Navilock, the German positioning products manufacturer, has chosen a GPS chip developed by u-blox, the leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, to power a high performance Bluetooth GPS mouse. Navilock’s BT-451 mouse acts as an external GPS receiver with its own power source that wirelessly connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and UMCPs. Bluetooth-enabled devices only connect to it when positioning functionality is required, optimizing battery times for both the GPS mouse and the device connecting to it. The BT-451 also boasts excellent tracking performance due to its powerful antenna, which greatly outperforms the smaller antennas typical of GPS receivers integrated into consumer handheld devices, and is small enough to slip into a pocket or attach to a belt clip.
“This is an extraordinarily elegant solution that addresses simple user requirements in a small, practical product and overcomes many of the limitations of traditional device-based positioning,” said Armin Boeshenz, Area Sales Manager for u-blox. “By placing our state of the art GPS technology in a portable external product combined with an optimized antenna design, the BT-451 provides extremely reliable positioning in a range of environments for extraordinarily low power usage.”
u-blox’ high sensitivity ATR0635 GPS single chip, with award winning SuperSense(R) indoor GPS functionality, makes the BT-451 capable of accurately tracking outdoors as well as indoors, where most GPS receivers lose the much weaker indoor signals.
“Customers are tired of lousy GPS performance. We chose u-blox’ GPS chip because its high sensitivity receiver ensures uninterrupted, accurate tracking even in the most challenging signal environments. We are delighted to have found such a reliable, high-performance GPS receiver for our products,” said Frank Kautz, Product Manager at Navilock.
The BT-451 is available at major retail stores across Europe.
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 Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), including GPS and Galileo, for the automotive and mobile communications markets.
Navilock is a registered brand of the Tragant Handels- und Beteiligungs GmbH headquartered in Berlin, Germany with sales offices in Taipei, Taiwan. Navilock manufactures accessories for PDAs, PNAs, notebook and car PCs, and develops software solutions and electronic maps. Navilock products are sold through established distributors and retailers.