February 10, 2009
Verizon Hub Syncs with VZ Navigator GPS Application
By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributing Editor
Networks In Motion, a wireless navigation and local search company, and wireless service provider Verizon Wireless reportedly have announced that the latter’s hub can synchronize locations with its own VZ Navigator service.
With the new facility, families that move in different directions throughout the day can send driving directions easily from the Verizon (News - Alert) Hub to their mobile phones, making trips from place to place simpler, says Verizon.
Networks In Motion (News - Alert) powers the VZ Navigator service and makes the integration between the Verizon Hub and VZ Navigator possible through its “Web-to-App API” technology, the company said.
Verizon Hub, according to Verizon, is an easy-to-use system that puts a communications command center in the home. It bridges wireline and wireless connectivity and runs on any broadband connection, whether supplied by Verizon (FiOS (News - Alert) Internet or DSL) or any other high-speed Internet service provider. It also provides information from a touch screen with on-demand access to an array of services.
VZ Navigator provides customers with visual and audible directions to thousands of destinations, including businesses and other points of interest, along with maps of locations and the ability to share directions with others.
For example, after looking up an address using the directories on the Verizon Hub, users can send a place message to any VZ Navigator-enabled mobile device using the “Send to VZ Navigator” function key. Verizon Wireless customers without a VZ Navigator subscription will receive a text message with the location information, but not the ability to access Global Positioning System turn-by-turn directions.
“The Verizon Hub is an innovative solution to help us all do a better job at managing our busy lives and navigating within our community with point-by-point directions to other contacts’ locations or businesses,” said Doug Antone, president and chief executive officer of Networks In Motion. “NIM’s open ‘Web-to-App API’ allows us to assist our partners in developing features to simplify lives whether on a mobile phone or on the Verizon Hub.”
To purchase the communications command center, customers need a wireless line of service with Verizon Wireless. Also, they need to have Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub.
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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Michael Dinan