Location-based services immediately available to Tata Indicom subscribers are POI Search and Navigator. POI Search enables users to zero in on and locate points of interest, such as nearest ATMs, restaurants, hotels, etc. with a single click, using the Tata Indicom network. Navigator provides end-users with turn by turn directions using the shortest route to the desired destination from their current location.
Tata Indicom is launching the initial QUICKFINDER service in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. QUICKFINDER will be available first on BlackBerry 8830 World Edition and MotoRAZR V3, with additional handsets to follow in the near future.
This service will also utilize Qualcomm's QPoint solution and gpsOne technology integrated into Qualcomm chipsets. “The A-GPS service will use the most advanced positioning methodology to provide users with precise position information, including inside buildings and structures," said Mr. Anil Sardana, managing director of Tata Teleservices Limited. Indeed, using CDMA network support, the solution takes advantage of Advanced Forward Link Trilateration (AFLT) positioning (a handset-based positioning method) to assist in determining accurate locations while indoors or in sub-optimal environments.