Telcontar signs VAR agreement with Appello; Navigation solution provider to resell Telcontar's Drill Down Server

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 13, 2004— Telcontar, a leading supplier of software and related services for Location-Based Services (LBS), today announced that it has signed a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with Swedish navigation solution provider Appello Systems AB. Recently formed with a team that has many years of LBS experience, Appello provides comprehensive location-sensitive mobile services such as off-board navigation and fleet management for the telecommunication, automotive, logistics and asset tracking industries.

Appello will now market and resell Telcontar's Drill Down Server(TM)(DDS) spatial software platform incorporated with its recently launched WISEPILOT client-based routing and traffic application. WISEPILOT, which runs on mobile phones or PDAs and uses DDS as the navigation engine, delivers turn-by-turn navigation and location-sensitive services, such as find the nearest restaurant or gas station. It is also able to receive real-time traffic information to provide adaptive directions on-the-fly. The system can be used outside of the vehicle, for instance, by pedestrians, allows pre-planning of trips and sharing of information via the Internet, and can operate without GPS.

Graham Page, Managing Director of Telcontar Europe said, "During the past two years Telcontar has been committed to working with customers and partners, both in Europe and in the USA, to ensure that their applications based on Telcontar's technology were working to optimum capacity. This strategy has enabled Telcontar to gain market leader status with the largest number of end-users within the LBS space. With our proven ability and wealth of experience we are now well positioned to take advantage of the upturn in the demand for LBS and location-enabled applications. Appello has an excellent team and has developed an exciting product in WISEPILOT. We are excited to be partnering with them."

Leif Sundstrom, CEO of Appello commented, "We are delighted to be able to offer Telcontar's Drill Down Server as an important part of our range of mobile navigation solutions. With WISEPILOT we have successfully combined the strengths of the car manufacturers on-board system with a wireless dimension to offer up-to-date information and multiple ways to access navigation data. DDS is the platform that has enabled us to achieve this."

Mr. Page continued, "Appello is the most recent value-added reseller for Telcontar based in Europe. The VAR agreement with Appello highlights the trend we see emerging whereby location-based services are provided by individual applications vendors as well as the carriers. We believe that in the medium term the LBS market will break down into specialist best-of-breed suppliers where consumers will pick and choose their own custom-built services."

About Appello

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:

About Telcontar

Telcontar is a worldwide provider of the premier spatial software platform. Telcontar clients such as Yahoo!, Hutchison 3G, Criticom, Rand McNally Inc. and ATX Technologies use its Mobile Location Server, Universal Telematics Server, Drill Down Server, Rich Map Engine and Traffic Manager products to offer end users asset or resource management, mobile safety, security and convenience, real time navigation and traffic, driving directions, roadside or emergency assistance and maps. Telcontar is privately held and headquartered in San Jose, California with field offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Massachusetts, Philadelphia and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit

TRADEMARKS: Telcontar, Universal Telematics Server, Mobile Location Server, Traffic Manager, Rich Map Engine Software Libraries and Drill Down Server are trademarks or registered trademarks of Telcontar. All other product or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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