March 8, 2006
Garmin® Helps You See and Talk to the Fleet Around-the-Clock
GPS-Buddy tracking and messaging technology available on select Garmin navigators
HANNOVER, Germany/March 8, 2006/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), is pleased to announce a close partnership with GPS-Buddy, a technology company that provides logistical tracking and management solutions for businesses with fleet vehicles. This relationship lets corporations who use Garmin GPS units in their automotive fleets to track those vehicles in real time and communicate with mobile workers via the Garmin GPS unit.
“Thanks to the real-time information transmitted through the GPS-Buddy unit, fleet managers can know where their fleet is and communicate with the drivers 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week,” said Gary Kelley, vice president of marketing for Garmin International. “This information is especially helpful when unexpected delays occur and schedule changes must be made.”
GPS-Buddy gives companies the tools they need to stay a step ahead of their fleet. Every 60-seconds, a secured GPS-Buddy server receives information about the vehicle’s location, speed, and status – such as engine data, loading door, and thermostat. The information is then available on the internet to GPS-Buddy customers. The data may be viewed at anytime on any device with internet access such as personal computers, Smartphones, or PDAs.
“When GPS-Buddy and Garmin get together, the excitement begins” said Philip Nathan, managing director of GPS-Buddy. “The combination with Garmin’s superior GPS-units and our proven fleet management technology is poised to further revolutionize the vehicle and mobile workforce market.”
GPS-Buddy also makes it possible to use the Garmin GPS unit as a way to communicate between the office and vehicle. Through a process similar to text-messaging, a mobile worker may use the unit’s touch screen keyboard to send a message or record notes about their location. Similarly, the office can communicate with the driver by sending them a message that will appear on the unit’s screen. If the office needs to send the driver to a new location, the driver will receive turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to the new destination on the Garmin GPS unit.
Garmin GPS navigators are designed to make GPS navigation easy for everyone. Selecting a destination is straightforward and requires a limited amount of input from the user. Once a destination is selected, the unit will provide automatic route calculation to any destination with turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions along the way. If a motorist strays off course, a new route will automatically be calculated. Garmin has also made it possible for customers to augment the preloaded maps with custom points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices - most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.
GPS-Buddy Ltd. is a technology company which designs and provides fleet management software solution packages including hardware in order to let users track, monitor, manage and message vehicles and their mobile workers. GPS-Buddy is incorporated in Ireland with development and sales offices in Ireland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Sri Lanka.
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