This demonstration includes a limited demo area and filter refreshes.
Sample data for a small part of London (UK), and Amsterdam (NL) has been added.
The sample data contains bars, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets.
The demo data is for demonstration purposes only, and the forecast data might be outdated.
(start for free) to add your own areas/ fresh venue forecasts.
Click the help icon for more information about this tool.
The Radar tool will show all venues on the map that meet the filter
requirements. Venues can be filtered on how busy they are, on location, type of venue, day & time range, or a
combination. This could be useful to for e.g. find all busy bars, cafes and nightclubs, between 6pm and 11pm in a
specific neighborhood. The venues are shown as a circle on map with a color representing how busy each venue
is for the corresponding hour of the week using the relative busyness data from 0% (green) to 100% (red).
The timeline on top of the map shows the hours of the day within the normal BestTime day/time window.
By default it will show the forecast for the current hour of the week (local time of the map). You can change the hour
of the forecast on the timeline, or press play to animate the forecast for given day.
When when turning 'live' mode on BestTime will refresh the live busyness data in the background of the venues that meet the current venue filter.
This could take a while depending on the amount of venues. In general less venues will be shown on the map after turning on the live mode.
This is because not all venues are popular enough (drive enough traffic) to determine live data. Additionally Live data can only be determined when a venue is opened.
Using the button a venue in the map can be searched. The venue needs to meet the filter criteria on order to find it.
Using the button all venues, that meet the filter criteria, can be displayed in the 'compare venues' tool.
filter criteria on order to find it.
Using the button the map can be viewed in fullscreen.
The map will automatically refresh the data if the filter is set to 'Now' (this is loaded by default). In forecast mode it will
load the correct hour of the week every hour, and in live mode the data will be refreshed every 15 minutes.
The filter will only return venues that are forecasted with the given private API key. The filter and map location will be remembered in the URL parameters to make it easier for savind and sharing the URL.
This query endpoint requires the private API key. Although the private API keys is used, this endpoint will be charged
with query credits.
The endpoint will only return venues that have been forecasted before with the provided api_key_private. The user can
manually add each desired venue individually through the BestTime API, or can use an external API service with public
business (like Google Maps Places Nearby search, Here.com, Fouresquare Venues, or Factual Places). Using the external
service places in a certain area can be discovered and the results (venue name and address) can be fed into the BestTime
To prevent manually adding all venues in a specific area (e.g. neighborhood or city) the 'Add Area' tool can be used. Using this tool the user can define a geographical bounding box, select
multiple desired types of venues (e.g. supermarkets, gyms, restaurants, etc). Under the hood it uses the Google Maps
Nearby API to discover venues in the defined area (you will need a Google Maps API key). This geocoder has currently the
biggest database and gives the best results.