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GAORFID Inc. announces LocateWare software

GAORFID Inc., Canada announces LocateWare, an RFID middleware that reports real-time location of people, animals and things. It enables tracking, locating and identification for a wide range of businesses.

Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ

Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ. Nokia will pay $78 in cash for each share of NAVTEQ including outstanding options for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $8.1 billion. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals and NAVTEQ shareholders’ approval.

HP Launches New iPAQ PDA Phones

HP has launched new range of iPAQ devices, including two new PDA phones called iPAQ 610 and iPAQ 910. Both new iPAQ devices include A-GPS functionality, the 610 is marketed as the ‘Business Navigator,’ and includes an interesting touch-sensitive scroll wheel integrated into the numeric keypad.

NAVTEQ Traffic RDS service in Mercedes

NAVTEQ Corporation announced with Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) the availability of Traffic RDS (Radio Data System) with navigation as a standard, lifetime traffic service in all 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and CL-Class automobiles.

IT firms provide GPS solutions to radio taxis

ORG Informatics has launched an end-to-end vehicle tracking solution for radio taxis. The radio taxi business is touted to grow to 50,000 taxis across India (in the top seven-eight cities) by 2010. The larger radio taxi service companies in India include Orix, Hertz, Easy Cab, Route and V-link. also has launched a GPS device at Rs 21,000 which provides step by step route to a driver.

Telmap, Boost Mobile partners for navigation application

Telmap Inc. mobile navigation technology has been selected to power the new Boost Navigator application by Boost Mobile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprint Nextel. It is customized to incorporate the Boost brand look and feel as well as to provide menu options catering to younger target customers. The application will be deployed on iDEN and CDMA handsets.

PNDs becoming “must-have” for motorists

According to iSuppli’s forecasts of worldwide PND shipments and revenue for the period of 2006 to 2013 it is estimated that 40 companies now are offering GPS navigation capabilities on a range of products, from PNDs and embedded systems, to smart phones. Shipments of GPS-enabled mobile handsets are expected to reach 250 million units by 2010, up from more than 70 million units in 2006. It would also present a significant revenue opportunity for the rest of the navigation value chain, from map-supply and memory to LBS. A key market driver shall be Enhanced 911 (E911) in the USA, which is a feature that automatically associates a physical address to a mobile number. Other market drivers will include the growth in LBS and mapping applications for mobile devices from a range of third-party suppliers and Internet search companies such as Yahoo and Google.

GfK raised forecast for navigation systems sales in Western Europe

According to GfK sales of navigation systems in Western Europe will amount to 13.9 million units in 2007. “The navigation market segment, which has the backing of an improved and generally attractive price/feature ratio, achieved growth of 46% in terms of value” for the first half of the year compared to the same period last year.

IDC expects PND market to grow 93% in 2007

According to a new report published by IDC (Navigation Devices: Finding Your Way), Portable navigation devices (PNDs) remain the most popular segment of the consumer navigation market, representing 62% of the total worldwide market and nearly doubling in size with 93% growth over last year. IDC expects the entire consumer navigation market to grow by 53% worldwide in 2007.

Handset navigation users to reach 43mln in 2012

According to Berg Insight the number of mobile subscribers accessing maps and downloading routes is expected to grow from 4 million users in 2007 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60.8 percent to reach 43 million users in 2012.

Nokia Maps downloaded over 1 million times

Michael Halbherr, head of the location-based experience team at Nokia shared insights about the state of navigation and plans for Nokia Maps. The Nokia Maps mobile application and the Nokia Map Loader for PC’s have each been downloaded over 1 million times since Feb 2007. Nokia Maps has been activated by 100% of N95 users. 68% have tried Nokia Maps at least 14 times. 95% have established a GPS fix. 94% have generated packet data with maps. 44% use it for real use like navigation, etc.

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