Tele Atlas puts more of the world on the map, Sprint announces its new Evo 4G smartphone, and more …

Tele Atlas puts more of the world on the map, Sprint announces its new Evo 4G smartphone, and more …

“Our strategy is to deliver the highest quality and most up-to-date location and navigation content available,” says Peter Davie, director of product management at Tele Atlas. “We continue to invest in critical geographies, as well as build out more advanced features in developing markets. By delivering new products and offerings, including innovations based on community input, we are able to meet our global customer needs and deliver the content that will differentiate their offerings.”

Among other benefits, the improvements will enhance Tele Atlas’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which is designed to bring a new level of quality to eco-routing and vehicle safety applications. Tele Atlas ADAS is the first gradient and curvature enhancement data product to use community input and other authoritative sources to help drivers navigate more safely and efficiently.
Navigation on foot and wheels

More than two thirds of mobile phone users seek integrated navigation for driving and walking, reveals a new study commissioned by NAVTEQ. Respondents came from Brazil, India, France, Singapore, Russia, Spain, Germany, the UK, and the US. More than half said they had used a nav app while on foot, while three out of four said they had utilized navigation solutions while in a car. Users in Brazil were most enthusiastic about an integrated mapping service (82 percent in favor), while those in the US and the UK were the least (66 and 63 percent respectively).

Twitter goes LBS

Twitter launched a new geolocation feature that allows users to attach their locations to tweets, including the precise coordinates of their location or just their neighborhood, town, or city. They also can choose to X out location data on any individual tweet or disable the feature altogether in settings, which will remove location info from all previous tweets. Currently, the feature only works on Firefox 3.5 and Chrome.

LBS growth

Revenue from global LBS platforms will more than double between now and 2015, reaching a plateau of $1.8 billion, according to a new study by ABI Research. The growth, while positive, is less than ABI Research predicted in 2009. The rise of off-deck LBS services and platforms, which are sold directly to consumers on a website rather than through a mobile phone supplier, is behind the less rosy forecast.

Broadband to Afghanistan

Soldiers stationed in Afghanistan will have access to two-way high-speed Internet thanks to a new broadband service from TS2 Satellite Technologies. The broadband works well in environments without phone lines, cable, or dial-up modems and is thus ideally suited to soldiers holed up in barracks far from home. The satellite system will make real-time VoIP and video conferencing a possibility as well.

High-tech tracking

Taoglas launched a new GPS tracking device, the AP.35a, which functions in vehicles and assets without an external antenna. The AP.35a, only 35 x 35 mm, is made from high-grade ceramic with high-zenith gain that allows the antenna to pick up weak signals and provide greater GPS sensitivity. It’s state-of-the-art and ideal for tucking in an asset without being detected.

Sprint 4G phone

Sprint announced plans to release a new smartphone, the Evo 4G, this summer. The smartphone will be the first with enough capability to carry Sprint’s Clear wireless broadband network. The smartphone was previewed at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas. Among other features, the Evo 4G will be decked out with two cameras, one high-resolution on the back and the other low-resolution on the front, making video calls a cinch.

Asia, the new 4G hub

Asia will blossom into a smartphone hub, says market research firm IMS. The firm predicts that annual smartphone shipments to Asia will quadruple by 2015, increasing Asia’s portion to 39 percent of all global shipments. The reasoning? China and India have vast populations, the cellular markets are growing rapidly, uptake has increased, and phones have become more affordable.

Andrew Tolve is a regular contributor to TU.

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