NavCom Technology Expands Representation in Africa by Signing Young, Stuart & Associates as Dealer

NavCom’s Global StarFire Network Provides the Only Complete and Widely Available Decimeter Positioning Accuracy in sub-Sahara Africa

Torrance, CA – April 18, 2005 – NavCom Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), announced today that Young, Stuart & Associates have been signed as a dealer, providing NavCom Technology’s full line of GPS and wireless products including the decimeter positioning service of the StarFire Network throughout the southern and middle regions of Africa.  Young, Stuart & Associates provide professional geometric services and products for applications such as: engineering surveys, precise control surveys, topographical surveys, aerial survey, mapping, mine surveying (tunnels & open cast), transmission line surveys, and laser scanning.

"Young, Stuart & Associates has been one of the foremost suppliers of surveying services throughout the African continent for over 25 years. Their addition to our dealer network is a significant advancement towards providing our products and services within Africa," said J. Christopher Litton, Sales Manager for NavCom Technology.  "The global availability of the StarFire Network is an ideal positioning solution for Africa, delivering affordable, decimeter positioning accuracy without the need of a base station."

"NavCom Technology provides us with the combination of both advanced GPS products and the StarFire Network," said Norman Stuart, Managing Director of Young, Stuart & Associates.  "Partnering with NavCom gives us the ability to better serve our customers with time and cost saving solutions that provide increased positioning accuracy and higher reliability than our competitors."

About Young, Stuart & Associates, Inc.
Established in 1979, Young Stuart & Associates offers a broad range of high quality and reasonably priced survey and mapping services for a clientele of Consulting Engineers, Contractors, Government Departments and Aid Organizations. The staff of over 20 highly trained individuals include; Chartered Land Surveyors, Registered Engineering Surveyors, Survey Technicians and skilled personnel with extensive experience throughout the African continent and expertise in survey and mapping applications. For more information about Young, Stuart & Associates and their services, please visit

About NavCom Technology, Inc.
NavCom Technology, Inc., a John Deere Company (NYSE:DE), is a leading provider of advanced GPS products for OEMs, VARs and system integrators needing high performance RTK systems, global decimeter level GPS satellite corrections, geodetic quality GPS receivers, wireless communication products and engineering consulting in the areas of precise positioning, wireless communications and robotics. For more information on NavCom Technology and its products, please visit