Nokia HERE offers traffic info to GIS mapping software provider Esri

Nokia’s map business HERE is offering real-time traffic information to Esri, a Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software provider, used by enterprises.

HERE Traffic enables Esri to enhance its web and cloud location platform with more precise location data for intelligent routing.

Fleet operators will be able to better manage problems as they occur in real time, re-routing fleets when traffic unexpectedly hits, and providing alerts when pickup or delivery delays occur.

“Traffic data is essential to determining the fastest or most efficient route and HERE’s relationships on the enterprise side are significant. Traffic information is core to maximizing uptime and essential for alternative fuel vehicles such as EVs,” said Roger C Lanctot, associate director in the Global Automotive Practice for Strategy Analytics.

With congestion in the top 100 highway bottlenecks getting worse, real time traffic information helps fleets avoid traffic hotspots so that they get can get to their destinations faster and more safely.

Earlier this year, Toyota Motor Europe selected HERE platform’s Nokia Local Search for Automotive to power its Touch & Go navigation and infotainment systems. Nokia Local Search for Automotive is expected to be commercially available in Toyota systems from early 2014 in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

HERE currently processes 20 billion real-time GPS probe points a month, with almost half of all the data less than 1 minute old and more than three-quarters less than 5 minutes old.

Chris Cappelli, director of Sales at Esri, said: “Launching real-time traffic from HERE on Esri’s platform for our ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Transportation Analytics software products will offer a deeper level of logistic and analytic capabilities for enterprise and government fleet companies.”

HERE delivers real-time traffic based on the data it gathers from a wealth of sources.

Roy Kolstad, vice president for Mobile, Web and Enterprise in North America at HERE, said: “Our traffic offering will complement HERE map content, which Esri has been using for a decade. Through this combination of traffic and map content, Esri will be able to provide a richer location-based analytics offering that will help businesses make more informed decisions.”

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