Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Map of the Week: Computerlogy’s Thailand Flood map and SCB Bank Finder

Map of the Week: Computerlogy’s Thailand Flood map and SCB Bank Finder

[Editors Note: Earlier this month we lauched morethanamap.com to showcase the unique features of the Google Maps API. As part of this, each week we’ll be featuring one story from our global community of developers who are using the Google Maps API to start businesses, help improve their communities or save the environment.]

This week we move on from Sydney, Australia to Bangkok, Thailand where we met with Vachara Aemavat, founder of Computerlogy. Computerlogy is a development shop that specializes in building Google Maps powered applications. In addition to building enterprise-class applications, they’ve also donated their time and skills to help their community. Today we’ll focus on two projects from Computerlogy: a Thailand Flood Crisis Response map that uses the Google Elevation API and a store local for Siam Commercial Bank.

Helping people find high ground
During the 2011 monsoon season, severe flooding occurred in and around Bangkok. According to Wikipedia, “Sixty-five of Thailand's 77 provinces were declared flood disaster zones, and over 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq mi) of farmland was damaged.” As floods ravaged their community, the team at Computerlogy developed a map to help save people’s lives using the Google Elevation API. The Thailand Flood Crisis Response map allowed users to check the elevation of their home (or their family and friends) to determine if they would be affected by the flooding. From there, users shared this information across a variety of channels to alert friends and family who were affected and to offer suggestions of where to go to get out of harm’s way.


Helping people find an ATM
Computerlogy has worked with some of Thailand's biggest companies to build Google Maps powered applications, including the Siam Commercial Bank ATM locator. Some unique features of the map include Styled Maps and custom info windows. Vachara says they choose the Google Maps API for its flexibility and strong data coverage throughout Thailand.


Below you can view a video of Vachara going through a live demonstration of these two great examples of Google Maps API powered apps built by Computerlogy.



A big thanks to Vachara Aemavat, founder of Computerlogy, for inviting us into his office and sharing with us his latest projects. To learn more about Computerlogy and the things that you can do with the Google Maps API, visit morethanamap.com. Tune in next week to read about our visit with Upande in Nairobi, Kenya.