deCarta, the leading supplier of software and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, today announced the launch of its beta program supporting OpenStreetMap (OSM) data.
The beta program makes the OSM content available for selected cities around the world. A product release that will support the complete coverage of OSM is scheduled for October 2009.
In keeping with the spirit of the OpenStreetMap community, OSM data in deCarta format will be free of charge. deCarta plans to make the product available for both server and client-side solutions to its customers .
This includes self hosted solutions using deCarta’s Drill Down Server, deCarta’s Hosted Web Services, Personal Navigation Devices, and Mobile Phones.
The initial product release is aimed at developers who want to develop the following types of applications:
- Map display
- Vehicle tracking
- High-level routing
- Pedestrian navigation
Future releases will include support for local search and turn-by-turn navigation based on availability and applicability of the OSM content. In addition, deCarta will expand geographic coverage and depth of features as the OSM data continues to expand and mature.