Telecommunications leader to offer Appello's off-board navigation application powered by Telcontar technology
San Jose, CA - June 13, 2005 - Telcontar, a leading supplier of software and related services for the Location -Based Services (LBS) industry, today announced that TeliaSonera, the Nordic and Baltic telecommunications leader, will be offering Appello's WISEPILOT™ mobile navigation service to its customers. WISEPILOT from Appello incorporates the powerful functionality of Telcontar's geospatial software platform, the Drill Down Server® (DDS).
WISEPILOT allows TeliaSonera customers to turn their mobile phones into advanced navigation devices with up -to -date map and travel information. WISEPILOT uses an "off -board" DDS server from Telcontar to deliver maps, driving directions and information on local points of interest and businesses directly to Java enabled phones on the TeliaSonera network. Conventional navigation devices store all the map and point -of -interest data on the device making updates for changes in roads or businesses difficult. By contrast, off -board applications such as WISEPILOT get this information from the Telcontar DDS that are frequently updated with the latest available data. The Telcontar DDS geospatial software platform also allows Appello to easily integrate digital maps and traditional database content drawn from multiple sources for fast, accurate access to the user. The DDS provides flexible, patented spatial searching, geocoding and routing for location -based services (LBS) applications.
"Appello's WISEPILOT will give TeliaSonera's customers a handset -based alternative to more expensive personal navigation devices," according to J. Kim Fennell, Telcontar President and CEO. "With WISEPILOT, Appello has used the Telcontar Drill Down Server to build a fully functional navigation application that is never out of date and can incorporate the latest Points of Interest. This provides an excellent opportunity for wireless operators like TeliaSonera to offer a valuable service to their customers."
"WISEPILOT is user -friendly, intuitive, fast and accurate," said Leif Sundström, CEO of Appello. "The demand for navigation has been very strong in Europe. WISEPILOT delivers this application directly to your phone, meeting a price point not available with a stand alone navigation device. Telcontar's platform enables us to support the advanced routing capabilities that European customers expect. Incorporating leading technology from Telcontar into WISEPILOT allows us to provide carriers such as TeliaSonera the best in location -based services."
Appello provides comprehensive mobile navigation services for the telecommunications and automotive industries. With its wireless technology and unmatched response times, Appello's navigation product WISEPILOT offers a truly complete navigation experience. To support the company's all -inclusive navigation applications, Appello uses NAVTEQ map data and Telcontar's Drill Down Server spatial platform. Innovation and development facilities are located in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information please visit: http://www.appello.se.
Appello Systems AB
+46 706 155 146
Telcontar is a recognized leader in the Location -Based Services (LBS) industry. Its geo -spatial software platform powers today's most successful LBS applications including mapping, driving directions, navigation, "local search", on -line yellow pages, tracking, trip planning, and real -time traffic information. Its specialty is providing high -volume, rapid response solutions ideal for Internet, wireless and telematics applications where scalability, speed and reliability are vital. Telcontar clients include Yahoo!, Google, Ask Jeeves, Rand McNally, Motorola, Hutchison Mobile, Pharos, ATX, Appello, Networks In Motion and Televigation. Telcontar's application development tools enable customers to uniquely customize the look and feel of their applications to meet their market needs. Telcontar is privately held and headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit http://www.telcontar.com