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Thales Navigation Launches A12 OEM GPS Receiver for Land Navigation

August 29, 2002

Thales Navigation, a global provider of GPSsolutions, including the Magellan and Ashtech product lines, introduced Aug 29 its A12 OEM 12-channel GPS receiver. According to the company, the A12 offersthe most powerful combination of WAAS-enabled accuracy, low powerconsumption and compact size available in a low-cost board. Thales claims the A12 is accurateto within one meter using local DGPS corrections, and three metersthrough WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS compatibility. The A12 is expected to bea favorite among OEMs and integrators in a variety of applications,including fleet management, asset tracking, telemetry, automotive andhand-held computing. "There's a strong and growing demand for GPS within landnavigation markets like fleet management and trucking, both asin-vehicle navigation aids and as control systems for managers keepingtrack of their fleet vehicles," said Neil Vancans, general manager ofThales Navigation's professional products business unit. "ThalesNavigation has demonstrated its expertise in these markets -- withboth our Ashtech professional solutions and our Magellan consumerproducts -- for several years. We're confident the A12 will set thestandard for high-performance, low-cost GPS boards." In terms of power consumption, the A12 uses .23 watts at3.3VDC. That compares to .70 watts for previous-generation boards and.47 watts for leading competitive units. About Thales Navigation Thales Navigation is a developer andmanufacturer of positioning, navigation and guidance equipment withoperations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Thales Navigation marketsits Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics,recreation, and automotive markets, and its Ashtech GPS and GNSSprofessional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets.They say their key innovations include the first U.S. commercialhand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the firstprofessional Long-Range Kinematic (LRK) GPS receiver. Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., is asubsidiary of Thales, a leading professional electronics companyheadquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defenseand information technology and services. For more information, visitwww.thalesnavigation.com.
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