POI data from TomTom and its partners – like Foursquare – helps users find restaurants, shops, parking spots and other places they are looking for quickly and easily.
What should you look for in a POI dataset?
There are five factors that distinguish high-quality POI data from other datasets: freshness, coverage, consistency, ease of use and customization. Let’s take a look at what you should keep in mind when choosing a POI location data provider if what you are looking for is quality.
Is POI data fresh?
Our world changes every day. A new restaurant pops up, or a new station opens while another one closes, or new parking spots become available in areas where they are most needed. In order for your user to have information based on the current situation, rather than the past, your app should be able to reflect these changes in POI location data from the moment they happen.
At TomTom, our continuously releasable database enables us to process these changes with speed, so they reach your end-user as quickly as possible. In 2019 only, we added over four million shops, businesses and restaurants to our database, increasing our POI database by over 10%.