12/2/2003 - Fastrax Ltd., a developer of OEM GPS receivers with industry-leading performance and feature set, and Guardian Mobility Corporation, a leading provider of location-aware wireless data communication platforms situated in Ottawa, Canada, announced the inclusion of Fastrax OEM GPS technology in the Guardian Sentinel(tm) GPS. The device will be commercially available through Guardian Mobility in first quarter 2004.
Guardian Sentinel tracking and reporting platforms are among the smallest and most versatile in the market. The compact and rugged Guardian Sentinel GPS is easy to use, and can be installed in a few minutes on a backpack, vehicle or structure. Self-contained and maintenance-free, the devices consume minimal power with conventional off-the-shelf batteries to transmit low volumes of data in near-real time. The units can be user-configured so that transmissions are triggered at regularly scheduled intervals, at specific times, or by specific events such as pressing a panic button. The positioning information for the Sentinel GPS is provided with a Fastrax iTrax02/8 GPS receiver, the lowest power consuming, programmable and one of the smallest 12-channel OEM GPS receivers on the market. The Sentinel GPS also features an embedded one-way Globalstar satellite communication modem.
The platform is ideal for any industry that requires timely delivery of critical information concerning the status of remotely distributed personnel or assets, including alarm companies, transportation companies, law enforcement, heavy construction, government agencies, oil and gas, forestry and firefighting. The product is designed to provide benefit where safety of field-based personnel operating in remote and dangerous regions of the world is the primary mandate of an organization. For example, the Guardian Sentinel GPS is currently being evaluated by a number of organizations responsible for wildland fire control for the purpose of reporting on the location and status of fire fighting crews and their equipment.
In addition, virtually any type of RS232 capable, analog, or digital input device can be connected to the Sentinel GPS unit. As a productivity tool, the Sentinel GPS serves to automate the data collection process by recording and transmitting information from sensor inputs via the satellite modem thereby limiting the need for human intervention. Sentinel GPS products communicate with the Guardian Mobility BackOffice secure servers. The BackOffice can be seamlessly integrated with existing operations and systems. Command, control and field personnel can be automatically notified of transmissions by e-mail, fax or cell phone.
“We believe that the Guardian Sentinel family of products represents a new price/performance milestone in the business of remote resource management. This milestone is being achieved in a large part by advancements in miniaturization, power management and rapid time to first fix provided by the iTrax GPS receiver and we are only beginning to tap into the potential of the Fastrax solution”, said Jean Carr, CEO, Guardian Mobility Corporation.
“The Sentinel GPS by Guardian Mobility is a leading edge example of applications enabled by modern GPS technology. Small footprint, sensitivity and low power consumption enable new life saving applications that are easy to use, portable and reliable. The ability to locate and track basically anything, anytime is a true benefit to a number of government and commercial users, and opens up very promising market opportunities”, said Matti Räty, President, Fastrax Ltd.
Fastrax’ product families of iTrax02 and iTrax03 series 12-channel OEM GPS receivers offer industry-leading benefits in performance, size, power consumption and versatility. The Fastrax iTrax02 and iTrax03 modules with iSuite navigation firmware enable the implementation of position-aware features into practically any appliance. The modules are ideally suited for both industrial tracking systems and small battery-operated products like mobile phones, asset tracking devices, handheld computers and sports accessories.
Designed for demanding conditions, Fastrax GPS technology offers industry-leading performance and reliability down to very low signal levels along with fast time to first fix (TTFF). The low power drain enables an extremely long operating time, a crucial factor in battery-operated devices.
The Sentinel GPS will be commercially available in the first quarter 2004 through Guardian Mobility Corporation and its partner network. Fastrax GPS receivers are globally available via a network of qualified distributors.
More information on Fastrax distributors is available at http://www.fastrax.fi/distrib/kartta.html.
About Fastrax Ltd
Fastrax develops industry-leading products for optimal utilization of GNSS location services (Global Navigation Satellite Systems). The most well known of these services is GPS (Global Positioning System). Fastrax transforms GPS technologies into highly scalable solutions with open interfaces, combined with ultra low power consumption and miniature hardware design. With industry-leading performance, Fastrax GPS receivers navigate continuously even in extreme conditions. Receivers are ideally suited in both industrial location applications and high-volume consumer products such as cell phones and sports accessories. Headquartered in Finland and founded in 1999, the company is privately owned and backed by leading venture capital investors CapMan, Eqvitec, Startupfactory and Innocap, with a strategic investment by Suunto Corporation, a subsidiary of Amer Group, a leading global supplier of sporting goods equipment. More information: www.fastrax.fi.
About Guardian Mobility Corporation
Guardian Mobility Corporation is a leading developer of location-aware wireless data communications platforms for monitoring and tracking people and assets. Guardian Mobility solutions incorporate innovative satellite-based communications and highly accurate GPS positioning technologies to deliver mission-critical and life-saving information from remote locations where wireline or terrestrial wireless networks are not readily available. Guardian Mobility data devices can be integrated with feature-rich, customizable, BackOffice monitoring and event response systems to provide complete end-to-end solutions for remote resource management. More information: www.guardianmobility.com.
Global Positioning System (GPS) is a worldwide satellite navigation infrastructure funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, originally developed for U.S. military purposes. GPS provides satellite signals that enable GPS receivers to calculate their exact position and velocity. The GPS infrastructure has three segments. The space segment consists of 24 satellites that orbit the earth every 12 hours. The control segment consists of tracking stations located around the world, with the master control station located at Falcon Air Force Base in Colorado. The user segment consists of GPS receivers and users utilizing the information provided by the system.
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