TomTom Africa offers businesses and government organisations high quality digital maps with accurate and extensive coverage of Africa and the globe on the world's foremost Location Based Services (LBS) platform. TomTom Africa is an all-encompassing digital mapping company. Working together with partners including IBM South Africa. TomTom Africa establishes innovative and comprehensive suites of digital mapping platforms to position itself as the leading international enabler of accurate location-based platforms throughout Africa.
TomTom Africa and IBM South Africa have been working together incorporating Tom Tom’s API (Application Program Interface) on IBMs Cloud platform – Bluemix. TomTom Africa have an exclusive distribution agreement with independent location based solutions provider, deCarta. The deCarta Maps API is powered by TomTom Maps and Traffic to ensure highest quality and it lets application developers build location services with maximum flexibility in platform breadth and functionality, without sacrificing performance or ease of use.
IBM Bluemix is a Cloud Based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that can get start-ups and established companies to become cloud ready easily and timeously. If you would like to benefit from IBM Bluemix and get a better understanding of it all you need to do is create an IBM Bluemix Account and enjoy a 30 day free trial. Use this time to determine if the service is a perfect fit for your needs. Bluemix also includes IBM DevOps to give developers flexibility to choose the tooling which works best for them. Developers can use their current developer tools or use the web IDE (Integrated Development Environment) tool as part of the IBM DevOps offering.
The result of this is that developers in Africa can now build both native and HTML applications with maps, routing, geocoding, and other advanced LBS features while leveraging IBM Bluemix. Bluemix enables developers to deploy applications in seconds. These can be web applications which run on any browsers or mobile applications which can run on smart phones, tablets and other location-enabled devices. Using the deCarta APIs to build your app allows you to control your brand and highlight your unique content or your customer's content.
This is helping African developers, on a small budget, to use readily available API's to develop such applications. This technology is gaining traction for navigation, personal safety and entertainment applications.
TomTom Africa explored the concept of connected services (including the connected car) and real-time database updates at their Developer Day and User Conference on 21 – 22 April 2015 in Johannesburg allowing innovators to explore new technologies.
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