Unique Open Framework for Browser-Based Mapping Applications Addresses Barriers to Developing and Implementing High-Performance, 'Draggable' Maps
"There is an increasing trend to enhance user experience utilizing fluid or 'draggable' maps in AJAX and browser-based applications," said J. Kim Fennell, president and CEO of Telcontar. "The tools and platforms available to application developers have been lagging behind the cutting-edge of these new applications. Telcontar's offering delivers powerful tools that ease the design hurdles and enables customers to get to market sooner."
AJAX mapping applications are rapidly replacing traditional "click-and- wait" applications for web-based map, local search, driving directions and other map-centric applications. AJAX is a combination of techniques that leverages the ability for the web browser to communicate with web servers in the background. New information is displayed as it is received without the need to reload the entire web page, translating into a more responsive interface and "desktop-like" application look and feel.
Developers tasked with building AJAX mapping applications are faced with many daunting challenges:
This just-in-time tile rendering also provides support for multiple map "styles" which can be changed on the fly instantly producing a very different look and feel of the map. An AJAX application can present the user with a choice of styles which can range from functional (selecting a map style with high contrast and low feature density to facilitate printing) to highly stylized (matching a unique and colorful corporate identity) to humorous (making the map look like an "ancient" map of Middle Earth). Telcontar's DDS offers almost limitless customizability of map color scheme, label placement, feature density at different zoom levels, etc. allowing any organization to customize a look that supports its brand.
In addition, Telcontar's API boasts an advanced freeform address parser that is tolerant of typographical errors with regard to punctuation and style of address. Users now expect to enter an address in a single line without tabbing over separate "street", "city" and "postal code" fields. The DDS Web Services geocoder excels at handling a variety of input formats and provides robust handling of typical user errors such as streets without a street address and wrong postal codes. The geocoder also handles multiple 'locales', meaning that each address can include not only a country code but also a language code. It currently supports nine North American and European countries in five languages; other locales are continually being added.
Qualified developers can download documentation, full-featured sample code and a technical white paper by signing up to the Telcontar Developer Zone at http://developer.telcontar.com.
Telcontar provides the enabling geospatial software platform that powers today's leading location-based applications. The company specializes in providing solutions ideal for Internet, mobile, and telematics applications where scalability, speed, and reliability are vital. Its Drill Down Server(R) geospatial software platform and Rich Map Engine powers today's most successful and widely deployed LBS applications. Telcontar customers and technology partners include AND, Appello, Ask, ATX, Google, Hutchison Mobile, Local Matters, Motorola, NAVTEQ, Networks In Motion, Pharos, Rand McNally, Tele Atlas, and Yahoo!. Telcontar is privately held and headquartered in San Jose, California with international offices in the UK, France and Hong Kong. Additional information about Telcontar, its products and services, and past press releases can be found at the Company's web site: http://www.telcontar.com.Telcontar and Drill Down Server are trademarks or registered trademarks of Telcontar in the United States and/or other countries. All other product or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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