Weekly Product News

NextNav Names Sorond as CEO

NextNav NN 0.00%↑ has announced the appointment of Mariam Sorond as its CEO.  Sorond will also join NextNav’s board of directors.  Ganesh Pattabiraman, NextNav’s co-founder and former CEO, stepped down to spend more time with his family, the company said.  NextNav said Pattabiraman will remain as a senior advisor to the company for two years.

Contact:  NextNavwww.nextnav.com.

BeWhere Gets 7,000-Unit Asset Tracker Order

BeWhere said it has received orders for more than 7,000 of its 5G asset trackers, platform and integration services.  The customer, an unnamed “Fortune 100 shipping and logistics company,” will receive the company’s BeTen+ for non-powered assets, said Brian Boychuk, BeWhere senior vice president of sales and marketing.  BeTen+ has been enhanced to include indoor location technology, tamper-proof sensors, increased tolerance for extreme weather conditions and an IP69K enclosure for extreme weather conditions, the company said.

Contact:  Margaux Berry, BeWhere, (844) 229-4373 ext. 107, info@bewhere.com, www.bewhere.com.

Polestar Partners With Luminar and Mobileye

Polestar PSNY 0.00%↑ is working with Luminar LAZR 0.00%↑ and Mobileye MBLY 0.00%↑ on autonomous driving by integrating Luminar’s lidar technology with Mobileye’s Chauffeur platform.  Announced in August, Polestar 4 is planned to be the first production car to feature Mobileye Chauffeur, now with Luminar lidar, which builds upon the camera-based SuperVision platform available in Polestar 4, the company said.

Polestar teams with Luminar and Mobileye (Photo: Polestar).

With Mobileye Chauffeur, Polestar 4 is set to feature three Mobileye EyeQ6 processors, a front-facing lidar from Luminar, and Mobileye’s imaging radar to provide a layer of sensing and artificial intelligence needed to enable eyes-off, hands-off driving, the company said.

Contact:  Milin Mehtapress@luminartech.com, www.luminartech.com.

Bad Elf and Point One Navigation Extend Partnership; Point One Expands Polaris Network in Great Britain

Bad Elf and Point One Navigation have extended their partnership to provide GNSS corrections services with the Bad Elf Flex Mini Extreme.  As one of the first GNSS receiver partners to incorporate the Polaris GNSS corrections network, Bad Elf, which was one of the first receiver manufacturers to incorporate Point One’s Polaris GNSS corrections network,  offers a subscription service for RTK corrections throughout the United States and parts of Europe.

Bad Elf and Point One Navigation extend partnership (Image: Bad Elf).

Point One also announced that its Polaris GNSS network is now available in all of Great Britain.  Ordnance Survey’s base stations are not part of the network, the company said.

Contact:  Larry Fox, Bad Elf, larry@bad-elf.com, www.bad-elf.com; Mark Shapiro, for Point One, (619) 249-7742, mshapiro@srs-techpr.com, www.pointonenav.com.

Swift Navigation and Emlid Partner for Surveying and Mapping Solution

Swift Navigation has partnered with Emlid on a high precision surveying and mapping solution for site surveys, allow utility companies to locate buried infrastructure and research institutes mapping archaeological sites.  When combined with Swift’s Skylark Precise Positioning Service, Emlid’s Reach RX delivers centimeter-level accuracy, the company said.

Swift Navigation and Emlid offer new survey and mapping solution (Image: Swift Navigation).

Reach RX pairs via Bluetooth to any smartphone, instantly routing its high precision location to all running mobile apps, such as GeoAce from ITS Geo, another member of Swift’s Partner Program, the company said.

Contact:  Swift Navigationwww.swiftnav.com.

ABI Research Names Top Video Telematics Companies

In its Commercial Video Telematics competitive ranking report,  ABI Research has ranked the top video telematics companies:  GeotabLytxSamsaraSolera, and PowerFleet.  Top implementation scores went to Lytx, Samsara, Solera, and Verizon Connect due to their organizational health, ecosystem partnerships, and product portfolios, ABI said.  “Geotab’s Marketplace includes over 25 video telematics solutions, including 5 of the top 10 global video telematics solutions,” said Adhish Luitel, ABI’s senior analyst, supply chain management and logistics.

Contact:  Deborah Petrara, (516) 624-2558, pr@abiresearch.comwww.abiresearch.com.

Škoda Uses Parkopedia Pay to Fuel Service

Škoda is expanding its digital services to include Pay to Fuel in collaboration with Parkopedia.  Škoda, which also uses Parkopedia’s Pay to Park service, says the new service allows drivers to refuel quicker in six European countries.

Škoda uses Parkopedia’s Pay to Park service (Image: Škoda).

The stations supporting Pay to Fuel are listed in the in-car navigation.  After choosing one of these, the vehicle automatically recognises the fuel station upon arrival, the company said.

Contact:  Parkopedia, www.parkopedia.com.

Everfield Acquires Visioglobe

Everfield has acquired French software company Visioglobe SAS.  Visioglobe, which specializes in indoor mapping and wayfinding solutions, is Everfield’s third company acquisition in six months.   Visioglobe’s core product, VisioMapEditor, allows users to create, edit, and publish indoor maps, including in 3D, the company said.

Contact:  Christoph Möller, for Everfield, 49 221 / 80 10 87 87, cm@moeller-pr.de.

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Hexagon’s Immersal Partners With Burst

Hexagon’s Immersal unit has partnered with Burst for location-based augmented reality (AR) experiences for the conference, concert and event audiences market.  Immersal offers a Visual Positioning System (VPS) that allows users to interact with navigation, gaming, retail and other applications.  Burst works with A-list artists in creating immersive, gamified experiences, the company said.

Contact:  Matias Koski, Immersal, 852 539 656 87, matias.koski@immersal.com, www.immersal.com.

STMicroelectronics Releases Microcontroller

STMicroelectronics STM 0.00%↑ has released a new microcontroller (MCU) that combines wireless-device design with its STM32 architecture.  Power-saving features enable the extension of battery life in the new wireless MCUs beyond 15 years, the company said.

ST’s new STM32WL3 (Image: ST).

ST says the MCUs are valuable in such remotely deployed applications including metering and monitoring devices and data from alarm systems, actuators, and sensors.  The latest integrated chip is ST’s STM32WL3, which is suitable for long-range communication using license-free frequency bands reserved globally for industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) applications, the company said.

Contact:  Michael Markowitz, STMicroelectronics, (781) 591-0354,

KORE Wireless and BWS IoT announce South American Partnership

Tracking company BWS IoT and KORE Wireless KORE 0.00%↑ have partnered to sell trackers in South America.  The deal allows BWS IoT to provide its tracking technology to KORE.  In addition, KORE will equip BWS IoT tracking devices with its SIM cards.

Contact:  KORE Wireless, www.korewireless.com.

Dabeeo Launches Tourist Map in Hawaii

Dabeeo has partnered with Hawaii Tourism Korea to provide optimized QR.here tourism digital map services to tourists.  Visitors can access, through Hawaii Tourism Korea, Dabeeo’s QR.here digital map on their mobile devices.

Dabeeo QR.here Digital Tour Map Service (Image: Dabeeo).

Dabeeo has integrated its 3D technology for five popular spots, including Ala Moana Center, Royal Hawaiian Center, International Market Place and Diamond Head.  The company uses AI technology to generate and manage spatial information through Dabeeo STUDIO MAPS.

Contact:  Jason Park, Dabeeo, jason.park@dabeeo.comwww.dabeeo.com.

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