Navigation Technologies, a
provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless
applications and business solutions, has joined the Symbian Platinum Program
to support the emerging market for Symbian OS(TM) advanced mobile phones. As a
Platinum Partner, Navigation Technologies is extending its navigable database
to the Symbian ecosystem. Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS(TM), the
global industry standard operating system for advanced mobile phones, to handset manufacturers.
"The industry continues to increase its support for Symbian OS and drive
demand for advanced mobile phone features which will dramatically improve
consumer appeal. We believe mapping and routing will undoubtedly play a major
role in developing richer and fresher content and hence more dynamic
services," commented John MacLeod, executive vice president - Global Marketing
& Strategy for Navigation Technologies. "This relationship reflects our
commitment to the market and our intention to work closely with Symbian OS
developers who are planning location sensitive applications."
According to the company, location awareness will bring increased utility to the millions of
portable devices expected to ship throughout the world in the next few years.
Through its NAVTECH(R) map database, Navigation Technologies says it plays an integral
role in creating location-based solutions and services that will enhance
consumer experience and safety. The NAVTECH digital map database serves as
the foundation for a variety of navigation and location-based services
solutions in the Vehicle, Internet/Wireless, Enterprise/Fleet and Government
industries. Nine out of ten navigation-enabled vehicles in Europe -- and all
in North America -- use NAVTECH data. As a Symbian
Platinum Partner, the company says it is ensuring close integration of its content
with Symbian OS advanced mobile phones.
"Mapping is becoming a fundamental requirement for today's mobile
devices," said Martin Coul, Technology Partner Program director, Symbian.
"We are pleased to have Navigation Technologies join the Symbian Platinum
Program and bring its mapping and delivery technology to the Symbian
About Navigation Technologies
Navigation Technologies creates the digital maps that power navigation and
location-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company was
founded in 1985 and is privately held. The company's approximately 1,300
employees are in over 100 offices in 17 countries. For more information, visit
NAVTECH is a registered trademark or trademark of Navigation Technologies
Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian
OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced,
data-enabled mobile phones.
Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to mobile phone
manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.
Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Samsung
SGH-D700, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson
P800 Smartphone, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7650, 3650 and
Symbian has its global headquarters in London, United Kingdom with
development sites in Europe and Asia. Symbian's shareholders are Ericsson,
Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Psion, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson.
For further information about Symbian, please see www.symbian.com