By TimAdams | March 14, 2005 2:08 PM
New Orleans, CTIA Wireless Show, March 14, 2005 – gate5, Socket Communications (Nasdaq: SCKT) and Tele Atlas today announce a partnership to provide a complete mobile navigation solution to US consumers. The partnership is key to gate5′s launch of smart2go Mobile Navigator, an affordable, high performance GPS-driven navigation system for smartphones and PDAs that separates itself from the competition by providing functionality inside and outside of the car. The partnership will also bring useful city content to help consumers choose where they want to go.
“With Socket, gate5 is able to bring to market a GPS-driven navigation system that rivals in-car systems costing thousands more. And, since it’s not tied to the vehicle it can be used anywhere, anytime – inside or outside the car,” said David Rolf, Managing Director for gate5. “We chose Tele Atlas for its outstanding map quality in both the United States and Europe.”
smart2go Mobile Navigator is powered by the Socket GPS Receiver with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology. The Socket GPS Receiver enables mobile users to easily connect from a Bluetooth enabled device, such as a Pocket PC or smartphone. The Socket GPS Receiver connects without any cables, enabling the mobile user to position the GPS Receiver for optimal satellite reception. The unit is small and lightweight, and fits into the palm of a hand for maximum portability. The Receiver is capable of receiving 16 GPS channels and includes Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) support for increased location accuracy with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in the U.S. and EGNOS in Europe. The rechargeable and replaceable battery lasts for nine hours of continuous use.
“Socket is pleased to bring its expertise in mobility solutions and accessories for handheld devices to wirelessly add GPS positioning technology to the smart2go offering,” said Peter Phillips, vice president marketing for Socket. “The smart2go Mobile Navigator provides the unrivaled ability to navigate both inside and outside the car and is great for both consumers and corporate users.”
Tele Atlas offers superior geographic content that delivers digital maps and
dynamic location-specific road and travel information right to the consumer.
Turn-by-turn directions, dependable rerouting, and reliable drive-time estimates are all included in dealing with real-world driving situations
Tele Atlas utilizes an advanced methodology employing thousands of data sources for collecting and verifying data, supplemented as appropriate by field surveys and driving the roads. Existing data is constantly verified and updated, and new data is added regularly.
“To ensure the best possible end-user experience, Tele Atlas aggressively seeks strong partnerships with all the leading GPS application developers and device companies, and today’s announcement with gate5 demonstrates our commitment to that goal,” said Mike Gerling, Chief Operating Officer, Tele Atlas North America. “We’re confident that our high quality, extremely accurate and always current geographic content will provide smart2go Mobile Navigator customers with the coverage they need to travel with confidence anywhere.”
smart2go Mobile Navigator
smart2go brings GPS-driven, high-accuracy navigation to PDAs and smartphones, giving the user both voice and graphical directions on detailed maps of the 48 contiguous United States plus Canada.
The smart2go product bundle includes: navigation software that runs on smartphones and PDAs; CD-ROMs containing detailed maps of the U.S and Canada; a Socket GPS receiver with Bluetooth Wireless Technology; a cradle that attaches to the car dashboard to hold a smartphone or PDA; and a memory card reader to facilitate transfer of data to a smartphone or PDA.
In navigation mode, smart2go provides clear, audible driving directions as well as graphics showing the car’s progress along its route. The system automatically recalculates the route if the driver misses a turn or takes a detour.
In mapping mode, smart2go can be used to plan routes, select restaurants and hotels sorted by proximity to a destination, explore places to see in a new or familiar city and determine the quickest route to a selected destination.
Features of smart2go include GPS-driven navigation graphically displayed on the smartphone or PDA and audible directions to allow hands free operation. smart2go incorporates attractions, hotels and restaurants, as well as hotel and restaurant reviews from international content provider Wcities similar to those currently available on the Web at Yahoo, Orbitz, and American Airlines. smart2go maps, provided by Tele Atlas, include millions of points of interest.
smart2go runs on mobile phones running Symbian series 60 and series 80, including the popular Nokia 6600, 6620, 6630, 7610 and forthcoming 9500 and
9300 models. It also runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smartphones and Pocket PCs. Smart2Go will also support PalmOne’s Treo 650 smartphone.
Pricing and Availability
gate5 and Socket will commence distribution of the smart2go mobile navigation system starting April 30, 2005. The product will be available for at Frys Electronics, Mobile Planet and a variety of online retailers for $299.
smart2go is the first of a planned series of personal mapping products from gate5. More information can be found at: http://www.smart2go.com
About gate5 NA
gate5 NA is a subsidiary of Berlin-based gate5 AG, Inc. and is charged with bringing smartphone/PDA GPS navigation to the US business and consumer
market at affordable prices.
The company is a pioneer in the emerging market for GPS-driven mobile navigation tools for use on popular smartphones and PDAs. gate5′s smart2go mobile navigation software, content and services put high-performance GPS navigation on the dashboard and in the pockets of consumers. With smart2go, navigation is no longer a luxury, it’s an affordable convenience.
More information can be found at: http://www.gate5.de
About Socket Communications
Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection Company, provides a
broad range of connectivity and data collection products for mobile devices
using Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, CE, XP, and Palm, RIM, and Symbian-based operating systems. These mobile devices include PDAs, Smartphones, Tablet PCs and notebooks that support standard expansion mechanisms. Socket’s Mobility Friendly products are feature-rich while promoting ease of use and lead the market with the smallest footprint and the most Battery Friendly® power consumption in their class. Socket’s Development Services team provides hardware developers with solutions using mobilityIC interface chips, KwikBlue modules with embedded Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, as well as other technologies implemented in Socket’s wide range of products.Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or www.socketcom.com.
Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket
Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners. ©2005, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
About Tele Atlas
Founded in 1984, Tele Atlas is a worldwide leading provider of digital maps and dynamic location content for a variety of navigation, location-based services and geospatial products and database solutions. Tele Atlas’ database is a highly accurate reproduction of today’s street network, enabling turn-by-turn route guidance on a high percentage of European, U.S. and Canadian roads. Tele Atlas’ compatibility with major navigation systems and its open system design have placed the company’s technology at the heart of both consumer and business-to-business applications worldwide. From logistics to marketing to traffic and fleet management, in almost every sector of today’s business and consumer world, Tele Atlas has built a reputation as an acknowledged pioneer and leader in the digital map industry. For more information, please visit www.na.teleatlas.com (in North America) or www.teleatlas.com (in Europe).