[OSGeo-Discuss] Advice - alternative to google maps v3 Javascript API????

Just van den Broecke just at justobjects.nl
Tue Jun 28 02:27:41 PDT 2011

Hi Mark,

My advice is to not use Google Maps for this type of app. For one thing 
real-time tracking has restrictions within the GM TOU, even if you embed 
Google Maps into OpenLayers. Also, there are other restrictions for 
commercial use (if that is what you plan to do). Best is to carefully 
read the TOU:

OpenLayers is a very good option to use as a mapping library. In 
addition you may check out more extensive mapping/web frameworks that 
build on OpenLayers like GeoExt (http://geoext.org).

As for maps: you may check on OpenStreetMap (www.openstreetmap.org) that 
can be easily used in OL. Also Bing maps (from MS) can be used in 
OpenLayers. Maybe the MS Bing TOU is less restrictive but you better 
check this out.



Just van den Broecke
The Netherlands

On 28-06-11 11:05, quade wrote:
> Hi all
> I'm trying to develop a vehicle tracking system
> I'd planned to use the google maps api
> However, someone mentioned they want lots of money per year to use it, and
> suggested openlayers instead
> I'm really confused about the whole thing
> Can i use openlayers (or anything else) and use the title maps from google
> maps and still get around the licence issue?
> I'm a .net developer, but have no experience in maps so have a steep
> learning curve
> I would really appreciate some guidance on my options
> Thanks all
> Mark
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