Europa Technologies goes round the world with Global 360 gazetteer

24 February 2011 - For immediate release

A leading map specialist has launched a comprehensive worldwide gazetteer with immeasurable potential for search and reference applications.

Multi-award winning Europa Technologies is aiming its Global 360 product at any business that needs to search, reference and geocode locations worldwide.

With a range of entries from countries down to localised places of interest, Global 360 can be used for spatially enabling web applications such as store/dealer/service locators, office messaging, asset tracking, social networking and geographic 'check-in' services.

Europa Technologies director and founder Warren Vick said: "Global 360 is ideal for any business organisation that requires a consistent global location resource for web-based search, geo-coding and reverse geo-coding. It includes support for localisation and forms a valuable component of any enterprise-wide Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)."

Global 360 contains more than 900,000 locations. These consist of countries, administrative divisions, cities, towns, villages, islands, airports, ports, lakes, national parks, mountains and places of interest such as tourist locations.

Country and major city names are available in local and foreign language forms ('exonyms'). Languages supported include English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, standard Arabic and simplified Chinese. Support for Russian and Hebrew is in development.

As well as a latitude and longitude (WGS-84) coordinate, Global 360 uniquely features a 'range indicator' for each location, giving its geographic extent.

Global 360 is the first gazetteer of its kind to adopt the Geo URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) Internet standard for geographic locations. Geo URIs support the vCard file format specification, used for electronic business cards, and the GeoSMS standard for the tagging of locations in SMS text messages. The Geo URI scheme was defined in June 2010 by the Internet Engineering Task Force, an international open standards organisation that develops and promotes Internet protocols.

Global 360 is supplied in popular GIS data formats such as ESRI Shapefile and MapInfo TAB. It can also come as a text file or in Access format for easy loading into an enterprise-grade relational database.

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About Europa Technologies

Europa Technologies is a specialist manufacturer of digital world map data for a wide variety of market sectors and applications. Our products allow organisations with international interests to better understand their customers, assets and markets, in a geographic context, to gain a competitive or strategic advantage. Topographic and satellite imagery products from Europa Technologies are used by many Fortune Global 500 companies and several missions of the United Nations. The company has global licence agreements with a number of leading Internet-based service providers including Google Earth/Maps (USA), Microsoft Bing/Multimap (UK), and ViaMichelin (France). Through deployment via Google alone, our world data products have been seen by over 600 million people, approximately 1 in 4 of Internet users world-wide and our mobile coverage maps are accessed by over 20 million unique users, each year.

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