April 14, 2004
GarminŽ and XM WX Bring Weather Data to Marine Chartplotters
OLATHE, Kan./April 14, 2004/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced a partnership with XM Satellite Radio that — for the first time — brings real-time graphical weather data directly to Garmin marine chartplotters utilizing the XM WX Satellite Weather data service.
"Garmin is excited to be the first company to deliver weather data directly to a chartplotter — without the use of a separate PC," said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s director of marketing. "Combined with our award-winning BlueChart® marine cartography, the XM WX Satellite Weather data offers boaters a safer and more enjoyable time on the water. We’re confident that in the future, serious mariners will come to rely on this weather data, much like they rely on GPS or sonar technology today."
XM WX Satellite Weather is the same leading site-specific, analytical weather technology and data that is provided to television meteorologists across the United States. All data is collected from multiple government agencies and commercial providers, which is then analyzed and processed by XM WX partner, WxWorx, using proprietary and patented methods. WxWorx has redundant servers located in the National Climatic Data Center — a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — and at its headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. XM’s two satellites in geostationary orbit deliver seamless, redundant coverage nationwide and several hundred miles offshore.
In addition, mariners will also have the option of receiving XM Satellite Radio’s 120-plus satellite channels of commercial-free music along with premier sports, news, talk, and entertainment — all delivered and accessed directly from the chartplotter for an additional monthly fee.
"The XM WX service makes it easy for boaters to receive continuous, detailed weather information and audio news and entertainment right at the helm," said Roderick MacKenzie, XM's director of advanced applications. "This service will help mariners make better-informed decisions under all weather conditions."
The system relays a continuous transmission of more than 15 different types of graphical weather information that can be directly overlaid on the chartplotter, including:
Weather information is captured and processed via the new Garmin GDL™ 30 remote mount receiver and GA 31 pole-mount antenna. The units are totally waterproof, and installation is plug-and-play on the new Garmin Marine Network. For boaters wanting XM Satellite Radio in addition to XM WX weather data, Garmin is offering the GDL 30A — which provides a unique audio channel interface in addition to weather data on Garmin’s next-generation chartplotters.
XM WX Satellite Weather data and audio can be accessed on the new Garmin Marine Network™, a fully-integrated, ethernet-based system anchored by the new GPSMAP® 3010C and GPSMAP 3006C. Users can overlay individual or combined weather data screens directly onto these color, multifunction display (MFD) chartplotters — so they can see weather conditions at their current location or along a projected path.
The GDL 30 is priced at $642.84 (MSRP), and the GDL 30A is available for $857.13 (MSRP). The GPSMAP 3006C is $2285.70 (MSRP) and the GPSMAP 3010C is priced at $2857.13 (MSRP). All components are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2004.
The XM WX Satellite Weather Master Mariner service is available for $49.99 per month, with a $50.00 activation fee. Also available are two lower tier packages featuring a subset of the Master Mariner products structured to meet the needs of fishermen and sailors, each for $29.99 per month and a $50.00 activation fee. Subscribers of XM WX receive the Family Plan price for XM audio broadcasts for an additional $6.99 per month, otherwise sold for $9.99 per month.
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, GPSMAP, and BlueChart are registered trademarks, and GDL and Garmin Marine Network are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
XM is America's #1 satellite radio service with more than 1.6 million subscribers today. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville, Tennessee at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2004 lineup includes more than 120 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; 33 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. For more information, visit www.xmwxweather.com, XM’s pressroom at www.xmradio.com/newsroom or contact the Corporate Affairs department at 202-380-4000. XM WX Satellite Weather is a trademark of XM Satellite Radio Inc.
WxWorx, Inc. is an innovative weather company that provides site-specific, real-time weather information for the XM WX Satellite Weather service. As the premier weather service for mobile users, it not only includes standard NEXRAD radar available from other resources, but a superior portfolio of data products that provide frequent updates on weather conditions. Weather data is retrieved and updated constantly from sources located at thousands of points across the nation to ensure users have information at their fingertips whenever and wherever they need it.
Notice on forward-looking statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company’s future product introductions and expected product availability dates are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2003 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K can be downloaded from www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.