[AI] Vodafone Demonstrates Commitment to Open Source Innovation

Mukesh Sharma mrmukeshsharma at gmail.com
Thu Jul 15 09:53:20 EDT 2010



Source :
http://www.vodafone.com/start/media_relations/news/group_press_releases/2010
/open_source_wayfinder.html
Group Press Releases (2010)

Vodafone Group will make its location based services software open source on
http://oss.wayfinder.com. The code will be made available on github. The aim
is to offer other organisations the opportunity to use a code base which has
been developed over the past decade so that they can build new and
innovative navigation products which widen choice for consumers.

"Given our decision to stop developing turn by turn location based services
as part of our core business, it seemed an obvious choice to make the code
we own open source" said Pieter Knook, Director of Internet Services at
Vodafone Group. "We look forward to seeing its continued use in all sorts of
different applications in the future."

In addition to making the software open source and in recognition of the
specific needs of the blind and partially sighted community Wayfinder
Systems will offer all Wayfinder Access subscribers a fixed refund on their
existing service. Further details are available on
http://access.wayfinder.com.

Product developers are supportive of the decision. "At Code Factory we
welcome this Vodafone initiative and we are willing to add new products to
our accessible navigation software product line. Mobile Geo, our GPS
solution for Windows Mobile has become a world reference among the blind
community and we are now ready to start new GPS projects", explained Eduard
Sanchez, Code Factory's CEO.

More information regarding this service is also available via Vodafone's
open source portal, www.betavine.net/wayfinder

For further information:

Vodafone Group
Media Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 1635 664444

About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world's leading international mobile communications group
with approximately 341 million proportionate customers as at 31 March 2010.
Vodafone currently has equity interests in 31 countries across five
continents and around 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information,
please visit www.vodafone.com.





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