gate5 (yes with lower case!) is launching its US operations and its debut product in that market, the smart2go Mobile Navigator. Developed in partnership with Socket Communications, smart2go incorporates Socket's GPS Receiver with Bluetooth Wireless Technology, and Tele Atlas' North American digital map database. smart2go is a high performance GPS-driven navigation application for smartphones and PDAs.
The company says their service smart2go separates itself from the competition by providing functionality inside and outside of the car, as well as offering useful city content that will help customers choose where they want to go.
The system brings another option of GPS-driven voice-guided navigation to PDAs and smartphones, giving the user both voice and graphical directions on detailed maps from Tele Atlas of the 48 contiguous United States, plus Canada. It can be used, with or without GPS, to get directions from a hotel to a meeting, to select a restaurant, or to locate places of interest.
The smart2go product bundle includes: navigation software that runs on smartphones and PDAs; CD-ROMs containing detailed maps of the U.S.A. and Canada, as well as city guides, hotel, and restaurant reviews; Socket Communications' GPS receiver with Bluetooth Wireless Technology; a cradle that attaches to the car dashboard to hold a smartphone or PDA; and a memory card reader to facilitate transfer of data to a smartphone or PDA.
smart2go runs on mobile phones running Symbian series 60 and series 80, including the Nokia 6600, 6620, 6630, 7610 and forthcoming 9500 and 9300 models. It also runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphones and Pocket PC devices. Smart2Go will also support PalmOne's Treo 650 smartphone.