Tele Atlas Launches Phonemes Database for the United States; Phonetically Enabled Map Data Product for U.S. Combines Leading Digital Map Data from Tele Atlas with Tele Atlas Phoneme Data

DETROIT—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 26, 2004— Tele Atlas, a worldwide leading provider of digital map databases and a leading location content aggregator, today unveiled at Telematics Update 2004, its map voice data for the entire United States, available immediately. PhonoMultiNet(TM) brings to the U.S. market a solution that combines Tele Atlas map data with its phoneme data to drive speech-enabled map data products.

Phonemes are a symbolic representation of pronunciation that significantly improve the accuracy and robustness of voice input and output in combination with speech technology used in telematics, navigation and location-based services (LBS) applications. Tele Atlas provides the phonetically transcribed name data from its map and dynamic content-linked database. The company validates the phonetic data through native linguists and its national field data collection organization to generate relevant, local pronunciation variants of all the important names existing in the database. This creation process for phonetic data provides high quality name data with corresponding pronunciation variants, and is a cornerstone for building better products supporting highly accurate text-to-speech and speech-to-text output.

"With so many different spoken languages and pronunciations, a speech engine can misunderstand a voice input or create a confusing response, which can negatively impact users' experiences with the application," said George Fink, COO of Tele Atlas. "Our care to provide the best maps and highly accurate phonemes improves the human-to-machine interface and the experience users have with telematics, navigation, LBS and GIS applications."

About Tele Atlas

Founded in 1984, Tele Atlas is a worldwide 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' database is a highly accurate reproduction of today's street network, enabling turn-by-turn route guidance on a high percentage of European, U.S. and Canadian roads. Tele Atlas' compatibility with major navigation systems and its open system design have placed the company's technology at the heart of both consumer and business-to-business applications worldwide. 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 (in North America) or (in Europe).

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