ZENRIN DataCom

History

Corporate History

April 1999 e-Map Inc. founded by ZENRIN Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Printing, and Hakuhodo.
July 1999 e-Map services launched.
April 2000 ZENRIN DataCom Co., Ltd. founded in Nishi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku (by ZENRIN Co., Ltd. as a 100% shareholder).
June 2000 Launch of mobile map services.
December 2000 ZENRIN DataCom Co., Ltd. merges with e-Map Inc.; headquarters relocated to Ebisu, Shibuya-ku.
March 2001 Third-party allocation of shares (451,000,000 JPY in paid-in capital).
April 2001 Launch of free map site service.
December 2001 Launch of map software for PC.
October 2002 Relocation of headquarters to Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku.
December 2002 Third-party allocation of shares (566,500,000 JPY in paid-in capital)
October 2003 Unification of free map site service and map software services for PCs under the "Its-mo" brand.
April 2005 Third-party allocation of shares (596,500,000 JPY in paid-in capital).
October 2005 Launch of "Pedestrian Navigation Service."
March 2006 Third-party allocation of shares (806,500,000 JPY in paid-in capital).
October 2006 Launch of "Pinpoint Weather" service.
June 2007 Third-party allocation of shares (1,010,500,000 JPY in paid-in capital).
February 2008 Launch of "Drivers station" service.
April 2009 Absorption-type company split of Boford Japan, which changed its name to ZENRIN PROMO Co., Ltd. and became a subsidiary of ZENRIN DataCom.
May 2009 Unification of all consumer services under the "Its-mo NAVI" brand.
July 2009 Acquisition of Knockin'on, Inc., making it a subsidiary of ZENRIN DataCom.
September 2009 Third-party allocation of shares (current capital).
April 2010 Relocation of the headquarters to the current location.
June 2010 Unification of the "e-Map" corporate services under the "Its-mo NAVI" brand.
July 2010 Launch of the "Nationwide Local Gourmet Food" service.
October 2010 Change of service name on NTT Docomo to "Docomo MapNavi powered by Its-mo NAVI."
January 2011 Launch of the "Its-mo NAVI" service for Android.