AWS ties up with Grab for mapping data

AWS ties up with Grab for mapping data
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To be used in Amazon Location Services for South-east Asia.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has integrated GrabMaps as its location data source for its Amazon Location Service in South-east Asia (SEA).

Amazon Location Service is a location-based service from AWS that helps developers add maps, points of interest, geocoding, routing, tracking, and geofencing to their applications.

AWS customers will have access to more than 50 million addresses and points of interest data from GrabMaps across Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.

Additionally, the collaboration provides developers and teams, using Amazon Location Service, the ability to enhance or build their own location-enabled applications using GrabMaps.

AWS’ Asean managing director, Conor McNamara, said having access to accurate and cost-effective mapping data “is critical to efficient operations”, especially in the e-commerce, transportation, and logistics sectors.

“The integration of GrabMaps into Amazon Location Service now provides hyper-localised and up-to-date mapping data across South-east Asia for AWS customers and their end users,” he added.

Route planning

Using GrabMaps, AWS customers would be able to add route planning and optimise app capabilities. It will become easy to show data on current local maps, and find addresses and points of interest.

Grab’s chief product officer, Philipp Kandal, said, “GrabMaps offers a unique view of South-east Asia, with data and functionality that is exceptional in freshness, coverage and accuracy.”

The collaboration with AWS will share capabilities with other companies and help build services and applications that will better serve South-east Asians, he added.

GrabMaps powers over 800 billion API calls per month across a variety of services encompassing places search, dispatch, ETA calculations, routing, navigation and more. It has helped add more than 800,000 kilometres of missing roads to the OpenStreetMap, the company said.

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