HERE XYZ Debuts
April 15, 2019
XYZ is a cloud-based service that provides software developers as well
as novice and professional mapmakers with the tools needed for
effortless map publication and data management.
HERE XYZ aims to maximize ease of use, flexibility and interoperability
by leveraging the best of the open source ecosystem and tools from the
company’s long history of building standard and high definition maps at
global scale. This approach allows developers to maintain their workflow
while incorporating XYZ to address the challenge of managing large and
unwieldy geospatial datasets.
Data journalists, cartographers and geospatial data providers will find
the real-time nature of HERE XYZ’s dynamic tiling capability to be
indispensable for publishing maps that require live updates.
“HERE XYZ is about flipping the
fundamental challenge of mapmaking on its head,” said Achal Prabhakar,
Vice President of Engineering at HERE Technologies. “We’ve built the
largest SD and HD mapping platform in the world and we know that eighty
percent of mapmaking is time spent wrangling and managing geospatial
data. HERE XYZ solves this problem by delivering the pre-requisite
building blocks for data management and map publishing, so users of all
levels can focus on creating the insights and context that only the
concept of location can provide.”
XYZ is included as part of the market-leading HERE Freemium developer
plan, offering users generous entitlements for data transfer and
database storage and seamless integration of HERE Location Services APIs
such as geocoding, routing, search and more to build full-featured,
location-aware applications. Developers can invoke the XYZ Hub API
directly or via the HERE Command Line Interface (HERE CLI).
Non-developers can use the XYZ Studio to invoke the same XYZ Hub API but
using an intuitive web application.
For Interline Technologies, a San Francisco-based startup that improves
transportation networks digitally, the HERE XYZ Hub API is accessed via
a custom “connector” that enables push updates for live datasets.
“HERE XYZ is a great addition to Interline’s toolkit for our team and
for our users,” says Drew Dara-Abrams, Principal at Interline
Technologies. “The command-line interface has become part of our regular
workflows for visualizing and inspecting our work-in-progress and other
miscellaneous geodata. XYZ Connectors are opening even more interesting
possibilities for our production systems and real-time data updates.
They’re a powerful hybrid of managed-cloud services, open-source
components, and common data formats like GeoJSON and GeoJSONL.”