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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:04 pm    Post subject: Garmin UK moves to iTIS for TMC data supply Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comiTIS, one of the two UK providers of RDS-TMC data services have announced a three year agreement with Garmin UK to supply data for their nüvi 2x5 range of TMC equipped navigation devices.

Garmin have previously used RAC-TrafficMaster as their chosen supplier of RDS-TMC data.

Stuart Marks, Chief Executive, ITIS Holdings said. "We are delighted to be selected by Garmin as a traffic provider and we will be working closely with them to build upon our combined leadership in traffic and navigation. ITIS real time traffic information will help Garmin’s customers avoid the jams and reach their destination quickly and stress free."

What is not clear from the announcement is whether this new deal will see Garmin UK migrate to iTIS for RDS-TMC data across every TMC equipped device or if this agreement covers new devices, or indeed if this is Garmin testing the water on the nüvi 2x5 range only.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so which is better, trafficmaster or itis?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use TT Traffic (so ITIS) day to day and have tried previously Trafficmaster on my N95 with Orange http://www.ekmpowershop1.com/ekmps/shops/trafficmasterp/traffic-tv-7-p.asp to compare both.

I found ITIS was more informative than just the speed of traffic or the time it took to pass through a traffic hotspot as Trafficmaster displayed. (This of course could be a limitation of the software I was using to receive the Trafficmaster info). With ITIS/TomTom you at least receive info on what the incident is. An accident, congestion, roadworks etc. One good thing trafficmaster did have was the ability to view roadside CCTV cameras, although ITIS is slowly implementing this these days to one of there websites.

When I bought my 910 originally (about a year ago IIRC) I didn't think very much of traffic. Information was out of date, inaccurate, and non-existent at times. Since I've started using it again in the last few weeks I have found the quality of information and clarity of it more substantial and far clearer than before.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy I have to say this could be good news, ITIS are now the major TMC provider in the UK and maybe this will result in better/more transmitters removing the black spots we currently have here in the UK.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hooray!! Now the Garmin mob will get the same rubbish we TomTom users are getting - they can't look down their noses at us any longer.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Dennis couldn't agree more.

Tuesday evening this week TT Traffic is suggesting a 5 minute delay at the top of the M32 to join the M4 stretching back beyond the ring road. When I got there I was the 3rd car in the queue for the traffic lights where you join the m-way.........nuff said
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm afraid, x20 TMC issues aside, that Garmin's RAC-TrafficMaster data wasn't much to write home about either.

I tested both side by side on a 500 mile trip recently and they were both laughably poor.

Mind you I read this morning that a German satellite is being used in a trial to monitor traffic on bottleneck sections of their autobahn's. That could be very useful technology (it uses radar so is not reliant on good weather!). and may in future augment theses systems with valuable and accurate info.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahah - so we're going to get some Durch Technik Schprung on us are we? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did I hear someone is wanting their vorkses sprung, or has it still not arrived yet?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I hope is that Garmin open it up to older Garmin Products.
I'm fed up with waiting for two green lights on my GTM21 to show it has some traffic info from TMC to register on my Nuvi!!
On the rare occasions that I get TMC info it has been fairly good - it's just that it so patchy and intermittent that you can't rely on having it when you need it ie when stuck in a jam!!!
Why can't we in the UK get a decent signal - I just drove through France and was dazzled by the twin green lights showing traffic info almost non stop on the way down to the alps.
Will this alternate supplier offer a better, more reliable signal and info stream?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iTIS is no better in terms of signal coverage. Why its better over the water I don't know but they do have more providers albeit some are free and so data quality is not great.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knowing the way Europe works - you'll probably find that some faceless bureaucrat has decided that here in the UK the signal can only be sent at half of a zillionth of a watt, for fear of upsetting the radio frequencies used by budgie fanciers, whilst the French operators blast it out with the amps turned up to spinal tap's eleven out of ten! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Out Loud very funny and probably not a million miles from the truth!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI,I have been in touch with itis,regarding service to N Ireland of TMC.It has been turned on for testing,but is only picking up traffic reports from Scotland,they say they hope to have it very soon ,they are waiting for softwere.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

garyb53 wrote:
,but is only picking up traffic reports from Scotland
That is about as accurate and as much use as they currently are over here anyway! Razz
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