Appello and KPN Launch a Mobile Navigation Service
Swedish navigation provider Appello has been selected to provide KPN with the Wisepilot navigation platform for the new mobile navigation service, KPN OpWeg on BlackBerry.
KPN OpWeg ("KPN On The Move”) is a fully KPN branded navigation solution that provides an all-inclusive navigation experience on BlackBerry. KPN customers can take advantage of navigation with voice instructions and 3D maps, integrated Dutch real-time traffic information from ANWB, unique destination lookup functionality via Dutch business and residential listings from De Telefoongids and safety camera alerts. KPN OpWeg gives customers access to quarterly updated European map information from leading map data provider Navteq.

OpWeg also consist of a personal web portal where every customer can access their personal navigation information, pre-plan their trips, view real-time traffic and find information using a standard web browser.

“KPN is the perfect partner for Appello, a mobile network operator with a strong brand and a well prepared plan for its new navigation services. We are proud to announce yet another partnership around our navigation services with one of Europe’s most prominent mobile operators. This is a groundbreaking cooperation between Appello and KPN in one of Europe’s most mature navigation markets,” says Leif Sundström, CEO of Appello.

“KPN not only capitalize of the fact that navigation is the number one requested add-on service by BlackBerry users in the Netherlands, they are also first to offer a complete navigation solution with everything from a start package to Pan-European navigation that includes advanced services such as high quality real-time traffic information from the Dutch automobile club ANWB. Add to this the fact that GPRS traffic is included along with other navigation extras in demand like accurate information of safety cameras and convenient functions like finding your destination by looking in yellow and white pages and you have a very compelling overall solution.”, comments Rasmus Ahlberg, Product Manager at Appello.

“The introduction of KPN OpWeg (“KPN On The Move”) fulfills our customer’s number one request for additional BlackBerry applications. Appello has proven itself to be a professional and flexible company, with a great deal of technical know-how. Thanks to Appello’s expertise, we have been able to implement this solution in just 12 weeks.”, says Albert Vergeer, Manager Business Market KPN Mobile.

KPN OpWeg is introduced on the Dutch market on BlackBerry 7130 and 8700TM to KPN customers using BlackBerry Internet Service TM as well as the BlackBerry Corporate Solution.
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