users than paid apps.  This is a great way for OEMs like Magellan to give their customers a taste of their premium navigation experience via their smartphones.
  • Device to Device: we’re not big fans of sticky notes and bits of paper when it comes to getting an address into your GPS navigator.  We prefer that a passenger in a car can search for the nearest gas station, find a great restaurant in Yelp or Foursquare and then send the address from their smartphone to the SmartGPS navigator, making a safer, easier, more connected driving experience.
  • Connected Ecosystem: the apps are designed to interact with other parts of the Magellan ecosystem.  For example, from the Magellan website a SmartGPS owner can create a wishlist of places to visit on their weekend roadtrip, share and collaborate on that with their friends and family and have their wishlist wirelessly synchronized with their SmartGPS app and GPS navigator.
  • Rich content: the SmartGPS apps come with an exceptionally rich set of content, all available  to search through a single user interface.  Content includes Yelp, Foursquare, Navteq, Traffic, Gas Prices and more.

The apps hit North American stores in the spring and European stores in the summer.

February 27th, 2013 - Posted by Nick Black in customers, for OEMs, news, products

What’s New At CloudMade

Many people have been asking me lately, about what is happening at CloudMade and where our business is going.

So, as I always love talking about CloudMade, here is the high level view.

We have a lot of extremely exciting activity going on with products in particular (both launched and launching soon) that use our core technologies on the device and inside the application. These are backed by the Hybrid Data and Mapsafe stacks which connect the cloud and the device together.   These range from launched devices with major OEMs in Europe (i.e. Medion and others) to products we expect to hit the shelves soon (i.e. SmartGPS from Magellan). You will be able to buy and use the products in the USA and globally over the next six months. At CloudMade, we are very focused on the On-Dash, In-Dash, Fitness & Outdoor and Truck&Fleet markets with activities and projects in each of these areas. Our passion is about location enabled user experiences in these areas and we see a stream of very cool stuff coming.

Our internal development teams in Stuttgart and Kyiv are totally engaged in projects with our partners, and through these projects bringing these new products to life.

In the application space, we see continued innovation around the Leaflet open source project and in the use of both OSM and commercial data sets with our web services to create new and compelling consumer experiences.  This ranges from small research projects to significant games to major transport agencies using our cloud to power their solutions.

As for where this is all going, I expect that, with our partners, we will continue to innovate and produce new user experiences in the embedded and application space that will combine the cloud and the real world in compelling ways.  And along the way we will build a smarter Cloud and infrastructure that supports, enables and connects these solutions.

I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks and months.

Jim

February 25th, 2013 - Posted by Jim Brown in customers, news, products

Refresh of Map Tiles, Geocoding, Routing

Today we’re releasing a new CloudMade platform.  As well as building out new products, we’ve been busy making the CloudMade APIs that you depend on better, faster, cheaper and more stable.  I’d like to share some highlights with you:

- >99.9% uptime on Map Tiles, Geocoding, Routing in 2012.
- Uninterrupted service delivery through 3 Amazon AWS outages.
- We continued pushing the envelope of AWS’ capabilities to reduce costs, improve speed and stability.
- Leaflet has hit its 0.5 release to become the leading HTML5 map library on the web. More big Leaflet news to come over the next few weeks.
- The global OpenStreetMap community now numbers over 1,000,000 contributors who are curating and creating the world’s biggest and best map.

In 2013 we’re passing the benefits directly to you. We have simplified our pricing and from the 1 March we’re rolling out new, lower priced services:

- Map Tiles: $25 per million tile transactions. First 500,000 free each month
- Geocodes: $15 per 100,000 geocoding transactions. First 10,000 free each month
- Routes: $15 per 100,000. First 100,000 free each month

All users – paid or not – get the great service you expect from CloudMade:
- 99.9% uptime SLA or 2x your money back
- 24 hour guaranteed email response times
- SSL for just $2 extra per million map tiles

Its been a great ride over the last 4 years at CloudMade. The developer community has built some stunning apps, websites and services. The CloudMade team are here to make the next 4 years even bigger and better.

February 25th, 2013 - Posted by Nick Black in for developers, products

Transport for London Chooses CloudMade

Transport for London is one of the largest public transportation agencies in the world.  Each day their bus network alone carries more than 6 million passengers.  For those passengers, finding bus information just got a lot easier with the new “Countdown”website, powered by CloudMade.  Try it out here.

TFL-Countdown-CloudMade

The Transport for London portal uses CloudMade’s Map Tiles and Geocoding with a custom SLA and server installation inside our Amazon based cloud.  The map style was created using the Style Editor and our Cartography Design services.  If you like what you see, get in touch.

February 1st, 2012 - Posted by Nick Black in cartography, customers, products, style editor

Better for users, game developers and brands

CloudMade has found a way to add value for people playing mobile games, generate additional revenue for game developers and create a very compelling way for brands to drive retail traffic and revenue.

cute guy with a phone

Mobile games are a huge marketing opportunity
Millions of users are having fun playing mobile games every day. This creates a huge marketing opportunity for consumer brands.

Banners are not the perfect solution
The only way brands and game developers are really taking advantage of this huge marketing opportunity is through banner ads adopted from the web. The banners do add revenue for game developers, but most gamers don’t like seeing banners in the middle of their game. In addition, the banners are rarely the right tool for consumer brands and retailers to achieve positive branding, retail traffic and an increase in revenue.

Sponsored Locations
We need to find a tool that ensures that game developers make money and that brands get a great marketing tool in a way that people playing mobile games love.

CloudMade has solved this challenge by talking to leading brands and top game developers and building a service that meets their specific needs. The solution we have come up with is Sponsored Locations.

We look forward to talking to you too
If you are a game developer or a consumer brand that we have not yet talked to about tailoring Sponsored Locations to YOUR needs, we look forward to connecting with you soon. In the meantime, you can learn more about Sponsored Locations here.

December 19th, 2011 - Posted by in for developers, news, products

Announcing Leaflet: a Modern Open Source JavaScript Library for Interactive Maps

Web Maps API — our JavaScript library for putting CloudMade maps online — has been a hugely popular tool that has enabled web developers to create unique map experiences like these.  Web Maps API v2 has served our users very well, being praised for its performance and ease of use. But there’s a problem: it wasn’t designed with mobile devices in mind. Last years there was an overwhelming progress in what mobile browsers are capable of thanks to technologies like HTML5. What if online maps could work as smoothly as native apps on mobile?

There’s one more thing to consider: CloudMade developer community has a lot of talented people in it that could help with the development of the library, but so far Web Maps API was not a part of our open source efforts.

Today we’re announcing the first public release of Leaflet — a new open source JavaScript library for interactive maps for both mobile and desktop browsers, developed by CloudMade to form the core of its next generation Web Maps API.

Leaflet is built from the ground up to work efficiently and smoothly on both platforms. It’s very fast, lightweight while still having a strong browser support, and really easy to use. It also has a clean, simple and readable OOP-based code, and it’s hosted on the world’s best open source collaboration platform — GitHub, so contributing is a snap.

It’s still in the beta stage of development, so it lacks a couple of features and has some rough edges, but it’s moving fast — try it and give us some feedback, either by tweeting to @LeafletJS or reporting bugs and discussing features on the issues page.

Find out more on the Leaflet official website.

May 13th, 2011 - Posted by in for developers, geodata, products

Supercharge your web app with Facebook Places Integration

With the awesome news about the introduction of Facebook Places, we’d like to show you some sample code for our Web Maps API that allows you to plot checked-in Facebook Friends on a Stylized Map.

With just 60 lines of code you can now tap into the largest social network on the planet and add an exciting social media element to your web app. You could implement this code in a number of different ways: for example, in a bar or restaurant finder web site to immediately see which of your friends have been where and when. Other possible examples might include, web sites where you want to include a travel diary element to promote interesting places to visit.

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Check out the sample code here and start experimenting with it today. We’d love to hear about your cool new implementations or help you integrate it into your web app, so please email us.

The CloudMade Developer Team

September 3rd, 2010 - Posted by Nick Black in products

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