Tag Archives: Movie

CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack: Verizon Mapkit API

I’m spending more time building, what I’ve dubbed the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack, a list of APIs, platforms and tools that you can use in your local-mobile applications.  With the latest move by Foursquare to join the OpenStreetMaps movement, I’m focused on finding the best mapping tools for the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack.

First on my list of alternative mapping solutions is Verizon Mapkit API, which provides location-based services that include maps, search, traffic and static directions.  The Verizon Mapkit API is centered on a map object that provides a tile-based solution supporting multiple layers such road map/satellite/hybrid, traffic, and routes–with built-in controls for standard map operations such as panning and zooming using the host device’s native gestures.

The MapKit also provides a full set of search APIs delivering geocoding, geolocation and access to local content:

  • Address Search (Geocoding)
  • Reverse Geocoding
  • Local Search
  • Fuel Price Search
  • Movie Theaters
  • Movie Show-Times
  • Events
  • Event Venues
  • Traffic Incidents
  • Static Directions

The Verizon Mapkit API does not have a web API currently, but does support native application development on Android, iOS, Blackberry and Brew MP platforms. At first glance you may think the mapping solution is just for Verizon devices, but it can be used across multiple platforms.

The Verizon Mapkit API is a perfect addition to the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack. They offer a robust mapping platform that native mobile apps can take advantage of. The Mapkit API is part of the Verizon NavBuilder Inside LBS SDK, which comes with other APIs and tools I will be adding to the CityGrid Local, Mobile, Social Stack in future blog posts.

Urbanized, a Documentary

I watched a new documentary film by Gary Hustwit this weekend called Urbanized.

Urbanized is a documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers.

The filmmakers state that over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area and 75% will by 2050. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns.

With technology playing an ever increasing role in urban centers, I think this movie is relevant to how us hyperlocal technologist view cities and we can learn a lot from the “developers” who have come before us.

I recommend watching the movie and I’d like to hear what you think about the movie and how technology like APIs, mobile phones and social, can play a role in urban planning of the future.