Here's how it works. Handsets automatically tune in to a satellite-based radio navigation system run by the U.S. Department of Defense. Using 24 satellites orbiting the Earth, GPS provides an accurate location nearly anywhere, anytime. With built-in GPS receivers, mobile phones such as those from Nextel Communications, can pinpoint locations in seconds.
A Smarter Way for
Business to Manage
Location-based technology on GPS-enabled mobile phones is expected to become a standard part of wireless business applications just as data and voice services are already. Innovative GPS solutions provide the means to deliver services faster, smarter and at less expense than do manual traditional processes.
• Get real-time turn-by-turn driving directions
• Do mapping and route planning
• Assign and manage employee's jobs, hours and locations
GPS for the Individual
IDC Research recently noted, "GPS ties directly to the innate human need to be aware of one's surroundings and location."
Meeting that need is a partnership between Trimble and Nextel, offering Trimble® Outdoors service. It lets customers plan an outdoor adventure, share the trip with friends and family and research trips taken by others. They can even view routes and points of interest on street, aerial or topographic maps of the continental U.S. and parts of Alaska and Hawaii. The application lets outdoor enthusiasts download, from the Internet, trip planning information and maps to several Nextel phones.
Another service, TeleNav™ from Televigation provides phone-based visual and audible turn-by-turn driving directions at a fraction of the cost of comparable vehicle-mounted GPS devices.
Today's mobile phones are powerful, portable computing devices. Wireless technology has moved far beyond the days of two-way radios and text messaging to providing an entirely new and smarter way to manage mobile resources and eliminate repetitive labor, downtime and guesswork with fast, precise, location-based information.
For more information, visit www.nextel.com.
It took 38 years for radio to reach 300 million listeners, 15 years for television to reach 300 million viewers and five years for 300 million people to sign on to the Internet from their PC. It will take much less time for millions to realize the benefits of the latest location-based technologies.