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No GPS, No Problem: New Google Maps and Particle IoT Integration

No GPS, No Problem: New Google Maps and Particle IoT Integration

Google Maps has just announced the integration with IoT startup, Particle. With one line of code, an IoT device has access to Google’s entire geospatial database of Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

IoT devices with cellular and Wi-Fi can now be pinpointed even without GPS modules thanks to Particle and Google. The Google Maps API can also be used to augment existing GPS applications for faster fixes and to provide location data if GPS fails.

According to Richard Whitney, VP of Product at Particle:

“This integration enables Particle to provide a high-value feature to any of our customers with an over-the-air software update and Google Cloud.”

When IoT sensors know their location, the data is more robust, helping companies make more informed, high-order decisions. For the example of a cold chain app powered by Particle devices and Google Maps and Cloud, assets can be tracked both indoors and out. In dense urban environments GPS signals can easily be blocked by tall buildings or roofs. The Geolocation API will continue to work without GPS to continue to track your assets.

In the cold supply chain, temperature and location are key pieces of data that need to be tracked in the factory, the loading dock and in transit. These tools enable a holistic view of the supply chain and its ability to deliver a high-quality product.

When building a product on the Particle Photon, the Geolocation API creates an easy, seamless setup experience. Particle devices can then autoconfigure time zone, tune to available broadcast bands and connect to regional service providers. With those capabilities, location aware window blinds can reference the number of available hours of sunlight to know how to passively heat a room.

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