NavTalk® Offers a Low-Cost Vehicle
and Personal Tracking System
Garmin International, the innovative electronics manufacturer
who successfully merged navigation and communications capabilities
to create the NavTalk -- a combination GPS (Global Positioning
System) and cellular telephone -- announces two new personal and
fleet tracking services that will help locate NavTalk users via
the computer. Both services display a NavTalk user's location
on a detailed street map.
Technologies offers a way to track an unlimited number of NavTalks
through the Internet. For a $12.50 monthly service charge, you
can query the position of a NavTalk user up to 25 times per month.
Higher usage rate plans are also available. Anyone who has access
to the Internet and the consent of a NavTalk user can track that
phone wherever analog cellular service is available. Since the
mapping database resides on an Internet server, the user is assured
that he will always have access to the most current map data whenever
it is updated. Tracking a NavTalk via the Internet also allows
multiple parties in different locations to track the same person
or vehicle without complicated installations of additional hardware
its NavTalk tracking software for $195. When used with a Diamond
Supra Express external modem, PC users can track up to three NavTalk
users from their computers. The software also allows the NavTalk
user to send his position to the dispatcher. There are no additional
per call charges since the user owns the software and modem. This
application is ideal for single-site dispatchers with heavy use
tracking needs. Fugawi also offers a fleet-tracking version of
their software that allows an unlimited number of vehicles to
to the tracking services offered through Main Course Technologies
and Fugawi, the NavTalk continues to offer the optional First
Assist(TM) one-button emergency activation plan through ATX Technologies
(formerly Protection One). NavTalk owners who subscribe to the
service can press the "nine" key on their unit when they are in
distress, and their exact location will be transmitted to a First
Assist response center. From there, a dispatcher can send help
to that location immediately.
portable cellular telephone on the market can transmit your physical
location," said Dan Bartel, director of recreational and mobile
electronics sales, Garmin International. "Many installed GPS tracking
devices still cost more than $500 in small quantities and require
the purchase of proprietary software packages that can cost up
to $3000. Now you can get the same features from the NavTalk at
a much lower price."
contains the same great GPS features that have made Garmin navigation
and communication electronics so popular. In addition to a database
of more than 57,000 towns and cities, the NavTalk has a built-in
basemap of millions of miles of interstates, state highways and
local roads for the United States, Canada and South America. Interstate
exit listings of popular services such as restaurants, hotels
and service stations are also included. Additional data such as
residential streets, worldwide cities and highways and topographic
information can be downloaded from Garmin's exclusive line of
include a 100 name and number phone book, the ability to store
up to 20 numeric pages and a one-button speed dial with automatic
redial for up to nine numbers. The phone will also withstand immersion
in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Among the NavTalk's
unique features is the ability for two NavTalk users to send or
query each other's location and see it on an electronic map.
consider that most installed GPS tracking devices don't give the
driver any navigation information or even the ability to make
a phone call, the NavTalk adds up to a real bargain," said Bartel.
"When you throw in the fact that the driver can take the phone
with him and summon help in an emergency, the NavTalk proves to
be an even better value."
is currently available at a suggested retail price of $425.
information on Main Course Technologies, please call (213) 438-0352
or visit their web site at http://www.mctworldwide.com.
For more information on Fugawi, please call (416) 920-0447 or
visit their web site at http://www.fugawi.com.