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Navman Introduces GPS for Bluetooth enabled Pocket PCs

Navman, a leading designer and manufacturer of world-class global positioning systems (GPS), communication and marine products, announced today the release of its latest compact GPS companion product for the Pocket PC and Tablet PC platforms. The Navman GPS 4400 is one of the industry’s first wireless GPS antennas, which provides satellite connectivity to PDA’s utilizing Bluetooth capability. The device, featuring Navman’s SmartST Professional navigation software, adds another high-quality solution to the company’s comprehensive line of GPS products. The GPS 4400 is being unveiled at the 2003 International Consumer Electronics Show.

The GPS 4400, developed by Navman, is a complete street navigation solution well suited for consumers and professionals, such as road warriors, service technicians and field engineers who use Bluetooth-enabled PDAs or Tablet PCs. The device features a high-performance GPS receiver that provides accurate location information within 5 meters. For optimal signal reception, its versatile design, including a variety of mounts, allows for dash, sunroof or rear window mounting. The GPS 4400 also features an embedded, Class 2 Bluetooth transceiver, which is capable of communicating with any Serial Port Profile Bluetooth device, within a 30′ radius. Bluetooth provides a strong and secure connection between devices and also eliminates the need to use valuable memory/expansion slots. The unit is equipped with a blinking blue LED that displays connectivity status and a red LED for low battery indication.

“We design our companion products to help businesses and consumers leverage their existing technology investments,” said Jeff Fellows, president of Navman USA. “The GPS market is more popular than ever. By introducing the GPS 4400, anyone with a Bluetooth-enabled Pocket PC can, cost-effectively, take advantage of our high-end street navigation solution without the need to upgrade to a new PDA. Furthermore, by using Bluetooth to connect with our antenna wirelessly we ensure our product’s compatibility with future Pocket PCs regardless of form factor, making the GPS 4400 a worthwhile investment for years to come.”

Powered by Navman’s award-winning navigation software, SmartST Professional, the GPS 4400 provides detailed street-level mapping for the 48 contiguous states and Hawaii (Western European maps sold separately), address-to-address routing, Back-on-track rerouting when off-course and an extensive points-of-interest library. Large display icons and easy-to-read maps provide an operator-friendly interface for added safety while driving. The software is fully automatic and provides voice, in addition to visual driving instructions. Map data for SmartST Professional is sourced from Navigation Technologies, which supplies cartography for 100% of the North American in-vehicle navigation market.

“When designing PDA companion products mobility is one of our top considerations,” said Rus Graham, vice president of marketing, Navman USA. “Our products are packaged for vehicle navigation, but are designed to allow our customers to do so much more. Navman GPS devices can be used while walking or biking, and by loading various compatible software packages on their PDA, consumers can use topographic maps for hiking, marine charts for boating and aeronautical charts for flying. Our products are even used by golfers, farmers and stargazers.”

The complete GPS 4400 solution includes a wireless GPS antenna, SmartST Professional navigation software, a vehicle power adapter, vehicle mounting brackets, and both an armband and lanyard for outdoor personal use. The unit operates for a minimum of 10 hours on 3 AAA Alkaline batteries (included).

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