SOURCE: Global Locate

October 31, 2005 03:00 ET

Global Locate A-GPS Technology on Board HP iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 31, 2005 --Privately held Global Locate Inc., a leader in Assisted - GPS products and services, today announced that its Assisted - GPS (A-GPS) chipset and services solutions are incorporated into HP's latest smart device, the HP iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger.

Global Locate's patented LTO™ technology -- also known as "extended ephemeris" technology -- is supported by the HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger. Supplied by Global Locate as a hosted service, and marketed by HP as Quick GPS Connection(1), this service provides the GPS chipset with access to worldwide assistance data through a variety of connection options. This data accelerates the device's integrated receiver's time to fix and greatly improves sensitivity in weak signal conditions regardless of where the device is operated, how often it roams or when the GPS feature is used. This service, when combined with powerful signal processing inside the Global Locate chipset, enables a wider range of location-based services and applications than with traditional autonomous GPS receivers.

"With this product, Mobile Operators can offer their subscribers best in class A-GPS performance and applications," said Scott D. Pomerantz, Global Locate's CEO. "The GPS Quick Connection service supports global roaming and bridges the gap between autonomous GPS that works mainly outdoors and A-GPS with its much improved availability."

"HP selected Global Locate's A-GPS solution because it delivers fast signal acquisition, improved sensitivity and the ability to quickly compute positions in areas where GPS signals are weak," said Rick Roesler, vice president, Handhelds, HP. "It is critical for HP customers to have a GPS solution that will roam and operate in as many environments as possible."

The HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger features on-board personal navigation(2) through its integrated GPS receiver. The increased sensitivity allows use of an internal antenna adding to the sleek appearance of the HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger.

About Global Locate, Inc.

Global Locate, Inc. is a privately held company that provides Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) products and services for wireless devices and networks. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, the company has sales offices in the New York metropolitan area, Tokyo, Taipei and Madrid. Global Locate's A-GPS product suite includes the World Wide Reference Network (WWRN™), A-GPS Server and integrated Global Locate® IndoorGPS® chipset. For more information see www.globallocate.com

(1) While the GPS radio on your device is able to connect to the GPS satellites without enabling the Quick GPS Connection feature, it may take a few minutes longer and even up to five minutes to locate the satellites without using Quick GPS Connection. User required to enable Quick GPS Connection updates.

(2) For some models of the HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger to perform GPS navigation, a software application and maps must be purchased separately at www.hp.com/go/gpsnavigation.

© 2005 Global Locate, Inc. All rights reserved. Global Locate, IndoorGPS, WWRN and LTO are trademarks of Global Locate, Inc.

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