Chicago, IL – March 16, 2005 – NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location based solutions, awarded the winners of the 2nd annual Global LBS Challenge. FieldRanger, a leader in the development of wireless technology, was named a semifinalist for the Asset Tracking/Field Services category.
FieldRanger is streamlining the field-based service industry by empowering office employees to report the location of field workers with off-the-shelf GPS enabled cell phones. Customers are able to assign projects to workers based on location, which increases billable time and improves customer service.
The contest, which expanded this year to include companies from around the world, challenges developers to build location-enabled applications for wireless devices. The Global LBS Challenge was met with extensive interest from developers, carriers, and device manufacturers and further heightened the awareness of new value-adding location-based services (LBS) to the wireless industry.
“It is exciting to watch location-based applications gain popularity as organizations such as NAVTEQ encourage the development of new technologies. FieldRanger is thrilled to have been recognized as a leader in this industry,” stated Josh Blank, FieldRanger’s Vice President of Business and Technology Development.
Executives from wireless carriers, hardware and device manufacturers and other influential players in the wireless industry served as the official judges and completed the judging on Sunday, March. The judges based their final decisions on two criteria: usability and utility.
Sponsors of the Global LBS Challenge include ESRI, Microsoft Corp., SiRF Technology, Inc. and Telcontar. In addition, the Challenge had several media sponsors including Directions Magazine, Wireless Innovation Network of British Columbia (WINBC), PDA Buzz, Handheld Computing and Location Box.
For more information about the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge, visit: http://www.lbschallenge.com.
FieldRanger Software provides Wireless Work Order solutions for Specialty Trades and Contractors who use QuickBooks and Master Builder to run their business. FieldRanger Work Order applications share data directly with office-based accounting packages-saving time and money by tracking Work Order information on wireless PDA phone devices. Work Order Software allows contractors to create work order information in QuickBooks and Master Builder, send work orders to the field and synchronize data back into their accounting software once employees update their time and materials from the field. Field Ranger’s Work Order Software streamlines billing, decreases receivables time, and tightens supply chain management.
NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices and Internet-based mapping applications. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 1,500 employees located in over 100 offices in 20 countries.
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