STL Press –Nigeria’s Interactive Map wins RIMA Foundation’s 2008 Award for the most Innovative Location-Based Solution in Nigeria -August 2008 –Nigeria’s foremost online interactive map has won the prestigious 2008 RIMA Foundation award for the most innovative and successful project using Geographic Information Systems The award under “GIS Project” category was given to Spatial Technologies Ltd (STL) the owner of the interactive online map portal at a colourful ceremony held at the luxurious Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos on August 30, 2008.

RIMA Foundation awards are given as recognition to organisations (public and private) that have demonstrated excellence in their chosen fields, designing and implementing products relating to Information Management, security and technology for the benefit of their profession and humanity. 

STL is Nigeria’s leader in mapping and location base technologies. The company together with 3DT and Global Technologies Ltd (UK Based) recently implemented a multi-million naira advanced address geocoding solution for a prominent bank in Lagos using MapInfo technology. The project involved geocoding the residential address of over 1,000,000 customers. With this solution, the bank can see the geographic spread of its customers and use this in making informed business decisions in the location of its new branches and ATMs across Nigeria. The project marked the first successful attempt by any company to geocode addresses in the history of mapping in Nigeria considering the complex and primitive address system in Nigeria. The solution used an advanced AI (Address Infrastructure) -first of its kind in Nigeria to achieve this feat despite the


Oyedokun Oyewole,  President of RIMA Foundation, said that  the award “remains the number one Information/Content Management Award in Nigeria. RIMA Foundation, develops, maintains and promotes an active community of vendors, service providers and users and has been delivering successful events in this industry and continuously strives to move the market forward in Nigeria” Past recipients of RIMA Foundation awards were Shell, Guarantee Trust Bank, Zenith Bank, Chevron, RICOH, HP, McAfee, MTN, OpenText, etc's founder and CEO of STL, Ireti Ajala, at a celebratory reception said, "We are delighted to accept this much celebrated and greatly respected award. We are especially delighted that a prominent body like the RIMA Foundation recognises and appreciates the effort that went into conceptualising, designing, and implementing"

While receiving the award on behalf of STL, Samson Edward –STL’s Corporate Sales Manager said that “One of the reasons why STL was given the award was the quality of its service. STL’s geocentric functionalities are available not only to companies but to all Internet users at At STL, we believe in the power of GIS and it shows in our work, ethic, our solutions and our commitment to our clients' success.”

STL won this award in a category that had Proxy Logics Nigeria and Geo Energy Ventures listed as contenders. These are big players in the fast emerging Nigerian mapping and GI (Geographic Information) industry. provides both business directory and driving direction. however is more than an ordinary Yellow page or business directory. Most Business Directories in Nigeria provide just basic contact details about the companies listed in their database. It is up to the individual to act on the limited information provided. seeks to take this further by removing the complexities associated with getting direction to each of the over 25,000 businesses listed in its provides accurate turn by turn driving direction from any point A to point B in Lagos from the comfort of their homes or offices where internet connection is available. Routes are calculated based on either “shortest” or “Quickest” options.Directions can be displayed as a highlighted path on a map and as a table of clear instructions with timings and distances.


Please see Notes to Editors* for examples of the STL's commitment to innovation, which the award celebrates.

 *Notes to editors

  • STL won a multi-million naira contract in 2008 to deploy UBA PLC’s Location based branch network optimisation solution. This will be the first attempt by any bank or financial institution in Nigeria to leverage on the compelling visual power of geographic Intelligence in making informed business decisions. UBA is the largest financial services institution in West Africa with total assets in excess of one trillion, six hundred million Naira (over USD14b) and more than  six million (6m) customer accounts.

  • STL was one of the first companies to put maps on the internet in Nigeria, and was the first company in Nigeria to use maps and map data on a consumer website at

  • was the first and indeed the ONLY website providing driving direction to business locations in Lagos and other cities in Nigeria using online interactive map

  • Before, companies in Lagos had to rely on local people and “Okadas” (Commercial motorcycles) to give their customers accurate driving directions to their business locations. Businesses and revenues had been lost to such ineffective methods for getting direction. came up with a viable alternative, one which has been responsible for driving growth in the entire sector;

  •'s innovations brought traditional cartographic design to the digital world, enabling high-quality map images to be shown on the internet quickly and cost-effectively. The general public could access intuitive and aesthetically pleasing online mapping for the first time;

 About STL

STL is Nigeria’s foremost mapping and GIS consulting company with offices in Lagos and UK. We specialize in developing geospatial databases and solutions about Nigeria for the Nigerian market. STL has extensive experience in collecting and processing data from geographic information sources as digitized maps, satellite imageries and aerial data. Some of its clients include iPNX, G4S Tracking, Galaxy Wireless Communication Ltd, Powerlink Ltd, TouchPoint Ltd, ARCUS GIBB of South Africa, ITSM of Israel, etc.


For more details contact:

Spatial Technologies Ltd


 About is Nigeria’s foremost online interactive map portal providing online business directory, interactive maps, point-to-point driving directions and geo-spatial ("where's my nearest?") searches to over 80,000 Nigerians every month. can locate streets, shops restaurants, ATMs, banks, shopping malls, offices and hotels with pinpoint accuracy. The site registered more than 100,000 page impressions in August 2008 making it one of the  most visited websites in Nigeria. Since its launch in 2007, has become the number one online business directory and interactive map in Nigeria with over 25,000 businesses listed in its database


For more details contact:

Anthony Lawrence

+447982996752 (UK)

+234(0) 18533497


 About RIMA Foundation

RIMA Foundation, a non profit organisation seeks to promote access to information, raise public consciousness on the need for proper management and security of information, and encourage the overall development of the information management community. The Foundation was set up for the purpose of serving as an information resource for the benefits of the Information management (IM) community and the society at large.


 For more details, contact:

RIMA Foundation

Tel: +234-1-8940451, 234-8023819008




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