NAVTEQ TMC Codes Utilised By Navigation Software With Innovative Traffic Information Service
Destinator 6 offers sophisticated TMC-Pay Services in Germany, UK & France
Sulzbach, Germany - August 17, 2006 – NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, is supplying map data for Destinator 6 - one of the first portable navigation software solutions which offers a TMC-Pay-Service on PDAs with no monthly or annual fees. The once only licence fee covering all countries is included in the initial purchase price of the product.
For some time, NAVTEQ has been including TMC codes in its map database ready to be utilised by navigation systems offering traffic information. Facilitated by these NAVTEQ codes, PDAs running Destinator 6 software now have access to an extra service called TrafficSam. TrafficSam currently supports TMC pay services in three countries – the TMC-pro Service from T-Systems in Germany; the Trafficmaster service in the UK; and ViaMichelin Trafic’s Premium TMC Service in France. In other countries free TMC services are supported. In due course, as additional real-time pay services become available around Europe and also in the USA, they will be integrated into the TrafficSam product. Whilst TrafficSam is RDS-based (Radio Data System) ultilising the more up-to-date and comprehensive encrypted data transmitted by TMC-Pay service providers, the Destinator software switches automatically to the freely available traffic information transmitted by radio signal in countries where no Premium TMC is available. The premium TMC messages include information gained from sensors, bridge cameras, floating vehicles and soon also GSM network information. This provides not only real-time availability of the traffic data but also greater accuracy.
Destinator 6 can also work across international borders moving seamlessly from one country map to another. This cross border feature is supported by NAVTEQ’s single global specification which means its map data flows equally well from country to country. All of which helps differentiate this system from other navigation solutions.
Destinator 6 software with TrafficSam is available now in specialist shops at an RRP of €187.50 + tax and includes very recent (Q1 2006) pan-European map data. Additional maps (e.g.. North America) are available via any Destinator dealer and can be purchased either on CD or SD card. For more information, please refer to the Destinator Technologies website.
About Destinator Technologies
Destinator Technologies GmbH makes navigation easier for mobile people: It develops and distributes navigation solutions for use on mobile devices. Important information in terms of location and destination is, as such, available anytime, anywhere on, for example, a PDA, PNA or Smartphone to suit the individual requirements of any user. To this end, Destinator Technologies GmbH cooperates with leading hardware and mobile communications suppliers. Initially founded in 2004, the European branch is one of the leading companies on the European mobile navigation market. Destinator Technologies Inc., the parent company incorporated in Delaware maintains locations in USA, Canada, Germany, Israel, Taiwan and China.
Destinator software distinguishes itself through unrivalled re-routing speed, simple operation and up-to-date map material. In addition, the end-user profits from the company’s international character: Additional up-to-date electronic map material is available for almost any country on the globe. Mobile navigation is enjoying an increased demand due to, amongst other things, the possibility of saving time and fuel. Destinator solutions allow drivers to reach their destinations faster and by the shortest route.
NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 2,000 employees located in 133 offices in 24 countries. Its European headquarters are in Veldhoven, Netherlands. For more information, visit www.navteq.com.
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