In Singapore, a wide variety of navigation devices are now available including applications for smart phones such as Nokia’s OVI Maps.
To support these systems with real-time traffic, GEWI Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of German company GEWI Europe GmbH & Co. KG, comes to the rescue providing real time traffic information directly to navigation devices and smart phones using data broadcasting over mobile internet and FM radio channels.
GEWI uses RDS-TMC (Radio Data Service Traffic Message Channel) to broadcast a constant stream of information which is received by the navigation device allowing the system to offer alternative routes based on the current traffic situation.
GEWI, the world’s leading traffic information software provider is also the creator of the location tables used in the Singapore maps from two of the world’s leading map providers, TeleAtlas and Navteq and selected by TelMap for its SingTel Xplorer product.
The GEWI location table for Singapore is already version 2 and will be updated and re-certified again early next year.
The traffic services provided by GEWI are already available on suitable Nokia handsets and Garmin navigation devices, GEWI reports that many other manufacturers will be launching traffic enabled products in the coming months.
GEWI’s traffic service has been on the air since 2006 and is fully tested and approved by many device manufacturers. The service was launched and tested on selected Nokia handsets by SingTel for the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix.