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DigitalGlobe announces agreement with Nokia for use of imagery

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DigitalGlobe and Nokia have agreed to bring high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery to Nokia Maps, both on mobile devices and on Ovi, improving the global driving, hiking and walking navigation capabilities for consumers who use these applications. www.digitalglobe.com

SatGuide launches voice based navigation service

SatNav Technologies, is set to launch India’s 1st Voice based Navigation Directions service LCU (Lost? Need Directions? Call Us!). It has filed a patent for LCU which is an integrated solution to the yellow pages and directory services. www.satguide.in

BMW developing navigation system that predicts destination

BMW is working on the ILENA system (Intelligent Learning Navigation). It is able to provide a logical list of places where it thinks you are going by monitoring and recording your driving habits and destinations that you frequently visit. After compiling the data, the system can guess where you are heading every time you start your vehicle. www.bmw.com

u-blox releases GSM/GPRS module and cards for mobile computers

u-blox releases the GSM transceiver module “LEON”, which will benefit applications such as fleet management, asset and personnel tracking, vehicle recovery, point-of-sales terminals and metering. It has also released GPS “PCI Express Mini”, which enables nextgeneration laptop, netbook, mobile internet device and “Ultra Mobile” PC OEMs to provide GPS and location-based services.

TeleNav debuts All-in-One Fleet Management Service

TeleNav, Inc. has launched TeleNav Vehicle Manager. It is powered by Turnpike®, which combines vehicle diagnostics and IFTA Fuel Tax filing with GPS-enabled navigation, tracking, wireless forms and wireless timecards. www.telenav.com

Rediff.com adds maps feature to LocalAds

Rediff.com, India has announced the addition of maps feature, now in beta, to LocalAds. Advertisers can use the visually intuitive maps to pinpoint their exact location within a locality, so that users can easily locate the advertisers. It currently covers 64 cities and towns in India.

The feature is powered by Rediff’s own maps service. www.Rediff.com

NAVTEQ selected by ESRI for ArcLogistics Navigator solution

ESRI has selected NAVTEQ map data for its in-vehicle navigation solution, ArcLogistics Navigator. The product, designed for the trucking, fleet, and logistics industries, creates optimized routes and schedules that can be transferred from the desktop to the field. www.esri.com

Getac introduces rugged GPS unit

Getac announced Getac PS535F, a GPS unit with a built-in 3-megapixel camera, E-compass, Windows Mobile 6.1and altimeter. It also uses proprietary software that makes interacting with the GPS unit easier. www.getac.com

Indians can now plan multi-city road trips with landmarks along the way

Microsoft India has delivered the next release of Live Search Maps which offers multi point routing ability to enable Indians to plan multi-city road trips in a single search query. Live Search Maps is available through the computer or mobile and can be accessed at maps.live.co.in/ and m.live.co.in. www.microsoft.com

deCarta announces real-time, twoway connected navigation service

deCarta, announced its real-time, twoway European connected navigation solution for PND’s and smartphones. It will be available to consumer brands, automotive OEMs, in-vehicle service providers, mobile network providers and handset manufacturers from the end of March 2009. www.decarta.com

Intelligent GPS devices by Navigon

NAVIGON released the NAVIGON 4300T max and 3300 max – the first intelligent GPS devices on the market to deliver personalised route recommendations based on individual driving habits. http://navigonusa.com

Tele Atlas expands African map coverage to 14 countries

Tele Atlas, released its first navigable databases for Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in Africa. It also includes Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin in France. www.teleatlas.com

MapmyIndia raises venture funds from Qualcomm

Qualcomm Ventures is making strategic investment in MapmyIndia with participation from existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Sherpalo Ventures and Nexus India Capital. www.qualcomm.com

At a Glance

►GOGOindia has announced a partnership with SatNav Technologies under which GOGOindia will buy all India map dataset for all its navigation devices.

►Broadcom Corporation has released BCM2075, a new, integrated GPS,Bluetooth, and FM radio in a single-chip design, targeting LBS applications.

►Garmin and ASUSTeK have joined to design, manufacture, and distribute co-branded location-centric mobile phones.

►Seiko Epson and Infineon Technologies have developed a GPS single-chip design, the XPOSYS, which is optimized for mobile devices for the consumer market.

►STMicroelectronics and Ericsson have agreed on merging Ericsson Mobile Platforms and ST-NXP Wireless into a 50/50 joint venture.

►Skyhook Wireless has closed a new deal with Texas Instruments through which the chip maker will include the Skyhook software on its NaviLink and WiLink products.

►Location Based Technologies has launched Smartphone application for the BlackBerry’s Curve model of Smartphone. PocketFinder service directly downloadable to handsets.

►GeoSentric has launched GyPSii OpenExperience API (OEx), the allinclusive platform for incorporating location-based social networking

functionality into embedded mobile clients and applications.

►Networks In Motion (NIM) has partnered with Ericsson to offer NIM’s LBS for GPS-enabled mobile phones to Ericsson customers worldwide.

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