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FOTONATION SELECTED BY TRIMBLE TO PROVIDE
WIRELESS IMAGING TECHNOLOGY TO GPS HANDHELDS
FotoNation Implements PTP-IP Protocol on Trimble Devices to Wirelessly
Transfer Photos from Digital Cameras
Burlingame, CA, Nov. 20, 2006 — FotoNation, (www.fotonation.com), a world-leading imaging and connectivity solutions company for the digital photography industry, announced today that it has been selected by Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) to provide wireless PTP-IP technology for Trimble’s Mapping & Geographic Information System (GIS) handheld product line. Trimble’s new TrimPix technology enabled by FotoNation, links high resolution digital photographs to GIS features using Wi-Fi capable Nikon cameras. The technology is being showcased at the Trimble Dimensions Users Conference in Las Vegas and the European Conference for ESRI Users in Athens, Greece.
As each photo is taken, the Nikon camera automatically transfers the digital image wirelessly to Trimble’s handheld GPS receiver or field computer. Once the photo has been transferred, it is linked to GIS (Geographic Information System) data for use with mapping and searching applications. Current Nikon cameras supporting the WiFi capability include the affordable COOLPIX models P1, P2, P3, S6 and S7c.
“We are delighted to be selected by Trimble, as they are a world leader in GPS technology,” said Eran Steinberg, CEO of FotoNation. “FotoNation has developed one of the industry’s strongest core competencies in the design and implementation of wireless digital photography solutions. We foresee vast potential for many other vertical applications such as this,” he continued.
FotoNation PTP-IP Wireless Standard
FotoNation was selected for Trimble’s wireless implementation because of its expertise in PTP-IP wireless communications transfer protocol, which was standardized in 2005 by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) for the transfer of images and other digital media content across TCP/IP and WiFi networks between digital imaging devices and services.
“The new TrimPix technology provides Trimble’s GIS data collection customers with a more productive and flexible workflow,” said, Doug Merrill, General Manager for Trimble’s Mapping & GIS Division. “FotoNation provided Trimble with their deep knowledge and expertise of camera connectivity that quickly enabled us to bring this new imaging capability to market.”
Through FotoNation Connected-Photography solutions, digital cameras can be connected to numerous devices, including printers, computers, handhelds, cellphones, in-store kiosks, TVs, and PDAs, etc. The PTP-IP standard allows companies to open up to new applications that can take advantage of instant image transfer to/from camera phones, digital cameras and other digital imaging devices. For more information, see www.fotonation.com.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble’s worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, agriculture, machine guidance, fleet and asset management, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,400 employees in more than 18 countries worldwide.
For more information, visit www.trimble.com.
FotoNation is a world-leading independent provider of embedded imaging and communication solutions for the digital camera industry. The company’s extensive portfolio of patented innovations includes in-camera red-eye removal technology, wireless connectivity, and face-recognition software. Over 50 million digital cameras have been shipped with licensed FotoNation Red-Eye detection and correction technology. FotoNation develops innovative solutions, patents, and products to enhance, extend, and simplify the picture taking and sharing experience. Clients include AOL, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Microsoft, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung, Sanyo, and Sony, among others.
FotoNation has won numerous awards, including the DIMA 2006 Innovative Product Award and the prestigious 2006 European IST award for its Red-Eye Detection and Correction Technology. The company makes important industry-wide contributions to the advancement of digital imaging. In 2005, FotoNation authored the industry-adopted PTP-IP Specification, which is the basis of the international camera connectivity CIPA-005/2005 standard.
For more information, see http://www.fotonation.com.
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