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TomTon to include Ambush Warning in latest Updates

  • Posted on December 19, 2011 at 12:47 am

Amsterdam. – TomTon, producer of sat-nav systems, has been hit by decreasing sales and is restructuring its workforce. The company announced to have some new products in the pipeline which will be put on the market in 2012. Journalists have been supplied by prototypes enabling a sneak preview of features to come.

Following the footsteps of many other companies the new map updates target the military market. Users of the new maps will now have the option of subscribing to ambush warnings. The information will be presented just like the traffic warnings customers are already used to. Currently TomTon’s R&D department works on live updates. The ambush data is provided by terrorist groups who sell their schedule of ambushes. The payment is in turn provided by the customers using the subscriptions. The innovative technology is hailed to make both supply lines and terrorism safer. ISAF has expressed great interest in the sat-nav devices and the new subscriptions. This could be good news for tourists travelling through remote and dangerous areas, too.

The new product would give sat-navs an edge over mobile phones equipped with map software and route planners. Mobile phones have been subjected to network failures in some countries recently.

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