NBI is made of two parts: MapKit and LocationKit.
MapKit allows the following features:
- Display of road, satellite, and hybrid map views
- Map Controls and Manipulation such as panning, zooming, pinch and spread (if supported on the platform.)
- Geocoding and Reverse Geocoding
- Local Search for points of interest, including advanced search for Movies times, Events, Gas Prices and Weather
- Pin Manager
- Traffic Overlay
- In application Static Directions
- Initiate navigation by invoking the mobile navigation app VZ Navigator
- Support to obtain maps as a single image
The second component, LocationKit enables fast location positioning for applications using standalone GPS, Cell ID or Wi-Fi. LocationKit also offers Cell ID location positioning on non-Wi-Fi capable devices, such as Brew-enabled feature phones.
At this stage NBI supports 7 handsets: Blackberry Storm 2, HTC DROID Eris and Incredible, Motorola DROID, Samsung Intensity II and Samsung Gusto.
NBI has been developed by Telecommunications Systems (TCS) based on Navbuilder, a product issued from the acquisition of Networks in Motion last year. This SDK reinforces the relationship between the carrier and TCS that was already providing key location technologies to Verizon.