Position-lab

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

General

No, Position-lab plans are non-refundable. Please check the date on which your subscription renews and try to cancel it on time.

Read more about our Cancellation and Refund Policy.

You should send an email to support@position-lab.com at least 7 days before the date on which your subscription renews.

Read more about our Cancellation and Refund Policy.

You can get information about your plan details and usage by using the Usage tracking endpoint. Read the API Documentation.

The system will automatically try to charge you every 3 days. If this fails multiple times, your API subscription may be automatically canceled without notice.

 

Geosearch API 

They bear similarities, yet they serve different purposes. Geocoding translates an address or location name into coordinates, while geosearch converts a string of characters into a location name, which can subsequently be geocoded.

Yes, like most APIs, GeoSearch have a rate limit to ensure optimal performance for all users. The specific number of allowable queries would depend on the user’s subscription level. Users are advised to consult the API documentation or contact support for exact figures.

The GeoSearch API standardizes addresses according to internationally recognized formats. This includes sorting out the components of an address in a specific order, using standardized abbreviations, and ensuring consistent punctuation and capitalization. Integration with other systems is made easier by adhering to these standards.

Data privacy is a top priority for the GeoSearch API. User-generated queries are encrypted and not stored beyond the necessary period. The API complies with global data protection regulations, ensuring that users’ location data is processed securely and responsibly.

Point Of Interest API 

  • Healthcare and Wellness
  • Travel and Transportation
  • Culinary and Drinking
  • Landmarks and Nature
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Local Government and Community
  • Shopping and Retail
  • Culture and Entertainment
  • Athletic and Leisure Activities
  • Emergency Services

The primary distinction between the “Nearby Places” API and the “Point of Interest” API lies in their functionality and the specific purposes they serve. The “Nearby Places” API is primarily designed to locate places within a defined radius of a given location. In contrast, the “Point of Interest” API provides more detailed information about various locations and facilities, such as user reviews, photos, and opening hours. So, while the “Nearby Places” focuses on proximity, the “Point of Interest” offers deeper insights into the features and attributes of places.

Geocoding API

No, that method is called browser geolocation, which is distinct from geocoding.

Yes, check out Geosearch API, which is a location autocomplete API.

Bulk geocoding is supported. Refer to documentation for specific features and guidelines.

Nearby Places API

You need to specify a reference area within which you are searching for the place, be it a city, street, or an area around certain coordinates. You can choose from a plethora of categories and can also filter the criteria within them based on your needs, e.g. dog-friendly, free-parking etc.

Numerous categories are available, e.g. restaurants, hospitals, entertainment venues, hair salons, schools, malls, accomodation, offices etc. See the comprehensive list below. 

You can adjust the “limit” parameter to 600 to obtain the highest number of items in a single response, if you wish to fetch more places, utilize the “offset” parameter to navigate to the next results pages.

The API mainly relies on OpenStreetMap (OSM) as its core data source. OSM is a community-driven mapping initiative where users from around the world contribute to and update geographic information. Using OSM data, Nearby Places API offers access to an extensive and detailed database of places and points of interest across different regions.

Routes API

  • When making a request to the Routes API, you can specify your starting point and destination using either coordinates or addresses. You can also indicate your preferred mode of transport (e.g., foot, car, bicycle, public transit), any stops you’d like to make along the way, your desired departure or arrival time, and whether you’re open to taking toll roads or highways.
  • The Routes API will return turn-by-turn directions, offer alternative routes if available, provide the distance between the starting point and destination (both straight-line and actual route distances), the estimated travel time, and information about any potential disruptions like accidents, roadwork, or closures. It also suggests routes based on different modes of transport.

Yes, many route-planning APIs are capable of supporting mixed modes of transportation within a single trip. This means you could, for instance, bike to a certain point and then transfer to the subway. Most modern route-planning applications allow users to combine modes of transportation in this mixed manner.