ESRI has announced that it has joined the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge as a gold sponsor and will offer ArcWeb Services to all official contestants. The NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge is a contest meant to challenge application developers to build LBS solutions that utilize cell phones or wireless handheld devices and NAVTEQ Maps. Application developers from around the world are requested to submit their LBS solutions to be reviewed and judged by leading industry experts including wireless carriers, device manufacturers, and other key players in the value chain.
Application developers accepted to the Global LBS Challenge have the option to use ArcWeb Services, powered by NAVTEQ Maps, free of charge throughout the duration of the contest.
ArcWeb Services offer mobile application developers inexpensive, simple-to-use Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)/XML Web services. ArcWeb Services are hosted by ESRI and include all the mapping data and functionality needed to add location, addresses, points of interest, dynamic maps, and routing directions to location-based applications without having to buy hardware, install GIS software, and load map data to begin developing.
An official contest kickoff event will take place at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, on October 25, 2004, at 2:00 p.m., rooms 3022/3024. Global LBS Challenge details, including rules, regulations, contest information, and information about ESRI’s contribution, can be found on the Web at www.lbschallenge.com. Registration for the contest is open now and will close at midnight central time on November 22, 2004. All contest solution entries must be submitted on or before midnight on January 31, 2005, and received by midnight on February 4, 2005.