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mapIT offers free access to LBS platform’s APIs

South Africa: Etienne Louw, MD of mapIT; and Armin Fendrich, Vice President sales – EMEA, of deCarta, jointly announced that during the development stage of an integrated digital mapping, running on deCarta’s LBS (location-based services) platform, mapIT will offer free access to a wide range of LBS application programming interfaces (APIs) and services hosted in its data centre, from March 2012 onwards. This offer is available for Sub-Saharan Africa companies.

The LBS architecture is an integral platform which allows development on J2ME, Android, iOS and desktop/mobile Javascript platforms. “Our agreement with deCarta, complemented by our partnership with shareholder TomTom Africa, effectively sees us entering a new era in the provision of an international value offering to the Southern African marketplace,” said Louw. “And together with deCarta it greatly enhances our digital mapping services to customers. The company is now a one-stop-shop for clients looking to develop their own customised LBS.”

“deCarta is pleased to power this integrated LBS solution for clients and system integration partners,” said Fendrich. “With this exclusive package, also including features such as aggregated traffic and hyperlocal media, businesses no longer have to worry about developing LBS oriented solutions and then integrating the mapping functionality afterwards, it’s all done up front.”

mapIT can provide hosting services for its production applications and resell deCarta’s Drill Down Server (DDS) products. This is a geospatial software platform for building location-enabled applications. Under this arrangement, mapIT customers can now self-host their LBS behind their firewalls to build more sophisticated applications, while maintaining complete control of their user experience.

The LBS platform is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of industry segments participating in LBS ecosystem and value chain:
– Mobile Network Operators (including Service Delivery Platform providers (SDPs), and Network Equipment Providers (NEPs);
– Mobile Device Manufacturers (OEMs) including mobile handset, tablet, and navigation manufacturer.

Source: allAfrica