What is a point of interest (POI)?

A point of interest (POI) is a crucial element of location technology that helps businesses and consumers connect in a more meaningful way.

POIs represent a physical location that is considered important or useful to a particular user.

They can be identified and categorized in a number of ways, including manual curation, data mining, and machine learning algorithms.

POIs can include a wide range of physical locations, such as restaurants, gas stations, tourist attractions, and landmarks.

The use of POIs has become increasingly popular with the growth of location based services, such as GPS and mobile devices. These technologies rely on POIs to provide accurate location information, helping users to find specific destinations and get relevant information about those locations. POIs are also used to facilitate social media interactions, allowing users to post content that is specific to a particular location.

One of the most significant applications of POIs is in the retail industry. Retailers can use POIs to provide customers with useful information about products, promotions, and events that are taking place in a particular store location. Geofencing technology can be used to send targeted messages to customers based on their proximity to a store or product display, helping retailers to increase sales and enhance the shopping experience.

In the hospitality industry, POIs are used to help travelers find local attractions and activities. Hotels and vacation rental services can use POIs to provide guests with information about nearby restaurants, tourist attractions, or other interesting places in the area. This helps to improve the overall travel experience, making it easier for travelers to explore a new city or region.

POIs are also used in the transportation industry to help drivers find specific locations, such as gas stations and rest areas. Ride sharing services can use POIs to help drivers navigate to a passenger’s location or find the best drop off point at a destination. This helps to improve the efficiency of transportation services, making it easier for drivers to find their way and reduce wait times for passengers.

As the use of POIs continues to grow, there are several challenges that need to be addressed. One of the main challenges is the accuracy and completeness of the data used to generate POIs. Data quality issues can lead to inaccurate or incomplete POIs, which can have a negative impact on the user experience.

Another challenge is the need to balance the benefits of POIs with concerns around privacy and data security. It is important to ensure that user data is protected and that POIs are used in a responsible and ethical manner. As this technology is related to location tracking in general, the data privacy best practices of the latter also apply here.

Despite these challenges, POIs are likely to become increasingly important in the years ahead. With the growth of location based technologies and the increasing emphasis on personalized experiences, businesses and consumers will continue to rely on POIs to connect in new and meaningful ways.

As such, it is important for businesses to understand the benefits of POIs and to invest in the technology and infrastructure needed to make them effective. By doing so, they can enhance the user experience, improve efficiency, and drive business growth.

POIs at Roam

On that note, here at Roam we offer an Insights API that allows companies to explore user points of interest. This API lets you find your users' home and work locations, as well as the points of interest they visit often. With the point of interest data, you will be able to make data driven decisions and gather more information on user behavior.

All POI technologies are dependent on a mapping software which they use to determine what is of importance at a specific location. If a user visits a certain location, the mapping software should have the relevant location data. At Roam we use Open Street Maps, therefore all of the POIs referenced on OSM are available through our Insights API.

If you want to learn more about our Insights API feel free to check out the relevant product page on our website: https://www.roam.ai/products/insights-api

And if you have any questions you cannot find the answer to feel free to fill out our contact form!

Published on:
October 21, 2020
Updated on:
June 21, 2023