Discrete Wireless catches a Swiss TUNA

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Discrete Wireless Inc., a provider of GPS fleet management systems, has announced a GPRS device, codenamed TUNA, that utilizes a GPS product from u-blox, a Switzerland-based company.

“Discrete Wireless’ next-generation products will be radically more advanced than our generic GPS products of the past,” says John Darienzo, chief technology officer at Atlanta-based Discrete Wireless. “Our new products will be special-purpose computers based on the 32-bit processor architecture of TUNA. GPS service will be just one element.”

Discrete says the initial release of TUNA, scheduled for the second quarter of 2006, will offer new functionality, including point-by-point route download processing and expanded I/O support, and will include the Antaris GPS module from u-blox.

“Discrete Wireless is a major player in the AVL industry in North America,” says Brad Sherrard, vice president of sales at u-blox Americas. “u-blox is honored to be Discrete Wireless’ GPS technology supplier for their next-generation Marcus in-vehicle equipment.”