Amazon Adds Geofences To Amplify Geo
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 03 June 2022

Amazon has added support for Geofences to Amplify Geo. Amplify Geo can be used to add location-aware features to web applications, and developers can now display geometric boundaries using a cloud-connected UI widget and APIs from Amplify Geo.

Geofences are geometric boundaries that can be drawn around places of interest or areas on a map. The new service makes use of Amazon Location Services, which was released in June 2021 and provides a way for developers to add location-related features including maps and  points of interest.


The service can also be used to add features such as route planning, tracking, and even geocoding to web apps.Location Services is gaining popularity and competes with rivals such as Google Maps on price, ease of integration, and privacy options. Amazon says the cost advantages come partially from the fact that the service is priced per user requests, assets tracked, and devices managed.


Amplify Geo lets developers add maps to their apps, along with the ability to search for locations. It has APIs and map UI components for maps and location search for JavaScript-based web apps. The Amplify Geo APIs use Amazon Location Service and map UI components from MapLibre.

The addition of geofences support gives developers an interactive Geofence management UI widget that can be used to view, create, and edit Geofences on a map. The widget is built on top of the MapLibre open-source library, which has a good selection of plugins that can be used to customize the Geofence UI components. Developers can also use the client APIs powered by Amazon Location Service to manage geofences via code for frontend web applications. There's a guided workflow in the Amplify Command Line Interface (CLI) that provides a way to provision all the necessary cloud resources to create geofences. Alternatively, developers can use existing Geofence resources.

Geofences to Amplify Geo is available for JavaScript now.


More Information

AWS Amplify Studio Homepage

Geofences Documentation

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