Nav N Go develops location-based platform for mobile devices, as the GENIVI Alliance welcomes two new members

Nav N Go develops location-based platform for mobile devices, as the GENIVI Alliance welcomes two new members

Nav N Go received a grant of €1 million from the European Union to develop a location-based platform tailored to work on mobile devices. Nav N Go is based in Hungary and has started working on the project with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the non-profit U1 Research organization. The major advantage of the platform in progress is that it will allow independent developers to more easily include location-based services in their applications.

“We are proud to be the initiators of an innovative development product that has the potential to revolutionize the use of mobile navigation,” says Tamas Vahl, CEO of Nav N Go. “In the future, mobile phone users will profit from orientation and information at all times through effortless location information on their mobile phones.” One of Nav N Go’s aims is to create a semantic content-management method that recognizes and manages the location-specific information in text messages. The platform also uses the latest in speech recognition to provide much better speech manageability in a mobile environment. The final version of the platform is expected in the second half of 2011.

Telogis Fleet 8

Telogis introduced Telogis Fleet 8, an advanced and scalable fleet management platform. Telogis’ Software-as-a-Service GPS fleet management system drives rapid return on investment for fleets of all sizes through improved productivity and operational streamlining. Telogis Fleet 8 now incorporates dynamic traffic and weather data to allow fleet managers to make the most informed real-time routing and allocation decisions based on current conditions in the field. Additional new components include a data feed for international fuel tax agreement and international registration plan, multiple vehicle histories, street-side and bird’s-eye-view imaging, and a fuel card reconciliation module that monitors and manages fuel cards.

GENIVI Alliance +2

Jaguar Land Rover and SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Company joined the GENIVI Alliance, the non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an in-vehicle infotainment open-source development platform. Jaguar and SAIC bring the total number of OEM alliance members to eight. Jaguar Land Rover says it supports creating a flexible platform that optimizes differentiation opportunities for OEMs and suppliers alike. SAIC, in joining, affirms the GENIVI Alliance as the key industry force driving the rapid, open-source development of future IVI reference platforms. “This will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for not only SAIC but the entire spectrum of companies developing IVI equipment and software,” says Hao Fei, E&E global director of SAIC.

Digi’s cellular gateway

Digi International introduced the Digi ConnectPort X3, a low-cost, programmable cellular gateway for monitoring and tracking remote assets. The gateway features flexible interfaces—including ZigBee, RS-232 serial, and GPS—and provides global connectivity to remote devices and device/sensor networks by way of GSM GPRS cellular networks. The ConnectPort X3 is integrated with the iDigi Platform, a cloud-computing service that makes it easy to remotely manage devices and to integrate device information into a company’s back-end systems and machine-to-machine applications. The ConnectPort X3 is shipped iDigi ready and will be available starting at $249.

Geotab and KORE

Geotab selected KORE Telematics to provide reliable and cost-effective M2M network coverage for its worldwide portfolio of fleet management products and services. Geotab is planning an expansion into new global markets in the coming year. KORE has transformed the overseas supply of M2M services by delivering native, roam-free M2M network coverage on the leading carrier networks worldwide. As a result, KORE has access to reliable network coverage in more than 220 countries. Geotab plans to capitalize on a number of high-value opportunities that would not have been possible without the roaming-capable, well-managed connectivity KORE provides.

Telmap for Windows Phone 7

Telmap announced the availability of the first search, mapping, and navigation solution for the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. The special edition of Telmap5 Mobile Location Companion will allow Telmap’s location-based services solution to be accessed on devices operating on the Windows Phone 7 OS. Telmap has already launched Telmap5 on the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Java, BREW, and the existing Windows Mobile platform, the goal being to create a unified location-enabled experience on all major operating systems that can work in a cross-platform manner. SingTel in Singapore has already committed to using the special edition for its SingTel Xplorer application.

Phoenix International’s Satellite Gateway

Phoenix International unveiled the Satellite Gateway, an advanced telematics solution for tracking and monitoring assets anywhere in the world. The Satellite Gateway incorporates the Iridium-based Quake Global Q9612 short-burst data (SBD) transceiver, which combines the global coverage of the Iridium satellite network with the low latency of the SBD service. The resulting solution is ideal for companies with equipment operating in places that are not reliably served by terrestrial wireless networks or other mobile satellite systems. Phoenix has added increased power conditioning and transient protection to prepare for a wide variety of off-road, on-road, and fixed-site settings. It also has integrated the Quake transceiver into a hardened package designed to meet the toughest requirements for vibration, shock, temperature, humidity, and other environmental conditions.

Andrew Tolve is a regular contributor to TU.

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