To enhance our Global Places offering, we are announcing three new APIs that will provide developers with powerful geointelligence tools and data designed to increase contextual relevance in today’s mobile world:
Discover everything that Factual knows about a location: you pass us a latitude and longitude, and we return additional attributes, called ‘pulses’, about that location. Pulses employ Factual’s network of signals, calculated metrics, and census data to give a unique purview of a given local point. We’re launching with:
- Factual Commercial Density: Relative density of businesses near a location
- Factual Commercial Profile: Types of businesses near a location
- Demographics: Age, gender, race, median household income for a given location (US only)
Reverse Geocoder API
Convert a longitude and latitude into an address for the US and 49 other countries. More details.
World Geographies API
Learn the names and interrelationships between the world’s natural and administrative geographies — countries, cities, states, continents, regions, and time zones — enhancing the global 60 million businesses and landmarks we currently offer. You will be able to access ~6 million geographies and over 8 million place names in numerous languages. More details.
With data accessible via these additional APIs, it will make it even easier for developers and enterprises to build smarter location-based applications and analytics / business intelligence models. These services are production-ready but we’re launching them in beta, which means we will likely be making changes in the short-term as we incorporate developer feedback.
These new APIs are focused on addressing the mobile ad targeting market. ThinkNear, a hyperlocal mobile demand side platform, is using Factual services to build a more robust ad targeting platform, and in the next few weeks we’ll be announcing more partnerships who are providing advertisers with advanced targeting and analytics using our location-centric toolkit.
This is really just the beginning — more services are coming , but we hope this gives you a sense of where we are headed and the means to take them for a spin and provide feedback.
Lastly, as an added bonus, we’ve made all data for a Factual entity accessible from a single endpoint — add the Factual ID to the end of http://www.factual.com/ and we will provide the core attributes with extended, rich data from our Crosswalk, Restaurants, and Healthcare Providers products. A few examples:
We’re looking forward to seeing the innovative applications in which our developer community employs these new services. Don’t hesitate to hit us up with feedback and feature requests.
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