whereonearth, in partnership with Telcontar is to supply a Location Based Services platform and associated services to Hutchison 3G.
London - 18 September 2002 - whereonearth, the provider of a leading Location Based Service (LBS) platform and Telcontar, provider of premier LBS server technology, today announced the signing of an agreement to supply LBS software and professional services to Hutchison 3G UK Limited (Hutchison 3G). The software will initially be deployed by Hutchison 3G UK and then made available in all countries where Hutchison Whampoa has 3G licences.
whereonearth & Telcontar are collaborating to supply core technology, vital data and functionality for Hutchison 3G’s Location Based services. whereonearth also has a team of Professional Service staff engaged at Hutchison 3G's offices in Maidenhead to customise the software and integrate it into their network architecture and associated business support systems.
Hutchison 3G selected the whereonearth & Telcontar consortium following a tendering process and detailed comparison with a number of other leading LBS vendors. The selection was made based on the consortia’s innovative and flexible approach, coupled with the performance capabilities of the software offered to Hutchison 3G.
Commenting on its selection, whereonearth CEO, Steve Packard said “I am delighted to be working with Hutchison 3G and Telcontar to help shape the future of high-speed wireless services. Our experience in providing high performance Internet based LBS solutions has helped us to deliver an innovative and robust LBS capability to Hutchison 3G. I am delighted that we have successfully won this business.”
Graham Page, managing director Europe at Telcontar said, “We are proud to be part of this consortium and to be working with two world class partners in whereonearth and Hutchison 3G. This is a significant deal for Telcontar and one that utilises the features of our technology fully.”
Colin Tucker, Managing Director of Hutchison 3G UK Ltd, said “whereonearth’s and Telcontar’s help and assistance in providing the technology is key to our plans to provide compelling services for our customers.”
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About Hutchison 3G UK Ltd
3G is a convergence of media, information and telephony which enables people to access information and entertainment services on the move. The 3G standard (agreed throughout Europe, Japan, China, and the rest of Asia) is formally known as UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System). It represents a global standard for third generation communication systems and is at the heart of the Hutchison 3G initiative. When Hutchison 3G begins offering services it will be called.
Hutchison Whampoa Limited holds a 65 per cent stake in Hutchison 3G, the other major shareholders are NTT DoCoMo (20 per cent) KPN Mobile (15 per cent).
Hutchison 3G will be called 3 when it begins offering services. 3 services will be available from sister companies in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Israel and Sweden.
For further information on Hutchison 3G please visit www.hutchison3g.com or call Firefly on 020 7386 1595.
whereonearth is a leading provider of software, data engineering tools and professional services for location based services. The company was founded in 1995, is privately owned and Venture Capital backed. Based in Central London, whereonearth employs a large team of software and geospatial experts with a combined experience of over 400 man-years.
Designed specifically for the wireless market, whereonearth’s Location Based Services Platform (L-Sphere) provides the high performance, rich functionality and scalability essential for the delivery of compelling services and applications. This technology, together with an in-depth knowledge of data issues and applications has lead whereonearth to be leading force in the location based services market.
TRADEMARKS: whereonearth and L-Sphere are trademarks or registered trademarks of whereonearth.com Limited.
For more information visit: <http://www.whereonearth.com> or call:
Telcontar is the provider of the premier software platform for location-based services. Telcontar’s clients use its Drill Down Server to offer their own customers such services as driving directions and real-time traffic information. Telcontar’s services are also used by vehicular or personal emergency response call centres as well as for fleet tracking and dispatch.
Telcontar is privately held and headquartered in San Jose, California with field offices in Los Angeles, Dallas and the United Kingdom.
TRADEMARKS: Telcontar and Drill Down Server are trademarks or registered trademarks of Telcontar.
For more information visit: <http://www.telcontar.com/> or call:
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