[OSGeo-Discuss] Remote routing solutions

Stephen Woodbridge woodbri at swoodbridge.com
Tue Oct 6 14:21:23 PDT 2009

Mateusz Loskot wrote:
> Folks,
> May I kindly ask for a bit of brainstorming about
> available and programmatically callable,
> optionally usable,
> optionally effective,
> optionally robust
> solutions of remote routing services?
> The use case is very simple:
> 1) client is a non-Web thin client
> 2) client has access to the Internet
> 3) client knows two locations "start" and "destination"
> 4) client wants to know how to travel from start to destination
> What are available options to achieve that? Where if availability means:
> * accessible for public
> * free of charge
> * does not require to sign anything,
> Custom solutions built on OGC-enabled stack (e.g. PyWPS, etc.) is also
> an option to discuss.
> Any input greatly appreciated.
> Best regards,


Is the client looking for a solution that runs somewhere on the net that 
they can make requests to, or are they looking to setup a server with 
data and a routing engine?

So I'll plug my infant and immature routing engine project:

Also pgRouting is an option.

The big issues in most cases will be data. Some people are doing routing 
with OpenStreetMap and pgRouting. If they want accurate (ie: navigable 
routes then they will probably need something based on Navteq or 
TeleAtlas) or if they are look at a small county or state wide area then 
they might be able to get data from the local governments like 

Because good data is expensive and licensed, in most cases by 
transactions, it is not likely that you will find services equivalent to 
Google that are free.

-Steve W

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