WASHINGTON, D.C. — The
first GPS-enabled cell phone, developed by Navsys Corporation, is now on
display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Time
and Navigtion exhibition, which opened today. This device marks an
important step in GPS history that paved the way for positioning to become
the integral component of communications technology that exists
today, Navsys said.
Navsys assisted in the development of the Colorado Department of
Transportation’s Emergency Vehicle Location System Mayday platform in 1995.
To address the need for faster notification and responsiveness during
emergencies, Navsys was contracted to integrate GPS positioning into a cell
phone so that location information could be sent to a communications center
for mobile 911 calls.
One of the enabling technologies Navsys developed for this system was
LocaterNET. When activated by a user’s in-vehicle unit (IVU), LocaterNET
collects a snapshot of raw GPS information. That information is then sent to
a remote processing system to determine the user’s location. This technique
allowed for low power consumption and processing requirements for the IVU,
which is vital for small form factor personal navigation and communication
“We are honored to be a part of this exhibition and for the awareness it
creates for how GPS technology has advanced many other technologies we use
today,” said Alison Brown, president and CEO of Navsys.
The Smithsonian exhibition covers a multitude of navigation and timing
innovations and opens on April 12. A detailed description of the LocaterNET
Mayday platform can
be found here.