Telcontar, a leading supplier of software the related services for the Location-based Services (LBS) industry, today announced that its development partner Appello has signed a distribution agreement with Elite Mobile plc. Elite will provide ‘Navig8 powered by WISEPILOT’ to consumers in the UK through its network of dealers from the end of September. Elite undertook comprehensive tests of WISEPILOT before signing the contract with Appello. In addition Elite has partnered with TMTI (Talk Me Through It) to provide high level of after sales customer support for its Bluetooth and Navi8 product range.
WISEPILOT incorporates the powerful functionality of Telcontar's geospatial software platform, the Drill Down Service (DDS). It uses an 'off-board' DDS server from Telcontar to deliver maps, driving directions and information on local points of interest and businesses direct to Java-enabled phones. These details are frequently updated with the latest data by the DDS, and then accessed by the mobile devices.
Leif Sundstrom, CEO of Appello commented, “We are looking forward to working with Elite. This agreement with Elite is in line with our strategy to roll out WISEPILOT across Europe, and confirms that WISEPILOT is one step ahead of the competition. After launching WISEPILOT in Sweden with TeliaSonera just a few months ago we are already the marketing leading supplier of off-board navigation. We are expecting the same to see the same results in the UK.”
Barry Nash, Director, Sales & Marketing for Elite Mobile said, “It is a real coup for Elite Mobile and a superb product for our customers. It is one they will find easy to sell, offering all the features of more expensive satellite navigation products. It is simple to use, exceptional value for money and excellent quality. Appello was the ideal partner for Elite. WISEPILOT is an innovative solution, utilising existing Bluetooth/Java handsets, offering a wide range of choice and flexibility for the UK mobile market.”
Marc Prioleau, VP of Marketing at Telcontar commented, “Appello's WISEPILOT gives Elite's customers a phone-based alternative to more expensive personal navigation products. WISEPILOT has used the Telcontar DDS server to build a fully functional navigation application that is never out of date and can incorporate the latest points of interest. This provides an excellent opportunity for wireless operations like Elite to offer a valuable service to their customers.”