Ricoh and GlobalSat announced a strategic relationship to provide unprecedented GPS accuracy of geo-coded digital images

February 28, 2006

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Ricoh Corporation, a leader in specialized digital imaging solutions, and GlobalSat Inc., an industry leader in GPS technology, today announced a strategic relationship to provide unprecedented GPS accuracy of geo-coded digital images.

GlobalSat's BC-337 is a highly portable CompactFlash GPS Receiver, which utilizes SiRF's Star III low-power chipset. When combined with Ricoh's GPS-Ready Pro G3 Digital Camera, high-resolution images are embedded with precise GPS coordinates.

Prior to this agreement, the Ricoh Pro G3 camera supported a variety of GPS cards that were based on older and more cumbersome GPS technology. As position accuracy is critical to most enterprise customers, many opted to utilize the camera with expensive and bulky survey-grade GPS equipment to achieve their accuracy requirements. The integration of the Star III technology into the GlobalSat BC-337 CompactFlash GPS Receiver card provides these accuracy requirements in a more compact, portable, and cost-effective manner.

"Accuracy, price, and portability were the primary barriers to adoption," says Jeff Lengyel, product manager for Ricoh's Pro G3 Camera. "We have a large market segment that is reluctant to invest in expensive GPS equipment to get the accuracy they needed into their images. With the availability of the GlobalSat BC-337, they are getting optimal performance at a fraction of the cost. The BC-337 is the only GPS card we recommend for use with our camera, which has modified firmware to allow a seamless interface with the BC-337 GPS CF card."

Ricoh Corp.

GlobalSat Inc.

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