Nextel unveils GPS platform

Nextel Communications has announced its Nextel Wireless GPS Platform. The application development environment aims to extend location-based services (LBS) technology, giving enterprises and solution providers the ability to create customized, server-based solutions that "location-enable" existing internal applications. LBS applications developed on the Nextel Wireless GPS Platform will support all Nextel Assisted-GPS devices, including the BlackBerry 7520 and both Java and non-Java enabled handsets, says the company.

Nextel notes that the platform is designed to appeal to customers that have trouble finding off-the-shelf products that fully meet their needs. For customers that want applications that run locally on their phones, or have other technical requirements, Java interfaces continue to be available, says Nextel.

For more information on Nextel's GPS platform:
- read this company press release