Since 2003, Tele Atlas and Autodesk have collaborated to enable powerful location-based services (LBS) and applications around the world. This extended agreement gives Autodesk access to Tele Atlas’ global digital map content and products, including content for nearly 30 million points of interest (POIs) and additional map content products. Autodesk will also use Tele Atlas Address Points, which are designed to provide exact street name and address, postal code, longitude and latitude, and other critical information to enhance location accuracy. Unlike traditional geocoding, Tele Atlas Address Points will allow Autodesk developers to position addresses on maps so that their applications can direct users to specific property parcels and even buildings within the parcel.
In addition, Autodesk is joining the Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series as a Diamond sponsor for the ongoing program held in conjunction with Tele Atlas DeveloperLinkSM. The series fosters innovation and helps application developers increase their visibility, credibility and success.
“Accurate, global digital map data is a key element of our mobile technology offerings that developers rely on when building new applications for the wireless market,” said Rod Egdorf, head of worldwide sales and marketing, Autodesk Location Services. “Our work with Tele Atlas helps drive these innovations and expanding our relationship helps us provide the most comprehensive, high-quality content for our developers. Furthermore, by supporting Tele Atlas’ LBS Innovators Series, we are better positioned to help developers enhance their applications with location information and help bring them to market.”
Today, Autodesk-powered applications featuring Tele Atlas digital map data and content span the enterprise and consumer wireless arenas, including Vodafone’s Mensa-Red Localización and Jumptap’s numerous mobile search deployments.
“Increasingly, the mobile and Internet arenas are converging on LBS, and as consumers demand more sophisticated GPS-enabled services, the development community insists on quick access to location content to deliver their offerings,” said Jude McColgan, vice president of consumer markets, Tele Atlas. “Through our extended partnership with Autodesk, we can quickly deliver more global coverage and content for these services. We are equally excited by the new opportunities to deepen our support for the Autodesk developer community. By combining our efforts, Autodesk and Tele Atlas will fuel innovative applications and support developers as they build diverse Web and mobile offerings, which is at the core of our joint goals.”
To learn more about Autodesk’s participation in the 2008 Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series Maps in Apps contest, download the Tele Atlas podcast with Chris Myers, Senior Business Development Manager, Autodesk Location Services, available at: http://www.teleatlaspresskit.com.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
About Autodesk Location Services
Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc., is a leading provider of location-based services for mobile and wireless customers. With a complete range of solutions including platform software, application frameworks and professional services, Autodesk Location Services delivers market-proven technology and expertise to empower applications developers and wireless network operators with scalable and cost effective location smart services.
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com/.
About Tele Atlas
Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic content that power many
of the world’s most essential navigation and
location-based services (LBS). Through a combination of its own products
and partnerships, Tele Atlas offers map coverage of more than 200
countries and territories worldwide. The company was founded in 1984 and
has approximately 2,000 full-time staff and contract cartographers at
offices in 24 countries. Today, Tele Atlas maps are developed with the
insight of a community of millions of GPS system users worldwide, who
are adding to the company’s unmatched network
of sources to track and validate changes in real time, and deliver the
best digital maps and dynamic content. For more information, visit
Tele Atlas is a subsidiary of TomTom N.V.