Quova Acquires Realmapping; Market Leaders Combine Forces to Create Dominant Internet Geolocation Player

Quova Clients to Gain Increased Geolocation Coverage and Accuracy



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Quova, Inc.

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Quova, a leading provider of
 Internet infrastructure intelligence services, today announced the acquisition
 of RealMapping, a leading developer of Internet geolocation technology based
 in Amsterdam.
     RealMapping, like Quova, has developed technology that maps Internet
 infrastructure.  The technology determines the geographic location of
 Internet-connected devices and is used in a wide variety of e-commerce
 applications such as fraud detection, regulatory compliance, digital rights
 management, online marketing and Web site localization.  Financial terms of
 the acquisition were not disclosed.
     "This acquisition positions Quova as the clear front-runner in the race to
 bring geography to the Internet," said Marie Alexander, Quova's president and
 CEO.  "RealMapping's strength in Europe complements Quova's strengths in U.S.
 and Asia. "
     RealMapping brings Quova extensive knowledge of European Internet
 infrastructure, including the industry's most accurate city-level resolution
 for Europe.  The combination of the two companies' complementary databases and
 research methodologies will allow Quova to provide clients the industry's most
 accurate and comprehensive geolocation coverage.
     RealMapping's Amsterdam headquarters will become Quova's new European
 headquarters.  The company's senior management team will remain with Quova.
     "This merger is a match made in heaven," said Sjoerd van Gelderen,
 co-founder and CEO of RealMapping.  "Until now, we always focused on Quova as
 the company to beat.  Now that we're on the same team, we're more excited than
 ever about the opportunity to realize our shared vision of bringing geography
 to the Internet."
     Quova's RealMapping acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic
 milestones.  In March, Quova successfully completed a $21 million second round
 of funding from SOFTBANK Venture Capital, IDG Ventures, Nexus Group, VeriSign
 and Fidelity Ventures.  The funding established Quova as the best capitalized
 private Internet geolocation company.  In conjunction with the funding,
 Dr. Craig Fields, a founding father of the Internet and a former director of
 DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) joined Quova's board of
 directors.  In February, Quova announced its first major customer wins and
 also launched GeoPoint 2.0, the industry's most advanced Internet geolocation
 service.
 
     Quova Brings Geography to the Internet
     Until recently, the Internet has operated as a borderless medium.  But as
 the recent controversy over Internet auction sales of Nazi paraphernalia in
 France demonstrates, geography is coming to the Internet.  Geography is
 becoming a critical enabler of e-commerce as Internet business practices
 converge with offline business practices.
     Quova has made tremendous progress in the last twelve months to develop a
 suite of Internet infrastructure services that bring geography to the
 Internet.  Quova's acquisition of RealMapping will dramatically improve
 Quova's ability to help e-businesses leverage geographic intelligence to form
 closer, more profitable relationships with their customers.
     Quova's GeoPoint service determines the geographic location of
 Internet-connected devices by country, metropolitan area and city.  GeoPoint's
 geographic targeting capability enables many e-commerce applications,
 including:
 
     Fraud detection:            E-commerce clearinghouses can improve
                                 detection of online fraud
     Regulatory compliance:      E-businesses can comply with local, regional
                                 or national regulations governing product and
                                 service availability
     Digital rights management:  Broadcasters and intellectual property owners
                                 can control the distribution of streaming
                                 media and other digital content
     Online marketing:           Online marketers can serve locally or
                                 regionally targeted advertisements
     Web site localization:      Web sites can dynamically display locally or
                                 regionally relevant products, services and
                                 content
 
     Quova Protects Privacy of Internet Users
     Quova's technology protects the privacy of individuals by focusing
 exclusively on Internet infrastructure information.  The technology determines
 the geographic location of IP addresses associated with Internet-connected
 devices with resolution limited to zip code.  At no point does Quova
 technology attempt to associate IP addresses with an Internet user's
 personally identifiable information.  The service does not utilize cookies,
 profiles or click-stream data, and is incapable of collecting other personally
 identifiable information such as a person's name, home address, business
 address, email address or Web usage habits.  Quova's complete privacy policy
 can be viewed at http://www.quova.com/privacy.htm.
 
     About Quova
     Founded in January 2000, Quova, Inc. provides Internet infrastructure
 intelligence services to e-businesses, enabling them to dynamically optimize
 their online presence for each customer.  GeoPointSM, Quova's first service,
 enables online businesses to identify the geographic location of
 Internet-connected devices.  Quova is a privately owned company and has
 received investments from SOFTBANK Venture Capital, IDG Ventures, Nexus Group,
 VeriSign and Fidelity Ventures.  Quova's headquarters are located at
 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 410, Redwood City, Calif., 94065 and can be
 reached by phone at 650-508-0700, by fax at 650-508-0147, by email at
 info@quova.com or on the Web at http://www.quova.com.  Quova's European office
 is located in Amsterdam.
 
 

SOURCE Quova, Inc.
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Quova, a leading provider of
 Internet infrastructure intelligence services, today announced the acquisition
 of RealMapping, a leading developer of Internet geolocation technology based
 in Amsterdam.
     RealMapping, like Quova, has developed technology that maps Internet
 infrastructure.  The technology determines the geographic location of
 Internet-connected devices and is used in a wide variety of e-commerce
 applications such as fraud detection, regulatory compliance, digital rights
 management, online marketing and Web site localization.  Financial terms of
 the acquisition were not disclosed.
     "This acquisition positions Quova as the clear front-runner in the race to
 bring geography to the Internet," said Marie Alexander, Quova's president and
 CEO.  "RealMapping's strength in Europe complements Quova's strengths in U.S.
 and Asia. "
     RealMapping brings Quova extensive knowledge of European Internet
 infrastructure, including the industry's most accurate city-level resolution
 for Europe.  The combination of the two companies' complementary databases and
 research methodologies will allow Quova to provide clients the industry's most
 accurate and comprehensive geolocation coverage.
     RealMapping's Amsterdam headquarters will become Quova's new European
 headquarters.  The company's senior management team will remain with Quova.
     "This merger is a match made in heaven," said Sjoerd van Gelderen,
 co-founder and CEO of RealMapping.  "Until now, we always focused on Quova as
 the company to beat.  Now that we're on the same team, we're more excited than
 ever about the opportunity to realize our shared vision of bringing geography
 to the Internet."
     Quova's RealMapping acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic
 milestones.  In March, Quova successfully completed a $21 million second round
 of funding from SOFTBANK Venture Capital, IDG Ventures, Nexus Group, VeriSign
 and Fidelity Ventures.  The funding established Quova as the best capitalized
 private Internet geolocation company.  In conjunction with the funding,
 Dr. Craig Fields, a founding father of the Internet and a former director of
 DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) joined Quova's board of
 directors.  In February, Quova announced its first major customer wins and
 also launched GeoPoint 2.0, the industry's most advanced Internet geolocation
 service.
 
     Quova Brings Geography to the Internet
     Until recently, the Internet has operated as a borderless medium.  But as
 the recent controversy over Internet auction sales of Nazi paraphernalia in
 France demonstrates, geography is coming to the Internet.  Geography is
 becoming a critical enabler of e-commerce as Internet business practices
 converge with offline business practices.
     Quova has made tremendous progress in the last twelve months to develop a
 suite of Internet infrastructure services that bring geography to the
 Internet.  Quova's acquisition of RealMapping will dramatically improve
 Quova's ability to help e-businesses leverage geographic intelligence to form
 closer, more profitable relationships with their customers.
     Quova's GeoPoint service determines the geographic location of
 Internet-connected devices by country, metropolitan area and city.  GeoPoint's
 geographic targeting capability enables many e-commerce applications,
 including:
 
     Fraud detection:            E-commerce clearinghouses can improve
                                 detection of online fraud
     Regulatory compliance:      E-businesses can comply with local, regional
                                 or national regulations governing product and
                                 service availability
     Digital rights management:  Broadcasters and intellectual property owners
                                 can control the distribution of streaming
                                 media and other digital content
     Online marketing:           Online marketers can serve locally or
                                 regionally targeted advertisements
     Web site localization:      Web sites can dynamically display locally or
                                 regionally relevant products, services and
                                 content
 
     Quova Protects Privacy of Internet Users
     Quova's technology protects the privacy of individuals by focusing
 exclusively on Internet infrastructure information.  The technology determines
 the geographic location of IP addresses associated with Internet-connected
 devices with resolution limited to zip code.  At no point does Quova
 technology attempt to associate IP addresses with an Internet user's
 personally identifiable information.  The service does not utilize cookies,
 profiles or click-stream data, and is incapable of collecting other personally
 identifiable information such as a person's name, home address, business
 address, email address or Web usage habits.  Quova's complete privacy policy
 can be viewed at http://www.quova.com/privacy.htm.
 
     About Quova
     Founded in January 2000, Quova, Inc. provides Internet infrastructure
 intelligence services to e-businesses, enabling them to dynamically optimize
 their online presence for each customer.  GeoPointSM, Quova's first service,
 enables online businesses to identify the geographic location of
 Internet-connected devices.  Quova is a privately owned company and has
 received investments from SOFTBANK Venture Capital, IDG Ventures, Nexus Group,
 VeriSign and Fidelity Ventures.  Quova's headquarters are located at
 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 410, Redwood City, Calif., 94065 and can be
 reached by phone at 650-508-0700, by fax at 650-508-0147, by email at
 info@quova.com or on the Web at http://www.quova.com.  Quova's European office
 is located in Amsterdam.
 
 SOURCE  Quova, Inc.