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Canalys: EMEA Q3 GPSs phone shipments overtake PNDs

According to Canalys, shipments of PNDs in the Q3 to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa fell to 4.3 million from 4.8 million in Q2, while shipments of GPS-enabled smartphones soared, rising from 4.7 million to 10.4 million. Based on its latest research, the firm estimates that global shipments of PNDs in Q3 2008 rose 14% compared to Q3 2007, with North America and Asia Pacific still seeing considerable volume growth of 49% and 25% respectively. The risk to PND vendors is likely to rise further as the economic situation forces more consumers to take a hard look at their discretionary purchases/

Tele Atlas Urban Maps launches to deliver Pedestrian-specific content

Tele Atlas announced the availability of Tele Atlas® Urban Maps, which delivers out-of-car content such as enhanced views of sidewalks and footpaths, 2D representations of notable structures and building footprints that better orient pedestrians in city centers. dec

Sagem Orga, Blue Sky Positioning debut A-GPSs SIM Card

Sagem Orga has embarked on a partnership with BlueSky Positioning to integrate Assisted-GPS positioning technology on SIM cards for mobile phones. It incorporates a GPS receiver and a proprietary antenna into the SIM card, enabling mobile operators to deploy both legally-mandated and commercial applications for all mobile handsets, with no need for software or hardware changes. The SIM card also relies on A-GPS for positioning.

Social Networking driving LBSs adoption, says ABI

While many LBS applications are adding features allowing the sharing of real-time experiences via fixed social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, fully fledged mobile location-based social networking sites will also gain momentum with more than 82 million subscriptions expected by 2013, says ABI Research. It says, mobile location-based social networking will become a key driver for the uptake of LBS as it provides a unifying framework for a large set of applications such as friend finders, local search, and geotagging.

DoCoMo’s entry to set off race for mobile applications in India

Mobile applications such as ‘Imadoco’ and ‘Osaifu-Keitai’ could become an Indian rage soon. The first one is a service that allows you to know the exact location of your friends and family using GPS on mobile phone, the latter is a mobile commerce platform. NTT DoCoMo’s entry, at a time when the country is on the verge of rolling out 3G services, could trigger a new phase of mobile applications and services. The Japanese company is expected to share its expertise in developing consumer-friendly applications with Tata Telservices for the Indian market.

Instant Global News Mapping Website launched is a website that tracks news articles on any topic across the world in real time. The service at the moment tracks 236 countries world wide and presents it on a view of the world map and plans are on to enable tracking at the city level as well. The site uses web 2.0 to find news from different countries and uses Google Maps for plotting the coverage. The software is currently tracking in access of over 8000 publications.

Survey of India approves Tele Atlas Maps

The Indian government has approved an agreement between Survey of India (SOI), and Tele Atlas Kalyani India, a joint venture between the Kalyani Group and Tele Atlas. The current map release from the company is the first ever to be screened and approved for public release by the SOI. The SOI says the new maps are in full compliance with the regulations of the Government of India and the provisions of the controversial National Mapping Policy.

SatNav Tech to distribute Destinator for Symbian

Intrinsyc has signed an agreement with SatNav Technologies Pvt. Ltd. to distribute the re-launched Destinator for Symbian software to be used on various models of Symbian smartphones sold in India. The application includes the SatNav ONE-India map that covers all major cities of India along with a detailed national and state highway network.

Qualcomm adds WiFi positioning to GPSs platform

Qualcomm has licensed Skyhook Wireless’s Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS), a method of combining large professional wardriving databases with geographical latitude and longitude. WPS can be used to provide a location with a few dozen feet in urban areas or combined with GPS in the form of assisted GPS to speed up a satellite lock.

TomTom debuts Online Route Planner, expands HD Traffic

TomTom is introducing a free online route planner; initially it will be accessible only for a selected group 2008of users taking part in a closed beta test. It is available in six languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish.

Celcom Selects NeuStar to deliver Interconnected Mobile IM Services

NeuStar, Inc., has been selected by Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad, to deliver a range of “interconnect-ready” mobile Instant Messaging (IM) services to Celcom’s customers. Celcom will now be able to extend interoperability to other operator networks in Malaysia using NeuStar’s Interconnect Platform (ICP) and Hub, thus enabling any mobile phone user in Malaysia to communicate with any mobile phone user through mobile IM.

SkyTraq introduces Ultra Low Power AGPS Receiver

SkyTraq has introduced the Venus634LPx GPS receiver, which features improved cold start sensitivity of -148dBm, better tracking sensitivity of -161dBm, lower full-power tracking current of 23mA, and smaller LGA44 package of 10mm x 10mm x 1.1mm. The device contains all the necessary components of a GPS receiver, including GPS RF front-end, 65 channel GPS/AGPS baseband processor, 0.5ppm TCXO, RTC crystal, LDO regulator, and passive components.

Vixxi provides E911 address support with Reverse Geo-Coder

Vixxi Solutions has concluded testing of its Reverse Geo-Coder technology, which can pinpoint the nearest physical address of a mobile emergency caller based on coordinates derived from GPS or position determination equipment. The technology enables public safety answering points to receive the address information of wireless emergency callers by obtaining the caller’s device coordinates, either indoors or out, and reverse-codes that point into the closest physical address of the caller, then sends it with the data record to the PSAP.

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