Dutch navigation firm TomTom is to make it easier for other developers of enterprise and consumer apps to base their services on TomTom data with the release of its cloud-based Location Based Services (LBS) platform and developer portal.

With the release, the company is inviting other iOS, Android and Java developers to tap into its map tile, traffic, routing and geocoding information. “Example apps that can be created include fleet management, route planning, traffic management and geospatial analysis,” noted the firm in a statement. “In addition, the portal gives developers easy to use tools to build web and mobile apps using simple application programming interfaces (APIs) and Software Developer Kits (SDKs), with all supporting documentation.”

TomTom already provides its own Navigator apps for both iOS and Android. The firm’s technology powers most iOS 6 maps.

TomTom's news comes in the same week that Nokia unveiled a similar effort, called Here.