of Selective Availability Adds Value to Garmin® Products
Kan. -- Garmin International, a worldwide leading manufacturer
of navigation and communication products, applauded the U.S. government's
termination of selective availability (SA) -- the intentional
error that degraded signals from Global Positioning System (GPS)
satellites. This federal action means that current and future
GPS users will enjoy greater accuracy with their GPS receivers.
to the May 1 announcement and subsequent termination of SA, consumers
received position accuracy of 150-300 feet. But Tuesday, Garmin
GPS users noticed position data of 30 feet or less from their
exact location -- an overnight increase in position accuracy of
five to ten times.
this is very big news for our customers, for our dealers and for
us," said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International.
"By terminating SA, the government has added instant value to
millions of Garmin users, who will enjoy greater position and
velocity accuracy at the touch of a button."
change in signal integrity benefits Garmin users in all markets.
instance, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy increased accuracy in
all Garmin GPS applications -- including Garmin's newest product,
the eTrex Summit®, due out in June. Not only will hunters, hikers,
and anglers receive better position data from the eTrex Summit's
GPS function, but they will also enjoy the added features of its
true electronic compass and barometric altimeter.
mariners will enjoy better position accuracy, Garmin will continue
to support boat owners who need sub-five-meter accuracy by providing
differential GPS (DGPS) products like the GPSMAP® 215, GPSMAP 225
and GBR 21 differential receivers.
freshwater market, anglers can now find their favorite fishing
spots easier through the aid of Garmin's full line of fixed-mount
GPS and GPS/sonar equipment. Users will now be able to position
their boats within feet of that special underwater structure.
aviators will now enjoy greater situational awareness when making
an approach, Garmin continues to work with federal agencies and
other organizations on developing avionics that are compatible
with the wide-area augmentation system (WAAS), which is widely
viewed as the future of aerial navigation.
decision to terminate SA also points to a great future for companies
like Garmin. The U.S. Department of Commerce predicts the GPS
market to double in sales over the next three years, from $8 billion
to $16 billion.