More food for developers: extended vessel data API

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With the FleetMon API, software developers can connect their own applications easily to Fleetmon’s live ship position data, enabling them to build own solutions as well as integrate with existing IT systems and logistics solutions.

The API service is available out-of-the-box to any regular FleetMon user, giving access to a great ressource of real-time shipping data to any interested application developer.

Now, by popular demand, we introduced new API functions that will take this outstanding approach one big step further:

The new Generic Vessel API provides direct programmatic access to 100’000s of vessels from the FleetMon Vessel Database, including AIS positions, detailed ship types, port call history, destination and estimated time of arrival. Vessels can be looked up easily by their IMO and MMSI registration numbers, or by name.

Plus, the Weather and Sea State API delivers current weather and sea state data for any given coordinate (laitude/longitude). Emphasis is on data useful for marine applications; response data fields include wind speed and direction as well as wave height, period and direction.

The API delivers data both in XML or JSON format, whichever is preferred. An example is shown here:

AIS ship position and value-added data in JSON or XML

FleetMon Generic API example, delivering AIS ship position and value-added data in JSON or XML

Maybe today you want to query 10 vessels, maybe tomorrow 2000, maybe next week none at all. We know it is hard to estimate how much your application will need. At the same time, you need to be sure that your solution can scale with demand. That’s why we now introduce flexible pay-per-use billing with a Credit Point system:

This way developers pay just for what their applications actually consume. There’s no advance commitment when designing and experimenting with new applications, and there’s a smooth path from prototype to going live.

So start today with the new API and leverage FleetMon’s extensive vessel data for your present and future projects. Our API page has all the information you need to get started. Also, check our introductory post on the Personal API for some more basics.

Would you like to play around a little to get inspired? Just send us a message and we will give you some free Credit Points to waste!

Don’t hesitate to share your questions and comments with us. We will be glad to assist with any issues and are looking forward to your feedback.