Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ski Maps for Blackberry

GPS software manufacturer Northport Systems, Inc., has announced that free Fugawi Touratel topographic mapping software for the U.S. and Canada is now available for Blackberry handsets, complementing its existing service to various mobile handsets from LG, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Sanyo. Designed to enhance outdoor activities, the Touratel software will now provide Blackberry customers with convenient and highly detailed outdoor mapping as they ski or snowboard, in-bounds or out.Fugawi Touratel utilizes the Blackberry’s internal GPS receiver, eliminating the need for the added cost and bulk of a specific-use Bluetooth GPS receiver. Due to its unique Web 2.0 architecture, users do not need to download and install the software as the entire Fugawi Touratel application works through the smartphone’s Internet connection.
Blackberry users will have access to Fugawi Touratel’s high-resolution U.S. and Canadian topographic maps, sourced directly from the U.S. Geological Survey and Natural Resources Canada, respectively. Blackberry customers will benefit from added map content and ongoing product development instantaneously, without the need to download updates, apply patches or purchase additional hardware components."Northport Systems is pleased to add Blackberry handsets to our growing list of supported mobile phones", said Robin Martel, president of Northport Systems. "Based on our conversations with outdoor enthusiasts, we are confident that the convenience of mobile mapping coupled with the breadth of detail provided by Fugawi Touratel will be well received by Blackberry customers".
Touratel is a free map service for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, hunters, anglers, mountain bikers, canoeists or others who enjoy the outdoors. USGS maps are available in 1:24,000, 1:100:000 and 1:250,000 scales for all U.S. States. NRCan maps are available in 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scales for all Canadian Provinces.