Here Technologies forms mapping and location services partnerships with Tieto and Tencent

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One of the leading global providers of location data and platform services Here Technologies has formed strategic partnerships with Nordic IT services and software company Tieto and the Chinese internet giant Tencent.

Tieto and Here Technologies will jointly create and deliver industry specific software and location-based solutions for automotive, logistics and asset and fleet management industries, to meet the increasing market demand. Digitization has opened, and continues to open, completely new ways for monitoring and getting efficiencies from mobile objects and assets.

Autonomous vehicles, location-based services, and asset and fleet tracking and management, all offer opportunities on a global scale. Tieto’s portfolio of consultancy, infrastructure, outsourcing and application services and business application platforms, together with Here’s expertise in location-based services, present a great opportunity to address the market with joint solutions.

Tieto’s product development services enable semiconductor, connected device and communication infrastructure vendors to build next-generation IoT (Internet of Things), mobile and wearable devices, connected cars and networks. Together with alliance partners, the company delivers complete chipset, software and services solutions for 5G cellular, IoT and automotive, and is a trusted technology development and systems integration partner for the telecommunications industry.

By combining both companies’ technologies and capabilities they will provide location context to business applications as a foundation for digitization strategies that enable customers to accelerate their business and generate new opportunities to stay ahead of the competition. Practical use cases include proactive solutions for fleet management, supply chain management and logistics solutions using Here tracking and mobility solutions.

“This partnership is more than the sum of its parts. The cooperation between us and Here Technologies combines cutting edge technologies in 5G networks, smart cities, automotive solutions and the Internet of Things,” said Tom Leskinen, head of product development services at Tieto. “Moreover, our offerings complement each other in a way which will drive new innovations and accelerate the utilization of these new technologies.”

Victor van Dinten, global director of strategic alliances at Here Technologies, noted, “Location intelligence is a determining factor to derive outcomes and drive business goals based on patterns and relationships across very often siloed location datasets. The ability to integrate technologies to reap the full benefits from non-stationary assets and their usage is the future. We are poised to provide these advantages to our customers on a global scale.”

One of the world’s biggest online service providers, Tencent, has selected Here Technologies as its main provider of global map content and places information. As part of the partnership, Here will power the mapping platform from Tencent outside of China with its location platform and places data, including Japan.

This platform supports all Tencent products and services, including the well-known chat and instant messaging applications WeChat and QQ. Here currently delivers up-to-date and high-quality maps for 200 countries and territories. The company detects, processes and publishes tens of millions of changes to its map data, places and point addresses worldwide every week to keep it as fresh as possible.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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