TomTom partners with Microsoft to power cloud offerings with location-based services

TomTom and Microsoft have announced that they are expanding their partnership, bringing TomTom’s maps and traffic data into a multitude of mapping scenarios across Microsoft’s cloud services. With this broadened integration, TomTom will be a leading location data provider for Microsoft Azure and Bing Maps. TomTom is also expanding its relationship with Microsoft, selecting Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider.

Azure Maps delivers secured location APIs to provide geospatial context to data. The Azure Maps service enhances the value of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that is helping enterprises and developers create IoT, mobility, logistics and asset tracking solutions. TomTom providing their map data and services is a significant component for completing these enterprise customer scenarios.

Anders Truelsen, Managing Director, TomTom Enterprise said, “TomTom is proud of the relationship we’ve built with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Azure customers access to build location-aware applications and look forward to deepening that relationship as we extend our high-quality location technologies to an even larger audience base. We’re excited to be chosen as the location data provider to power mapping services across all of Microsoft, including Bing, Cortana, Windows and many other leading products and the innovations that will come forward in this continued relationship.”

“This deep partnership with TomTom is very different from anything Microsoft has done in maps before”, said Tara Prakriya, Partner Group Program Manager of Azure Maps and Connected Vehicles. “TomTom hosting their services in the Azure cloud brings with it their graph of map data. Manufacturing maps in Azure reduces the latency to customer applications, ensuring we offer the freshest data through Azure Maps. Azure customers across industries end up winning when their geospatial data and analytics, TomTom data, and Azure Maps services are all running together in the same cloud.”

Azure Maps lights up a multitude of location scenarios for Microsoft. Azure customers now have native support ranging from building map-based dashboards to visualize IoT spatial analytics to mobility scenarios for vehicle movement. For example, in agriculture, customers can easily track utilization of farm sensors for crops, livestock, tractors and more to optimize production. Using the Azure Maps routing services powered by TomTom allows for insightful distribution of goods originating from farmlands to retail, restaurants and home delivery. Using the freshest maps and traffic information can determine delivery range, optimize delivery routes and provide customer insights into delivery status.

TomTom providing the freshest map and traffic information in combination with Azure Maps services and SDKs will help perpetuate improved smart city applications. Azure Maps SDKs using TomTom services make it simple to render a multitude of data sets from a variety of sources  such as real-time parking meter rates, street-specific traffic, addressing carbon footprint, reducing noise pollution and more in a consolidated, map-based application for visualization of pertinent city information crucial to its citizens.  

Source: TomTom

TISA featured member XEBRIS

XEBRIS Solutions GmbH is a software product development company, specialized in traffic data management. The current product range addresses several domains like broadcasting, road administration and maintenance, traffic information centers as well as police based traffic information. Having started with the first client ORF, the Austrian public broadcasting organization in 2016, expansion to Germany began in 2017 with successful product implementations at Bayerischer Rundfunk and several RTL radio stations. XEBRIS products are characterized by a high level of usability, as well as optimized technical performance for large-scale data exchange. The internal product traffic data format is based on DATEX II, while most of the common traffic data formats are supported for their import and export. To learn more about XEBRIS products please visit

Join the TPEG-Seminar “Getting in touch with TPEG” this May in Munich

TPEG is a protocol developed by the EBU in cooperation with the European Union. It was designed to broadcast digital traffic and travel information i. e. over DAB. The seminar, which is taking place on 22 May 2019 in Munich, Germany, is targeted at all engineering staff from the automobile industry, manufacturers of end-user devices, broadcast network providers, multiplexer manufacturers, service and program providers and representatives from the broadcast industry. It will be held in English. No previous experience with TPEG is required.


Experts from the bmt focus the seminar on the following topics:
– Introduction to TPEG Technology
– TPEG Specifications
– TPEG Reception in Theory and Hands-on Session
– TPEG Service Design in Theory and Hands-on Session

Bmt has been actively working on TPEG standardisation for more than 15 years and is a member of several TISA and Standards working groups. Click here to will find more details about the agenda and registrations. The admission fee is 780 EUR plus 19% VAT, this includes course materials and catering for the day. Please note that there is a minimum and a maximum number of participants for the seminar (6 to 14). Therefore we reserve the right to cancel reservations due to under or overbooking.

We look forward seeing you in Munich!

Fifth official member organization is announced during the 11th OADF

On 5 February, the Electronics Research Lab (ERL) of Volkswagen Group of America in Belmont, CA, hosted the 11th meeting of the Open Auto Drive forum. Nikolai Reimer, Senior Vice President and Executive Director ERL, and Mattias Unbehaun, OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director, opened the meeting.
In their keynote ‘Autonomous Driving, past present and future’ Nikhil George and Subramanian Swaminathan from ERL first described the various autonomous demonstration vehicles developed by Volkswagen since 2005 and their successes in DARPA and other challenges. The second part of the keynote focused on the technologies required for autonomous driving with the key elements being sensors, connectivity and machine learning. The presentation illustrated very well the necessity of HD maps for making automated driving a reality – being also a core component connecting all OADF member organizations. The keynote was complemented by short presentations of two promising start-ups: ‘Helm AI’, providing deep learning solutions for autonomous driving, and ‘Applied Intuition’ offering infrastructures for the development, testing and deployment of autonomous driving.

The OADF Steering Committee welcoming SIP-adus as fifth member organization at the 11th Forum meeting; from left to right: Prokop Jehlicka (SENSORIS Chairman), Matthias Unbehaun (OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director), Hiroki Sakai (representing SIP-adus), Michael Klingsoehr (ADASIS Chairman) and Martin Schleicher (NDS Chairman)

In the introduction to OADF, Matthias Unbehaun re-called the objectives of the OADF, namely, to serve as global platform for sharing knowledge, networking and collaboration between all stakeholders in the automated/ autonomous driving realm. He announced that SIP-adus, the Japanese cross-ministerial program for enabling autonomous driving, has just become the 5th official member organization in OADF – next to ADASIS, NDS, SENSORIS and TISA. The inclusion of SIP-adus and the coordination and harmonization with this Japanese program is an important milestone for OADF.
Matthias Unbehaun’s introduction was followed by updates from the different standardization organizations: Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS, Martin Schleicher from Elektrobit on the Navigation Data Standard (NDS), Prokop Jehlicka from HERE Technologies on SENSORIS, Matthias Unbehaun on TISA, Hiroki Sakai from the Mitsubishi Research Institute on SIP-adus and Matthias Unbehaun – as a proxy for Michael Scholz from DLR – on OpenDRIVE. The presentations were complemented by a report from Prokop Jehlicka on the achievements towards the metadata catalogue which aims at bridging different representations in standards relevant for autonomous driving.
In the afternoon, the meeting participants had the opportunity for detailed discussions on the ‘NDS next generation architecture’, on ‘highly reliable maps’ and on the ‘metadata catalogue’. The day was rounded up by a wrap-up by Matthias Unbehaun.
Again, the OADF meeting attracted many interested experts in the field and led to interesting and fruitful discussions. The 12th OADF meeting is planned for June 12 in Munich, Germany, and will be collocated with the first NDS public conference on June 13, 2019.

TISA Committee Meetings in Toulouse

On 4 and 5 December, TISA members gathered in Toulouse, France, for the last committee meetings of 2018. Hosted by Continental, this meeting provided a very important opportunity for the TISA community to meet, present new Use Case Proposals and discuss the priority for the work programme of the TISA Working Groups and Task Forces.

The assembly discussed matters regarding the provision of content and service, standardization and technical aspects and products, with TISA members identifying Road Closure handling (HERE), EMI, multipart message management (TomTom), and road works (Infoblu) as new use cases.

Starting with the Technical & Standardisation Committee, the presentation focused on the update on the status and number of the TMC location tables treated in 2018 and an overview of the TAWG activities and future actions for 2019. The presentation continued outlining the TFs activities to be launched, which are AD Clearance and Motorway Toll gates. The first day of committee meetings was also a good occasion to visit Continental’s Test Center.

The second day was dedicated to the “Information for automated driving” (I4AD) Workshop to discuss a very important topic and challenge for the automotive sector: autonomous driving.

The workshop addressed topics such as encoding structures, in-vehicle architectures, serialization protocols, and prioritized use cases, of which the precise road works warning is the most likely candidate for a first prototype implementation. Besides the technical topics, the work plan was refined and a demonstration of a first prototype at the ITS World Congress in Singapore discussed.