ESRI and Tele Atlas North America, Inc. have completed a new demonstration that wirelessly accesses web-based data for a location-based services (LBS) solution. The demonstration, built around ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) technology and Tele Atlas map data, will be unveiled at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) Conference. CTIA will be held March 18-20, 2002, in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
The LBS demonstration is a conceptual example of how LBS companies can use ESRI’s Geography Network (www.geographynetwork.com) with Tele Atlas data to enable their wireless services. In the demo, as in real life, a wireless device-be it a PDA, phone, pager, onboard car navigation system, or wireless Web-enabled laptop-sends a query to a back office application. The user of the wireless device can send a request such as “find the shortest route to an address,” or “find all gas stations in a 10-mile radius.” Based on the location of the device, Tele Atlas data attributes are summoned by ESRI technology, and a list of requested services is provided along with a detailed route.
Tele Atlas data contains coverage, accuracy, and features required for location-dependent applications that enable the user to route to/from a destination or to physically represent location on a map based on its address. ESRI’s routing, mapping, spatial query, and visualization technology combined with Tele Atlas’ highly accurate global digital map data offers businesses the means to rapidly develop and deploy advanced LBS applications in the United States and across Europe.
ESRI GIS technology is used today by organizations as the back-end routing and mapping technology that drives these services while Tele Atlas data provides the map data content. ESRI and Tele Atlas are working together closely to offer optimized solutions for many diverse marketplaces.