Torrance, CA – June 13, 2008-NavCom Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company, announced today the release of new software for its RTK and StarFire products providing users access to an expanded StarFire Network of six satellites and NavCom’s new Ultra RTK capability.

By increasing the StarFire constellation from three to six satellites, users are now provided with fully redundant global coverage as well as increased performance assurance as the GPS receiver now automatically selects the highest elevation satellite out of the six available. Three new uplink sites were added in Santa Paula, CA; Southbury, CT; and Auckland, New Zealand ensuring true diversity of delivery and enhancing StarFire system redundancy.

The new software provides several new and enhanced features such as Ultra RTK, which allows RTK accuracy (0.5cm +1ppm) at up to 40km from the base station.  Combined with NavCom’s industry-exclusive RTK Extend, users can work farther away from base stations and maintain RTK-level accuracy even during radio outages.

“We are pleased to provide our clients with our latest technology with the release of this new software that gives our customers access to an expanded StarFire network and our newest enhancement  - Ultra RTK,” said Steve Wilson, NavCom’s GNSS Business Manager. “The expanded StarFire Network combined with our Ultra RTK and RTK Extend capabilities, provides a powerful combination that helps reduce outages while providing extended coverage, saving our users valuable time and effort.”

StarFire, the first of its kind, is a global satellite-based augmentation system (GSBAS) that provides decimeter positioning accuracy on a worldwide basis, completely independent of geographical boundaries, allowing users to roam freely while maintaining precise positioning.

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