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Canalys surveys Taiwanese and Indian consumers about navigation and LBS

Market research firm Canalys highlighted a recent consumer survey in Taiwan for GPS navigation and LBS on mobile phones and PNDs. The survey found more than 80% of Taiwanese being familiar with what satellite navigation could do. With 60%, the idea of searching for directions on the web and printing them out was either the first or second most common method used to plan a route when travelling to a new place for the first time. http://gpsbusinessnews.com

Highlights of Indian consumers survey about navigation and LBS

Canalys also surveyed around 1,200 Indian consumers which indicated that there is significant potential for certain navigation and LBS, particularly among younger, tech-savvy, middle class consumers. While India is still in its very early stages as a market for PNDs, and GPS is not yet widely understood as a technology, it is already a significant market for smart phones, with over 3.5 million shipping there over the past year.

Indian consumers willing to share their location 87% of those surveyed said they would be comfortable to let someone see their location if their phone were to broadcast it continuously. 45% said they would want this restricted to people they chose specifically, one-third would be happy to let their spouse or partner see this information. These comfort levels were higher than those shown by consumers in several Western European countries surveyed by Canalys last year.

GPS navigation solutions, whether on a phone or on a dedicated device, also have great potential to make life easier for drivers in India. Of the frequent road users surveyed, 38% said they get stuck in traffic jams at least once a day, a further 27% said they encountered congestion every time they travelled and another 22% at least once a week. Two-thirds of those that get stuck in jams said the average delay was 10 to 30 minutes, with 11% finding it was usually even longer. 58% of those that got stuck in traffic regularly said they would be willing to pay for a solution that re-routed them around the jams, while only 5% said they did not need such a system. http:// bangalore.canalysnavigationforum.com

Garmin, TomTom and Magellan dominate latest ratings

Garmin, TomTom and Magellan are still making the best GPS. The three brands accounted for 16 of the top 20 rated models in the latest tests in Consumer Reports June issue. Rounding out the top five scoring units were the Garmin Nuvi 760, 660; TomTom Go 920T, Garmin Nuvi 350 and Magellan Maestro 4250. www.ConsumerReports.org.

Geotagging hits mobile phones

Sony Ericsson will introduce geotagging with its C702 mobile phone out this year helping users to tag multimedia on their phones using standard GPS information. It will enable them to arrange their photos and videos not only be date or time but also by location. http://mybroadband.co.za

Asus P230 GPS PDA handset

Asus P320 comes with GPS, camera, PDA functionalities as well as a phone in one device. It works on Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system for easy access to documents for presentation. www.techgadgets.in

Yulop kicks off location-based search

Yulop, a Bangalore, India-based locationbased startup is launching its locationbased search service using triangulation technologies and offers consumers listings of find businesses (shops, restaurants etc.) based on geo-tagged data from its database. It plans to offer service in six more cities. http://gigaom.com

MapmyIndia launches ‘iNav’ navigation services

‘MapmyIndia has launched ‘iNav,’ – GPS navigation solutions for mobile phones. According to company Director Rohan Verma ”our vision is to make maps and navigation as an integral part of the country’s basic infrastructure. After making maps freely available on the internet via MapmyIndia. com and launching of MapmyIndia Navigator for in-car navigation, we hope that GPS navigation can benefit all mobile phone users across the country.” www.mapmyindia.com

ASUS-Lamborghini launch the ZX1 PDA phone in India

ASUS and Lamborghini, together, launched the ASUS-Lamborghini ZX1 PDA phone that runs on Windows Mobile. Along with other feature it is also equipped with wireless 802.11b+g, Bluetooth v2.0+EDR, USB2.0, 3.5G and even GPS. www.tech2.com

SatNav launches SatGuideTM on laptops and desktops

SatNav Technologies has launched SatGuide turn-by-turn navigation and planning solution for laptops and desktops for the retail market. SatGuide’s laptop and desktop version can help improve his efficiency by at least 15% during a trip by an individual outside his/her office or to another city. www.satnavtechnologies.com

Dialog and IWS GIS launch Sri Lanka’s first Mobile SatNav

Dialog Telekom PLC in partnership with IWS Geographical Information Systems has launched first Mobile Navigation System in the country. It is a fully featured GPS based mobile navigation system incorporates a digital street directory of Colombo which includes Class A, B, C and D roads in the Colombo Municipal Council area and suburbs. www.dailymirror.lk

StarHub launches Singapore’s LBS mobile advertising

StarHub has launched Singapore’s first nation-wide LBS for mobile advertising. For advertisers, send marketing messages to subscribers when they are in contextually relevant location. For customers, they get appropriate messages to what they are doing, both on a where and when basis. www.intomobile.com

Tata Indicom announces plans to deploy first A-GPS LBS in India

Tata Teleservices will commercially deploy a new LBS that is the first to use Qualcomm’s Assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology in the Indian market. Based on Qualcomm’s QPoint(TM) solution and gpsOne(R) chipset technology, with hosting services from TeleCommunication Systems, the service is expected to be available on multiple handsets from Tata’s catalog and deployment is expected in late 2008. http://money.cnn.com

Cutting-edge technology to track Indian fishermen on the high seas

The State Fisheries department and the Gujarat Maritime Board will jointly implement the Rs 153-crore vessel tracking and warning system, coupled with the biometric identification of fishermen. The system will work on a combination of GPS and GIS creating a geo-fence – a kind of virtual fencing along the IBL between India and Pakistan. A data centre on the shore will monitor and control the vessels using a two-way secured, non-hackable radio communication. Each boat will have an embedded digital contraption that will get activated and alarm the fishermen the moment it crosses the border. www.expressindia.com

Wayfinder updates navigator

Sweden’s Wayfinder Systems has released a new version of its Navigator mobile software with integrated search and social networking capabilities. It renders results from numerous selected local services including new Yellow and White Pages content and points of interest databases. It will also enable set and share locations among Facebook users; other Wayfinder users can share their location with others via Google Earth. www.wayfinder.com

Infoterra introduces Rapid Surveyor

Infoterra Ltd has recently launched Rapid Surveyor, a new mobile laser mapping system. It has been specifically designed for mobile use, to as to enable the capture of precise information of the built as well as natural environment at supreme resolution and coverage. The Rapid Surveyor is useful for utility companies, local and central government, as well as planning and infrastructure management.

DigitalGlobe expands imagery solutions for oil and gas industry

DigitalGlobe has released ImageConnect: Oil and Gas, an online imagery service for oil and gas professionals around the world, with on-demand access via GIS and WMS services to areas of global oil and gas exploration.

It provides high-precision, accurate imagery of geographic areas important to upstream oil and gas exploration.

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