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Thales Navigation Helps Kentucky Law Enforcement Officers Make Streets Safer with Magellan Handheld GPS Devices

Magellan GPS Handhelds Provide Accurate Vehicle Crash Site Locations

Santa Clara, Calif.   (June 10, 2002) Thales (tal-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions including the Magellan® and Ashtech® product lines, announced today that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has purchased more than 6,000 Magellan GPS handheld devices for state and local law enforcement officers who investigate vehicle collisions. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, a state agency maintaining more than 27,000 miles of state roads, has distributed the Magellan GPS units to law enforcement officers to ensure the accuracy of crash site locations data in order to enhance overall safety.

Accurate crash location data is essential to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in planning and implementing roadway improvements to enhance safety and service on the state maintained road system. For this application, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet required a rugged, weather-resistant GPS unit; automatic positional averaging capability for a more accurate position fix; and easy incorporation of the GPS coordinates into the state's CRASH reports and database. GPS products that met these criteria were evaluated on price, technical support, and quick delivery of more than 6,000 units. Thales Navigation with its Magellan line of consumer GPS solutions rated best in all of these areas.

"Magellan GPS offered us fast delivery, affordability, durability, and reliability -- everything we needed for this vital public service function," said Greg Witt, Assistant Director, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning.

The Magellan GPS 315 is an affordable pocket-sized unit enabling navigation of over 15,000 cities worldwide and up to 500 user-entered locations. It offers a powerful 12 parallel-channel receiver for superior tracking; nine easy-to-follow graphic navigation screens; PC upload/download capability; and a durable, weatherproof design, with up to 15 hours of battery life on two AA batteries and an internal 10-year lithium battery backup.

"For the majority of our law enforcement officers, GPS was a new experience," Witt added. "We also chose the Magellan GPS unit because it could be set up easily during a training session and be used intuitively to obtain location information by someone who has little experience with electronic devices and no practical knowledge of GPS."

"Highly versatile, affordable and durable, Magellan GPS products are designed for a wide range of outdoor uses," said Lonnie Arima, Thales Navigation vice president of consumer sales and marketing. "Features such as extended battery life, reliable positioning information, a high contrast display, and rugged weatherproof construction make them ideal for use in the field by government agencies, companies and consumers."

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About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation, communications and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its Ashtech GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.

Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., is a subsidiary of Thales, a leading professional electronics company headquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defense and information technology and services. For more information, visit

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