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u-blox expands Automotive Dead Reckoning GPS receivers

u-blox has announced two new products equipped with Automotive Dead Reckoning (ADR) technology. The NEO-6V GPS module and UBX-G6010- SA-DR single-chip deliver drop-in, self calibrating GPS Dead Reckoning performance for high precision vehicle navigation systems. ADR enables highly accurate positioning in areas of weak or no GPS satellite reception such as within tunnels and park houses.

DRC gets Web-based mining cadastre system

Spatial Dimension announced that a beta version of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s online mining cadastre portal has recently gone live. The portal can be accessed at http://www.flexicadastre. com/drcmapportal/. The beta site enables users to view the DRC’s mining cadastre data in a simple mapping interface as well as to search tenements by company name and identify on the map.

‘Toolkits’ bring EGNOS accuracy and integrity to smart phones

The European Commission has introduced free, downloadable and ready-to-use Toolkits to help anyone develop enhanced location and timing applications that harness the power of Europe’s EGNOS satellite-based augmentation system. The new EGNOS Toolkit provides an easy and effective way to harness EGNOS corrections in smart phone devices by clearly explaining what is needed and providing all the necessary files and resources.

TomTom users capture the road network

TomTom’s community of drivers has collected and shared over 5,000,000,000,000 (5 trillion) anonymous travel since 2006. The travel data points cover over 140 billion kms, which equals driving each and every road in our markets 3,000 times. This information delivers deep insights into actual driving behaviour and is the key ingredient for smarter routing (IQ Routes) and traffic prediction.

Navteq named Ford Motor company’s exclusive map provider

Navteq has been selected by Ford Motor Company to be their exclusive map supplier for the SYNC MyFord Touch. The agreement positions NAVTEQ as the map data provider for the SYNC with MyFord Touch SD-card based navigation system in North America, South America, Middle East, Russia and Europe.

FleetViewOnline 3.11 SSAS: Transas Marine

FleetViewOnline 3.11 offers its users three alternatives for electronic charts presentation; Transas Marine proven TX-97 charts with worldwide coverage, OpenSteetMaps land charts and any charts provided by Web Map Service. Web Map Service allows to load and display georeferenced images that are generated by a map server using data from GIS database, for example charts from 3rd-party providers, weather forecasts, satellite images, images of industrial zones, and other.

Fleetgenie, a mobile workforce and fleet management system

FleetGenie announced a new mobile workforce and fleet management system incorporating vehicle tracking, route optimisation and mobile device management has been launched. It enables any organisation with a mobile workforce and fleet operation to benefit from advanced routing, embedded satellite navigation, tracking and workflow management technology, which could save them up to 30 per cent on fleet running costs.

Voice navigation in Blackberry Traffic 3.0 Beta

Version 3.0 of BlackBerry Traffic navigation app via the BlackBerry Beta Zone consumer trial program has added a new turn-by-turn voice guidance option enabling hands-free navigation. Consumers can now use this voice guidance feature to communicate instructions through their smartphone’s Bluetooth connection or by using their vehicle’s speakers.

MapmyIndia brings ShowNearby free smartphone app to India

MapmyIndia has joined Singaporebased ShowNearby to bring Android, BlackBerry and iOS apps that allows to find points of interest in your neighbourhood. This free app will guide the user to the nearest petrol station or restaurant.

Smartphone app as biometric & location tagged, time keeper

ExakTime has added biometrics, equipment tracking and French support to its PocketClock®/GPS mobile time clock, transforming the software into versatile mobile time tracking app for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile Smartphones and Tablets.

iOnRoad augmented driving app for Android

Picitup, launched iOnRoad, a visual radar app that warns drivers of potential collisions. It improves driving in real-time using the power of advanced smartphones. The app uses the smartphone’s native camera and sensors to detect vehicles in front of the vehicle, alerting drivers when they are in danger.

3D mapping from C3 Tech bought over by Apple

Swedish startup C3 Technologies has been bought over by Apple. C3 Technologies calculates the terrain and buildings directly from aerial images. The approach takes into account the positions and angles of the cameras that took aerial images in order to give each pixel its geographical position with high accuracy.The precision of the maps comes from the the recently declassified missile targeting technology by Saab, a well-known Swedish aerospace company.

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