NavigationTechnologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation,Internet/wireless applications and business solutions, announces NavTechReal-Time Map Service is now available for use in commercial Location-BasedServices (LBS) applications. While NavTech maps already provide anaccurate representation of real-world driving conditions, NavTech Real-TimeMap Service enables integration of richer point-of-interest information (e.g.,store opening hours) and dynamic content (e.g., traffic information) witheasier updates of the maps, according to Navigation Technologies.
The service provides access to NavTech maps and expanded point-of-interestinformation through LBS functions such as route calculationvia an XML interface. This, and future Real-Time Map Service interfaces,enable service providers and solution partners to incorporate map-related content into consumer offerings.
Both Renault and t-info, a subsidiary of T-Online International AG(Deutsche Telekom), are using NavTech Real-Time Map Service in LBS andtelematics applications targeting consumers. Renault is using NavTech Real-Time Map Service in pilot telematics solutions as part of their E-vehicleinitiative.
t-info GmbH is using Real-Time Map Service to position and guide users tolifestyle and business information, integrating 40 million addresses andcontacts on Germany's businesses, restaurants, hotels, ATMs, pharmacies andpetrol stations.
"Renault is focusing on future solutions that enhance customerconvenience," said Bruno Simon, director of Project E-vehicle. "We areworking with NavTech Real-Time Map Service because it allowed us to quicklyaccomplish more than originally planned because the service is so easy touse."
A key solution partner providing applications using NavTech Real Time MapService is Neumobility. "Neumobility selected NavTech Real-Time Map Serviceas our mapping, routing and POI (Point of Interest) solution after substantialcompetitive evaluation. The primary reasons are the quality of NavTech mapsand routing algorithms combined with their direct focus on supporting LBS.NavTech Real-Time Map Service provides an architecture and API thatNeumobility can leverage in our delivery of innovative LBS applications," saidJeff Callegari, general manager and vice president of engineering ofneumobility.
"With the introduction of LBS applications and technology, the market hasbeen demanding additional map-based content," said Salahuddin Khan, seniorvice president, technology & development, & chief technology officer,Navigation Technologies. "As the leading provider of digital maps, we haveresearched how to better integrate and deliver this rich and dynamic map-basedcontent to meet market requirements. NavTech Real-Time Map Service isdesigned to meet those goals now and as the location-based services marketevolves."
About Navigation Technologies
Navigation Technologies creates the digital maps that power navigation andlocation-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and is privately held. Thecompany's 1,200 employees are in over 100 offices in 18 countries.