News Release

Tele Atlas India opens up to the Whole New World of IP telephony

Indian arm of world's biggest digital mapping company adopts Cisco's IP Telephony solution
Jun 11, 2001

NEW DELHI, India -- 11 June 2001 -- Tele Atlas, the world leader in digital mapping, and Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced implementation of an IP-based converged infrastructure to provide a single IP-based voice, video and data infrastructure at its Indian office.

The IP Telephony solution enables not only voice communication within the enterprise but also data transmission – on a single networking infrastructure. The entire range of Cisco's IP Telephony solution has been implemented at Tele Atlas – including the Cisco Unity unified messaging service. Unified Messaging services will allow employees to use multiple access modes to retrieve any form of communication. For instance, mails may be received as voice mail or fax – and voice mails may be converted to fax.

Frank Maes, FIT Manager Tele Atlas said: "We have established ourselves as the number one reference brand in digital mapping – and create futuristic products such in-car navigation products and other traffic & transport enabling systems. We look at the Indian market as a key provider of expertise to research and develop navigation products of the future. Our specific requirement was to set up a reliable network to support our production unit.

Manas Joshi, Technical Support Manager Tele Atlas said: "We had looked at solutions from various vendors – and betted on Cisco because it has the industry's broadest range of solutions to design, implement and support networks which best cater to the specific demands of Tele Atlas."

The IP Telephony network consists of a Media Convergence Server – and Cisco's IP-phones. Further, Cisco's voice mail product - Unity – has been enabled throughout to LAN to allow unified messaging for every user. Cisco's Router - 3660 series and the 2600 series routers are being used to set up data connectivity through the IGX WAN switches, for Internet connectivity. Further, a comprehensive LAN switching solution based on Cisco's Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 4006 for around 1200 nodes (PCs), consisting of Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 3500-XL switches.

"Cisco provides the entire range of reliable and redundant IP Telephony solutions – and Tele Atlas has been one of the first movers in India to opt for the entire range. Our key offering to Tele Atlas is a total solution combining all the voice and data requirements of the firm. Such a solution delivers significant benefits, including lower phone call costs, simpler network administration and support and increased flexibility to meet expanding telephone and computer network needs well into the future." said Sudhir Narang, Head of Enterprise Sales, Cisco Systems India.

About Tele Atlas

Tele Atlas is the world leader in digital mapping. It has the largest digital maps of both Europe and North America - covering around 290 million inhabitants in Europe and giving complete digital map coverage of the United States, with 265 million inhabitants. The company is actively increasing coverage worldwide and is continually updating, refining and adding detail to existing map databases. Tele Atlas also has significant and growing activities, with its data being used in business applications such as location based services, telematics, fleet management, GIS, geo-marketing and other geodata applications. Based in Ghent, Belgium, Tele Atlas employs 1400 people in 15 countries, including the U.S. and India, and maintains its data through continuous field surveys. Tele Atlas is a founding member of "MAGIC ServicesTM", and has been listed on the Neuer Markt of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since May 2000.

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