When it comes to maps, Google is considered the undisputed market leader. But its pricing plans are driving a lot of businesses towards an Open Source Mapping option called “OpenStreetMap” (OSM for short).
Advantages of using OpenStreetMap(OSM)
- OpenStreetMap is neutral and transparent. It is a “wiki-like” map that anyone in the world can edit.
- OpenStreetMap is more customizable with options to select regions like countries or continents and also allows grouping of regions.
- The OSM community ensures high satellite Imagery with a high update frequency that ensure that the maps are more current in some remote areas of the world..
- In many less developed areas, the OSM community has managed to gain even higher data granularity than any other map source.
Neova’s Development team helped a leading Mobile Company switch to OSM saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars in usage of maps alone.