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AJAX Powered Telmap Navigator 3.0 Unveiled

Launches Additional Functionality in Mobile LBS, Mapping and Navigation Application

(SYS-CON Media) - Telmap, specialist in mapping and navigation solutions, announced the launch of Telmap Navigator version 3.0. The new version will be demonstrated with key partners including BlackBerry, Symbian and Palm, at this years 3GSM World Congress. As a server-based, real-time solution Telmap Navigator 3.0 offers both business users and consumers a superior navigation experience that can be used both in-car and on foot.

“Version 3.0 is another important milestone on the Telmap route to fulfilling its vision of providing a professional, usable and extensive LBS solution for mobile users,” said Ronen Soffer, CTO of Telmap. “In the past year we have developed our roadmap through listening to Telmap’s numerous active, loyal end-users globally, as well as discussing future needs, trends and models with our Customers, Operators and Partners. 2007 will bring many more such milestones, with the Telmap Navigator further strengthening its position as the leading mass-market LBS and Mobile Navigation solution in the Wireless Industry.”

The new version of Telmap Navigator introduces a number of enhancements and new additions to its already successful application:
Pedestrian Navigation - Telmap Navigator is the only system that comes with a dedicated, rich-map based Pedestrian guidance and navigation feature, which now offers better usability with GPS/ A-GPS handsets.

Free-Text Local Search (“What’s where?”) - This enables users to access an extensive and intuitive interface to POIs and other geo-referenced content. Searches such as “Parking”, “Luigi’s” and “Sushi” are easily performed – with reliable results guaranteed by the Search technology, backed by a growing number of premium rich content sources in the various regions/ markets.

This new Local Search features allows searching for places
* Near current (GPS) position,
* In another town or near an address, post/zip code etc.
* On a map, whereas the results appear as clickable icons
* Around any place from the Address Book, Recent Places etc.

Comprehensive Content sharing - offering multiple ways to collect and share content between both users and applications. Users can create Custom Points of Interest (POI) by geocoding addresses, pinpointing the map, or importing a location from their “Location Inbox”. Sharing Content is possible through “Location messaging” – a feature using text messages to send and receive the name, attributes and location of a place or through the Telmap User Content Management (UCM) Platform, allowing the synchronization of Location between users and applications. This is supported by a set of UCM APIs that allow 3rd-party consumer and enterprise applications such as Community, Workforce and Dispatch apps, to send and share custom content with Navigator.

Additionally, the “Telmap Planner” feature allows users to perform Mapping and Searches, Route Planning, Sync with mobile devices as well as additional personalization for content and preferences. The Web tool comes with an extensive AJAX API set for 3rd-party integration.

Currently offered by a growing number of wireless operators in both EMEA and North America, Telmap has extended the global geographical coverage to a number of new countries and regions including: Europe,  Africa, Asia and Pacific.

Telmap Navigator provides users a unique user experience with:
* Unrivaled Navigation quality and experience, based on Telmap’s MOND (Mobile-Optimized Navigation Data) Technology
* Professional guidance, with a vector-based moving map, and clear, well-timed voice and graphic instructions.
* Traffic Information and Traffic-aware Routing, with on-route alerts, available in multiple regions/ markets.
* Dynamic Content support, including on-route alerts for layers such as Speed Cameras.

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