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S'pore firm offers traffic updates

Quantum Inventions' service pushes traffic conditions to mobile phones.
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Established in September 2005, Singapore company Quantum Inventions develops software tools designed for road navigation and global positioning system (GPS) services.

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Dubbed QTraf, the software tool pushes updates on traffic conditions every five minutes to mobile phones, alerting users of roadworks, traffic accidents, vehicle breakdowns and other congested roads across Singapore.

The beta version of QTraf will be released later this month. To use the service, users must have mobile phones that support Java 2 Mobile Edition (J2ME) and download the QTraf client into their mobile device.

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Quantum Inventions pays a licensing fee to pull the latest traffic data from Singapore's Land Transport Authority. The company is also in discussions to establish various partnerships with digital mapping service providers, such as Tele Atlas.

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The company also offers its Quantum Online Routing Service (QORS), which it says can be integrated with HR systems to improve the workflow for submitting transport claims.

For example, employees can enter the postal codes of their start-and-end points and the application will automatically calculate the distance between the two destinations. Singapore's Ministry of Defense is a QORS customer, according to Quantum Inventions.

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According to Quantum Inventions, there are plans to integrate the company's QTraf software with GPS-enabled devices to provide data that takes into consideration updated traffic conditions, and hence, offer better routing information.

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