Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Zip Code API

We are developing some really great technology at RunSignUp.  So we are starting a separate company to bring some of the technology to market.  I'll be posting more about this later, but this is worth talking about now as it is in production and we have a number of people who have stumbled upon it and are using it.
One of the things we developed was a Zip Code API (some people spell it Zipcode API).  We developed this API to provide a list of Zip Codes within a certain Radius.  We use this for the Running Club/Store widget for providing a list of races within a certain distance of a store or club.  We are also going to be updating our UI so runners can enter their zip code and we will fill in the City and State automatically.
The Zip Code API provides the following functions:
We already have a number of developers on the web who have found it.  For example, a major retailer’s web site uses it to see how far you are from the nearest stores.
We love developing technology and see people using it.  Instead of keeping it bottled up inside RunSignUp, we figure this is a good outlet!  If you click around a bit on the links above you can figure out the rest of the story on the company we are creating...

4 comments:

Chris Benedetto said...

Very useful esp for mobile apps and social apps... GIS (geographic info systems) like this merged with apps and marketing/sales/service is the future if you ask me... it's interesting that you are doing this via open APIs as that will force others with closed systems to rethink the value of their systems

Chris Benedetto said...

Very useful esp for mobile apps and social apps... GIS (geographic info systems) like this merged with apps and marketing/sales/service is the future if you ask me... it's interesting that you are doing this via open APIs as that will force others with closed systems to rethink the value of their systems

Unknown said...

I like the idea of the Zip Code to City and State API and Zip Code to Latitude/Longitude API. Just used it to look up my zip code ... 00745 ... city is correct. Lat/lon is way off .... {
"zip_code": "00745",
"lat": 0.320792,
"lng": -1.14895,
"city": "Rio Grande",
"state": "PR"
}

Bob Bickel said...

The Lat and long are in Radians. So they are correct.