New York, NY, December 19, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Telegate AG and LocatioNet Systems Ltd., Have announced today their collaboration to launch a new free ad-funded local search and GPS navigation service for mobile phone users.
The new service allows users to search for any business name in Germany in the comprehensive ’11 88 0’ database, to view the search results on a detailed map and to get voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation to the desired business with one click of a button. The GPS receiver (either available internally in the new phone models or an external GPS device connected via Bluetooth) will indicate the user’s location along the route with clear turn-by-turn vocal and graphical guidance to his/her destination in the shortest possible way.
The new service is based on the amAze service offered by LocatioNet and includes the following main features:
• Search and navigation to businesses listed in the ‘11 88 0’ directory
• Visual and voice guided navigation to any address
• View any location on a high quality detailed map
• View high resolution satellite images (currently in few cities)
• Calculate the fastest way between two locations
• Save and manage personal favorites list
• 5 days weather forecast
The new service provides a very useful mapping and local search tool even without the presence of a GPS, with a user friendly access to rich databases of maps, directories and weather, as well as the option to calculate best routes between any two points.
The ’11 88 0’ directory service is currently covering Germany and the mapping and navigation service is covering Europe, North America, Middle East, Australia, parts of Asia and South Africa with wider coverage added constantly.
This unique service is completely free of charge (data charges may apply according to the data plan offered by the respective mobile operator) and is based on the emerging ad-funded business model. Users will receive few ad banners that will be presented to them only in idle moment of usage in friendly and a non-irritating way. In fact, the ads are yet another useful layer of information for special offers and coupons offered by nearby merchants.
Telegate ranks as one of the leading European providers for information services with around 3,000 employees. The company was founded in 1996 and has been listed on Frankfurt’s stock exchange since 1999. Its strategic focus is on extending the range of innovative services for consumers and business customers as well as expanding into the other European countries. Alongside Germany, Telegate has successfully positioned itself on the French, Italian, Austrian and Spanish markets and is considered Europe’s specialist in the directory assistance market.
In the core business of classic telephone directory assistance the company has extended its market share to 37 percent. In addition, the realization of the multi-channel strategy means that the directory assistance and media competence is being transferred to the information channels Internet, SMS and mobile devices. Telegate is the only provider to offer all its directory assistance services under the one brand, its ‘ 11 88 0’. The consumers therefore have access to the required information in premium quality and with the media of their choice wherever they are. Business customers alike benefit from the company’s core competence of aggregating information and making it available in a customer-oriented way. Business customers profit from the directory assistance and call center services that span all industries as well as the data marketing services.
With a track record of over 17 years in the field of location-based services, LocatioNet is best positioned to re-define the navigation and local search market. The `amAze` service is based on LocatioNet`s Patented LBS middleware, best of its kind GIS engine and advanced client-server technology. `amAze` is provided as a fully hosted and white labeled service to mobile carriers, yellow pages vendors and other large brands and content providers.