Fastrax Announces New Versions of iSuite 3 GPS Software Development Kit and iTrax03 Firmware

Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of open and portable OEM GPS Software Development Kit (SDK) environments and programmable OEM GPS receivers, today announced the latest versions of the Fastrax iSuite™ 3 SDK and iTrax03 GPS receiver firmware with numerous new features and updates that significantly improve GPS reception in difficult conditions such as urban canyon environments.

Helsinki, Finland (PRWEB) April 20, 2005 -- Fastrax Ltd., a leading provider of open and portable OEM GPS Software Development Kit (SDK) environments and programmable OEM GPS receivers, today announced the latest versions of the Fastrax iSuite™ 3 SDK and iTrax03 GPS receiver firmware with numerous new features and updates that significantly improve GPS reception in difficult conditions such as urban canyon environments.

The Fastrax iSuite 3 SDK can be used to rapidly modify the features and functionality of a GPS receiver, allowing receiver performance and power management to be tailored for any usage scenario. By utilizing the spare CPU and memory resources of the GPS receiver, the Fastrax iSuite 3 SDK can significantly reduce the bill of materials and non-recurring expenses of GPS products.

The iSuite 3 SDK is used to develop customer-specific applications to be executed on Fastrax iTrax03 OEM GPS receivers. These applications can utilize the on-chip memory and file system for data and software code storage, and access the various I/O lines on the iTrax03. The SDK is well suited for demanding application development such as interfacing with external sensors and peripheral devices. This allows Fastrax iTrax03 receivers to be used in independent solutions such as wireless asset tracking devices and applications based on geo-fencing databases.

The new firmware for Fastrax iTrax03 OEM GPS receivers has significantly improved performance and includes numerous new features. Highly accurate carrier phase measurements, measurement rates of up to 100 Hz, and improved data logging enable completely new market segments for iTrax03 receivers. The firmware is available for download at http://isuite.fastrax.fi.

New or improved features in version 3.11 of the iSuite SDK include:
- Costas PLL tracking loops with accurate carrier phase measurements
- Logging system with interval and automode
- Odometer
- Pull Fix mode that allows users to query location data
- Advanced debugging features, including CPU load measurement (SDK only)
- Support for measurement data rates up to 100 Hz
- Improved multi-path and cross-correlation mitigation for better performance in urban canyon environments
- Improved data decoding sensitivity down to -142 dBm
- Reacquisition sensitivity -147 dBm
- Faster reacquisition time
- Improved navigation sensitivity down to -153 dBm
- Improved static circular accuracy: 50% 0.30 meters; 95% 1.16 meters

Further information on the iSuite SDK for software developers can be found at http://isuite.fastrax.fi.

Fastrax OEM GPS receivers offer industry-leading benefits in performance, size, power consumption and versatility. Fastrax products enable the implementation of position-aware features into practically any device. The GPS modules are ideally suited for both industrial tracking systems and small battery-operated products such as mobile phones, asset tracking devices, handheld computers and sports accessories.

Fastrax contact:
Matti Räty
President / CEO
Tel. +358 400 431 124
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Fastrax agency contact:
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About Fastrax Ltd
Fastrax provides industry-leading receivers and software solutions for optimal utilization of GPS (Global Positioning System) and other GNSS location services (Global Navigation Satellite Systems). Fastrax transforms GPS technologies into highly scalable iTrax and iSuite solutions with open interfaces, combined to ultra low power consumption and miniature hardware design. With industry-leading performance, Fastrax GPS receivers navigate continuously even in extreme conditions. Receivers are ideally suited to both industrial location applications and high-volume consumer products such as cell phones and sports accessories. Fastrax Engineering Services provide expert services in application design. Headquartered in Finland and founded in 1999, the company is privately owned and backed by leading venture capital investors CapMan, Eqvitec, Startupfactory and Innocap, with a strategic investment by Suunto Corporation, a subsidiary of Amer Group, a leading global supplier of sporting goods equipment.
More information: www.fastrax.fi.

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a worldwide satellite navigation infrastructure funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, originally developed for U.S. military purposes. GPS provides satellite signals that enable GPS receivers to calculate their exact position and velocity. The GPS infrastructure has three segments. The space segment consists of 24 satellites that orbit the earth every 12 hours. The control segment consists of tracking stations located around the world, with the master control station located at Falcon Air Force Base in Colorado. The user segment consists of GPS receivers and users utilizing the information provided by the system. GPS is widely used in applications such as marine navigation.

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