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Motorola Partners with u-blox on Vehicle Tracking System

July 13, 2006

Positioning technology to enable New York and Chicago fire departments to better respond to emergencies.

HERNDON, Virginia and THALWIL, Switerland /PRNewswire/ -- u-blox America announced that Motorola Inc. will be using its technology in life-saving vehicle tracking systems deployed by the New York and Chicago fire departments.

Motorola will incorporate u-blox' GPS receiver in its MDR800 model F5127 vehicle tracking system. The receiver has integrated dead-reckoning functionality that, with the help of additional sensors, provides accurate vehicle location information, even in tunnels and underground parking garages.

"One of the things the FDNY learned during the crisis of 9/11 is the importance of coordinating emergency vehicles without delay", says Asa Yanai, Motorola's Project Manager. "With the implementation of the MDR900 with u-blox technology, response time to 911 calls has been shortened by 3 minutes according to New York City officials."

"u-blox is proud to partner with Motorola in helping make New York City a safer place," adds Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America. "With the help of u-blox positioning technology, Motorola has given the FDNY the necessary means to respond timely and accurately in future emergencies."

Other municipalities are planning to introduce the MDR800 too, as are several rental car agencies and major delivery companies.

About u-blox
u-blox is an international company headquartered in Switzerland, with sales organizations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Founded in 1997, u-blox develops leading positioning technology, products, and services based on the global positioning system for the automotive and mobile communications markets. For more information, please visit the company's Web site.

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