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New NavStar device targets recovery of stolen bikes

NavStar Technologies, Inc. has issued a product update to support its $4.5 million purchase order for the U.S. powersports market segment.

The NavStar product designed specifically for the powersports industry is in prototype stage and is being tested over the next two weeks and should be ready for fulfillment in May 2012, according to a company release. The major focus of the NavStar device and service is the recovery of stolen motorcycles and scooters. More than 30,000 motorcycles and scooters are stolen annually in the U.S. and Canada, according to the company, and the NavStar monitoring and tracking device and service is being designed to address this concern.

The NavStar device is lightweight and compact in size (1.8 inches by 3.5 inches by 0.8 inches) for easy concealment. It is powered by a 32-bit microprocessor with large program memory to accommodate robust and versatile applications. The product supports all four GSM frequencies, so it can be used anywhere in the world. Other features include a rechargeable battery, weather-resistant case, intelligent power management system, accelerator chip for detecting movement and measurement of the rate of acceleration.

The service platform is designed to support the stolen vehicle recovery service but also designed with open architecture to stimulate other software applications.

"We are pleased with the product/service progress to date. This feature-rich, low-cost product/service offering will make protecting a motorcycle/scooter affordable for everyone. The NavStar PowerSports hardware and service offerings have been designed with input from powersport owners to solve several problems that have existed in this market segment for years," said Douglas Pritt, chairman and CEO of the Anaheim, Calif.-based company. "We are excited about completing the field trials in February and expect to be manufacturing in March and selling products and services in May. Our goal of focusing on this market segment is to provide affordable products and services to address the needs of the 6.1 million powersport owners in the U.S."

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