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July 21, 2015 11:34 ET

ikeGPS Expands Spike Reach With International Sign & Printmakers Guild Partnership

New Relationships Prime ikeGPS to Capitalize on Lucrative Market Opportunities

BROOMFIELD, CO--(Marketwired - July 21, 2015) - ikeGPS (NZX: IKE) announces a new partnership with the International Sign & Printmakers Guild to offer its 2,700-plus independent sign company members Spike, a laser measurement solution that enables sign professionals to quickly measure a sign or new sign location by capturing a photo using their Smartphone or Tablet and the Spike device.

"Spike is a powerful tool for the sign and digital graphics industry," says Mark Stevens, executive director of the Guild. "With this new measurement technology, sign shops can respond to customer requests for estimations faster and conduct site surveys without the need for additional labor and expensive equipment."

ikeGPS has established co-marketing relationships with the leading sign and graphics franchises in the U.S. market, including Alliance Franchise Brands, AlphaGraphics, FASTSIGNS, Franchise Services Inc., Signarama and Signworld.

ikeGPS also recently introduced its first U.S. sign supply reseller with Reece Supply Company, which operates eight locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina. Additionally, ikeGPS is quickly expanding distribution outside of the U.S., including a recent Asia-Pacific agreement with technology provider Sektor and American Technology Inc for distribution in the Philippines.

According to the International Sign Association's 2014 Economic Impact of the Sign and Visual Communications Industry study, conducted by Ernst & Young, more than 200,000 professionals worked in the U.S. sign market in 2012, and the industry as a whole purchased an estimated $10.4 billion in goods and services from suppliers that same year. A report from research organization IBISWorld also finds that the U.S. sign industry is projected to grow to $14 billion a year by 2020.

"Spike adoption within the U.S. sign market has grown rapidly since the beginning of the calendar year," says Jeff Ross, chief marketing officer of ikeGPS. "With new partners, resellers and U.S. and international distributors in place, the potential for Spike in this industry is still mostly untapped."

ikeGPS expects to announce additional co-marketing and reseller partners in the near term. Interested parties should contact ikeGPS at partners@ikegps.com to explore go-to-market opportunities.

About ikeGPS
ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data. Electric utility, telecom, government, engineering, construction, real estate, signage, and other field data collection-based professionals use ikeGPS products to modernize the way measurements are taken and shared.

Spike, a laser accurate Smartphone measurement solution, and GE MapSight, an all-in-one customizable field data collection solution, uniquely combine intelligent software and hardware into comprehensive but simple-to-use tools. With an ike photograph, you can capture measurement, distance, location and other data in real time, significantly improving business process, user productivity and safety.

ikeGPS is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange under the stock symbol IKE. The company's sales and marketing organization is based in Broomfield, Colorado, which supports global efforts in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For more information, visit http://www.ikegps.com.

GE is a trademark of General Electric Company and is under license by ikeGPS Ltd, 42 Adelaide Road, Wellington 6021, New Zealand.

About The International Sign & Printmakers Guild
The International Sign & Printmakers Guild is a member-led organization designed to help sign and print providers grow their businesses and reduce costs. The Guild is all about expanding the universe of wide-format business.

Founded by SA International and supported by other equipment manufacturers, media suppliers, distributors, and industry publishers, the Guild relies on an eight-member board of advisors comprised of sign and print business owners.

Membership is free, courtesy of our Platinum Sponsor Arlon Graphics, and is open to any wide-format sign or print provider. The only condition of membership -- Guild members must agree to abide by the organization's Code of Ethics.

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Contact Information

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    Amanda McGrory-Dixon
    Content Marketing Coordinator
    ikeGPS, Inc.
    +1 303- 222 3218 x713
    amanda.dixon@ikegps.com