Tele Atlas Expands Asia Pacific Presence with New Offices

Company Also Introduces Latest Versions of Southeast Asia Maps

SINGAPORE, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tele Atlas , a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, today officially launched its presence in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region with the opening of offices in Singapore and Seoul, South Korea and the introduction of new Southeast Asia maps.

Tele Atlas has made significant investments to expand its operations and map coverage in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region since 1998, when the company first established an office in Japan. It has since focused on growing partnerships with leading OEMs and application providers and extending operations and coverage in Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. Today, Tele Atlas Asia Pacific maps cover nine countries and territories and hundreds of millions of inhabitants and have been embraced by some of the world's most recognized companies, including the BMW Group, DENSO, Hewlett-Packard, Mercedes-Benz, Mio Technology, Nokia, Pioneer and Research in Motion (RIM).

"With a strong concentration of affluent, tech-savvy consumers and a solid wireless infrastructure, Asia is the world's most active market for mobile LBS and navigation solutions," said Tele Atlas Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer Mark Steele. "At the same time, companies based here want to expand their presence across Europe and the United States. Given our strong global position, we have a unique ability to support our partners as they develop and market their products inside and outside of Asia."

Tele Atlas' digital map database is the foundation for a range of in-car and portable navigation systems, mobile, Internet and business operations applications. The company's latest maps of Southeast Asia, also announced today, include:

    * Fully attributed street network coverage in Singapore, with house number
      information available for the whole country, and integrated Traffic
      Messaging Channel (TMC) codes designed to accurately track and display
      the location of traffic incidents.

    * Street network coverage for the majority of Thailand's population,
      including an interconnecting network for the complete country and a wide
      range of points of interest such as car parks, sport centers, government
      buildings and entertainment centers designed to help application and
      device users find more around them.

    * Fully attributed street network for more than 230 municipalities in
      Malaysia, and major road network coverage for the majority of the

    * Easy cross border routing with seamed map data across the region.

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. Tele Atlas also works with business partners who trust its digital map data to deliver critical applications for emergency, business, fleet and infrastructure services. The company was founded in 1984 and today has approximately 2,400 full-time staff and contract cartographers at offices in 24 countries, Tele Atlas 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

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