Navman

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Navman
Type Consumer Electronics
Founded 1986
Headquarters New Zealand (head quarters)
Key people Sir Peter Maire, Lionel Rogers
Products GPS systems
Website www.navman.com

Established by Sir Peter Maire in 1986 as New Zealand-based Talon Technology, Navman (as the company became known in the 1990s) is a GPS systems company providing stand-alone GPS units, OEM GPS modules, GPS software for Palm handhelds and Pocket PCs, automotive navigation systems and navigation systems for use at sea.

Acquired by Brunswick Corporation in June 2004, the Navman PND (Portable Navigation Device) division was subsequently sold to MiTAC in the first half of 2007 and this business retains principal use of the Navman brand, including the navman.com website. Software development continues in New Zealand with sales, marketing and support primarily based in Gatwick, UK.

The Navman Marine division designs and manufactures fish finders, sonar, VHF radios, autopilots and sailing instruments and was sold by Brunswick to the Norwegian company Navico in April 2007.

The remaining Navman divisions are Navman Wireless Vehicle Tracking Solutions and Navman Wireless OEM. These two business were sold by Brunswick in a single management buy out transaction in mid-2007. The company is doing business as Navman Wireless.

After being purchased by Brunswick and becoming part of Brunswick New Technology, the company struggled to turn a profit and a mass exodus of senior management staff ensued.[1] The company was sold to MiTAC International Corporation in 2008.

Navman-branded devices are still sold in Australia, New Zealand and in key markets across Europe alongside devices from Mio.

Alongside is her sister company Magellan which sells fitness and outdoor adventure GPS devices including the Magellan Cyclo 100 series, Cyclo 500 series, Magellan Echo, Magellan Switch, eXplorist GC, 110, 310, 510, 610 and 710.

Navman Wireless[edit]

Navman Wireless Vehicle Tracking Solutions[edit]

Navman Wireless

Navman Wireless UK

Navman Wireless is a global GPS-based technology and SaaS provider dedicated to developing better ways to capture and apply location, behavior and diagnostic data from assets and people in real-time to the pursuit of informed, smart and profitable decisions.

Navman Wireless OEM Solutions[edit]

GPS receiver module made by Navman's OEM division.

Navman Wireless OEM Solutions is a division of Navman Wireless Holdings, a privately held company owned by independent investors and Prairie Capital Partners of Chicago. A leading designer and manufacturer of GPS technology, Navman Wireless OEM Solutions provides GPS engines and sensor modules, tracking devices and messaging terminals to thousands of companies worldwide for integration into their products and solutions. Its products are also compatible with OEM Data Deliveries Fuel Monitoring and Distribution control systems for heavy equipment.[2]

Navman Wireless OEM

OEM Data Delivery

Navman PND[edit]

Software[edit]

Since the merging of Navman and Mio under MiTAC, the Navman SmartST application has been used by both Navman and Mio products.

SmartST v6 used version 1.40 of the low-level MapCore library, and introduced a significantly different UI to the previous versions. In particular, in replaced up/down scrollbars with "glide touch" (also called "slide touch") scrolling, similar in concept to the iPhone. This approach, combined with a resistive touch screen, resulted in a number of usability complaints.[3] As well as the UI changes, a number of new features were introduced such as 3D junction views, 3D landmarks, and advanced lane guidance.

SmartST v6.10 was released with the MY-series, and used version 1.42 of MapCore. This version restored the option of the traditional up/down buttons in addition to the glide touch used in version 6.

SmartST v7 (with MapCore 1.50) is the latest version of SmartST. The UI has again changed significantly, with a significant simplification of the main menu, and the removal of the "dockable windows" concept. This version also added a number of features over version 6.10:

  • Time-sensitive routing, similar to TomTom's IQ Routes.
  • Correct handling of Australian school zones, only alerting the driver when the zone is actually active.
  • Landmark guidance ("In 200 metres at the petrol station turn right into Jones Street" [4]).

All-in-one devices[edit]

Currently, Navman devices are primarily marketed in Australia and New Zealand. Elsewhere, the devices are sold under the Mio label (though sometimes also sold as "Mio Navman" devices).

The EZY series was released in May 2010. All the devices run Windows CE 6.0, and SmartST 7.

Model Screen size TMC Bluetooth FM transmitter Hardware model RAM Flash
EZY-30 3.5" Add-on No No  ? 64 MB 2 GB
EZY-40 4.3" widescreen Add-on No No  ? 64 MB 2 GB

The MY series was released in May 2009, with SmartST 6.10. All the devices run Windows CE 5.0.

Model Screen size TMC Bluetooth FM transmitter Hardware model RAM Flash
MY-30 3.5" Add-on No No Seeker 300 64 MB 1 GB
MY-50 (New Zealand only) 4.7" widescreen Add-on DUN No Seeker 510 128 MB 1 GB
MY-50T (Australia only) 4.7" widescreen Built in DUN No Seeker T510 128 MB 1 GB
MY-55 (New Zealand only) 4.7" widescreen Add-on DUN + handsfree Yes Seeker T525 128 MB 2 GB
MY-55T (Australia only) 4.7" widescreen Built in DUN + handsfree Yes Seeker T525 128 MB 2 GB
MY-500XT 4.7" widescreen Built in DUN + handsfree Yes SeekerF T525 128 MB 2 GB

The MY-500XT has a capacitive touchscreen, compared to the resistive touchscreen in the other models. In July 2010, Navman announced the three additional models:[5]

Model Screen size TMC Bluetooth FM transmitter Hardware model RAM Flash
MY-60T 4.7" widescreen Built in No No  ?  ?  ?
MY-65T 4.7" widescreen Built in Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
MY-75T 5.0" widescreen Built in Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?

Previous models[edit]

The Platinum S-series was primarily a hardware update of the normal S-series. The same version of SmartST is used on both the Platinum and original S-series.

Model Screen size TMC Bluetooth FM transmitter Hardware model RAM Flash
S100 4.3" widescreen Add-on No No  ? 128 MB 1 GB
S150 4.3" widescreen Add-on DUN + handsfree No  ? 128 MB 1 GB
S200 4.3" widescreen Add-on DUN + handsfree Yes  ? 128 MB 1 GB
S300T (Australia only) 4.3" widescreen Built in DUN + handsfree Yes  ? 128 MB 1 GB

The S-series was released in September 2007, with the much-changed SmartST version 6. The flagship S90i model contained a built-in 2-megapixel camera for use with NavPix, something that has not reappeared on later flagship Navman devices.

Model Screen size TMC Bluetooth FM transmitter Hardware model RAM Flash
S30 3.5" Add-on No No  ? 32 MB 256 MB
S35 3.5" Add-on No No  ? 64 MB 1 GB
S45 (Australia only) 4.3" widescreen Add-on No No  ? 64 MB 1 GB
S50 4.3" widescreen Add-on DUN + handsfree No  ? 64 MB 512 MB
S80 (Australia & U.K. only) 4.3" widescreen Add-on DUN + handsfree No  ? 96 MB 512 MB
S90i 4.3" widescreen Built in DUN + handsfree No  ? 96 MB 2 GB

June 2008: F-Series. The F15 [6] is an entry level slim PND sold exclusively through RadioShack stores in the US. Key features of the F15: 3.5" Touch Screen, New UI based on the MioMaps GPS software by MiTAC owned Mio Technology, Maps of US and Puerto Rico, SiRFInstantFixII, and preloaded POIs. A version with a larger 4.3" screen, the F25 was sold in Europe, with a set of western Europe maps. Support from Navman/MiTAC was largely absent for this device.

January 2007: F-Series. The F30, F40 and F50 models were added. Based on the existing F20 unit, these new models were bundled with a variety of external modules to add new features out of the box. The F30 included a T1 traffic module to offer traffic (TMC) alerts. The F40 included a B2 module to offer Bluetooth handsfree calling. The F50 included a B2+ module offering both traffic (TMC) and Bluetooth.

2006: N-Series. Replacing the previous iCN 500 and iCN 700 series, the N40i and N60i are fully touch screen with nearest fuel and parking buttons and NavPix. The N60i was the top-range unit and has a wide, 4.3” screen. N-Series also had a third member, N20—intended as a replacement to 530 it suffered as the F20 cannibalised its sales.

2006: F20. Replacing the iCN 300 series, the F20 is small, fully touch screen and includes the nearest petrol and parking buttons. The F20 was essentially Navman's volume product, selling in great quantities, especially during the Christmas 2006 period.

In 2005, Navman replaced the 600 series with the 700 Series, consisting of the iCN 720 and iCN 750. The only difference between the two models was map storage—720 relied on memory cards while 750 had a 4 Gb built-in microdrive. It had a wide screen, was fully touch screen with no stylus, and included the nearest petrol and parking buttons. It was the first Navman unit with NavPix. Upon introduction of the 700 series, support was dropped for the 600 series essentially rendering the 600 series obsolete as there would be no additional map updates or product support available.

The original top-range units were those of the 600 Series. These are larger than the 300 and 500 units, offering louder sound and a wider, automotive grade screen. They are not touch screen, but are known for being strong and easy to see. The 600 units are the 610, 620, 630, 635 and 650. The 650 came with a built-in 2 GB microdrive and was also OEMed for Delphi and Sony.

The 500 Series was originally the middle of Navman’s range. It includes the iCN 510, 520, 530 and 550. They are touch-screen, and are usually operated with a stylus. The 550 introduced Navman’s unique nearest petrol and parking buttons, worldwide maps and real-time traffic updates. 530 was the last in the 500 Series introducing hardware styling later found on N-Series.

The 300 Series is Navman’s original range of basic, in-car satellite navigation units. It includes the iCN (in-car navigator) 320 and 330. The 320 introduced 2D moving maps, while the 330 had 3D moving maps.

Navman has also made a number of Pocket PCs in the past, known as the PiN Series, running from the PiN 200/Pin 300 to 570. They were not popular, however, and have long since been discontinued.

TMC[edit]

The TMC Accessory Kit equips the Navman S30 3D with TMC (Traffic Message Channel, this is, traffic alerts & re-routing). The MY TMC is for Navman MY30. S Series Platinum TMC Accessory Kit is compatible with the latest Platinum range S100/150/200 & the Classic S45 and S35.[7]

The MY30, MY50T, MY55T, MY500XT, S300T, S200, S150, S100, S45, S35, S90i, S80, S30 and S50 have TMC built-in.

Navman Marine[edit]

Navman's Marine Division was acquired by Navico, the world's largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. The original core technology and product research and development centre that was Navman remains today intact in the Auckland, New Zealand operation. This is where a number of next generation product platforms are developed and launched for use across the B&G, Eagle, MX Marine, Lowrance, Navman, Northstar, and Simrad brands.

Navico History

The Navman brand was discontinued after a period of time in favour of the North American favoured Northstar brand.

Navman Marine

NavPix[edit]

Navman introduced "NavPix" on its iCN 700 portable navigation devices in 2006. Navman was the first company worldwide to introduce NavPix (on which they hold a patent). The NavPix technology combines a digital image with geographical data to create the NavPix image, which is a record of the exact location where that image was taken. The iCN 720 and iCN 750 were the first Navman GPS products that were NavPix-enabled, using a 1.3 MegaPixel camera to take the NavPix.

NavPix was developed to offer users an alternative way to navigate, by selecting an image rather than entering an address or post code.

The N Series - N for NavPix - products launched in September 2006, introduced two more NavPix-enabled products - the N40i and wide-screen N60i, both of which had an integrated digital camera to take the NavPix. The N20 model can use NavPix images, but not take them.

The NavPix image contains the latitude and longitude information within the Exif metadata. These images can be selected on the compatible Navman as an alternative way to define a destination or way-point when planning a route.

The latest Navman sat nav, the S90i offers a 2.0 MegaPixel camera for taking NavPix. Other S-Series models, the S50 and S70, are NavPix compatible meaning NavPix images can be loaded onto the device for use.

NavPix images may be freely accessed from the Navman NavPix Library as well as other sites such as Flickr.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibson, Anne (7 October 2006). "Culture clash blamed for staff exodus". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Navman Wireless Releases Industry-First Fuel Management Solution for Construction Fleets in Partnership with OEM Data Delivery". Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Navman's S-Series goes Platinum" http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/gps_car_entertainment/navman/s300t/266180
  4. ^ "Navman EZY 40" http://www.navman.com.au/car-gps-devices/EZY-Series/EZY40/Features
  5. ^ "Practical new features the key to Navman's new MY Series range" http://www.current.com.au/2010/07/29/article/Practical-new-features-the-key-to-Navmans-new-MY-Series-range/YVMPRWOQFD.html
  6. ^ "Navman F15" http://www.navman.com/Navman/templates/BUHomepage____6313.aspx
  7. ^ "Navman Accessories" http://www.navman.com/in-car/europe/uk/Products/Accessories/