9/22/2004 - Fastrax Ltd., a provider of OEM GPS receivers and positioning software with industry-leading features, and Alltigo Inc., a developer of compact electronic location devices, announced the integration of Fastrax’s iTrax03 GPS receiver in Alltigo’s Location Tag LT100 product.
The Alltigo Location Tag LT100 is a small, location-aware electronic device that enables the global positioning of a person, vehicle or any other kind of mobile asset with an accuracy of a few meters. The LT100 communicates its location and receives commands over a GSM/GPRS mobile phone network via TCP/IP or SMS. To activate the device, a standard SIM card from a local service provider is all that is needed. No additional monthly services are required in most cases. The LT100’s exclusive AAGPSTM (Adaptive Assisted GPS) technology enables positioning even in environments with restricted satellite signal availability.
With its small size and weight of only 50 grams, the Location Tag LT100 is easy to carry. The device can be used for tracking children or disabled people, or in enterprise applications in which personal location is crucial for conducting business. In vehicles, the Location Tag can be used as a security measure that enables the owner to locate the vehicle in the event of theft.
“Through products such as Alltigo’s LT100 Location Tag, GPS location is making the leap from a specialist service to a pervasive, everyday technology,” said Mr. Matti Räty, President and CEO, Fastrax. “By providing Fastrax customers with the most advanced OEM GPS receivers in the industry, in a form factor no larger than a postage stamp, we are helping them create the next generation of location-based applications for both business and recreational use.”
The Alltigo LT100 can be used for any purpose that requires location, speed, altitude or other parameters of movement to be monitored. Possible uses include monitoring patients with Alzheimer’s disease or similar disabilities; tracking large dogs or other similarly sized pets; vehicle location for fleet management purposes; tracking the mileage or speeding habits of drivers; and tracking any other movable assets.
“The Location Tag is a hybrid of two wireless technologies, using GPS to obtain the global location of the device and wireless GSM networks to pass that location to another mobile phone or location-enabled enterprise system,” said Mr. Nenad Lazovic, Engineering Director, Alltigo Inc. “Most similar devices suffer from the traditional GPS limitation that the satellite signal can be detected only if there is a clear line of sight to the sky. However, Fastrax’s sophisticated GPS receiver, combined with our exclusive AAGPSTM software, enables the LT100 to locate satellites even from inside concrete buildings, between high-rise buildings or under trees. This positions the LT100 as a unique product in a class of its own. All this comes in a solution that in most usage scenarios does not require any monthly service apart from a GSM/GPRS data connection.”
The Location Tag LT100 does not have a keypad or display of its own. Instead, the device is controlled with commands issued through a cell phone or computer. The various options for controlling the Location Tag include the Location Tag Monitor Instant Messaging application; the Location Tag Monitor - Mobile Edition application for Java-enabled cell phones; and the Location Tag SDK, which allows the device interface to be integrated into enterprise applications. Additionally, the device can be controlled through a simple command language transmitted via standard mobile phone SMS messages.
The Fastrax iTrax03 OEM GPS receiver is among the lowest power consuming 12-channel GPS receivers on the market. The low power drain extends the operating time of stand-alone, battery-operated telematics devices, a crucial factor in both business and recreational products. The receiver enables continuous tracking down to very low signal levels, with support for assisted GPS (A-GPS) services.
Designed for demanding conditions, Fastrax GPS technology offers industry-leading performance and reliability along with fast time to first fix (TTFF). The iTrax03 module is ideally suited for both asset tracking systems and small battery-operated products such as mobile phones, handheld computers and sports accessories. In addition to OEM GPS receivers, Fastrax offers Engineering Services to enable faster time to market for specific custom applications. This includes customized designs for both hardware and software needs.
More information on Fastrax distributors is available at http://www.fastrax.fi
About Fastrax Ltd
Fastrax provides industry-leading receivers and software solutions for optimal utilization of GPS (Global Positioning System) and other GNSS location services (Global Navigation Satellite Systems). Fastrax transforms GPS technologies into highly scalable iTrax and iSuite solutions with open interfaces, combined to 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 to both industrial location applications and high-volume consumer products such as cell phones and sports accessories. Fastrax Engineering Services provide expert services in application design. 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 Alltigo Inc.
Alltigo is a company founded by engineers with extensive experience in enterprise applications and the integration of small electronic devices with those systems. With a keen feeling for the needs of consumers, small businesses and enterprises, Alltigo is working on the solutions that can scale from a single consumer to the enterprise level. Utilizing only commodity-type services readily available with well-defined interfaces, such as Global Positioning System, Wireless Networks, the Internet, Web Services and Instant Messaging, Alltigo is able to offer significant value to its customers for a fraction of the expenses needed previously. More information: www.alltigo.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. GPS is widely used in applications such as marine navigation.
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