I posted a question asking about map API's and was lead to OpenStreetMap and OpenLayers.
I need to better understand what I am looking for and perhaps know how to convey this to a programmer. I did some quick searching but it's a little over my head so thought I would ask first.
We have a lot of hardware out in the field which I would like to find a way of mapping. While we have open source and commercial packages to track all sorts of information, the one thing we don't have is a visual of where things are. In some cases, that really comes in handy.
I would like to query mysql for the addresses/location where we have routers/switches and other hardware, then be able to display these items onto a map. I do not need any geo location since I have all of those details already stored into a mysql database.
I would like to allow engineers to zoom out for a larger view and zoom in to a closer view showing an area or streets or just one street where we might have multiples of hardware.
The solution must be fully free and open source. The license cannot disallow open source and/or commercial use in any manner because once this is all completed, I am handing the software over to the owners so don't want them to suffer any limitations.
I am hoping this question will find some who have used the above software and who might be able to provide me with more information in terms of whether my application would fit along with any additional information I might need in order to talk with a programmer about a solution.