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Ask Jeeves Map Search

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Published: 2004-10-19

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Ask Jeeves has selected Telcontar's Drill Down Server (DDS) to power its Map Search function on the Ask Jeeves web site.

With Telcontar's DDS spatial software platform combined with NAVTEQ map data, Ask Jeeves, provides its users with access to city maps and driving directions, capabilities that further extend the robust Local search features the major search engine offers.

"Local is a top search category on Ask Jeeves, and maps and driving directions are important components," said Jim Lanzone, senior vice president of search properties at Ask Jeeves, Inc. "Telcontar provides a fast, scalable and reliable software platform for delivering maps and driving directions. Their superior technology, commitment to customer support and demonstrated success in the market are the main reasons for choosing them as our map provider."

J. Kim Fennell, President and CEO of Telcontar, stated, "We are very pleased and honored to have been selected by Ask Jeeves for this important service. We know they have demanding users and we're confident we can deliver a best-of-breed solution for them." Fennell further commented, "Telcontar is fast becoming the provider of choice for Internet mapping applications where customers require extremely high volume, rapid response solutions. Our DDS platform generates millions of maps to users every day over the Internet, to wireless devices and for in-vehicle telematics applications and we're excited by the rapid growth in this market."

"Our relationship with Telcontar underscores our commitment to partnering with the best content and services providers," said Ryan Massie, product manager for Ask Jeeves. "Ask Jeeves seamlessly integrates Telcontar's maps and driving directions with other Local features to deliver a superior local search experience for our users."

The Telcontar Drill Down Server (DDS) enables location-based service providers the ability to easily integrate digital maps and traditional database content drawn from multiple sources for fast, accurate access to the user. The DDS provides flexible, patented spatial searching, geocoding and routing for LBS applications that include mapping and directions, navigation, fleet tracking, trip planning and real-time traffic information, all accessed via the Internet and wireless devices. The scalable DDS architecture delivers real-time information that can be changed dynamically with a transaction performance that continues to be proven second to none.

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