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December 27, 2007

Ericsson Technology Enables New Safety Device Launched by NTT DoCoMo

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

NTT DoCoMo (News - Alert), Inc., has selected Ericsson’s new security device with positioning capabilities to launch in Japan. The device is based on the U310 platform developed by Ericsson (News - Alert). Although the device is small enough to be carried in a bag or a pocket, the platform enables the modem and GPS functionality within the device.

Recently, NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese telecoms giant, introduced a safety device that provides highly accurate location information by using the GPS function. The user or the holder of this equipment can pull the slide switch of this device in a dangerous situation. His family members and authorities will be immediately notified and they will also know the location of the person who is holding this device. Apart from this, the slide switch also triggers a crime prevention buzzer on the device.
The product, CTG-001G, has been developed by Giant Electronics on behalf of DoCoMo, and was launched on the Japanese market on December 7. This device is specially designed for car use and car location. The info is received by the integrated GPS-module (it supports AGPS — location beyond GPS satellites’ direct vision) and then transferred to the customer via FOMA 3G networks.” The device has a battery life of almost 300 hours in stop mode.
GPS functionality has become a major element in the modern day communication devices as customers realize the benefits of this technology. Every day, more and more customers are looking for phones and other devices that are GPS enabled.
Robert Puskaric, Head of Ericsson Mobile Platforms, said in a company press release, “This shows that our platform technology is flexible and small enough to be implemented in devices other than the traditional mobile phone. We are also pleased to see that our platform has been included in a security device within the DoCoMo portfolio, as this proves its stability and quality.”
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