Altech Netstar – the leading stolen vehicle tracking and recovery, and fleet management company in Southern Africa – has joined forces with ITIS to form Altech Netstar Traffic (ANT).
ANT is the first to bring intelligent, real-time traffic flow information and journey times to the motoring public of South Africa in a variety of applications.
Garmin Distribution Africa has partnered with ANT to launch ‘Garmin Live Traffic’.
With Garmin Live Traffic, motorists will receive live updates of nearby traffic congestion and will also be offered an alternative route so that any potential traffic delays can be avoided.
The Garmin Live Traffic service is now available on Garmin’s latest nüvi 1300T, which is pre-bundled with a GTM 25 Traffic Receiver and also includes a one-year Live Traffic subscription.
In addition, Garmin Live Traffic is available for the new generation nüvi 1000 series in-car GPSs, z?mo 220 & 660 series motorcycle GPSs, and on certain older nüvi models running the latest software upgrade.
For devices other than the nüvi 1300T a Traffic subscription and a GTM Traffic Receiver are required. These can be purchased from participating Garmin retailers.
Any navigation-enabled mobile device can receive traffic information via GPRS messages. These are overlaid on the map based on the device or sent to the device, and the user is alerted to congestion and offered alternative routing.
The web service provides a very practical and affordable alternative to consumers that do not have access to PNDs or navigation-enabled mobile phones. The following functions are available to the subscriber:
* view the traffic congestion on the traffic heat map;
* identify major incidents that could be affecting the traffic;
* plan and plot regular routes traveled, and
* receive SMS traffic notifications prior to departure on those routes.
To access this service please login in the top right corner. Please note that the minimum monthly fee for this service is R22.00, which is payable in quarterly installments.
Tests are currently underway to deliver the traffic information to vehicles pre-installed with satellite navigation systems. This service will be introduced by selected Motor Manufacturers in 2010.
Service is available countrywide in major metropolitan areas.The remaining cities in South Africa will follow in early 2010.
Source: ANT, MyBroadband News.