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GPS Business News: Over Half a Million Impressions in January 2011 - 02/02/2011

GPS Business News reached another milestone in January 2011 with 578,533 pages viewed, 72,265 visits and 26,165 unique visitors. The website also experienced its largest peak ever during the CES trade show in Las Vegas, counting over 39,000...

Wrapping up CES 2011 - 01/12/2011

As the CES 2011 trade show came to an end, it is important to make sense of new trends affecting the consumer electronics industry and subsequently the GPS business itself. First of all it is interesting to see that consumer telematics has...

Research: 13 Contributors per km2 Key to OpenStreetMap Accuracy € - 11/29/2010

INTERVIEW: Study into quality of OpenStreetMap data finds much to applaud but stresses use-case crucial in whether to chose the free map over a commercial one. GPS Business News spoke to Dr Muki Haklay, of University College London, about his...

Shameless Google Uses Volunteers to Build Local Maps in Africa - 11/23/2010

In a post on a Google Blog yesterday we learned that the search giant invited 60 of Google Map Maker’s top users in Africa to a community workshop in Nairobi. After a long blabla explaining that these people are citizen cartographers, the blog post...

Why Connected PNDs Could Get Subsidized by Wireless Operators - 09/28/2010

We hear they are a dying breed, slow, outdated, outsmarted by phones… still there is plenty of life left in the PND category and the next generation of connected PND will have what it takes to attract operators interests. Mobile operators are still...

Why Garmin Should Acquire TeleNav - 10/11/2010

A few weeks ago, Kevin Rauckman, Garmin’s Chief Financial Officer publicly stated that his company would review the future of Nuvifone - their smartphone initiative in partnership with ASUS - within the next six months (read here). Thus far...

What’s The Big Deal: Facebook Deals - 11/08/2010

Last week Facebook introduced “Deals”, a platform that allows local merchants and retailers to offer coupons to Facebook mobile users (in the U.S. thus far) who check-in at their locations. Wilson Kerr, founder and consultant at Location Based...

Traffic Data Quality Will Determine Telematics Winners € - 08/25/2010

The gold standard for telematics success is daily relevance. One of the greatest challenges for companies introducing telematics systems and solutions is to bring daily relevance to their offerings. Human beings are creatures of habit, which means...

eCall Finally Has Arrived...Or Has It? € - 07/28/2010

Last week SBD analyst Stephen Longden gave us his views on eCall, following the recent EU Parliament ruling on passing an ITS Directive. This week Kevin Hamlin, from iSuppli gave us his thoughts - slightly different from Longden - on this complicated matter.

eCall Legislation ~ To Care or not to Care? € - 07/20/2010

The more things change, the more things stay the same. The EC’s long and slow march towards pan-European eCall took another important step forward recently. But as always, hurdles and uncertainties remain, making it hard for the automotive industry...

Personalisation: The Competitive Edge € - 07/06/2010

The mobile industry is hugely competitive. Mobile services today include a spread of services that go far beyond basic voice services, such as messaging, video, the mobile web and mobile TV to name a few. One of the most competitive markets within...

The iPhone Launches Background Location: a New Era for LBS? € - 06/30/2010

Last week Apple launched the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS4. As promised, for the first time the iPhone operating system now supports background processes for third party applications. Apple has treaded lightly in this area,...
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