Swedish Government and TomTom Cooperate on Map Freshness

~ OpenLR™ location referencing technology enables Swedish transport authorities to share speed limit changes ~

ITS World 2012

VIENNA--()--TomTom today announces cooperation with the Swedish Transport Administration to efficiently exchange updates on road attributes to improve the quality of our map database. As part of this cooperation, the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) has joined a growing list of early adopters of TomTom’s OpenLR™ location referencing technology. The royalty-free, open source technology will enable the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) to share speed limit changes with TomTom on a daily basis.

The OpenLR open-source system was originally developed by TomTom to enable many different types of location information to be shared between the different cartographic standards. OpenLR has now been certified by TISA as an industry standard. Following the introduction of the speed limit data exchange with TomTom, the STA plans to share height restrictions, changes to signage and other road safety information.

“The expanded cooperation with the STA means that our maps are always fresh and all our customers are benefitting from accurate and up-to-date maps,” says Charles Cautley, Managing Director TomTom Licensing. “That's why we are planning to introduce similar data exchange programmes in other countries across Europe.”

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About OpenLR™

OpenLR™ is an open source project launched by TomTom in 2009. It provides a royalty-free dynamic location referencing method. The technology enables reliable location data exchange between systems that use maps of different vendors or versions.

For more information, visit http://www.openlr.org/

Key benefits of OpenLR™

  • Map-agnostic dynamic location referencing
  • Open source and royalty-free industry standard
  • Can be used on the entire road network – including secondary and urban roads
  • Bandwidth-efficient data transmission
  • Core packages subject to Apache Licence version 2 with extra conditions for OpenLR
  • The OpenLR™ trade mark can be used free of charge

About the Swedish Transport Administration

Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration) is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of all state owned roads and railways.

The Swedish National road database (NVDB) is operated by Trafikverket in cooperation with the Swedish municipalities and county councils, forestry and Land Survey. NVDB data are used in everything from GPS navigators to smart webservices for planning snow clearance and emergency response.

For further information, please visit http://www.trafikverket.se/Om-Trafikverket/Andra-sprak/English-Engelska/

About TomTom

Founded in 1991, TomTom (AEX:TOM2) is the world’s leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services focused on providing all drivers with the world’s best navigation experience. Headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has 3,500 employees and sells its products in over 40 countries.

Our products include portable navigation devices, in-dash infotainment systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services, including the award winning TomTom HD Traffic.

For the world’s most up-to-date route planner, including live traffic information go to www.tomtom.com/livetraffic

For further information, please visit www.tomtom.com

Contacts

For Media:
Peppa Sheridan, 07725 121189
peppa@peptalkpr.co.uk
or
TomTom
Corporate Communications:
Yann Lafarque, +31 6 113 669 49

Release Summary

TomTom today announces cooperation with the Swedish Transport Administration to efficiently exchange updates on road attributes to improve the quality of our map database.

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Contacts

For Media:
Peppa Sheridan, 07725 121189
peppa@peptalkpr.co.uk
or
TomTom
Corporate Communications:
Yann Lafarque, +31 6 113 669 49