Until now, you used Google Maps to geolocate points of sale offering your products, guide your customers or partners to your premises or for any other need of localization on your Site. Yes, but last June, Google’s rates for using its APIs exploded. Here are five less expensive solutions to eject Google Maps from your sites.
OpenStreetMap, the collaborative reference
Collaborative mapping platform, OpenStreetMaps is a database that aggregates geographic data in open data, GPS tracks of users and voluntary precisions they provide, or sources donated by third-party companies such as Microsoft, Automotive Navigation Data or NearMap.
This data and the various maps that come from it can be integrated freely and free of charge into applications (mobile or other) or websites, provided you comply with the policy of use of the OpenStreetMap Foundation .
Go to the OpenStreetMap website
IGN, the essential
IGN maps are known for their accuracy and the variety of indications they provide. Moreover, the resulting Geoportal remains one of the most practical tools on the Web to find its way in France (and to a lesser extent in the rest of the world).
Beyond this tool, the IGM proposes the use of a large part of its collection in the form of maps, ortho-images, 3D models or vector databases. Some elements are free and others pay from 10,000 transactions per year.
Go to the IGN website
Mapbox, the toolbox from across the Atlantic
Using free data like OpenStreetMaps or NASA as proprietary data, Mapbox provides custom online maps for websites or mobile apps. It’s business model is of the freemium type with a free offer up to 50,000 viewed cards or addresses or geocode required or Matrix elements per month, then $ 0.50 per 1,000 items (rates differ slightly for the mobile SDK but remain with the same idea).
Some uses, such as the integration of the card in an intranet, or the activation of users’ trackers are they charge $ 499 per month more.
Go to the Mapbox site
Here, the European toolbox
Originally designed to meet the needs of on-board navigation, Here was bought by a consortium of the mostly automotive industry. However, its offer is not only focused on this sector. The HereWeGo app and the dedicated site are direct competitors for the Google Maps general public, and the company offers a freemium model for developers wanting to create their own services based on their rather interesting data.
In fact, the use is free (after enlisting) up to 250,000 transactions per month, and up to 5,000 active users of the SDK per month. Beyond, it’s $ 1 for every 1,000 transactions.
Go to Here’s website
Natural Earth, old school but free
With a look that seems to date from the prehistory of the Web, Natural Earth does not look like much. Yet, the site brings together a set of maps and geographic data in raster and vector formats in the public domain and emanating mainly from the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) at all levels of the globe.
Dedicated more to geographical, geopolitical and topographical particularities than to pure navigation, they can nevertheless be integrated by those who wish it freely and without any obligation. And cover all the terrestrial globe and not only the American territory.