So it looks like one crucial element in the Pigeon Post set up may have got a little more expensive.  The Guardian is reporting that Google will now be charging users who make more than 25000 API calls a day.
The pricing is pretty reasonable and I'm sure the Pigeon Post wont get close to the limit during the delevopment process but when we take off we'll be hitting the API almost constantly.  
The solution to this  around this would be to:
Simply pass the cost onto the customers.
Find an alternative free mapping service such as the Ordinance Survey in the UK.
Develop a way for the Perches to cache the local data and plot a course from memory.
Something someone more intelligent than me will think off.
We'll have to see...

Nathan Rae

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3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2011 at 7:43am

Has Pigeon Post been written about here already? If not, can you introduce the concept? It's a bit unclear for those who don't know the context.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2011 at 9:14am

Background on this project is now posted here

Comment by Jack Crossfire on October 28, 2011 at 11:21am

It is the destiny of anyone who bases their career on corporate API's to have to start paying.  It's the world's information, but it is a corporate initiative, just like the Facebook API, which will someday cost money to use.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 29, 2011 at 12:32am

I suspect its all part of the Google Earth builder strategy plan. A very impressive tool that will more than likely be part of anyone serious about UAS toolkit.


At a conference I cracked the nod to the other day the man from Google told us that the folks at Right Move a UK property company receive 3 million map requests from mobile devices on Sundays. They described it as property porn,people go out and find the most expensive houses in their area whilst having a sunday afternoon drive.


I bet a few other companies around the world are hammering their servers now as well so probably best to get some of that back.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 9, 2011 at 6:42am

Update: This sounds mostly like a misunderstanding. Google says it won't charge Google Earth API users like it charges Google ..., and that any charges are for use over many days, not just a lot of calls.


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