Toy Box: GPS finds a foothold

I have a GPS thing on my venerable Palm Vx. When you push the button it says "You Are Here", which is amusing. Well, at least the first time.

I have a GPS thing on my venerable Palm Vx. When you push the button it says “You Are Here”, which is amusing. Well, at least the first time.

Navman has gone a few steps further in the use of global positioning satellite systems and won itself the Trade New Zealand exporter of the year award. You might remember Navman when it was Talon Technology before a joint venture with a US company effected a name change.

Navman makes GPS locator beacons, and before my editor points out that they really don’t have a business IT use, let me say they are a) funky and b) useful for tracking those wayward sales reps.

But Navman makes a range of less sexy but arguable more useful devices for fleet management and the so-called “blue-collar IT” world, as well as consumer-end devices for trampers and boaties.

Another division provides all-in-one products that include not only locator functionality but communications gear as well, including GSM/GPRS, CDPD, Bluetooth and 802.11 capability if needed.

Pictured above is the GPS “sleeve” for the Compaq hand-held range, which will be available in New Zealand by the year’s end.

Navman is currently hard at work creating the maps required for the New Zealand market — which should give you till Christmas to come up with an excuse for why you need one.

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