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Alpnach, Switzerland and Menlo Park, CA, March 24, 2010 – Axes Systems and CloudMade, the leading innovators in their respective domains in the mapping world, have announced a partnership, which will bring CloudMade’s maps and services to Axes Systems’ customers.

Axes Systems develops the professional cartography Software as a Service (SaaS) axpand on Demand, used for creating, deriving and sharing comprehensive maps for print, interactive web and mobile products. CloudMade provides a mapping, developer and mobile advertising platform that powers numerous market-leading location and map-based applications from prominent mobile and web developers.

The two companies are joining forces to provide the map-making community the powerful tool of axpand on Demand, with access to CloudMade’s geo-data and location services over the internet. Professional users can not only access rich vector geo-data, they can enhance it with their own geo-data, while retaining ownership of their intellectual property. axpand on Demand provides an end-to-end map making SaaS application that can be used to quickly create high-quality, custom maps. axpand on Demand customers will benefit from access to CloudMade’s map tiles, vector maps, geocoding, geosearch, routing, map caching and data sets from its Data Market Place.

CloudMade was recently awarded ‘Best Emerging Startup’ at Mobile World Congress. “We are excited to bring our products to thousands of new map makers through this relationship with Axes Systems,” says Nick Black, co-founder of CloudMade. “The availability of quality geo-data and location services is critical for professional map-makers and this partnership, together with the recent launch of our Data Market Place, underscores our commitment to making quality, diverse geo-data more readily available.”

“This alliance is an important step in our growth strategy,” says Ajay Mathur, founder and President of Axes Systems. “Our customers can use axpand on Demand to connect to their own ecosystem of map-makers, partners, service providers and map users through the internet. Because of the collaboration with CloudMade, customers can benefit even further by using the map data they have carefully maintained over the years in combination with CloudMade’s rich geo-data and services which will be offered as part of the axpand on Demand package. It’s a match made in heaven!” axpand on Demand has seen widespread media and market attention including recognition as a top 20 “on demand” solution in German-speaking region. In 2009, Axes Systems was recognized as a Red Herring Global 100 company and a potential top 500 company listing in Switzerland.

About Axes Systems
Axes Systems is revolutionizing the map-making industry through its state-of-the-art cartography solution axpand. The company's Software as a Service (SaaS) application axpand on Demand enables commercial map publishers, governmental mapping agencies, their partners and customers and the general public to quickly create and distribute high-quality maps using rich geo-data. Maps that are created using axpand’s SaaS application can be shared through e-mail, mobile devices, links to web pages, print publications, or as images and data products. For more information about Axes Systems, axpand on Demand or this press release, please visit our website at http://www.axes-systems.com

About CloudMade
CloudMade powers several market leading location and map based applications from prominent mobile and web developers. Its mapping platform and tools enable thousands of developers and organizations to create innovative geo-enabled products. CloudMade was awarded ‚Best Emerging Startup’ at the Mobile Premier Awards at Mobile World Congress 2010.
The CloudMade suite of products includes: NaviStudio (a package of modular components including off-board turn-by-turn routing and navigation, forward and reverse geocoding and local search); Style Editor for creating stylized and customized maps; Data Market Place, a Turkish bazaar of geodata for purchasing datasets; Location Based Advertising (LBA), earn revenue from highly targeted location based advertising; Mapzen, a web and mobile app that make editing and adding Places of Interest to OpenStreetMap easy and fun. CloudMade offers comprehensive libraries for both web and mobile developers wishing to build applications on CloudMade’s mapping platform. For more information visit http://www.CloudMade.com

About OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap is an online community of over 234,000 people who are making a free map of the world. Every day in countries all around the world, people just like you are walking, cycling, driving, running and sailing the roads, trails, paths and rivers of the world, making a map for anyone to use and share. Find out more about OpenStreetMap here: http://wiki.openstre.../wiki/Main_Page

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