Apigee recently announced that ANWB (Royal Dutch Touring Club) had selected its Edge API Management platform. The new solution will allow ANWB to have a more flexible and modern ICT environment. It be installed and supported by Triple IT, a software developer and integrator in the Netherlands.
AWNB is known more formally as the Algemene Nederlandse Wielrijdersbond, which translates to Royal Dutch Touring Club. The simplest way to understand the organization is to think of it as the Netherlands’ equivalent to AAA; however, it offers services beyond what AAA does in the U.S.
For example, AWNB owns six medical rescue helicopters, which were deployed 7,650 times in 2015. It also operates numerous brick-and-mortar stores selling travel related products and clothing. The organization also had deployed numerous emergency roadside call boxes however; the Dutch government has plans to discontinue them by 2017.
The Edge API Management platform has several great features including analytics, automation, secure runtimes, a testing and monitoring environment, a developer portal, and version control.
The secure runtimes are designed to combat some of the usual security threats: SQL injections, DDoS, cross-site scripting, and malicious bots. Operations management addresses the increase in traffic that ensues once the platform goes into production. Analytics provide graphs that display proxy performance, error analysis, usage by app or geographic location, and latency analysis.
Using an API like Edge also gives an organization a set of common building blocks from which to develop applications. This not only prevents ‘reinventing the wheel’ and avoiding redundant code, but also ensures that applications are on the same page so to speak.
This provides an agility that is critical in development environments that have to move quickly. ANWA will use it to open up its development environment to developers it partners with to hasten innovation. It will also allow ANWA to future-proof its ICT, since APIs take low-level functionality that changes with the times and accesses them through a layer of abstraction.
In 2016, development environments have to provide more than just software that meets the requirements of an app specification. This software must be deployed in a scalable system to meet demand from the IoT and mobile devices. At the same time it must also be secure from many common threats. By going with Apigee’s API platform, ANWA has addressed these issues and should have robust ICT that keeps its customers happy while having the flexibility to deal with a future of change.
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