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NavCom to Provide Real-Time Decimeter Navigation to Aerial Survey Industry

Torrance, CA – April 2, 2004 – NavCom Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), announced today the availability of VueStar, a complete global navigation system configured specifically for all aerial survey applications. VueStar couples NavCom’s world-class dual frequency Global Positioning System (GPS) technology with its global satellite based StarFire™ service to provide real-time decimeter navigation and superior positioning accuracy.

VueStar offers Aerial Photogrammetry, Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) surveyors decimeter-positioning accuracy in real time, improving their ability to return customer surveys in days rather than weeks. VueStar provides GPS navigation enhanced to decimeter accuracy by the globally available StarFire™ Network, in a small convenient form-factor.

Eliminating the range limitations of terrestrial communication links as well as the dependency on post-processing recorded data using ground based reference stations, VueStar is the only system of its kind providing a reliable cost-effective solution for aerial surveyors.

“NavCom’s VueStar provides a complete aerial survey navigation solution without requiring the customer to source various components themselves,” said Steve Wilson, Business Manager of GPS Products for NavCom Technology. “This technology has not previously been deployed on a wide scale basis within the Aerial Survey industry and we are pleased to be the first to provide this all in one integrated solution.”

“NavCom’s navigation solution meets the decimeter level accuracy needed for positioning airborne Interferometric SAR sensors and is comparable with the post-processed differential solution with reference to a ground based station located 100 to 200 km away,” said Dr. Mushtaq Hussain, professor of geomatic engineering, California State University, Fresno.

Pricing and Availability

NavCom is currently taking orders for the VueStar system with prices starting at $15,995 U.S. Contact NavCom Technology directly for volume pricing. For additional product information and quotes, visit NavCom at ASPRS Booth 408 or contact NavCom’s sales team at (310) 381-2000 or sales@NavComTech.com.

Technical Information

VueStar utilizes NavCom’s SF-2050M dual frequency GPS receiver providing position and velocity up to 10 times a second with decimeter accuracy. All necessary cabling, a combined GPS/StarFire aircraft certified antenna, internal data logging, event input, 1pps output and a one-year global StarFire license are all included in the system package. The StarFire system utilizes a network of more than 50 GPS reference stations around the world to compute GPS satellite orbit and clock corrections. These corrections are broadcast via three geosynchronous satellites to the GPS receiver enabling precise real-time navigation without the need for a ground base station.

Editor’s Note

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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 and wireless communications. For more information on NavCom Technology and its products, please visit www.NavComTech.com.

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