Hemisphere GPS Awarded Two New Patents

    CALGARY, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - (TSX: HEM) Hemisphere GPS has started off the
year by announcing that it continues to grow its intellectual property
portfolio with two new patents. With approximately 50 pending and issued
patents, Hemisphere GPS continues to strengthen its position as a leading
innovator and manufacturer of advanced GPS products.
    The Satellite Based Vehicle Guidance Control in Straight and Contour
Modes patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,437,230) is for a method and system in which
an agricultural vehicle is steered using GPS data. The method computes the
position and heading of the vehicle, among other data components, to provide
steering guidance. This patent covers the method for providing guidance both
for straight (parallel) and contour (curved or circular) paths. Hemisphere GPS
customers are already benefiting from this technological advance. It is
currently utilized in Hemisphere GPS' successful Outback eDriveTC(TM) and
GPSteer(TM) products, and allows farmers to accurately position their vehicles
to avoid skipped or overlapped rows, minimize wasted seed and chemicals, and
decrease overall input costs.
    The Soil Cultivation Implement Control Apparatus and Method patent (U.S.
Patent No. 7,460,942) enables the position of a towed agricultural implement
to be controlled and maintained using GPS data. The system includes an
intra-rig sensor and a GPS receiver, which relay the absolute position of the
implement relative to the earth. The system can then move the implement
laterally using a hydraulic actuator; to keep it from drifting off the desired
path. This technology will enable farmers to cultivate precise and repeatable
rows even with large and heavy towed implements, which are sometimes difficult
to control. The Implement Control technique is a variation on Hemisphere GPS'
other equipment position control patents, giving the company even greater
protection of its intellectual property and broader coverage in the
    "We are looking forward to 2009 to be another strong year for Hemisphere
GPS," says Dr. Mike Whitehead, Chief Scientist of Hemisphere GPS. "We are
anticipating being awarded several more patents for our innovations this
coming year. Of course, our customers will enjoy the fruits of that labor as
we bring even more technologically advanced and robust products to market."

    About Hemisphere GPS

    Hemisphere GPS designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective GPS
products for positioning, guidance, and machine control applications in
agriculture, marine and other markets. The Company holds numerous patents and
other intellectual property and owns leading brand names, including Outback
Guidance(R) and BEELINE(R), two of the leading brands in precision GPS for
ground agriculture. The Company is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with
major product development, sales, and marketing facilities in Arizona, Kansas,
Texas, and Australia. Hemisphere GPS trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the symbol "HEM" and is a component of Standard & Poor's TSX SmallCap
Index. For more information about Hemisphere GPS, please go to

    The above disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that
involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These
forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties,
certain of which are beyond Hemisphere GPS' control, including: the impact of
general economic conditions, industry conditions, increased competition, the
lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in
foreign exchange or interest rates, stock market volatility and market
valuations of companies with respect to the announced transactions and the
final valuations thereof, and obtaining required approvals of regulatory
authorities. Hemisphere GPS' actual results, performance or achievement could
differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by these forward-looking
statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events
anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if
any of them do so, what benefits, including the amount of proceed, that
Hemisphere GPS will derive there from.

For further information:

For further information: John Bohlke, Director of Product Marketing,
Hemisphere GPS, Phone: (480) 348-9919 x 7328, E-mail: info@hemispheregps.com,
www.hemispheregps.com; Cory Pala, Investor Relations, E.vestor Communications
Inc., (416) 657-2400, CPala@evestor.com

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