Singapore: NAVTEQ announced that Visioglobe is the Grand Prize winner of the APAC edition of the 2010 NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge competition. Visioglobe will receive over USD 735,000 in cash, data and tool licenses, and services; a substantial share of the total global prize pool for the Global LBS Challenge, which is valued at a total over USD 10 million.
Visioglobe won the competition with their location-aware mobile application, Visiostreet, a navigation software solution for major cities, with routing enabled by NAVTEQ maps and supported by NAVTEQ’s Enhanced 3D City Models. The application’s focus on social networking allows the user to find points of interest, friends’ photos, events and more in real time.
First Runner-Up was PelicanCorp for the mobile application, beforeUdig. It helps prevent damage to underground pipes and cables as well as avoid injury to excavation contractors. Second Runner-Up was B & C Electronic Engineering for 911ETA alerts. It helps motor public to nearby responding emergency vehicles, street closures, road repairs and special events.
In the final round, nine applications were evaluated by a panel of seven judges consisting of executives from leading wireless, technology and venture capital companies, including deCarta, HTC, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Microsoft Bing Maps, Sony Ericsson and Tanla.
Rich Shuman, senior vice president, APAC sales, NAVTEQ, said, “The Asia-Pacific region continues to yield not only innovative applications, but also showcase exceptionally talented developers and entrepreneurs who are creating cutting-edge mobile solutions.”
In addition to the overall winners, special recognition awards were presented by NAVTEQ and sponsors for outstanding achievements in specific categories which include:
– PelicanCorp, beforeUdig: Best Productivity Solution,
– Visioglobe, Visiostreet: Most Innovative Use of Graphics, selected by global award sponsor, Imagination Technologies, and
– Visioglobe, Visiostreet: Best App for Use of Tanla License Manager, selected by global sponsor, Tanla.