Google Maps have restructured how API requests can be purchased, making it simpler than ever before to create custom business solutions using Google Maps.
The Google Maps Platform breaks the APIs down into three components: Maps, Routing and Places. These three mapping components make it simpler than ever for developers to control map credit usage. Additionally, Routing and Places API’s are now no longer required to be on a Google base map.
How is this easier?
The new Google Maps Platform is based on a new pay per usage monthly model. Users are no longer locked into an annual licence contract, but can build new applications and scale up on a monthly basis. Google are encouraging developers to begin application building with Google Maps with a $200 credit monthly for all customers. This means integrating Google data into existing services, such as Salesforce and CARTO, comes at a much lower price point to get started.
What if I need help? All billing enabled customers will now have access to 24x5 Google Support. This feature was previously only offered to Premium Plan customers.
When will it be available?
Until the end of the year, you’ll have the option of purchasing an annual licence or moving to the Bridging licence as a transition to the new Google Maps Platform licensing model. To help you decide which option will be most cost effective, we as a Google Premier Partner can help you estimate the number of map credits needed based on your historical usage and use case. All Bridging SKUs will be deprecated by December 31st and customers will then move to the new licensing model.
How can NGIS help?
NGIS has an in-house team of skilled developers and GIS analysts. As a Google Maps Premier Partner we are able to utilise your existing data to build custom software solutions and integrate Google Maps into your existing platforms.
To explore how NGIS can help you implement Google Maps into your business solutions contact us here.
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