There are two sections  in this support article: 

  1. Obtaining a Google Maps API Key for Static Streetview Only
  2. Enabling Google Maps/ API Access for First Arriving 


Obtaining a Google Maps API Key


1. Sign up for a Google Cloud Account

  1. Go to https://cloud.google.com/free/ and click Try it free to create your Google Cloud account.
  2. Sign in with your Google account. If you do not have a Google Account, create one by clicking “Create Account.”
  3. Select your country and choose if you would like to receive email updates from Google. Review and accept the terms, then click Agree and Continue.


2. Create a Payment Profile

In order to use Google Maps services, you need to set up a payment profile for

account.

  1. Enter your contact and billing information and add a payment method then click Start my free trial.
  2. Your Google Cloud Project is now being created, this might take a moment.
  3. Once the project is created, confirm the welcome pop-up message.


3. Enable Google Maps APIs

Now you will enable the Google Maps APIs in your project.

  1. Login to your account at console.cloud.google.com
  2. Open the main menu ☰ and go to API & Services > Dashboard.
  3. Click Enable APIs and Services.
  4. Find and enable the following API for your project:
    Street View Static API


Optional: Rename your Google Cloud project to easier identify it in the future.

Open the main menu, go to IAM & admin > Settings, then change the project

name to “Your Department Name – First Arriving Dashboard.”


4. Upgrade your Google Cloud Account

Every new Google Cloud Platform account starts with a free trial period of 365

days or $300 in credit, whichever applies first. To avoid any service interruptions

we suggest to upgrade your account right away. You will keep your free GCP

credit and receive $200 free Google Maps credit each month.

To learn more about free credits and Google Cloud Platform billing, please

review the FAQ: https://cloud.google.com/free/docs/frequently-asked-question

  1. In the header, click Upgrade.
  2. Confirm by clicking Upgrade.
  3. Your account is now upgraded. You will only be charged for any GCP or
  4. Google Maps usage beyond the free monthly credit.

5. Submit Credentials to First Arriving

  1. In the main menu, open APIs & Services > Credentials.
  2. Click Create credentials and choose API key.
  3. Your API key is displayed. Select and copy it to the clipboard (Ctrl+C), or use the copy icon.

  4. Fill out this Google Form - enter your info and paste your API key (Ctrl+V).
  5. Submit the form to First Arriving. We will update your project to use your custom credentials and let you know once it is set up.
  6. You can use the Google Cloud platform console at any time to monitor your usage.

    To learn more about Google Maps pricing and the $200 dollar free-tier, go to https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/pricing/

Enable Google Maps/API Access for First Arriving

For various purposes, including tracking Google Maps usage, First Arriving may request access to your Google Maps/Google Cloud Account. This may also include access to create or adjust API codes - short snippets that allow us to tie various Google services to your website, digital dashboard or other project.


To enable this access:

  1. Go to your Google Maps API Dashboard at https://console.cloud.google.com/apis/dashboard/
  2. Click "IAM & Admin" under the navigation menu (the hamburger icon at the top left)



  3.  Click "add" at the top of the page


  4. Add accounts@firstarriving.com in the new member bar
  5. Under 'Select role' select Project then owner and save (note you'll see your own project name after "Add members to ...")

     
  6. Once you have completed these steps, please email support@firstarriving.com ASAP.