Apple Acquires Mapping Visualization Startup Mapsense

Apple has purchased mapping startup Mapsense, reports Re/code. Mapsense is a San Francisco-based startup that’s able to sort through massive geotagged datasets to create quick geographical visualizations of location-based data points that can be embedded into apps.

According to its website, Mapsense built a cloud-based high-speed mapping engine that could ingest and index huge amounts of data with “lightning fast” search and filtering and simple visual analysis tools.

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There are over 10 billion devices on the planet streaming location data on a daily basis. While collecting location data has become mainstream, the traditional tools to visualize, understand, and harness it have been hampered by the speed and scale of this massive and complex new datasource. Mapsense’s platform and developer tools help organizations quickly ingest and analyze billions of rows of location data to make more intelligent, locally targeted business decisions across the organization.

Apple is said to have paid between $25 and $30 million for Mapsense, and its 12-person team will join Apple. Apple confirmed the acquisition to Re/code with its standard acquisition statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

It is not clear what Apple will use the Mapsense technology for, but this is just one of a long line of mapping companies Apple has purchased to improve its Maps app. Over the past several years, Apple has purchased companies like HopStop, Coherent Navigation,Locationary, WifiSLAM, Embark, and Broadmap.