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Microsoft Brings Location Server To MapPoint Web Service

Microsoft on Monday unveiled a corporate server designed to complement its MapPoint Web Service, which allows partners and customers to integrate realtime location data into business and consumer applications.

MapPoint Location Server (MLS), announced at the start of the CTIA Wireless show in Atlanta and Microsoft's Mobile Developer Conference in San Francisco, starts at $8,000 for 500,000 transactions and support for 50 roaming users. The server harnesses the company's recently enhanced MapPoint Web Service 3.5 mapping service, one of several .Net services developed as part of Microsoft's original .Net MyServices platform.

The MapPoint Location Server's plug-in architecture allows wireless operators to hook their services into the server transparently to users. At the CTIA Wireless show on Monday, Sprint and Bell Canada were the first to announce realtime commercial services based on MLS in the U.S. and Canadian markets, respectively.

ISVs and solution providers--including Cubistix, Immedient, Hewlett-Packard and Action Engine--are developing realtime location solutions for business customers with MapPoint Location Server, Microsoft said.

The server is targeted at fleet management, asset tracking and sales-force automation applications, or any application that requires realtime location information of trucks, inventory and personnel, Microsoft said. The server can help companies in the repair, service and shipping sectors speed deliveries, deploy workers more rapidly to areas of need in the field and access inventory information in realtime.

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