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Chunghwa Telecom and SiRF to offer A-GPS services

Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan announced the formation of an alliance with SiRF International to establish an A-GPS platform for operation of mobile location services in the Taiwan market. CHT has finished R&D and testing of the A-GPS platform that integrates GPS technology with CHT’s mobile communication infrastructure, It initially offered A-GPS services to Taiwan SECOM, one of the largest provider of security services in Taiwan, at the end of last year and plans to offer personal A-GPS value-added services to mobile communication users later this year.

World’s Smallest Real- Time GPS Tracker

The WorldTracker SMS unit measures just 2.56 by 1.7 by 1.1 inches (45 by 66 by 25 millimeters) and weighs a mere 3.1 ounces (87 grams). The
device is completely self-contained and features built-in GPS and GSM antennas, as well as a rechargeable lithium ion battery. It features a WAAS-enabled GPS receiver. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) developed the WAAS program for use in precision flight approaches.

Japan’s KDDI offers 3-D navigation on cellphones

Japanese mobile operator KDDI unveiled plans to let users find their way to shops and restaurants by looking at 3-D satellite images on their cellphones. The service is an updated version of its already popular “EZ Navi- Walk” programming which uses the GPS and offers vocal guidance. The new version offers 3-D images that show surrounding buildings and side streets or directions once one is inside a building.


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