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AWS announces new Geolocation offering, Amazon Location Service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of its new Geolocation feature, Amazon Location Service, to make it easier and more cost-effective to add maps, location awareness, and other location-based features to web and mobile applications.

Amazon Location is now available in preview form and for use, starting today. Priced at a fraction of common alternatives, Amazon Location Service provides access to maps and location-based services from multiple providers on an economical, pay-as-you-go basis.

The service can be used to build applications that know where they are and respond accordingly. Users can display maps, validate addresses, perform geocoding (turn an address into a location), track the movement of packages and devices, and much more. They can also easily set up geofences and receive notifications when tracked items enter or leave a geofenced area, even overlaying one’s own data on the map while retaining full control.

Amazon Location Service can be accessed from the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or via a set of APIs. Existing map libraries such as Mapbox GL and Tangram can also be used for the same.

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