deCarta launches LBS platform to shorten mobile developments



deCarta launches LBS platform to shorten mobile developments
deCarta, a leading supplier of software and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, has launched new location platform which provides a framework to shorten development of mobile mapping applications. Called deCarta Mobile, this platform consists of a scalable client/server architecture.

"Location is moving from niche mobile applications to a broadly distributed capability that enhances everything from navigation to social networking to photography and search," said Kim Fennell, the CEO of deCarta. "deCarta Mobile puts the industry's most successful geospatial software platform easily at [developers] fingertips."

client/server architecture
deCarta Mobile Server leverages the performance of the company's geospatial software platform, Drill Down Server which is widely used on the market for mobile and web-based applications. The server can be deployed at a customer's facility or accessed as a hosted service from deCarta. The mobile client is an application programming interface (API) that supports the functionality needed for many location-enabled applications used for mobile search, routing and mobile tracking.

The API, initially available for J2ME environments - with an iPhone implementation to follow shortly, said deCarta - is available with complete source code and sample application code to allow rapid development and customization by application developers. Customers can modify the application to reflect their own branding needs or use a map interface that has been optimized by deCarta for the mobile environment. In addition, deCarta Mobile is compatible with JSR 179-based GPS implementations as well as WiFi and cell tower-based location technologies.

Wednesday, September 10th 2008


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