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Navigation Technologies Recommended for ISO Certification

November 17, 2003

Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wirelessapplications and business solutions, on Nov. 17 said that it is the only global digital mapping company to achieve ISO 9001: 2000 certification of all main operating locations.The company said this resulted from its recentrecommendation for ISO 9001: 2000 certification of its corporate headquarters in Chicago, Ill. This certification completes the company's effort to certify all of its main operating locations. Navigation Technologies' Fargo, N.D.,production facility and its European headquarters in Best, The Netherlands have also received ISO 9001: 2000.ISO is an international network of national standards institutes representing 147 countries. The organization is dedicated to setting quality standards that make the development, manufacturing and supply of products and services more efficient, safer and cleaner."Earning the ISO certification is a clear indication of Navigation Technologies' commitment to quality," said Navigation Technologies President and CEO, Judson Green. "We strive to provide customers with high-quality products and services and doing so requires excellence in the way we build ourproducts and operate our company."In order to qualify for ISO certification, an organization must create, implement, and document a system that measures the quality of its products and operating procedures. ISO looks for organizations whose policies reflect ahigh priority towards customer satisfaction, a dedication to producing efficient and useful products, and a commitment to providing its employees with a merit-based working environment that promotes individual performance.KEMA-Registered Quality Inc., a member of the International Association of Accredited Registrars, is Navigation Technologies' official ISO auditor.This certification includes Navigation Technologies' core operating functions and departments including Technology and Development, Product Management, Sales and Marketing, Delivery and Fulfillment, Quality, IT, Finance, and Legal."Navigation Technologies' corporate divisions have been recommended for certification because they comply with all the requirements laid out in the ISO 9001: 2000 standard," said George Rinderle, lead auditor from KEMA-Registered Quality USA. "I was impressed with the dedication and commitment to quality demonstrated by Navigation Technologies."About Navigation TechnologiesNavigation Technologies creates digital maps that power navigation and location-based services around the world.The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and is privately held. The company's approximately 1,300 employees are in more than 100 offices in 17 countries.For more information visit www.navtech.com.
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