About Integrating Bird.i Satellite Imagery with Google Maps
When most people think of maps on a screen, they probably think of Google Maps. It’s arguably the most mature widely-available mapping platform, it’s very easy to set up and use, and it’s ubiquitous on both mobile and desktop platforms. According to the website profiling tool builtwith.com, there are over 5 million live websites using Google Maps, including almost 1 in 5 of the top 10,000 sites by traffic. It has a lot going for it; however, one of the shortcomings of Google Maps is that, as with almost all widely-available mapping platforms, the satellite imagery it uses is almost always months or even years out of date. By integrating with the Bird.i Image Service APIs, you’ll be able to show the latest high-quality satellite imagery available on the map that everyone knows how to use.
Here’s what our imagery could look like once integrated with Google Maps:
This basic integration example is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the APIs’ capabilities! For example, it displays the most recent image for each location, but our APIs make all the imagery we have for each location available for access; that means you can see historical imagery for each location in order to track changes over time.
For a step-by-step example of how to set integrate your Google Maps map with our Image Service APIs, take a look at our tutorial.