Wingcast Selects GDT to Provide Street and Address Foundation for Telematics Services
LEBANON, N.H., May 13, 2002 - Geographic Data Technology, Inc., (GDT) a developer of premier map databases, today announced that its street and address data have been selected to support the services provided by Wingcast, a company founded by Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F - News) and QUALCOMM (NASDAQ: QCOM - News) to provide telematics services and applications to the automotive market.
GDT's U.S. Dynamap®/Transportation database will be a source of mapping data for safety, security and route assistance services for Wingcast subscribers. Compiled from a vast network of sources, Dynamap/Transportation North America provides street and address coverage, highly accurate one-way and restricted turn information, accurate representation of limited access highways, preferred routing names, and exit point layers.
Wingcast's initial telematics service offering, including hands-free, voice-activated calling and a variety of additional services, will be available beginning later this year. The Wingcast user interface enables eyes-on-the-road, hands-on-the-wheel access to its network of services. Additionally, Wingcast services will be available both from within the vehicle and outside the vehicle through other devices such as wireline and wireless phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and computers to provide consumers with maximum flexibility in accessing the services.
"Our focus at Wingcast is to provide safety, security and convenience for drivers, so it's critical our mapping data be comprehensive and reliable," said Coby Erez, vice president of consumer services for Wingcast. "GDT offers consistent and comprehensive coverage throughout the US so our customers can be assured of the best service possible no matter where they may travel."
"We're excited about this opportunity to partner with Wingcast as it brings telematics services to drivers across the US," said Mike Gerling, GDT's president and CEO. "The Wingcast interface seeks to minimize driver distraction while offering the safety and security that drivers need. The combination of GDT mapping intelligence and Wingcast application expertise will offer consumers a robust range of services for both safety and convenience."
About Wingcast, LLC
Wingcast, LLC was created by Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F - News) and QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM - News) in October 2000 to provide telematics services - the integration of computing and wireless telecommunications with motor vehicles to enhance safety, security, productivity and enjoyment for consumers in a mobile environment. Wingcast is dedicated to the development and delivery of advanced wireless applications and telematics services for mobile users both in and outside of vehicles.
Geographic Data Technology, Inc. is the premier developer of map databases that provide the foundation for location-based applications. With more than 20 years experience in data management and compilation, GDT excels at bringing together a myriad of data resources to create spatial products and services that help businesses and consumers manage, understand and analyze geographic relationships. GDT provides cartographic data to major GIS vendors and is the data provider for leading software and web mapping programs. GDT data is used for routing, web mapping, emergency response, site selection, risk analysis, facilities management, and a host of other applications. With a focus on nationwide coverage, GDT offers customers complete, current and comprehensive geographic products for North America, Brazil and Argentina. GDT employs more than 500 people at its Lebanon, NH headquarters. For more information, visit the GDT.
Dynamap is a registered trademark of GDT.