The service started out in San Francisco and is now available nationally.
GeoSpot, the location-based services (LBS) and information technology company today announced its highly anticipated nationwide GeoSpot Deep Local Search on Web and Mobile Web. This comes one year after GeoSpot brought the first-ever local search with time filter – ability to search and only show results for businesses and points of interest (POIs) that are open now or at a user-requested time.
The majority of local search services and internet yellow pages (IYP) display various business information including operating hours. However, other than business name and location, their data are not meaningfully structured and often display irrelevant search results or are not searchable at all.
In contrast, GeoSpot provides an unparalleled depth of richly-defined searchable business data. Users can search for a myriad of business characteristics such as what is open at a particular time, which establishments provide sought-out products or services, POI’s affiliations and certifications (e.g. green-certified), accessibility, brands of credit cards accepted, products (e.g. organic food), facilities (e.g. public restrooms), recurring events (e.g. happy hours), and cultural and lifestyle characteristics (e.g. Spanish-speaking, kid-friendly or dog-friendly).
Since its beta release with limited San Francisco Bay Area-only data, GeoSpot has expanded its deep data coverage nationally. Today, GeoSpot’s deeper and searchable content is available in major metropolitan areas and thousands of other cities all over the United States. Case in point, hundreds of cities now have 50 to 95 percent of its restaurants searchable by hours of operation.
“Early GeoSpot beta users in Northern California expressed their desire to conduct deep local search in cities that they travel to,” noted Joe Chen, CEO of GeoSpot, Inc. “There is also a significant increase in requests from all over the country to expand GeoSpot’s deep content to their regions. I am pleased that GeoSpot has achieved this major milestone and met the desires of users across America. We will relentlessly continue to increase the density of coverage everywhere and with greater depths.”
Similar to using GeoSpot service on standard web browsers, using GeoSpot on mobile phones is as easy as launching the mobile web browser. No application download is required. GeoSpot service works on any browser-enabled phone including iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Android- and Windows Mobile-based handsets.
GeoSpot’s deep content and local search engine are also available for licensing by developers of LBS applications and platforms. These include manufacturers of mobile phones, personal navigation devices (PND), car navigation devices, wireless operators, and any location-based or map-based applications that can benefit from embedding a local search service in their offerings.
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