Telcontar Adds China to Global Deployment of Location-Based Services

Latest Telcontar Platform Delivers New, Custom Performance Features to Meet Regional Needs of Rapidly Growing Chinese Internet and Mobile LBS Market

SHANGHAI, China, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Telcontar, the leading supplier of software platforms and services for the location-based services (LBS) market, today announced the launch of its Drill Down Server(R) (DDS) 4.1. The newest version of the LBS industry's most widely deployed geospatial software platform adds China map data and a host of customized performance enhancements that enable Telcontar customers to deploy dynamic location-enhanced applications that meet the region-specific needs of China's burgeoning market.

China presents a significant opportunity for today's wireless, Internet portal and telematics companies. According to the Ministry of Information Industry, April 2006, there are more than 400 million mobile phone users and an increasingly growing demand for in-car and personal navigation systems. As well, there are over 110 million Internet users; second only to the United States.

"With China's Internet and wireless markets booming, there's no better time to enter this market," said J. Kim Fennell, President and CEO of Telcontar. "China's mapping and address data are very different from its US and European counterparts. Traditionally it's been difficult to deploy location-based solutions that meet the specific needs of that market. Our newest software platform solves these challenges by enabling users in China to interact with location-based services in ways that are intuitive and most relevant to their society. At the same time, we continue to provide the benefits that have been the hallmarks of our success: speed, scalability and the ability for our customers to apply their specific identity and brand to their application."

In addition to the building blocks of consumer mapping and routing programs -- map rendering, driving directions, geocoding and proximity search -- the latest version of Telcontar's DDS platform adds a number of new performance features designed to meet China's cultural needs. These features include support for Chinese characters, the ability to look up streets and points of interests and most especially, the ability to conduct landmark-based navigation -- which is the preferred method of navigation in China as many streets are not identified by name.

Supporting the release of DDS 4.1, Telcontar is also releasing map data of China from NAV2 formatted in Telcontar's highly efficient and patented Rich Map Format (RMF), a compact and optimized data format that provides efficient map data access for fast route calculation and map display.

The Telcontar DDS platform also enables customers to customize location- enhanced applications with their own branding, logo and proprietary content as well as provides a high-level of user customization for greater service differentiation. With DDS 4.1, developers can deliver Web-based and mobile location-enabled applications to the Internet as well as to mobile devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), personal navigation devices (PNDs) and in-vehicle telematics.

The DDS platform, which already processes more than 2 billion mapping and routing transactions per month for Google Local, Yahoo! Local, and the company's other Internet, mobile and telematics customers, provides unmatched scalability with the proven capacity to handle the large influx of traffic expected as location-based applications are deployed in China.

About Telcontar

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:

NOTE: Telcontar, Drill Down Server, and Rich Map Format 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.

CONTACT: Erin Lumley of MSR Communications, +1-415-989-9000, or
Email Contact, for Telcontar; or Robert Young, Director,
Marketing Communications of Telcontar, +1-408-625-3567, or
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