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Digital Map of South Africa Available from Tele Atlas Ready for World Cup Soccer

March 05, 2010

Tele Atlas has introduced a World Cup Soccer-ready digital map of South Africa. The special version of Tele Atlas’ (News - Alert) MultiNet map database includes all roads in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland as well as accurate details of the nine host cities in South Africa.
The World Cup Soccer-ready digital map will allow fans to find everything they want, such as restaurants, hotels and bars and fastest routes around regulated traffic zones near event locations.
According to Danny Grobben, general manager of Tele Atlas South Africa, with Tele Atlas content as the foundation, mobile and in car navigation products will help people to avoid temporary road closures, find the best walking route to stadiums and see just where they are using Tele Atlas 3D landmarks or detailed Tele Atlas 2D city maps.
Grobben noted that the addition of Tele Atlas Voice Maps enables speech recognition technologies on navigation devices and provides better voice output.
Tele Atlas is planning to offer special World Cup Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help developers create applications in time for the competition. Developers will use these standard web interfaces to access the freshest maps and dynamic content to create and deliver navigation and local search applications for the World Cup. The new MultiNet release also contains more than 50 3D landmarks and landmark icons of important buildings and stadiums across the host cities.
Tele Atlas offers complete coverage of the street network in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The special World Cup version adds 12,000 kilometers of new roads with speed restriction, signpost and lane information. It also offers World Cup Soccer specific information such as Fan park points of interest, areas where people gather to support specific teams with big screens and special events; Park and Ride, car parking points around the stadiums where fans can take public transport to and from the stadium gates; security check zones, specific places around stadium entrances where security checks will take place; stadium gate information and pedestrian routes as well as regulated traffic zones to show temporary closures during competitions.
The product release also contains Tele Atlas Advanced City Models of Johannesburg, Cape Town Pretoria and other metropolitan areas, offering three-dimensional representations of cities that raise the clarity of screen images within in-car and portable navigation systems and mobile devices.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri