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Nokia Subsidiary Buys Traffic Camera Alerts Service

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Nokia's digital mapping subsidiary, Navteq has confirmed the rumoured purchase of traffic camera tracking service, Trapster. The company, which says it has just over 9.4 million users, enables its customers to share locations of police road checks and road hazards. The Trapster application currently runs on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Palm devices.

Trapster can use Wi-Fi or GPS to pinpoint the user's current location and send them audio alerts or text messages when they are approaching a ticket threat.

"Navteq believes that community-generated data has a critical part to play in location content," a Navteq spokeswoman told Reuters. She declined to provide any financial details. "Its a small deal, even by Navteq standards," she added.

According to the motoring website, Autoblog sources familiar with the matter said that five companies were interested in acquiring Trapster, and an outright bidding war was waged by three of the startup's suitors.

Last month, Navteq also bought the 3D road mapping firm, PixelActive.

On the web: Reuters - Trapster - Autoblog

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