Nokia Acquires MetaCarta
Metacarta has 30 employees with strong sales growth in the last quarter 2009.

Nokia said in a short statement recently that it has acquired MetaCarta. MetaCarta is a privately owned company which employs over 30 people and has expertise in geographic intelligence solutions. MetaCarta’s technology will be used in the area of local search in Location and other services. Metacarta was founded in 2001 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company is backed by venture capital firms such as Sevin Rosen, FA Technology Ventures, Solstice Capital, Hunt Ventures and Chevron Technology Ventures. MetaCarta has been working with customers in government, media, technology and utility sectors such as US Army, US Navy, unnamed US intelligence agencies, Schlumberger, Microsoft, BBC, CBS Interactive and Reuters.

Geographic Search and Referencing Platform (GSRP) is the main product of Metacarta. MetaCarta enables documents from any sources to appear in any map. Whether using a high-end GIS like ESRI ArcGIS, a globe viewer like Google Earth, a mobile device, or a browser-based map with Microsoft Virtual Earth and an internal WMS, MetaCarta can display relevant map-based search results. MetaCarta’s technology combines geographic search and geographic tagging capabilities so users can find content about a place by viewing results on a map. MetaCarta’s products make data and unstructured content "location-aware" and geographically relevant.

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