In one of the latest announcements of re:Invent 2020, AWS introduced the preview of Amazon Location, a new mapping service for developers to add location-based features like geofencing and built-in tracking to web-based and mobile applications.

The new product offers currently four different types of resources - maps, place indexes, trackers and geofence collections - and an API for routing is expected to be added during the preview. While the place indexes API allow searching for addresses, businesses, and points of interest using free-form text, trackers can be linked to geofence collections to implement monitoring of devices as they move in and out of geofences. The service supports maps and map styles provided by Esri and by HERE Technologies, two of the largest location data providers, and it is possible to use existing map libraries such as Mapbox GL and Tangram. As for the documentation, the API is consistent across LBS data providers, making it possible to switch across different providers for different use cases or geographies.

The service will help in use cases such as displaying maps, tracking the movement of packages and devices, geomarketing, geocoding (turn an address into a location) and delivery management. Even if not all geolocation functionalities are yet available, the cloud provider is going to cover an area where it was not offering a managed solution, competing now in the location data market with Google Maps Platform and Azure Maps.

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AWS Introduces Location Service in Preview
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