Mobile GPS navigation service makes your drive easier, safer and more
HALIFAX, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information and
communications technology provider, today announced the launch of GPS Nav - an
innovative new wireless service that provides Aliant customers with
turn-by-turn, GPS-enabled driving directions, similar to an in-car navigation
The easy-to-use, safe and convenient service includes full-color, 3D
moving maps, voice and on-screen navigation, and information and directions to
many businesses, including airports, hotels and restaurants across Atlantic
"Aliant customers will enjoy using this high-quality, easy-to-use new
service anytime and anywhere, whether at work, home or somewhere in between."
says Paul Pothier, Director, Business Sales. "This service also provides
customers with peace of mind as they navigate their way around a new town,
work site or vacation destination."
Detailed features of the GPS Nav service:
- Voice and on-screen turn-by-turn driving directions - Customers can
type in or use voice recognition to call-in destinations, and GPS Nav
computes the routes. While driving, users get up-to-the minute
guidance, including street names, and will automatically be re-routed
if a turn is missed.
- Full-color 3D moving maps - Just like an in-car navigation system, the
3D maps turn, move and stop along with the driver, while also
displaying a realistic image of the streets the driver is approaching
and passing. Users can also pan and zoom around the map to view
- Biz Finder (local search) - Customers can look up several businesses in
Atlantic Canada, including ATMs, restaurants, hotels, Aliant (Wi-Fi)
Hotspots and gas stations, and easily navigate to them with the click
of a button.
- Spot Marker - Users can mark waypoints to help find their way back to a
location or to record points of interest.
- Pedestrian Mode - GPS Nav can be used while walking to help guide
customers through crowded downtown streets or back to a parked car.
- My Favorites - Customers can save as many addresses as needed for easy
access and directions later.
Aliant customers can download GPS Nav directly from their Blackberry 8830
smartphone. Aliant is working with TeleNav - the first company to launch a GPS
navigation service for mobile devices in North America - to provide this
service to its customers. The service will be available on other Aliant
wireless devices in the near future. The service is not intended to be used in
For more information on GPS Nav from Aliant please visit the
Cellular/Mobility section of http://www.aliant.net.
Other location-based services launched by Aliant:
This past August, Aliant launched four new location based services (LBS)
exclusively for its wireless customers. Through the combination of innovative
wireless and Internet technology, Aliant now offers the ability to determine
the location of a wireless device and provide personalized applications and
services based on that location.
- Seek & Find provides peace of mind for today's busy parents by allowing
them to view the location of their children, in "real time", from an
Internet connection. Features include regular location alerts that can
be set to correspond with daily routines, such as arrivals from work or
school, and customized pass codes and permission requirements to access
and use the service.
- It's important that businesses be as productive and efficient as
possible. With GoTrax, customers can locate employees, in "real-time",
on an interactive map. It means that employees can be dispatched more
quickly, response times can be improved and fleet can be better managed
- Roadside Assistance subscribers have worry-free roadside assistance
throughout North America, just by having a wireless device in the
vehicle. With a customer's consent, Roadside Assistance uses location
based technology to help determine a mobile phone location. It's
accessible wherever there is coverage in Canada and the United States -
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- By simply dialing #TAXI (#8-2-9-4) from their
mobile phone, customers can instantly and easily order a taxi cab
anywhere in Canada. #TAXI uses the location of the mobile
phone to help determine all available cab companies able to serve the
caller and then makes the connection.
About Bell Aliant
Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.
About Bell Canada
Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in communications with 28 million
customer connections across the country. The company provides consumers with
simple solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone
services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and
voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is proud to be a Premier National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on
Bell's products and services, please visit www.bell.ca, and for corporate
information on BCE, please visit www.bce.ca. Bell Mobility Inc. is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Bell Canada. In Atlantic Canada, Bell Mobility products
and services are delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.
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For further information: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, 1-877-487-3165 or (902) 499-5837