Matched Strengths Fuel New Opportunities for Image-Enhanced Location-Based Applications
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4 - deCarta (formerly Telcontar), the leading supplier of software platforms and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry and GlobeXplorer, provider of the world's largest commercial library of aerial photos, satellite imagery and geographic maps, today announced a strategic partnership enabling deCarta customers to leverage sophisticated high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery in their LBS applications.
The partnership between the two companies addresses the next-generation of LBS application feature enrichment for a wide range of markets including real estate, travel, Internet, government and business intelligence.
Through the partnership, deCarta customers will be able to easily create location-based applications that overlay spatial and complementary customer- generated data onto GlobeXplorer imagery. Applications can be developed through deCarta's no-cost Developer Zone, and commercially deployed through either deCarta's Hosted Web Services, a state-of-the-art, professionally- managed hosting environment or by licensing and deploying deCarta's market- proven Drill Down Server™ geospatial software platform. deCarta and GlobeXplorer have collaborated on a seamless interface between deCarta's Web services API and GlobeXplorer's Image Server within the deCarta AJAX framework. This enables easy generation of "hybrid" maps such as the overlay of road network data on top of satellite imagery.
"Maps and imagery are now the defacto visual reference point for spatially-oriented search and information," said J. Kim Fennell, president and CEO of deCarta. "The combination of GlobeXplorer imagery and deCarta technology opens new horizons for our customers to significantly expand the scope of their applications in ways that provide a high degree of real-world visual context and value to their end-users."
"The convergence of LBS and geographic imagery is upon us," said Robert Shanks, president and CEO of GlobeXplorer. "We look forward to our partnership with deCarta, and to the many new applications taking full advantage of our combined technologies that will come to the market delivering new levels of user utility and market differentiation. With GlobeXplorer, deCarta developers will be able to provide their users unmatched image resolution, coverage, and currency."
deCarta is the leading geospatial software platform that powers today's most successful Location-Based Services (LBS) applications such as those deployed at Google Maps, Yahoo, Ask.com, Verizon and Sprint. The company's unique, patented technology is ideal for high volume LBS applications for use in Internet, mobile, Personal Navigation and telematics applications where scalability, speed, and reliability are vital. Its Drill Down Server geospatial software platform, Rich Map Engine and Hosted Web Service is preferred by application developers and service providers who also want the flexibility to customize map styles, utilize unique routing capabilities and self-brand. deCarta customers and technology partners include AND, Appello, Ask.com, ATX, Google, Hutchison Mobile, Local Matters, Maps.com, Motorola, NAVTEQ, Networks In Motion, Pharos, Rand McNally, Tele Atlas, TeleNav, Yahoo! and Zillow. deCarta is privately held and headquartered in San Jose, California with international offices in the UK and China. www.decarta.com.
GlobeXplorer LLC is a leading geographic data integration and publishing company providing online access to the world's largest commercial library of aerial photos, satellite imagery, geographic maps, and real property information. Through dynamic Web applications, Web services, APIs, Internet portals, and Internet-aware devices, GlobeXplorer distributes interactive geographic content via flexible subscription services. GlobeXplorer owns AirPhotoUSA, the nation's largest, high quality aerial imagery provider. For further information, contact GlobeXplorer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.globexplorer.com. GlobeXplorer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp.
Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE: STC) is a technology-driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 9,000 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, mortgage default management solutions, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at www.stewart.com.