Navads Selected by Shell as Global Provider of Location Data Management

Amsterdam-based location data management company Navads has been selected by Shell as its global provider of location data management services. Managing 35,000 of Shell’s fuel retail locations worldwide, Navads ensures optimal visibility for Shell across mainstream navigation devices and apps.

As 9 out 10 people use navigation systems and Google acknowledges almost half of its search queries have a local intent, being optimally listed on navigation platforms is vital for a healthy business.

Though, based on Navads’ data it appears that over 70% of all business information on digital maps is still incorrect.

Fuel retailer Shell has acknowledged the fact that certain advances with data consumption within the automotive market has led them to prolong the service with Navads. “As consumer habits change and consume more data through digital devices, accuracy is crucial for the Shell brand,” said David Putters, Global Digital Marketing Website Manager at Shell Corp.

One of those advances in consumer habits is the rise of connected cars. Sources indicate that this market will reach an overall worth of $100 billion by 2018 with an estimation of 220 million connected cars in four years from now.

Retailers and especially fuel retailers should ready themselves for this new technological frontiers as a vast array of business opportunities arise, most notably for payment, maintenance, in-cars offers and autonomous refuelling.


Upon arrival, the car transmits the required fuel volume to the gas station after which the car is refuelled. Through wireless and pre-authorized payment, the car pays in advance which allows the passenger to stay seated during the visit.


Gas stations can profit significantly by offering relevant deals to their customers that match with their cars condition status. For instance, the car transmits vehicle condition data to the gas station before arrival about its low oil status. The gas station then, is now better able to provide relevant offers that actually match the needs of their customers.

General in-car offers

The gas station can communicate with driver or passenger to deliver relevant offers about all their in-store product segments.


ABAX Named Fastest Growing Telematics Company in Europe

European fleet management market set to double by 2020

Vehicle technology company ABAX has been named by research specialists Berg Insight as Europe’s fastest growing telematics company.

Berg Insight’s annual report into the outlook of the European Fleet Management market revealed the number of vehicle subscriptions in the European fleet management market is forecast to grow from 5.3 million people to 10.6 million people in 2020.

ABAX was singled out as the fastest growing telematics company in Europe, growing by 50 per cent in 2015 to record a company revenue of NOK 359 million (£30m).

The growth of ABAX is based on a combination of organic growth fuelled by high sales numbers, profitable operations and through new acquisitions.

ABAX currently operates in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, China and the UK. The company’s UK head office is at the Allia Future Business Centre, ABAX Stadium, Peterborough.

Bjørn Erik Helgeland, ABAX Chief Operating Officer, said: "We have kept our eye on the ball and remained true to our own growth plans. It is thanks to our leading technology and a highly competent and enthusiastic workforce that we now see these results. We are confident about what the future holds for our company."

ABAX’s core products are fleet management software, Triplog mileage capture technology and equipment monitoring devices. A total of 160,000 vehicles were under management in Europe by May 2016, with 140,000 of these subscribers having access to fleet management functionality.

Chris Miller, ABAX UK Chief Executive, added: "The findings of the Berg Insight report reinforce what we know of the market, and that is that the total number of commercial vehicles in Europe is increasing at the same time as the market penetration for each country continues to grow. There is also an increased overall focus on compliance to the EU-rules and regulations that comes with owning commercial and company vehicles.

"In the UK we are talking to more and more business owners who want to realise the efficiencies a fleet management or telematics system allows. Our recent campaign Know ABAX, Know The Rules highlighted this with a focus on making sure UK fleet drivers are compliant with the HMRC and don’t get caught out by the tax man."

Looking ahead, The Berg Insight report stated that ‘overall the prospects for 2016 look positive and most vendors expect higher growth as the overall economy in the region improves even further.’

A Decade of GPS Business News

Dear reader,

GPS Business News was born early 2007 on the simple idea that the GPS and positioning/navigation markets were in need of a business newsletter and website that would help worldwide stakeholders keep up to date with technology and business.

The outcome was an immediate success with 25,000 monthly readers in 100+ countries in the first year and pageviews that reached sometimes half a million a month.

Since then geolocation technologies (in all its flavours) have become ubiquitous and transformed the world in many ways, from location-based advertising to driverless cars, to the (almost) extinction of paper maps.

9+ years and almost 6,000 articles later I have decided to discontinue GPS Business News. It has been a great ride from the beginning till the end, and, like every journey, an opportunity to make a number of good friends all over the world.

I have decided to concentrate on consulting, events – ConnecteDriver which will be in its 4th year in 2017 and the newly born Geo IoT World which had a great start last week in Brussels) as well as a geolocation startup which will be publicly announced in a matter of months (stay tuned!).

I will nevertheless continue to post about geolocation and connected cars on the Twitter feed and LinkedIn group, and probably contribute some articles here and there.

I hope you enjoyed GPS Business News as much as I did, see you soon!

Ludovic Privat


NB: The website and its content will continue to be available for a number of months.

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Life360 Adds Car Crash Detection and Automatic Emergency Call to App

Family tracking app Life360 is adding technology to its app that will enable smartphones to detect when people are in a car crash, and automatically contact emergency response.

This feature is part of Life360 Driver Protect, a new subscription offering that works for the whole family, on their smartphones, regardless of what vehicle they are in or who is driving. There’s no hardware to install, and services extend to all members of the family Circle in a single subscription (introductory price is $7.99/mo or 69.99/year).

Pebble Core: Tiny Android Computer with GPS and 3G

Smartwatch maker Pebble announced this week two new watches and a particular device called Core, that is a tiny Android computer with two programmable buttons and featuring Bluetooth, GPS and 3G (SIM card and cellular data service are not included).

These new products were launched through the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter. The campaign already raised almost $7 million. After 24 hours of campaign Pebble sold more than 4,500 Core devices.

Priced at $69 on Kickstarter ($99 recommended retail price when available through usual retailers), Core is positioned by Pebble as a “hackable, connected device to replace your phone when you’re out running.“

Core is expected to ship in January 2017.

Anagog, GiPStech, Ubiscale and Silver Spring Networks Win Geo IoT Awards

Yesterday in Brussels four innovative companies in the geo-location and IoT markets received awards as part of the Geo IoT World conference.

The Geo IoT Award for IoT Solutions Empowered by GNSS was presented to UbiGNSS by UBISCALE. The company based in France provides a low power system for GNSS chipsets used in conjunction with low power wide area networks. Instead of computing the location of the asset from GPS signal directly on the chipset, this data is compressed, sent via the network and the location is computed in the cloud. This prize was sponsored by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

The Geo IoT Award for Indoor Location & Proximity Services was presented to GiPStech Infero Localization by GiPStech. The Italian company is using magnetic patterns in buildings to determine the location of a smartphone. This prize was sponsored by the InLocation Alliance.

The Geo IoT Award for Location Intelligence was presented to Anagog Crowd Sourced Analytics for Smart City by Anagog. Prize sponsored by the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Finally, the Geo IoT Award for IoT Networks was presented to Starfish by Silver Spring Networks.

Geo IoT World gathered more than 150 participants and 60 speakers for two days. The event also hosted the first Indoor Location Testbed where 8 companies location enabled the exhibition rooms.

Ubiscale: Lowering by 10x the Power Consumption of GPS in IoT

Created one year ago, France-based startup UBISCALE is coming up with a technology that mitigate the power consumption of GPS chipset when used as location trackers in association with Low Power wide area networks.

UBISCALE moved the computing to the cloud, hence decreasing the power consumption by close to 10 times.

Listen below to the podcast interview with Samuel Ryckewaert, co-founder and General Manager at Geo IoT World:

Connected Car Platform Zubie Raised Additional $6M

Zubie, a connected-car platform and telematics provider, today announced it has secured $6 million in additional funding.

Melody Capital Partners, along with existing Zubie investors OpenAir Equity Partners, Castrol innoVentures, Comporium, Nokia Growth Partners and Magna, participated in the financing.

Zubie had previously raised $20 million in funding. The company was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina

Zubie, that was initially launched as a pure consumer solution, is now pursuing a more diverse set of customers beyond B2C: automotive, insurance, and mobile/telecom operators, as well as small businesses.

The Who’s Who of Indoor Location Meets at Geo IoT World

Indoor location is HOT. This is clearly what comes out of the program of Geo IoT World, the international conference, exhibition and testbed that will take place next week in Brussels (May 25-26).

The conference is hosting the indoor location testbed, a unique demonstration of indoor technology taking place in the exhibition hall. Companies such as BlooLoc, HERE,, Lambda4, Movin, Nextome and SenionLab will demonstrate their technology live.

The exhibition hall will also host, among others, exhibitors with know-how in indoor location such as Combain, the In-Location Alliance, Nanotron, NavVis, Sensewhere and Unwired Labs.

Indoor Maps

But indoor location technology would be nothing – a blue dot on a white background – without indoor maps.

At that level Geo IoT World brings together in a unique session the market leaders: HERE (Joseph Leigh, Head of Venue Maps), Mapspeople (Jonas Berntsen, CCO), Micello (Ankit Agarwal, CEO), Openstreetmap (Dr Roland Wagner, Beuth University) and TomTom (Andy Marchant, Product Manager).

On top of that the conference will be hosting presentations of speakers from Grizzly Analytics (Bruce Krulwich), ABI Research (Patrick Connolly), Location-Based Marketing Association (Asif Khan) NavVis (Sebastian Hilsenbeck), Onyx Beacon (Oros Bogdan), (Bernd Gruber), Intel (Marcel Wagner), Jooxter (Fabien Girerd), HERE (Miko Blomqvist), SenionLab (Jonas Callmer) and more…

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Apple Opens Map Office in India

Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products.

“This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs,“ the company said today.

“The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.” added Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who travelled to India this week for the opening of the office.

This new office is developed in partnership with RMSI, an IT services company specializing in GIS. “We are experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort,” said RMSI CEO Anup Jindal.

Hotbed of GIS software expertise

India has been for a long time a hotbed of GIS software resources. Tele Atlas (then TomTom) has been in the country for more than a decade and HERE has a significant center in Mumbai for a few years, while Google has located significant resources in the country for Google Maps (Google Map Maker was invented in India).

We can also mention smaller players like Dutch map maker AND which map development is fully done in India, and, obviously, the leading local map vendor Mapmyindia, based out of New Delhi.