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January 09, 2008

Trimble Supports CDMA-Based BlackBerry Smartphone with GPS

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Trimble (News - Alert) has announced its support for CDMA-based BlackBerry smartphones with Built-in GPS at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  

Trimble has developed three GPS phone software applications, the AllSport GPS, Geocache Navigator and Trimble Outdoors for CDMA-based BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphones with built-in GPS, which includes BlackBerry 8830 World Edition and BlackBerry Pearl(TM) 8130 smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM). This software is going to provide BlackBerry smartphone users with on-the-go lifestyle solutions they demand.
Consumers, using Trimble Outdoors applications on their devices such as BlackBerry Pearl 8130, can now utilize their smartphone as they participate in outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, fishing, biking, running, walking, or even geocaching.
California based Trimble has technologies to its credit which can make field and mobile workers in businesses and government more productive. Trimble’s solution focuses on applications which require position or location detection such as surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping.
"Trimble has extended its breath of offerings by making our GPS-based software applications available for CDMA-based BlackBerry smartphones," said Larry Fox, business development director, Trimble Outdoors, in a statement, "BlackBerry smartphones offer a distinctive platform for experiencing outdoor adventures."
AllSport GPS application used on BlackBerry smartphone helps users to maintain their fitness routine, track exercise activity by monitoring time, speed, calories burned, and distance traveled during outdoor workouts.
AllSport GPS application can also be used to download map images and recommended routes to their phones, view performance statistics, and store workouts to monitor progress or share with friends. It also supports a variety of outdoor activities including walking, running, cycling and mountain biking.
Geocache Navigator gives geocaching capabilities to the mobile phone and also real time access to geocaching.com. GPS phones installed with Geocache Navigator application, helps geocachers to search the caches using a uniquely constructed, radar-like interface that guides them towards their destination. It also provides user with compass-based navigation, maps, speed, heading, location, distance, cache descriptions logs, hints and other useful information, on the phone screen.
Trimble Outdoors application helps users to review and plan trips online, send routes, maps and waypoints wirelessly to their GPS phone and then use this phone as a full-featured GPS navigator. This application can track routes with a GPS bread-crumb trail, and mark and edit waypoints along the way and helps users to get maps of their locations. It also has a digital compass displaying the user's coordinates, speed and heading. The best part of it is that users can leverage the multi-media components of their phones to create photographic, video and audio notes of the trips for sharing online and viewing in Google (News - Alert) Earth.
Trimble has 29 years of commercial expertise in GPS, software, and communications which can deliver cost-effective and convenient position-based services, that supports user’s well-being, security and active lifestyle.
Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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