Tele Atlas to Power Mapping Functionality for Cross Platform Approach
's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, Feb. 8 /- Tele Atlas (FSE: TA6, EUNV: TA), a leading global provider of digital map data and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, today announced that it was selected by Nokia to provide the current release of digital maps and points of interest (POIs) for the new smart2go(TM) mapping and navigation platform. The current version of the smart2go platform is available today on select Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. Carrying the name "Nokia Maps," the platform will also be available on other Nokia N Series multimedia computers.
Nokia's smart2go platform enables mapping and routing in over 150 countries, allowing people to view where they are on a map, search for nearby POIs, and create routes to get them there. The platform contains over 15 million POIs, which can also include branded icons of well known company names, to help people explore the most interesting sights, restaurants or accommodations around them.
"Nokia's choice to extend its mapping platform to a fuller range of wireless devices affirms our belief that wireless navigation and map search is emerging as the next wave in digital mapping," said Alain De Taeye, CEO and co-founder of Tele Atlas. "With highly accurate and detailed digital maps and a full set of POIs available anywhere in the world, mobile devices are empowered to help people easily find more of what they want, wherever they are."
"smart2go gives consumers a free way to explore the world around them, and the map data and POI content that Tele Atlas supplies for the solution helps users find exactly what they are looking for," said Ralph Eric Kunz, vice- president, Nokia, Multimedia. "In addition, the navigable map data used in the smart2go solution makes it easy to convert a broad range of connected mobile devices into full personal navigation devices."
To learn more about Tele Atlas' activities in the wireless market, please visit Tele Atlas at the 2007 3GSM World Congress & Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, February 12-15 in Hall 2, booth #B69.
About Tele Atlas
Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic content that power some of the world's most essential navigation and location-based services. The information is the foundation for a wide range of personal and in-car navigation systems and mobile and Internet map applications that help users find the people, places, products and services they need, wherever they are. We also work with business partners who trust our digital map data to deliver critical applications for emergency, business, fleet and infrastructure services. Founded in 1984, the company provides maps covering 64 countries around the world. Tele Atlas has approximately 2,300 full-time staff and contract cartographers at offices in 20 countries and uses a sophisticated network of professional drivers, mobile mapping vans and more than 50,000 data resources to deliver highly accurate and up-to-date digital maps. Tele Atlas is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TA6) and on Euronext Amsterdam (TA). For more information, visit www.teleatlas.com.
smart2go(TM) is new: the software turns mobile computers, smartphones and PDAs into mapping and routing engines with a navigation option, providing worldwide mapping free of charge. In so doing, the unique hybrid solution combines the advantages of on-board and off-board navigation. Maps and location-aware content only need to be loaded once - they are then always available on the client. As smart2go will carry the application name "Nokia Maps" across many future Nokia devices, it will also be available for a diversity of other operating systems such as Windows Mobile 5 and Linux.
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