NovAtel Inc.

NovAtel Inc.

January 30, 2007 17:53 ET

NovAtel Inc. GPS Engines OnBoard Port of China Container Positioning and Tracking System

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 30, 2007) - NovAtel Inc. (NASDAQ:NGPS), a precise positioning technology company, announced today that its dealer, Beijing BDSTAR Navigation Co. Ltd., Beijing, China, completed deployment of NovAtel GPS-based systems for the Shanghai Yangshan port Container Terminals (SYCT), one of the largest cargo ports in the world, as per the terms of a contract awarded in August 2006. NovAtel GPS engines will power a system used for positioning and tracking all container-handling equipment in Yangshan Port Phase I and Phase II terminals, including quayside cranes, rubber-tired gantry cranes, forklifts, reachstackers and trailers.

BDSTAR has established itself as a strategic supplier in this market with previous contract wins for Ninbo Port Second Container Terminal (NBSCT) September 2006; Shanghai Yangshan Container Terminals (SYCT) August 2006; Shenzhen Chiwan Container Terminals (CCT) April 2006; Tianjin Container Terminals (TCT) 2004; and other container terminals in ShenZhen and Hong Kong.

According to Qin Jiafa, Vice President and CTO of BDSTAR, "Port positioning business is a strategic focus for BDSTAR. We have integrated BDSTAR's customized software services with NovAtel's accurate and reliable GPS technology to create a strong product offering for this market. Adding this to our increased efforts and resources directed towards the development of business in this application sector, we believe we will have more success in this promising market."

NovAtel supplied about 500 GPS receivers integrated with BDSTAR's Container Terminal Operations Monitoring and Controlling Software (TOMACS) and proprietary integrated navigation hardware, for the various ports throughout 2006. NovAtel's GPS engines track container positions, and aid dispatching container handling tasks and optimizing the efficient management and operation of container placement. With millions of container shipments being placed in port terminals annually, GPS technology can greatly reduce the number of lost or misdirected containers, improving safety of life conditions and reducing operating costs.

"With contracts in three key economic regions in China, BDSTAR has positioned itself as a leader in container tracking technology. It is exciting to have NovAtel technology onboard this growing market segment, not only in China but in other ports around the world that have already integrated our GPS components, such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia," said Graham Purves, NovAtel's Vice President Sales.

About NovAtel

NovAtel Inc. (NASDAQ:NGPS) is a leading provider of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems that afford its customers rapid integration of precise positioning technology. The Company's mission is to provide exceptional return on investment and outstanding service to our customers. An ISO 9001 certified company, NovAtel is focused on developing quality OEM products including receivers, antennas, enclosures and software that are integrated into high precision positioning applications worldwide. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, marine and defence industries. NovAtel's reference receivers are also at the core of national aviation ground networks in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and India. The Company is committed to providing its customers with advanced positioning technology through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS), the revitalized Russian GLONASS and the emerging European Galileo satellite systems, as well as the integration of additional complementary technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). For more information, visit

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Contact Information

  • NovAtel Inc.
    Graham Purves
    (403) 295-4964
    NovAtel Inc.
    Sonia Ross
    Investor Contact
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