Thales Adds GeoSpatial Experts to Business Partner Program

GPS-Photo Link Software and MobileMapper™ CE Provide Photo Geo-referencing in an Affordable, Ruggedized Handheld

San Dimas, Calif. – June 27, 2006 – Thales’ navigation business today announced that it has formed another partnership in its Business Partner Program aimed at providing MobileMapper CE customers with a broad choice of software applications to suit their GPS and GIS needs.

New Business Partner GeoSpatial Experts offers GPS-Photo Link software, which is now fully compatible with the Thales MobileMapper CE handheld GIS data collector. This powerful solution delivers easy and affordable digital photo geo-referencing capabilities for nearly any GIS application including asset management, utilities, forestry, national parks services and many more.

GPS-Photo Link provides a simple and well-organized photo geo-referencing solution with output formats including html, Google Earth and ESRI shapefile.  Users can capture their position with sub-meter accuracy using MobileMapper CE and automatically apply location data to digital photos taken at the same spot using the GPS-Photo Link PC software.  The result is geo-intelligent data enriched with images that can make managing resources and projects easier and more efficient.

Any digital camera may be used for this application, and the Ricoh Pro G3 digital camera may be connected to MobileMapper CE with its optional Bluetooth® wireless technology for fast and convenient real-time data transfer in applications where geo-referenced digital imagery is required.

About the Thales Business Partner Program
The Thales Business Partner Program is designed to make compatible, integrated and bundled GPS/GIS application solutions easy to access and easy to deploy for mobile workforces across a wide variety of industries. Along with its business partners, Thales offers solutions for utilities, agriculture, forestry, photo-georeferencing, field asset management and more.

About Thales MobileMapper CE
The MobileMapper CE handheld GPS receiver for geographic information system (GIS) and many other data collection applications has set a new standard for performance and affordability. At nearly half the price of competing systems, the MobileMapper CE GPS receiver offers an impressive array of high-performance features, including real-time, sub-meter GPS positioning, embedded Microsoft® Windows® CE .NET, Bluetooth® wireless technology, removable SD card memory and an all-day removable battery that make it attractive for a wide variety of demanding GIS data collection and mapping applications.

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The group’s civil and military businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. Thales employs 60,000 people in 50 countries and generated revenues of € 10.3 billion in 2005, with a record order book of over € 20 billion.

Thales’ navigation business is a global innovator of navigation and positioning solutions. The company markets its Magellan brand GPS products in vehicle navigation and outdoor markets, and its professional GPS and GNSS solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets that include consumer electronics, automotive navigation and high-precision applications.

Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system.

Thales’ navigation business is headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., with European headquarters in Carquefou, France. For more information, visit

About GeoSpatial Experts
Headquartered in Thornton, Colorado, GeoSpatial Experts is the developer of "GPS-Photo Link," a digital photo mapping software that saves time and money by automatically linking digital photographic images to GPS location data in the GIS environment. GeoSpatial Experts is also an official reseller of Ricoh GPS-enabled digital cameras.