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Magellan Launches Magellan Professional Brand of Innovative Survey and GIS Solutions at Intergeo 2006

Munich - Intergeo Booth #C2 2028   (October 10, 2006) Magellan (formerly Thales Navigation) today launched Magellan Professional, the new brand under which it will market its survey and GIS business. The Company was established as an independent company following the August 2006 acquisition by private equity firm Shah Capital Partners. The Magellan Professional family brand is designed to leverage the 85% aided brand awareness that Magellan commands worldwide among survey and GIS customers, partners, and target audiences, while clearly conveying the Company's commitment to providing professional solutions designed for professionals.

"This is an exciting time for our company and for our customers," said Francois Erceau, general manager of the Magellan Professional business unit, "With a fresh new brand grounded in a successful history of high quality positioning and navigation solutions, we're continuing our commitment to providing products that meet the GPS/GNSS needs of surveyors, mapping professionals and other businesses that need to be geospatially empowered."

"By adopting a Magellan family brand, the Magellan Professional business -- and its partners and dealers -- will benefit from the millions of dollars in brand promotion driven by the consumer side of our business and from the significant promotional support now underway specifically for the survey and GIS business line," said Henry Gaillard, Magellan CEO. "Magellan is a powerful name in GPS. The Magellan Professional brand and the Magellan Professional line of innovative survey and GIS solutions is a potent combination that we believe will serve to expand our position in the market."

Discover Magellan
Magellan Professional kicks off at Intergeo 2006 with a re-branded booth presence and Discover Magellan show promotion in which Magellan Professional booth visitors can win Magellan products and prizes. An integrated Discover Magellan advertising campaign rolls out this month, highlighting the company's pioneer name sake --Ferdinand Magellan - and inviting customers to Discover Magellan, the company they know, now with a brand new name.

The company also launched its Magellan Professional website today which can be easily accessed from The new site features a fresh, clean design in keeping with the change of brand, and a streamlined navigation scheme including universal tab navigation for quick access to the product information you need and a dealer locator.

About Magellan
Magellan is a leader in the consumer, survey, GIS and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets. Recognized as an industry innovator, the Company is the creator of ProMarkTM, the best-selling single frequency GPS survey product line on the market, the award-winning Magellan® RoadMateTM series portable car navigation systems, the Magellan eXploristTM outdoor handheld navigation devices, and the Hertz NeverLost® car navigation system. The Company markets it survey and GIS solutions worldwide under its Magellan Professional brand. It is privately held and headquartered in San Dimas, California with European headquarters in Carquefou, France.

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©2006 Magellan Navigation, Inc. All rights reserved. Magellan, RoadMate, eXplorist, and ProMark are trademarks of Magellan Navigation, Inc. Hertz NeverLost is a registered trademark of Hertz System, Inc.

Note to Editors: The Magellan Professional logo and Magellan Professional product images are available for download at For details of the Discover Magellan Intergeo promotion, please visit