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u-blox GPS powers LandAirSea miniature GSM-based tracker
The 8100G is scheduled for volume shipments in Q2 2008.
LandAirSea Systems has announced the launch of a miniature, battery-powered, GSM-based real-time vehicle tracking unit featuring u-blox 5 GPS technology from Swiss GPS technology provider, u-blox.

LandAirSea's new 8100G tracking device incorporates the latest in GPS and wireless technology to accurately determine the exact location of a vehicle, and can be used to track individual vehicles or entire fleets. Based on the highly successful CDMA-based 8100, the innovative 8100G now additionally offers GSM network operability. As the prevalent mobile communications standard worldwide, GSM operability significantly widens the device's geographical reach.

The much-anticipated 8100G will provide fleet managers, government agencies, business owners, as well as consumers real-time vehicle and asset tracking device that uses the immensely popular Google Earth program for high-resolution satellite imaging. Since GSM is the most prevalent mobile communications standard worldwide, the new 8100G will allow LandAirSea to expand its customer base beyond the USA and Canada.

"We have been working with u-blox GPS technology for more than 6 years and have always been extremely pleased with the quality and performance of their receivers", said Rob Wagner, CEO of LandAirSea. "For our new tracker we did extensive testing of other available GPS technology and found u-blox' new u-blox 5 receivers to be clearly superior, both in price and performance".

The 8100 tracking unit features a u-blox GPS receiver boasting 2-meter position accuracy and -160dBm sensitivity, which enables accurate, reliable tracking, even in difficult signal environments.

"We are very proud that LandAirSea decided to use u-blox 5 for the 8100G," said Nikolaos Papadopoulos, President of u-blox America. "LandAirSea's customers require ultra-fast, accurate position availability, even in covert installations. Our innovative Kickstart and SuperSense technologies were developed to respond accurately and reliably to those needs".

The self-contained device measures approx. 1" x 2" x 3¾" (2.5cm x 5cm x 9.5cm), and is battery-powered and completely portable. It also can be hard-wired for permanent applications. Other key features of the 8100G include live 1-second updates, a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery, a motion sensor, a wiring harness for permanent installation, in and out of zone geo-fencing with text message and/or e-mail notification and a data logging features that enables remote downloads.
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