So it looks like one crucial element in the Pigeon Post set up may have got a little more expensive. The Guardian is reporting that Google will now be charging users who make more than 25000 API calls a day.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/oct/27/google-maps-api-charging

The pricing is pretty reasonable and I'm sure the Pigeon Post wont get close to the limit during the delevopment process but when we take off we'll be hitting the API almost constantly.

The solution to this around this would be to:
Simply pass the cost onto the customers.
Find an alternative free mapping service such as the Ordinance Survey in the UK.
Develop a way for the Perches to cache the local data and plot a course from memory.
Something someone more intelligent than me will think off.

We'll have to see...

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