ESRI has announced that Geodata AS, an exclusive ESRI distributor in Norway, has acquired Pocket IT, a leading provider of commercial location-based services (LBS) applications.
Pocket IT has been one of Europe’s early movers in launching location-based services with mobile operators. The company launched its first LBS services in April 2001 with Telenor Mobile using positioning information from the intelligent network. Since then, Pocket IT has launched services on both short message service (SMS) and wireless application protocol (WAP) with NetCom and has been testing them with a number of mobile operators throughout the Europe/Middle East/Africa region. The services launched have been targeted at the mass market with applications such as “find-the-nearest,” weather, mobile chatting and dating services, and location-based games.
Jonathan Spinney, location-based services industry manager at ESRI, says “Pocket IT is a proven, deployed, and successful leader of LBS applications and development. We are very pleased to have the expertise of Pocket IT within our network.”
With Geodata AS’s acquisition of Pocket IT, ESRI will add Pocket IT applications to its ArcLocation Solutions offering. The addition of the Pocket IT application suite to the ArcLocation Solutions portfolio complements the core platform. ArcLocation Solutions consists of a spatial server for spatial processing; an integration connector for solving MPC/GMLC, location-enabling server, and application server integration challenges; and server and client development toolkits for building location-based applications. The addition of Pocket IT applications, built atop ArcLocation software’s development toolkits, provides mobile operators and E-911 carriers with a turnkey LBS solution.
“We are very pleased to be integrated into the ESRI family and to have Pocket IT products and services supported by such a large and solid corporation,” says Petter Nyborg, managing director of Pocket IT.