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Telcontar today announced the latest version of its Drill Down Server (DDS), the premier software platform for location-based services. DDS v2.5 features enhanced scalability, speed and external database links along with a host of features specifically for the European market. Yahoo! recently launched its new mapping and routing services based on Telcontar's DDS v2.5.

The new version of the software is available for multi-modal use, enabling routing and navigation applications to be used by vehicles, by pedestrians and people travelling on public transport. DDS v2.5 now also supports landmarks and points of interest, ferries and underpasses. Links to external databases such as Oracle have been streamlined to enable much quicker retrieval and updating of spatial data.

Drill Down Server v2.5 enables Telcontar's customers to provide much faster, accurate and more comprehensive location-based services for mobile phones, call centres, pocket PCs, PDAs and in-vehicle telematics units. Applications that use DDS include turn-by-turn directions, mapping and navigation, real-time traffic information, emergency roadside assistance, commercial and personal fleet tracking and concierge and directory services.

Graham Page, managing director of Telcontar's European operation said, "This is a significant product release for the European market. We have incorporated many enhancements requested by our European customers and feedback from our development sites has been extremely positive. This builds significantly on Telcontar's already strong position as the leading software platform for location-based services."


Notes to Editors

About Telcontar

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, real-time traffic information, and maps. Telcontar's services are also used by vehicular or personal emergency response call centres as well as for fleet tracking and dispatch. The company specialises in integrating digital maps with traditional database content drawn from multiple sources.

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. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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