Google started sharing success stories from customers using Google Maps APIs and the company's other location-based solutions to build new businesses or improve their existing products and services. The first set of stories released by the Mountain View-based tech giant revolves around three startups trying to create Internet of Things (IoT) networks using the company's geolocation services.
The last example shared by Wong on Thursday was that of Pod Trackers, a company that offers a pet tracking service based on Google Maps APIs. The firm's customers are able to track their pets in real time and can even be automatically notified once their pets leave a previously specified area. The solution consists of a sensor attached to a collar that communicates with a dedicated mobile app and supports both GPS and Wi-Fi, the latter of which is useful when a pet isn't lost and is only hiding somewhere in the house. Pod Trackers even monitor fitness activity and are currently offering their services in 175 countries around the world. Google promised to soon share more success stories of businesses that turned to Google Maps APIs to create or improve their products and services.