Gemalto Partners with Agis to Offer Managed Services for Location Based Solutions
3GSM World Congress, Barcelona, February 12, 2007–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), a world leader in digital security, today announces its partnership with Agis Pte Ltd to provide an end-to-end location-based service solution to mobile telecommunications operators and content providers. Gemalto incorporates GprX™ technology from Agis into its SIM card solutions, enabling service providers to deliver location-based services such as parent-child tracking, fleet monitoring and lost handset tracking, in a cost effective manner. These services provide location predictions of 50 to 100 meters accuracy, even in densely built-up areas.
The managed services model enables mobile operators and content providers to offer affordable location-based services without the need for any significant capital expenditure. The model integrates Gemalto’s dynamic STK (SIM Tool Kit) solution–LinqUs Online Service Gateway – its location tracking engine on SIM cards, and mobile applet software, with Agis’ GprX™ location technology. It also comes with maps of main cities and point of interest databases. This turn-key model also provides flexible service levels options, which will give operators cost-effective control of their service offerings.
“The development of our location-based services using the SIM was driven by the needs of service providers to diversify and enrich their mobile offerings. Unlike network-based solutions deployed by operators themselves, our services also work even when subscribers roam into other countries,” said Ng Fook Seng, vice president South Asia telecoms marketing, Gemalto.
Key features of the Gemalto solution with GprX™ include:
- 10 times more accurate than conventional Cell-ID solutions when calibrated
- Continuous coverage including in-building and tunnels when cellular signals are available
- Low power requirements and minimal impact on phone battery performance
- No new equipment investments are required for operators
- Supported by most handsets in the market today
“We are glad to partner with Gemalto – one of the world’s leading companies in digital security–and to tap on its extensive capabilities in SIM technologies, as well as its understanding of operators’ business to bring this best-of-breed solution to the market,” said Sunny Lim, chief executive officer of Agis. “We are confident that our partnership will greatly support operators’ efforts to bring a richer mobile experience to their subscribers.”
The Gemalto solution, already available, will initially be rolled out for operators in Asia. A demonstration of the location-based services is carried out at the Gemalto stand: 8A102, Hall 8.
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is a leader in digital security with pro forma 2006 annual revenues of €1.7 billion, operations in about 100 countries and over 10,000 employees including 1,500 R&D engineers. In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, SECURE and enjoyable. Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the management of deployment services for its customers. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.
As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
For more information please visit http://www.gemalto.com.
AGIS is an acknowledged leader in the area of mobile location technologies and geographic information systems (GIS). Founded in Singapore in 2000, it independently developed GprX™, the revolutionary, high-accuracy location technology for 3G/GSM mobile devices. With an amazing accuracy that is 3 to 10 times higher than the standard Cell-ID solutions, GprX™ is the world’s first zero hardware, zero cost technology that brings affordable, accurate and dependable location-services to the mobile market.
AGIS’ NAVFone street directory & navigation solution for mobile devices was exclusively selected by Nokia to be used on the new N95, which features the first integrated GPS for Nokia devices. AGIS was also the only Asian finalist for the Nokia Symbian Challenge in 2006. And in 2006, its unique GprX™ technology was nominated by Gartner as one of the most exciting new technologies from Asia.
AGIS offers a wide range of location solutions for both consumers and enterprise clients. Its NAVFone suite of mobile software (with GprX™) is widely used on smartphones from Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, O2 and others. In the navigation market, the NAVFDrive solution is integrated with Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) by Packard Bell and Siemens VDO as well as in-vehicle devices of an international car manufacturer.
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