NovAtel® Inc. Announces Collaborative Technology Agreement with Brilliant Telecommunications Inc.

Agreement drives innovation in high-precision GNSS timing products

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 7, 2008)
- NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel), a precise positioning technology manufacturer and Brilliant Telecommunications Inc. (Brilliant), a developer of next-generation synchronization and timing solutions, announced they have signed a technology partnership agreement to develop and deliver innovative timing, synchronization and positioning solutions. The companies will undertake cooperative development activities, combining their respective technologies to create new product platforms that target high precision applications. This unique combination will enable both companies to deliver a powerful set of new timing and synchronization solutions to customers worldwide.

“GPS and GNSS precise positioning technology is a key element to meet the growing demands placed on Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Precision Time Protocol (PTPv2) server technology, as the end-to-end transmission and synchronization of voice, data and video across packet-based networks becomes more sophisticated,” said Jon Ladd, NovAtel's Chief Executive Officer.  “The integration of Brilliant and NovAtel technology will provide a significant competitive differentiation and a new level of price/performance for network timing, synchronization and management.”

Brilliant has developed an innovative platform for next-generation packet-based networks to address the growing need for highly accurate synchronization across broad markets. Many industries including telecommunications, internet, defense, public safety, financial, health, legal and manufacturing need highly accurate chronological data archived to be compliant with existing and emerging regulations, such as Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, and NASD Rule 132. Brilliant's hardware-based timestamp technology has been well received in the marketplace due to its seamless integration into existing networks while addressing strict regulatory demands for accurate and legally traceable time.

“Today, NovAtel and Brilliant Telecommunications-two of the leaders in GNSS components, subsystems and end-to-end network timing and synchronization-are coming together, to provide best-of-breed solutions to customers around the globe,' commented Dr. Charles Barry, President and CEO, Brilliant Telecommunications. “This collaboration will enable Brilliant and NovAtel to broaden their product portfolios and extend Brilliant's market worldwide. We chose to partner with NovAtel because they have established themselves as market and technology leaders in GNSS.”

Under the terms of the agreement both companies will collaborate to build products for OEM's in the telecom, industrial and scientific instrumentation market. Brilliant will have access to the complete line of products offered by NovAtel including their high-performance antennas. Additionally, NovAtel will have access to Brilliant's complete line of end-to-end, NTP and PTP/IEEE 1588 products to broaden and expand the overall solutions offered by NovAtel. As part of this joint technology agreement, NovAtel and Brilliant will combine development resources for joint product development initiatives. Products developed under this agreement will be marketed and sold by both companies in their respective markets.

About NovAtel Inc.

NovAtel Inc. is a leading provider of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems that afford its customers rapid integration of precise positioning technology. The Company's mission is to provide exceptional return on investment and outstanding service to its customers. An ISO 9001 certified company, NovAtel is focused on developing quality OEM products including receivers, antennas, enclosures and firmware that are integrated into high precision positioning applications worldwide. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, marine and defense industries. NovAtel's reference receivers are also at the core of national aviation ground networks in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and India. The Company is committed to providing its customers with advanced positioning technology through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS), the revitalized Russian GLONASS and the emerging European Galileo satellite systems, as well as the integration of additional complementary technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs).  NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexagon AB (STO: HEXA B) of Sweden.

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About Brilliant Telecommunications

Founded in 2004, Brilliant Telecommunications designs, develops and distributes a family of network timing, management and synchronization solutions, including carrier-class NTP and PTP servers, Primary Reference Sources (PRS), and Building Integrated Timing Supplies (BITS). These highly accurate end-to-end timing network solutions deliver Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring and management capabilities, in addition to providing timing and synchronization to the most time-sensitive applications in legacy and next-generation IP networks.

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Lloyd Green

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Brilliant Telecommunications

NovAtel Inc.

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Posted on 07/08/2008