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Archives for Bri Gust

Marketing Manager, B2B

"B2B Marketing Manager, focusing on upper-funnel marketing campaigns. Lover of maps, outdoor adventures & my two incredibly spoiled dogs. "
  • Deprecation Notice: TLS 1.0-1.1 for secure connections to Open APIs

    If you are an Open API user of MapQuest, the following information will affect you. Please keep reading.

    On June 18th, MapQuest is deprecating support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 for all HTTPS connections to open customer API proxies. The MapQuest Open URL affected includes

    Both TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 will be disabled, and TLS 1.2 will be required. If you are accessing our open APIs through the secure URL, you will need to be on agents that support TLS 1.2.

    Please see the list below for compatibility:

    Please upgrade your agents to support TLS 1.2 by June 18, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please comment in our forums.

  • Required Action: Whitelist New MapQuest IP Addresses

    It's 2018, and we're getting up to speed! We are currently in the process of migrating our infrastructure away from AOL and into AWS. Because of this change, you will need to whitelist the following MapQuest IP addresses and remove the old ones:



    Please add the above IP addresses to your firewall before the Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2-4AM EST maintenance window, in order to avoid potential service interruptions. MapQuest B2B API services will only be available from the new IP addresses, and the old ones will no longer be in use. Old IP addresses can be removed anytime after Tuesday, Feb. 13.

    If you have questions or need additional information, we're happy to help! Please contact our support team at or contact us through our forum.

  • Now Available: The MapQuest Place Search API

    Replacing the legacy Search API, we are excited to announce a new and improved version, titled Place Search API!

    The newly available Place Search API, like our Search Ahead API, offers access to our next generation backend spatial search engines and boasts many of the features that users of our Search Ahead API have come to love, like the simplified request parameters, the lightweight response and geographic features expressed using the geoJSON specification.

    Here are the most exciting features of the new Place Search API:

    1. It complements our Search Ahead API: Search Ahead is our predictive search engine, designed for use cases that involve autocomplete or type ahead functionality. Place Search is our traditional spatial search engine, used to answer questions like "find all restaurants within a mile of my current location." The APIs can be used hand-in-hand to implement a first-class search experience, offering both suggestions as well as more robust spatial search capabilities.
    2. It offers two of the most popular types of spatial searches: Most users of our legacy search services perform searches within a radius or a bounding box, to either show Points of Interest within a distance from a given point or within the extent of a map. Place Search accepts either shape – a circle or a rectangle – as a constraint, but it will also perform searches without specified constraints.
    3. It will parse a single-line query into the 'what' and the 'where': Place Search also offers the ability to perform single-line searches, such as 'pizza, denver, co' or 'starbucks 80401.' Like Search Ahead, the current location of the user, if provided in the request, will be taken into account when results are ordered and returned.
    4. It offers multiple result sorting methods: In addition to 'as the crow flies' distance from the center of a radius or a provided location, results can also be sorted by 'importance' and 'relevance.' Importance takes into account the Points of Interest our users interact with most when scoring results, while 'relevance' is a combination of distance from a provided location and importance.
    5. Pagination is easy: Implementing paging is easy; just configure the number of results per page and we'll generate the URLs to easily access the previous and next page of search results, so applications using Place Search can offer a seamless experience as users navigate between pages of results.

    Check out the new Place Search documentation here. And, if you haven't, make sure to sign up for a free account to get started with Place Search today.

  • MapQuest is Back ... to the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon!

    ThingSpace and MapQuest, a Verizon platform and company, will be a returning key sponsor of the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Hackathon on September 16-17, 2017, at Pier 48 in San Francisco.

    Developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in this 24-hour hacking event to build a new product and present it on the Disrupt SF stage to a panel of expert judges. Products created at the Disrupt Hackathon have seen amazing success beyond the event, such as GroupMe, which was created overnight and ultimately acquired by Skype for $80 million!

    TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

    Hundreds of developers and engineers will compete for a variety of prizes using the ThingSpace and Mapquest APIs. For our specific challenge, hackers are asked to incorporate MapQuest and ThingSpace APIs into their project.

    They will be judged on the creativity of their idea, the difficulty of their technical implementation, and the number of APIs utilized. The more the better! Top performers that follow these guidelines will be awarded cash prizes of up to $5,000! Take a look at the APIs and SDKs we are opening up here.

    Also, take a look at a recent blog for expert tips on how to win a hackathon, by MapQuest's Developer Services Product Manager, Jeff Medaugh.

    So what are you waiting for? Come and see how quick and simple it can be to get started using MapQuest location services, as well as Verizon's latest IoT Platform. Or, sign up for a free MapQuest developer account or ThingSpace account now.

  • Retirement Announcement: JavaScript Maps API, June 5, 2018

    MapQuest will be retiring our JavaScript Maps API (Licensed & Open) on June 5, 2018, a little less than one year away.

    Don't worry, we aren't leaving you in the dark. We're thrilled to suggest a migration plan to our newly released JavaScript SDK library, MapQuest.js.

    What is MapQuest.js?

    MapQuest.js, the successor to our Leaflet Plugins, provides all of the power of the MapQuest geospatial platform combined with the elegance of the open-source Leaflet mapping library. Seamless integration with MapQuest's APIs allows easy interaction with the geocoding, directions, traffic, and search-ahead services, both with and without a map.

    Professional Services Migration Packages

    We understand that migrating could be challenging and takes ample time. Because of this, we're pleased to offer a variety of professional services migration packages at a discounted rate of $150 per hour to help ease your transition.

    Ready to get started? Package features dependent upon your level of need (click to expand):

    Don't wait until the last minute. Review our migration guide or contact us at, and we're happy to get you set up with a member from our professional services team to start the migration to MapQuest.js.