What is a data provider? - Amazon Location Service

What is a data provider?

Use Amazon Location Service to access geolocation resources from multiple data providers through your AWS account without requiring third-party contracts or integrations. This can help you focus on building your application, without having to manage third-party accounts, credentials, licenses, and billing.

The following Amazon Location services use data providers.

  • Maps – Choose styles from different map providers when you create a map resource. You can use map resources to build an interactive map to visualize data.

  • Places – Choose a data provider when you create a place index resource to support queries for geocoding, reverse geocoding, and searches.

  • Routes – Choose a data provider to support queries for route calculations in different geographies and applications when you create a route calculator resource. With your chosen data provider, Amazon Location Service enables you to calculate routes based on up-to-date road network data, live traffic data, planned closures, and historic traffic patterns.

Each provider gathers and curates their data using different means. They may also have varying expertise in different regions of the world. This section provides details about our data providers. You may select any data provider based on your preference.

Make sure you read the terms of conditions when using Amazon Location Service data providers. For more information, see the AWS Service Terms. Also see the Data privacy section for more information about how Amazon Location protects your privacy.

Data provider coverage and features

The following table shows coverage and features at a high level for each data provider.

Data provider Geographical coverage Feature coverage AWS Region
Esri Global Maps, Places, Routes All Regions where Amazon Location is available.
Grab Southeast Asia Maps, Places, Routes Asia Pacific (Singapore), ap-southeast-1, only.
HERE Global Maps, Places, Routes All Regions where Amazon Location is available.
Open Data Global Maps All Regions where Amazon Location is available.

For more information about each data provider's specific features, see Features by data provider.

Each data provider gathers and produces data in different ways. You can learn more about their coverage areas in the following topics:

If you encounter a problem with the data and want to report an error to the data provider, see the following topics:

Map styles

Each data provider provides a set of map styles to render the map data that they provide. For example a style might include satellite imagery, or might be optimized to show the roads for navigation. You can find the list and examples of the styles for each provider in the following topics.

More information about each data provider

The following links provide more information about each data provider.