API
Connections

A considerable amount of time can be saved when systems can communicate with each other. Websites and web applications used to be fed by manually entering data. However, nowadays systems can exchange data with each other, which allows the websites to be fed with data automatically. This is usually carried out with the help of an API.

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What is an API connection?

Nowadays, you are seeing the term API connection more often. but what exactly is it? Simply, an API (in full Application Programming Interface) ensures that a system makes information available to other systems. It may be that system A has an API and system B retrieves it, but when both systems have an API, the systems can communicate with each other. This allows data to be easily and safely exchanged with each other.

An API is often developed by the software developer of the particular system. Laméco can then connect this with such a system and makes it available for you to use this data in your system.

Some examples of an API connection

API connections are used more often than you think. Some simple examples are customweb sites or web applications that show data such as weather, file information or birthdays (which are gathered from a CRM system for example).

More advanced API's can ensure that for example product data or customer data is exchanged between an ERP system and the website. Thus, systems are updated and data is edited or deleted through these enchanced API connections. 

API connections of the future

In addition to the "default" API connections, more often an connection is created between offline and online. A term that you would often hear is "Internet of Things". The LAPI, or the Laméco API, is an API where data can be sent to and with which own systems can be developed. For example, a factory that has "offline" sensors to measure certain things, such as the current stock, this data can be send to the LAPI. Like this we connect offline with online. 

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