The system is using GPS probes from over 50,000 cars fitted with Altech Netstar GSM/GPS tracking devices. The floating car data is sent to a server where software from traffic specialist ITIS Holdings is processing the data into TMC format, then sent to Appello servers - which provides the navigation solution to Garmap.
At this stage the service is still being tested but is expected to be available later this year. The test phase is free to the users and covers Gauteng region only (Johannesburg) and will then be made available to the entire country when the service is officially launched.
Garmap for Mobile, which was recently selected as MTN’s official mobile navigation platform, is currently bundled on a select range of Samsung handsets, and is compatible with Windows Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry and Android powered GPS-enabled handsets. Users who don’t have Garmap for Mobile but would like to try the service can download a 7-day free trial of the software, with traffic enabled.
With this solution Garmap is launching the first real-time traffic system for navigation purpose in South Africa. This innovation is likely to consolidate Garmap/Garmin leading market position in the country.