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Google announced a massive revamp of its Google Maps business: The new Google Maps Platform streamlines API products, simplifies customer experience, a single pricing plan “pay-as-you-go billing”, free support, a single console, and new industry solutions. The catch? Starting on July 16, you’ll need a valid API key and a Google Cloud Platform billing account to access the core Google Maps APIs.

APIs

The core Google Maps APIs help developers create location-based apps and experiences. This release is meant to make the APIs simpler, easier to use, and scalable as your project grows. The changes are designed to work with your existing code — no changes are required on the developer’s end.

Google has streamlined 18 individual Google Maps APIs into three core products, based on what it believes are the most common developer use cases: Maps, Routes, and Places. Here is the breakdown of the three:

  1. Maps: Helps developers build customized, agile experiences that bring the real world to users through static and dynamic maps, Street View imagery, and 360-degree views.
  2. Routes: Gives your users the best way to get from A to Z with high quality directions and real-time traffic updates.
  3. Places: Helps users discover the world with rich location data for over 100 million places, enabling them to find specific places using phone numbers, addresses, and real-time signals.

Google hopes this grouping will make it easier to find, explore, and add new maps features to apps and sites.

It is recommended to reach Google’s local partner (Space Imaging Middle East - ME region) to learn more about these changes and ensure continuation of service.

Pricing and billing

The previous Google Maps business standard and premium plans have been consolidated into one pay-as-you-go plan. Developers pay only for what they use, with Google promising no annual payments, up-front commitments, termination fees, or usage limits. There is a “free tier” in the form of a $200 monthly credit for all developers, which Google expects will cover the usage of 98 percent of its current customers.

How can Google Maps Partner help?

To help with the process, along with Google Maps technical support team, Space Imaging Middle East provides the best advice and help through this change
by providing multiple services including:

  • Seamless transition to the new plan
  • Access to higher discount
  • No credit card required
  • Account Management
  • Bundle package through yearly plan (customized)
  • Easy (Billing model, procurement process, payment plan)
  • Local Technical Support and consultancy

Visit our google page to find out more about the new pricing.

The Google Maps certified partner can help you estimate, plan, execute and manage your plan for optimum results with the least consumption while maintaining privacy and security of your data.

All developers have access to local support through Google’s certified partners.

Make sure you make the necessary changes before 16th July 2018 to avoid any disruption or loss of service.

About Space Imaging Middle East

Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) is the leading geospatial and GIS solutions provider in the MENA region. We offer a full spectrum of products and services ranging from imagery collection and processing, to highly customized and sophisticated GIS database and software solutions. SIME is also a founding member of the WorldView Global Alliance, a partnership between SIME, DigitalGlobe, Inc. and European Space Imaging. A first in the industry, the Alliance offers our clients a single channel through which to access best-in-class high-resolution satellite imagery products and services combined with local, direct access service for rapid collection and tailored GIS solutions, supported by expert customer service. For more information on SIME or the WorldView Global Alliance, please visit http://www.spaceimagingme.com