u-blox today announced the introduction of u-center mobile, a GPS evaluation and visualization tool for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC handheld devices such as PDAs.
u-center mobile is the handheld version of u-center, u-blox’ PC-based GPS evaluation software. Launched in 2001, u-center has become renowned throughout the industry for its powerful controls, visualization and analysis features. u-center mobile has now been developed to bring the same functionality to handheld devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and other consumer and professional GPS-enabled handheld devices.
u-center mobile provides satellite status and positioning information, enables 2D representations of any GPS parameter in real-time and offers extensive configuration options. Viewing functions have been specifically adapted for the limited screen resolution of handhelds. Users can load digital maps calibrated with u-center to view static positions or itineraries. The system has a data recorder with playback functionality that enables GPS data logging. Log files created with u-center-mobile are compatible with u-center, giving users the option to analyze log files from their PC, handheld, or both.
“u-center mobile enables GPS testing on-the-go”, explains the creator of the tool, Michael Ammann, Research and Development GNSS Software. “This powerful tool will become an indispensable companion for developers of GPS-enabled handheld devices, who will be able to test GPS performance directly on the device that they are designing. All other GPS product developers will also benefit, as they will be able to connect their GPS applications to any mobile device with u-center mobile installed and use its powerful GPS evaluation features from anywhere.”
The tool’s built-in AssistNow(TM) Client software enables access to u-blox’ AssistNow A-GPS service framework, which slashes Time To First Fix (TTFF) down to seconds and enables satellite acquisition even under difficult signal conditions.
u-center mobile supports various interfaces such as Bluetooth, USB, UART, Compact Flash and Secure Digital I/O interfaces and, most important, tightly coupled GPS integration. You can download u-center mobile for free.
u-blox is an international company headquartered in Switzerland, with sales organizations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1997, u-blox develops leading positioning technology, products and services based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) for the automotive and mobile communications markets.