Consumers Will Now Have Live, Turn-by-Turn Navigation on Smartphones Based on Symbian, One of the World's Leading Smartphone PlatformsSAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 27, 2005— Destinator Technologies, the leading provider of personalized navigation software and live mobile navigation-based services, today announced that it is partnering with Tele Atlas to deliver the first navigation system for smartphones based on Symbian, one of the world's leading smartphone platforms. Destinator Smartphone (SP) for Symbian will use Tele Atlas maps and point-of-interest data to integrate live information with dynamic location updates for real-time navigation and decision-making. The announcement is being made in conjunction with the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment 2005 conference being held September 27-29, 2005 at the Moscone West Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.
Together, Destinator and Tele Atlas offer the world's only navigation system to use real-time, location-based services in addition to millions of built-in points of interest. As a result, consumers will have turn-by-turn navigation on smartphones for the first time. The benefits to smartphone owners who take advantage of the combined Destinator-Tele Atlas navigation system include:
-- Audible turn-by-turn navigation directions, so phone users can keep their eyes on the road.
-- Ability to send one's location to friends, family, and coworkers and automatically navigate them to the location on their phones.
-- Storage of data for multiple cities on a phone, enabled by Destinator compression technology.
-- No need for multiple devices -- no navigation device required when renting a car.
-- Online information based on a phone user's exact location at any time.
The companies' landmark collaboration builds on the established partnership between Destinator and Tele Atlas, which has contributed to Destinator's leadership positions throughout Europe. It also represents the most recent application of Tele Atlas maps on smartphones in North America.
"Destinator and Tele Atlas have been strategic partners in delivering innovative, award-winning personal navigation solutions to markets around the world," said Mike Gerling, president and COO of Tele Atlas North America. "We are excited to build on the proven success of our relationship by bringing a new experience in live, dynamic navigation to consumers, which starts today with the US launch of our combined solution for Symbian-based smartphones."
"We are proud to team with Tele Atlas to enable a new generation of portable consumer devices powered by Symbian that deliver converged services for telephony; contact and calendar management; and live, actionable navigation," said Jeff Kukowski, senior vice president of Destinator Technologies. "We look forward to our continued collaboration in bringing dynamic customized navigation-based services to mobile users here in the US and around the globe."
About Tele Atlas
Founded in 1984, Tele Atlas is a leading provider of digital maps and dynamic location content for a variety of navigation, location-based services and geospatial products and database solutions. Tele Atlas's database is a highly accurate reproduction of today's street network, enabling turn-by-turn route guidance on a high percentage of European, US and Canadian roads. Tele Atlas's compatibility with major navigation systems and its open system design have made the company's technology adaptable to both consumer and business-to-business applications in its markets. From logistics to marketing to traffic and fleet management, in almost every sector of today's business and consumer world, Tele Atlas has built a reputation as an acknowledged pioneer and leader in the digital map industry. For more information, please visit www.teleatlas.com.
About Destinator Technologies Inc.
Destinator Technologies enables personalized navigation solutions that provide relevant information, anywhere, anytime. As the preferred OEM provider of choice, consumers, businesses and governments purchase our patented and award-winning solutions through the largest hardware manufacturers, mobile carriers and systems integrators in the world. Our solutions are fully adaptable for individual personal navigation, live, navigation-based mobile services, private and public sector security, and enterprise mobility. Destinator Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A. with offices in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada; Beijing, China; Unterfohring/Munich, Germany; Herzliya Pituach, Israel; and Taipei, Taiwan. Visit www.destinatortechnologies.com to learn more.
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