The partnership will supply the company's Android and Blackberry traffic apps with data from Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network (TTN), one of the largest providers of custom traffic information in the U.S. The app provides drivers with information on accidents, construction and delays, but rather than displaying the information on the smartphone, it notifies the user through voice-activate alerts. More details are available in the press release below and you download the app directly from the Global Alert Network's website.
Total Traffic Network and Global Alert Network Partner to Provide Accurate Traffic Information via Mobile Devices
Phone Alert Application Will Allow Drivers to Maintain "Hands Free" Environment
SAN ANTONIO and NEW YORK – February 9, 2011 – Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network (TTN) today announced a new partnership with Global Alert Network, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Traffic Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNET). TTN will provide traffic data and local support for Global Traffic Network's traffic alerting system, the Global Alert Network – the first of its kind network in the United States that notifies drivers of accidents and delays through a voice-activated phone alert application.
Drivers will be able to maintain a "hands free" environment as audio reports are broadcast through the phone automatically and do not require the driver to answer or interact with the phone in any way. The Global Alert Network service is an ad supported, free application to consumers, and TTN will be providing high-quality traffic information including delays, accidents, construction and events.
"This partnership with Global Alert Network is a natural fit and we're proud to extend our resources to the Global Alert Network," said Lance Locher, Senior Vice President at Total Traffic Network. "This way of delivering notifications and alerts to motorists is creative and cost-effective, and is the future for providing accurate, real-time traffic information safely."
"We are excited to be working with TTN on a national scale to offer reliable traffic data to drivers across the country," said Scott Hughes, President of Global Alert Network. "We are confident that with TTN's services, drivers can stay up-to-date with pertinent traffic information while on the road."
About Total Traffic Network
Clear Channel Radio is the first broadcaster to launch a ground-breaking programming and technology service delivering real time traffic data directly to vehicles, using its own network of reporters, traffic cameras, helicopters and airplanes – Total Traffic Network. Total Traffic Network now serves more than 125 metropolitan markets in four countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. Total Traffic Network delivers real-time traffic data via in-car or portable navigation systems, broadcast media, wireless and Internet-based services. For more information, please log on to www.totaltraffic.com.
About Clear Channel Radio
Clear Channel Radio is a leading radio company focused on serving local communities across the U.S. with more than 110 million listeners choosing Clear Channel Radio programming each week. The company's content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, on the Internet, at iheartradio.com and on the iheartradio mobile application on iPods and smart phones, and used via many popular navigation systems. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.
About Global Traffic Network
Global Traffic Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNET - News) is a leading provider of custom traffic and news reports to radio and television stations outside the U.S. The Company operates the largest traffic and news network in Australia, operates traffic networks in eight Canadian markets and the largest national radio traffic network across the United Kingdom. In exchange for providing custom traffic and news reports, television and radio stations provide Global Traffic Network with commercial airtime inventory that the Company sells to advertisers. As a result, radio and television stations incur no out-of-pocket costs when contracting to use Global Traffic Network's services. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.globaltrafficnetwork.com.