updated 10:30 am EST, Mon December 1, 2008
MEDION intros secure PNDs
MEDION on Monday announced it is introducing three new personal navigation devices that use a fingerprint scanner for security and theft-deterrence. MEDION enlisted the help of AuthenTec to integrate its fingerprint sensors into the devices, which include the GoPal P5235, GoPal P5435 and GoPal X5535. Users can save up to five fingerprints using the small AES1510 fingerprint sensor used in millions of cellphones, which then allows them to log in and use each device. The feature ensures only authorized users can access the three devices, which are useless if stolen.
The technology is meant to help reduce the theft of navigation devices left in cars, which, MEDION says, is on the rise. MEDION introduced fingerprint technology on its GoPal P4425 launched in 2007. The three new devices sport 5-inch touchscreen displays and voice recognition. They also get live traffic updates with Traffic Message Channel reception.
The GoPal P5235 can be controlled by users' voice, can read out street names and has a speeding warning. It integrates an FM transmitter module that lets it send voice instructions to the car's audio system. The GoPal P5435 adds Bluetooth support for hands-free phone calls. The flagship GoPal X5535 also throws in a built-in gyrometer that allows it to compensate for the momentary loss of GPS signals by detecting the movement of the car itself.
The three devices are currently available in certain European markets, though no pricing information is available.
Medion GoPal X5535
Medion GoPal P5235
Medion GoPal P5435