In order to use the Traffic integration with DAKboard Premium, you'll need to provide a Google API Key. An API key is not required with the Professional or Enterprise plans. Pricing info here: https://dakboard.com/pricing


Beginning February 1, 2019, Premium plan subscribers will be required to provide an API key. Traffic will continue to work without and API key on Premium plans until February 1, 2019.


Read on to learn how to create a Google API key and add it to DAKboard in order to view traffic and transit times.



Create a Google API Key


Open https://console.cloud.google.com/apis/credentials and login or create an account if necessary. Once logged in, click on the Create Credentials button, and select API key.



Note: You may need to create a project first. Complete this step if prompted to do so.



Next, you'll be presented with a pop up containing your API key:



Copy this key to your clipboard and then go back to your DAKboard account, and edit the traffic block on your custom screen. Paste the API key into the Google API Key field: 




Enable the Directions API


Back in the Google console, enable the Directions API here: https://console.developers.google.com/apis/library/directions-backend.googleapis.com


Click the enable button:




Note: You may need to add billing information in order to use the Google APIs. Google will not bill the payment source on file without further permission. You can add billing information here: https://console.cloud.google.com/billing



Add a Schedule for the Traffic Block on DAKboard


If this traffic information is only needed in the morning, or afternoon, or a certain time of day, or day of the week, we recommend adding a schedule for the block. This will prevent the block from showing up when the traffic information is not needed and also prevent unnecessary calls to the Google API. To set a schedule, edit the block in your custom screen and click the Schedule tab. Here you can customize the schedule:




Add Restrictions to the API key for Added Security (Optional)


While not necessary, it is recommend to restrict your API key for use only with the Directions API. You can do this in your Google account by editing the API key (click the pencil icon). Under the API Restrictions tab, you can specify access to only the Directions API:


Save your changes and it will be effective within 5 minutes.