Calgary, Alberta - Dec. 6, 2005- (TSX:CSY) - Hemisphere GPS, a designer and manufacturer of GPS products used in more than 50 countries, today announced the introduction of a new heading sensor module for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that features Hemisphere's high-performance Crescentâ¢ GPS technology.
"The Crescent Vector OEM module is a dynamic navigation solution at a very affordable price," said Rick Heiniger, President of Hemisphere GPS, a wholly owned subsidiary of CSI Wireless Inc. "It's well-suited to any application requiring accurate heading and positioning."
The Crescent Vector OEM module, a printed circuit board, is a complete GPS compass and positioning system designed primarily for the marine market but also very applicable for other markets including agriculture and machine control.
The integration of Hemisphere's patented Crescent GPS technology enables the Crescent Vector OEM module, in comparison with competing products, to deliver higher update rates, noise-reduced raw measurements, more memory, more processor capacity, lower power consumption, and more advanced applications and sophisticated configurations.
Crescent technology also enables the module to simultaneously employ multiple front-ends - enabling tighter coupling of measurements from separate antennae for use with heading-based products. Users will achieve excellent accuracy and stability, due to Crescent's more accurate code phase measurements, improved multipath mitigation, and fewer components.
The Crescent Vector OEM module offers maximum flexibility to OEMs and integrators by enabling them to choose their appropriate power supply and communications translation.
In addition to its discrete Crescent GPS components, the module integrates a single-axis gyro and a tilt sensor onto a small form factor. Its heading accuracy ranges from 0.1 degrees (rms) at 2.0-meter antenna separation to 0.25 degrees (rms) at 0.5-meter antenna separation. It provides heading and positioning updates of up to 20 Hz, and delivers positioning accuracy of 20 cm 95% of the time when used with Crescent's L-Dif differential GPS (DGPS) receiver product, and 50 cm 95% of the time when used with WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) DGPS.
The Crescent Vector OEM module also features Hemisphere's exclusive COASTâ¢ software that enables Hemisphere receivers to utilize old DGPS correction data for 40 minutes or more without significantly affecting the quality of positioning. When using COAST, the Crescent Vector OEM is less likely to be affected by differential signal outages due to signal blockages, weak signals or interference.
About Hemisphere GPSHemisphere GPS is the world's largest after-market supplier of GPS products for use in Agricultural Guidance, and a global player in other rapidly growing GPS-aided sectors including Marine Guidance and GIS & Mapping. Owned by CSI Wireless Inc., Hemisphere's major house brands are Outback, Satloc, CSI and now Crescent. Hemisphere is a leader in the design and development of GPS and Differential GPS technology.
About CSI WirelessCSI Wireless designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective, wireless and GPS products for mobile and fixed applications in the agriculture, marine, automotive and other industries. CSI is a leader in several high-growth markets including Precision Guidance in Agriculture, Telematics and Desktop Cellular Telephones. The Company, through its Wireless and its Hemisphere GPS divisions, owns numerous patents and other intellectual property. It has licensed its cellular technology to GPS, cellular handset, and chipset manufacturers. CSI's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "CSY", with approximately 46 million outstanding. The company's head offices are in Calgary, Alberta, and it has major product development, sales and marketing facilities in California's Silicon Valley, Arizona and Kansas. For more information about CSI, go to www.csi-wireless.com.
The above disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond CSI Wireless' control, including: the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, increased competition, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and market valuations of companies with respect to the announced transactions and the final valuations thereof, and obtaining required approvals of regulatory authorities. CSI Wireless' actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceeds, CSI Wireless will derive therefrom.
For more information, please contact:Rick Heiniger, President
Cory Pala, Investor Relations
E-vestor Communications Inc.
Jeff Adams, Public Relations Manager
CSI Wireless Inc.
Source: Hemisphere GPS, December 6, 2005