|NearBio map. Click to enlarge.|
NearBio, operated and invented by WHDC LLC, a privately held company specializing in distributed mobile applications, has introduced a service that enables mobile phone users (and computer users) to find the nearest biodiesel fueling locations based on city, zip code, or GPS coordinates.
The national database of more than 1,000 individually verified locations is updated daily and is complete with driving directions, hours, payment options, and blend information (where available).
The website’s graphical map of nationwide locations is the first of its kind, using a color-coded icon for each pump location to identify the specific blend available.
While on the road, cell phone users can spontaneously access the WAP site nearbio.com (or nearbio.mobi) and retrieve the five nearest fueling locations along with driving directions, phone numbers and other details. For mobile devices that do not have Internet access, NearBio supports location retrieval via text messaging.
Instead of relying solely on retailers and manufacturers to enter their individual pump locations, NearBio encourages biodiesel suppliers to submit the Internet address (URL) of a page on their website containing biodiesel pump locations. NearBio automatically monitors these webpages for changes. As a result, NearBio ensures database entries are current, and eliminates the need for biodiesel providers to constantly update external systems when new locations are added or changed. Further, NearBio validates all submissions.
Additional website features include:
- The ability to find fueling locations while at a computer, but send the information to a cell phone for later reference;
- A comprehensive biodiesel news feed updated each hour on the website and delivered via email each day; and
- NearBio brand clothing and accessories.
NearBio is operated and invented by WHDC LLC, a privately held company specializing in unique, distributed mobile applications. The company has three patents pending relating to mobile imaging and telephony.