Tele Atlas establishes Tele Atlas RUS

Tele Atlas establishes Tele Atlas RUS

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Belgium, December 14, 2006 – Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, announced it has established a new company, Tele Atlas RUS.

With headquarters in Moscow, Tele Atlas RUS will assume the databases and all activities of Navmaps, Russia’s leading provider of navigation maps. The new company will strengthen Tele Atlas’ operations in Russia and increase its direct interaction with suppliers and with Roskartographia, the Federal Agency of Geodesy and Cartography.

Tele Atlas and Navmaps began working together in 2004 and have already developed a navigable digital map of Russia that includes Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and the surrounding regions, as well as the major connecting road network that joins the most important cities in the European and Asian parts of the country up to the Chinese border. The map includes tens of thousands of POIs, house numbers and navigations attributes. Tele Atlas RUS will now build on these foundations and enhance the coverage and content of the existing geographic database.

Jack Reinelt, Tele Atlas COO & Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa said the move is yet another significant step forward for Tele Atlas. “Tele Atlas RUS will strengthen our leading position in Russia and Eastern Europe. Tele Atlas RUS gives us the perfect platform to increase the content of our maps, including points of interest (POIs), navigation attributes and addresses. Tele Atlas RUS will ensure we continue to deliver the best products for this region.”

Industry observers predict there will be a dramatic boom in the consumer use of personal navigation devices (PNDs) in Russia, due to the country’s continued economic development and the government’s expected move to abolish all non security and military limitations in relation to the accuracy of spatial data.

– About Tele Atlas
Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic content that power navigation and location-based services. Founded in 1984, the company employs approximately 2,300 full-time staff and contract cartographers at offices in 20 countries around the world and uses a sophisticated network of professional drivers, mobile mapping vans and more than 50,000 data sources to continually update its maps. For more information, visit www.teleatlas.com.