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MWC 2009 Video summary



pocketgpsworld.comDuring our visit to Mobile World Congress this year we managed to interview a number of the captains of the Mobile GPS Industry and captured this on video.

Our series of videos range from an interview with a senior VP of Navteq through to a look at how CSR can rip out the GPS from a TomTom and replace it with a smaller one of their own...

Video Interview with Serge Bussat on post Nokia Navteq and mapping futures
3D Mapping from Blom with photo images we interview Blom CEO Hakon Jacobsen
CSR rip a TomTom open and replace the GPS: Interview and demo
Tele Atlas LBS Innovator Series winners: Nulaz and Rummble
Seen on the Blackberry stand: Nav4All free navigation for all!!!
Nokia announce a new Nokia Navigator phone the 6710 and the latest Nokia Maps 3.0
Navteq LBS Challenge: 2009 the year of location aware social networking
iMate introduce 2 new Smartphones running WM6.x
Our first look at a working Garmin-Asus Nuviphone


Video Interview with Serge Bussat on post Nokia Navteq and mapping futures
It is about six months since Nokia acquired Navteq and I wanted to find out how the takeover was affecting Navteq. Serge Bussat VP Consumer Applications Europe for Nokia discusses some of the (non) effects of the takeover, and where Navteq is headed.

Interesting advances are being made in non-automotive mapping, combined with data aggregation and distribution. A lot of this will be transparent to the user, but is a critical part of delivering dynamic content such as traffic and, in the pedestrian model, current local data such are public transport timings.

 


Interview with Oren Nissim and demo of Telmap V5

Telmap is not a well known name in the PND GPS World, but in the mobile market they partner with Vodaphone, Orange, AOL and others. Oren says that in Europe 1 in 2 people using mobile navigation will be using a branded Telmap product.

 

 

 

 


3D Mapping from Blom with photo images we interview Blom CEO Hakon Jacobsen
Blom is poised to join the likes of Navteq and Tele Atlas as a provider of digital mapping, but mapping with a difference. Whilst the other companies focus on traditional 2 dimensional mapping Blom specialise in producing aerial photographs and are starting to produce geo-referenced 3D imagery.

 

 

 

 


CSR rip a TomTom open and replace the GPS: Interview and demo
CSR has been in the news a lot recently, Lutz had a chance to see them at CES, but we were unable to get a full interview. This changed at MWC when we had full access to the techie guys who explained the new eGPS facilities and also gave us the inside details of their new chipsets.

CSR are focusing on the consolidation of functionality into single chipsets. This has the advantage of lower density on board, and also the ability to use a combination of signal types for positioning, hence the eGPS.



Tele Atlas LBS Innovator Series winners: Nulaz and Rummble
Tele Atlas also had their LBS competition awards at Mobile World Congress. These are termed the "LBS Innovators Series" there are two categories: Market Ready, which includes commercially-ready LBS applications targeted at consumers, and Disruption Innovation, which includes location-enhanced solutions designed to push the boundaries in the LBS market.

Nulaz is a Web 2.0 service for the mobile phone and Internet that combines location-based information with social networking tools. Nulaz provides information to users about what is happening around them.

Rummble is a location-based discovery tool and social search platform designed to enable consumers to find people and places nearby based on their individual preferences.

Seen on the Blackberry stand: Nav4All free navigation for all!!!
A tour of the Blackberry stand revealed a number of partners displaying navigation applications. The one that caught my eye was Nav4All. Nav4All is a free navigation application available for many mobile phones not just Blackberry devices.

Nav4All is one of the batch of location aware social networking applications that are prevalent at MWC this year.



Nokia announce a new Nokia Navigator phone the 6710 and the latest Nokia Maps 3.0
Nokia had many announcements at MWC this year. Apart from the new Ovi Store Nokia announced the latest in the range of Navigator phones along with Nokia Maps 3.0.

Click here for our interview with Nokia VP Connected Devices Markku Suomi who describes the new phone and gives an overview of the new navigation features of Nokia Maps.



Navteq LBS Challenge: 2009 the year of location aware social networking
The Navteq LBA Challenge is now in its sixth year. I was a judge for the first two years of the European section of the awards, and have seen the improvement in quality of the applications over the years. This year the focus really has changed to location aware applications, in particular location aware social networking systems.

Click here for our interview with Navteq VP of Partner and Developer Programmes Marc Nadell introduces how you can participate and describes the background of the series. We then show edited highlights of the award ceremony followed by a short interview with Oliver the developer of the winning application Skobbler.



MWC 2009: iMate introduce 2 new Smartphones running WM6.x
iMate have been around for a long time now, originally sourcing devices from HTC, but over the last few years they have manufactured their own smartphones.

MWC 2009 sees the launch of two new devices at opposing ends of the spectrum. The first is a rugged PDA running Windows Mobile 6.1, this smartphone comes with a lifetime guarantee. iMate are obviously confident of the reliability and toughness of the device. The second is a much smaller smartphone which is the size of a credit card and can fit in the change pocket of your jeans.



Our first look at a working Garmin-Asus Nuviphone
Last year at Mobile World Congress we had our first glimpse of the Garmin Nuviphone. Now a year later, after much speculation and rumour, we now have an alliance between Garmin and Asus with 2 Nuviphones being announced.

The Garmin-Asus G60 Nuviphone is the original device we saw last year. The software is nearing completion and this will be available summer 2009. This device is based on the Linux operating system.

 

 

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