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GPS power for Australian public transport info
The next generation TransLink mobile website will include Journey Planner easy travel, featuring a GPS capability that allows customers to search for stops, go card retailers and journeys near their current location, according to Annastacia Palaszczuk, Transport Minister, Australia.
The new site will also include a My Links feature will allow users to save and store links to their favourite and most visited TransLink pages, timetables, service updates, go card locations and journey planner searches.
China plans to track Beijing residents
China Government announced a new plan “Platform for Citizen Movement Information,” to track the 17 million people using their cell phones, who live in the capital city of Beijing, reports The Next Web. According to the government, the initiative is intended to help improve public transportation and reduce traffic congestion. The plan will first debut in Beijing, where approximately 70 percent of residents use mobile phones. When a phone is turned on, it is automatically registered with a central “base station.” The plan’s staff can then detect how far from the base station a particular phone is, and determine their exact location and where they travel throughout the day.
NAVTEQ forays into interior mapping business
NAVTEQ launched Destination Maps which feature a set of interior map attributes (e.g., escalators) with detailed place data. The maps enable users to more efficiently navigate and explore interior spaces. With NAVTEQ Destination Maps, location-based applications can extend beyond streets and sidewalks and into complex interior spaces.
NAVTEQ Destination Maps moves the industry beyond the interactive floor plan maps available today and into a three-dimensional data model essential to a more advanced exploration and guidance experience. It does this by providing pedestrian-specific attributes unique to interior requirements like stairs and elevators as well as recognizing different floor levels (called Z-levels) that are essential for applications to “understand” movement between floors once inside a venue and generate routes and guidance. NAVTEQ Destination Maps also include a Virtual Connections feature that enables more intuitive guidance by recognizing how pedestrians “cut across” open areas.
u-blox introduces innovative cellular positioning architecture
u-blox adds a cellular positioning technology CellLocate to its LEON GSM/GPRS module family to provide positioning in poor GPS signal conditions, or even without a GPS system present. This revolutionary embedded technology complements u-blox GPS by adding a parallel and complementary technique for determining position.
Qualcomm and ALK Technologies announce CoPilot truck on-board navigation
Qualcomm Inc., a provider of integrated wireless systems, applications and services to transportation and logistics companies, and ALK Technologies, a provider of mobile navigation solutions, have announced that ALK’s CoPilot Truck on-board, truck-specific GPS navigation solution will be available to Qualcomm customers. CoPilot Truck will be the standard navigation application on Qualcomm’s new Mobile Computing Platform 50 (MCP50) and will be one of the navigation options available to fleets with the Mobile Computing Platform 110 (MCP110) and Mobile Computing Platform 200 (MCP200).
AT&T introduces location-based promotions service
AT&T Inc. has announced a new mobile marketing service that enables brand marketers to send customized messages and offers to mobile phone users in both standard SMS or the more advanced MMS message formats. The new service, ShopAlerts, will allow marketers to communicate with customers who have opted in and prospects who are AT&T customers, making special offers based on the phone user’s location. The service initially will be available in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, with a national rollout planned for summer. Current customers include Hewlett-Packard Co. and JetBlue Airways, according to AT&T.
Mobile Apps, Watches and Apparel Will Spur Outdoor, Sports and Fitness GPS to $2bn in 2016
In a new study, ABI Research has forecast that a combination of smartphone applications and device shipments will drive the next big trend in the GPS market.
This has always been a niche market, with limited competition. However, Garmin’s Outdoor and Fitness division represented 40% of the firm’s total 2010 operating income, with fitness watches at the forefront of this growth. This is becoming a very important market, and with the PND market in decline, it will become a vital segment to address for many companies.
On the mobile front, applications from Nike, Runkeeper, Fullpower, Groundspeak and others have been hugely successful. ABI Research believes that this is only the tip of the iceberg for these applications, with downloads set to increase more than tenfold by 2016. Further, they will help to catalyze the hardware market, driving awareness, uptake and cross-selling.
Berg Insight says shipments of smartphones grew 74 percent in 2010
According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global shipments of smartphones increased 74 percent in 2010 to 295 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.4 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 1,200 million units in 2015. The global user base of smartphones increased at the same time by 38 percent year-on-year to an estimated 470 million active users in 2010. In the next five years, the global user base of smartphones is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42.9 percent to reach 2.8 billion in 2015. Smartphones are receiving more attention from handset manufacturers, network operators and application developers. Most importantly, an increasing number of users are now discovering how smartphones can act as personal computing devices enabling access to the mobile web and applications, besides voice and text services. Although high-end devices tend to get most attention, the primary growth will come from medium- and low-end smartphones.
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