Otto-driving companion map updates: no longer available effective 01-December-2018.
June 01, 2018
PERSENTECH will no longer be supporting the Otto-driving companion product and map updates effective 01-December-2018. The product has been in the market since July-2005 and the company thanks its customers for the continued business and support through the years.
Brandon, Rural Manitoba and Winnipeg coverage map updates.
November 24, 2017
Brandon: adjustments to Highway 1 for 110 kph zones and adjustments to Hwy 10 at 101, and at Highway 457.
Rurual Manitoba: Several speed limit changes on PR 200 (St. Mary's Road), PR 210, Rockwood Road 8e, municipal road 76 and Surgeon Rd.
Winnipeg: adjustments to speed limits on Sturgeon Road, Bergen Cutoff, Bryan Bay, Daivs Way, Dyanne Way, Eagle Drive, Lucas Ave, Mountain View Road, Ronn Road, Roy Roche Road, Wheatfield Road and Mayberry Road; plus removal of crosswalks and addition of school zones.
Winnipeg coverage map update.
November 26, 2016
Adjustment to speed zone on McPhillips Street near Swailes Road.
Adjustment to school zones on Jefferson Ave between McGregor Street and Sinclair Ave.
Removal of Crosswalk on Main street near Assiniboine Ave
Adjustment to North Perimeter Highway 101 near Wenzel Street
Winnipeg coverage map update.
March 28, 2016
Adjustment to speed zone on Main Street north between Seaforth Ave and Fernwood Road.
Winnipeg coverage map update.
February 13, 2016
Adjustment to Bishop Grandin westbound prior to St. Anne's Road.
Winnipeg and Rural Provincial Capital Region coverage map updates.
January 19, 2016
School zone and speed limit adjustments on Lakewood Blvd and Weatherstone Pl (Ecole Van Belleghem) in Winnipeg.
School zone adjustments in Lorette Manitoba
School zone addition in Landmark, Manitoba
Hazardous intersection at MB PTH 206 and PTH 207
Deer crossing on MB PTH 206 between River Road and PTH 207
Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto Ontario map updates.
September 24, 2015
Addition of two Red Light Camera-controlled intersections in Waterloo.
Adjustments to 90 kph zones and other road adjustments along Don Valley Pkwy
Winnipeg coverage map and Rural Provincial Region of Manitoba - speed limit and school zone adjustments.
September 15, 2015
Speed adjustments within Winnipeg along various roads, plus the addition of crosswalks and school zone areas.
Speed adjustments along Highway 1 west of Headingly (110 kph) plus various other road updates in Dugald, Stonewall, Landmark, St. Adolphe and Lorette.
Winnipeg coverage map and Rural Provincial Region of Manitoba - new school zone areas and road adjustments.
May 16, 2015
Road adjustments including new crosswalks, playgrounds and speed limit adjustments within school zones.
Speed adjustments within LaSalle, Lorrette, and Landmark Manitoba.
Winnipeg coverage map - new school zone areas and road adjustments.
December 31, 2014
Road adjustments including new crosswalks, playgrounds and speed limit adjustments.
New school zones and adjustments to 30 kph noted in the updated Winnipeg By-Law No. 140/2014 - Reduced-Speed School Zones.
Winnipeg coverage map - new roads and school zone adjustments.
October 20, 2014
New roads and speed limits have been added for south Kenaston between Bishop Grandin and PTH 101.
Further adjustments and optimizations have been made for several schools noted in the Winnipeg By-Law No. 76/2014 - Reduced-Speed School Zones.
Coverage map adjustments in Winnipeg school zones and new roads added.
September 21, 2014
Further adjustments and optimizations have been made for several of the schools noted in the Winnipeg By-Law No. 76/2014 - Reduced-Speed School Zones.
New roads and speed limits have been added for south Kenaston and Bishop Grandin with the new overpass.
Coverage map adjustments in Winnipeg school zones.
September 6, 2014
The schools noted in the Winnipeg By-Law No. 76/2014 - Reduced-Speed School Zones have been published, and adjustments have been made in this latest Winnipeg map (version 97) to increase alert notification times for the 30 kph reduced speed limit.
Further adjustments and optimizations will be completed over the next month.
Coverage map update for Winnipeg - part 2 school zone 30 kph changes.
September 4, 2014
The second part of the Winnipeg coverage map that includes speed zone changes to 30 kph is available. The additional school divisions added include: the other half of the Winnipeg School Division, Funded Independent Schools, Institutional Schools, and Non-Funded Independent Schools.
Coverage map update for Winnipeg - part 1 school zone 30 kph changes.
September 4, 2014
Winnipeg coverage map includes speed zone changes to 30 kph in the following school divisions: Division Scolaire Franco-Manitoban, Louis Riel School Division, Pembina Trails School Division, River East Transcona School Division, Seine River School Division, Seven Oaks School Division, St. James-Assiniboia School Division, and half of the Winnipeg School Division. A second map with all school divisions will be published shortly.
Coverage map updates for Kitchener-Waterloo, GTA and Winnipeg.
July 30, 2014
Major speed and road additions to Kitchener-Waterloo coverage map including inclusion of airport roads.
Toronto coverage map adjustments along Don Valley Pkwy and speed change on Queen St and Spadina Ave.
Missisauga coverage map adjustments along ON-401 - widening of road network and Convair Dr. speed change.
Oakville coverage map adjustments along ON-401 - widening of road network.
Winnipeg coverage map adjustments Disraeli Freeway from Main Street to Hespler and addition of RLC at Disraeli Freeway and Logan Ave.
Coverage map updates for Winnipeg, Calgary and Ottawa.
April 7, 2014
Winnipeg coverage map adjustments along Bishop Grandin Blvd.
Calgary coverage map adjustments along Stoney Trail NW.
Ottawa coverage adjstments along Terry Fox Drive and Lyon St.
Coverage map updates for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Ottawa and Rual Manitoba.
February 3, 2014
Winnipeg coverage map adjustments include new roads and speed changes along Canada Way (centreport), Path 101 at McPhilips, and Path 101 adjustments along perimeter of the coverage map.
Ottawa coverage adjstments include speed changes along Moodie drive, the addition of playgrounds and school zones.
Saskatoon coverage map includes changes along Circle drive at 11 St W.
Rural Provincial Manitoba map adjustments include changes along highway 12 south of Blumenort, road coverage along highway 202 and adjustments north of McPhillips at Path 101.
Coverage map updates for Winnipeg and Rual Manitoba.
September 17, 2013
Winnipeg coverage map adjustments include road and speed changes along Inkster Blvd. between Brookside Blvd. and Sturgeon Road; Sturgeon Road between Inkster Blvd. and Selkirk Ave.; and Path 101 adjustments along perimeter of map.
Rural Provincial Manitoba map adjustments include addition of crosswalks in Birds Hill; school zone in Birds Hill; clover leaf speed transitions along Path 101 at Henderson Highway and Main Street.
Coverage map updates in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
July 31, 2013
Saskatoon, SK. map updates aalong Circle Drive and Northridge Drive.
Edmonton, AB. map updates at two Highway 16 interchanges.
Red Deer, AB. map update along Highway 2.
Calgary, AB. map updates along Blackfoot trail, Deerfoot Trail, 101 St. SW and along Bow Trail.
Medicine Hat, AB. map update along Highway 1.
Map updates for Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba coverage maps.
July 8, 2013
Rural Manitoba coverage map adjustments along Highway 59 and Highway 101 and in Birds Hill Park.
Winnipeg coverage map adjustments along Logan Ave., Raleigh St., Mayfair, Highway 101 at Portage Ave., and Highway 1 East and Highway 101.
Map updates for Winnipeg, Rural Manitoba and Greater Vancouver coverage maps.
January 21, 2013
Rural Manitoba coverage map adjustments in Steinbach, Manitoba.
Winnipeg coverage map adjustments along Inskter Blvd. and Chief Peguis.
Greater Vancouver Regional District coverage map adjustments along Highway 1 with new Port Mann bridge opening.
Map update for Rural Manitoba coverage map
September 18, 2012
School zone, crosswalk, and speed zone changes in Birds Hill region.
Map update for Edmonton, AB.
July 6, 2012
Speed zone change on Anthony Henday Drive from Highway 14 to Manning Freeway.
Map update for Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert, AB.
July 2, 2012
Speed zone changes, playgrounds, school zone, and crosswalk additions and adjustments.
Map update for Saskatoon, SK.
June 27, 2012
Speed zone changes along Highway 16 and addition of RLC.
Map update for Winnipeg, MB.
June 23, 2012
Road changes with new Disraeli Freeway Bridge north bound and other map changes.
Map update for Kalamazoo, MI.
June 22, 2012
Various speed zone changes.
Map update for Saskatoon, SK.
June 22, 2012
Various speed zone changes to 30, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 roads and various additions of playgrounds, schoolzones and crosswalks.
Map update for Kalamazoo, MI.
June 18, 2012
Stadium Drive from W. Michigan Ave to S. Drake Road - speed change to 45 mph.
Map updates for Regina SK. and Thunder Bay, ON.
June 15, 2012
Speed limit changes, the addition of school zones, playgrounds and cross walks in Thunder Bay ON.
Speed limit changes and road adjustments in Regina, SK.
Map updates for Rural Manitoba coverage and Lethbridge, AB
June 12, 2012
Speed limit changes, the addition of school zones, playgrounds and cross walks in Lethbridge.
Speed limit changes within the rural provincial coverage.
Map update for Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
June 11, 2012
Speed limit change to 45 mph along Stadium drive, from S 11th St. to S. Drake Road.
Map update for Melbourne, and Mooroolbark Australia
April 18, 2012
Various speed zone changes and adjustments to Melbourne and Mooroolbark Australia along Springvale, North Road, Waverley Road, Warigal Road, Elgar, Blackburn Road, Ferntree Gully Road, High St., and Boronia Road.
Additional map update for Calgary, Alberta
January 9, 2012
The speed zone along Stoney Trail NW from Tuscany Blvd. to Highway 1 has been adjusted to 80 kph and that segment from Scenic Acres Link to Country Hills Blvd. NW has been adjusted to 100 kph.
Map update for Calgary, Alberta
January 6, 2012
Calgary map updates include the addition of playgrounds, school zones and red light camera controlled intersections, as well as a large number of speed zone changes and road segment changes resulting from an end to various infrastructure works.
Map updates for Red Deer AB., and Rural MB.
December 23, 2011
Red Deer Alberta map updates to speed zones 30, 60, 70 and 80 kph areas. Rural Manitoba changes along Main Street north of the Perimeter Highway.
Map updates for Winnipeg, Rural MB., and Melbourne and Mooroolbark Australia.
December 4, 2011
Winnipeg map updates include the Chief Peguis Road extension, a speed zone change along Lagimodiere Blvd., and speed zone changes along Waverly Blvd. Rural Manitoba changes along Aspen Road between Highway 311 and Clearspring road. Melbourne and Mooroolbark coverage changes include road segment and speed adjustments.
New coverage map of Oshawa, ON published.
November 24, 2011
A new speed map of Oshawa Ontario has been published. In addition, school zones, playgrounds and crosswalk alerts are included. There are no red light cameras in Oshawa.
Map updates for Rural Manitoba
October 31, 2011
The map changes include speed zone changes along Highway 59 from Path 101 to Iles des Chiens, on Highway 311 through Niverville, near New Bothwell, and through Blumenort.
Map updates for Winnipeg MB., Rural Manitoba, and Ottawa, Toronto, Markham, Oakville and Mississauga ON.
October 17, 2011
The map changes include new roads, speed zone changes, the addition of school zones, playgrounds and crosswalks, and road adjustments.
Map updates for Winnipeg, Rural Manitoba and Grand Forks ND.
August 2, 2011
The Winnipeg map includes speed zone changes and the addition of a crosswalk.
The rural Manitoba coverage map includes a speed zone change and corrections to the edges of the map coverage.
The Grand Forks ND map includes a speed zone change and corrections to the edges of the map coverage.
Map updates for Toronto, Scarborough, and Mississauga.
May 24, 2011
The Toronto map includes various speed zone changes to 40 kph, the addition of crosswalks and school zones in downtown Toronto, and speed adjustments along highway 401.
The Scarborough map changes include speed zone adjustments along Markham Road N from Highgway 401 to Steeles Ave.
The Mississauga map changes include the addition of Red Light Cameras in Etobicoke and speed zone changes along highway 427, and 409.
Map updates for Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), Winnipeg MB., and Brandon MB.
April 4, 2011
The Winnipeg coverage map includes the modification of a number of roads and speed limits and crosswalks, including the removal of the crosswalk on Osborne at Wardlaw Ave., which has been replaced by traffic signals.
The Brandon map includes crosswalk and school zone adjustments along 18th Street N.
The Greater Vancouver Regional District coverage map includs many road and speed zone adjustments as well as the addition of numerous new RLC controlled intersections, totaling 121.
Map update for Edmonton AB.
February 15, 2011
The Edmonton coverage map includes the addition of a RLC intersection at Wayne Gretzky Drive (NB) @ 118 Ave.
Map updates for Mississauga ON, Montreal QC, and Edmonton AB.
February 4, 2011
The Mississauga coverage area includes several speed zone changes and the addition of 11 RLC intersections.
The Montreal coverage map includes the addition of crosswalk alerts and four RLC intersections.
The Edmonton coverage map includes speed zone changes and road adjustments resulting from expansion.
Map updates for Regina and Moose Jaw SK.
January 14, 2011
The Regina map includes a speed zone change on Lewan drive and the addition of a RLC.
The Moose Jaw map includes the addition of school zones and playground zones.
Map updates for Winnipeg MB., and Medicine Hat, AB.
December 31, 2010
The Winnipeg map update includes various adjustments in speed limits at the airport, Kennedy at Sargent, Inkster Blvd. and a hazardous intersection alert near Pembina Highway at McGillvray Blvd.
The Medicine Hat updates includes speed limit adjustments on the Crowsnets Highway 3 (Airport Road or Gershaw Drive) from 10 Ave SW to 32nd Ave SW changed, DeHavilland BW SW and Tower Estates, 5th St SW near Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, South Boundary Rd SE from Southridge Drive SE to Southlands Dr. SE, Echo Dr. SW, and Box Spring Road from Broadway to City Limits North.
Map update for Palo Alto, CA, and new coverage map for San Jose, CA.
November 29, 2010
The Palo Alto coverage map includes parts of the Menlo Park, Sunnyvale and Mountain View jurisdictions. Updates include speed limit adjustments, and the additions of playgrounds, school zones and crosswalks.
A new coverage map has been completed and released for the San Jose area that includes parts of the Campbell, Alamitos, Alum Rock, River Oaks, Berryessa Creek areas. The coverage area includes speed limits, playgrounds, school zones, crosswalks, deer crossings, rat box intersections (Red Light Camera), and hazardous intersections.
Map update for Winnipeg, Rural Manitoba and Montreal.
September 29, 2010
The Winnipeg coverage area includes additions of Hazardous Intersection locations at Leila at McPhillips St., Kenaston at McGillivray Blvd., Grant at Kenaston Blvd., McGillivray at Pembina Highway. A playground alert has also been added on Notre Dame at Victor St.
The rural Manitoba coverage area includes adjustments to the exclusion areas around the municipality of Winnipeg to correct for construction on PTH101 between Portage Ave. and Inkster Blvd.
The Montreal coverage area has been updated with speed zone changes for the Borroughs of Saint-Leonard and Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension.
Map update for Winnipeg.
September 10, 2010
Winnipeg coverage map has been updated with the addition of a new RLC at the intersection of Academy and Stafford.
Map update for Winnipeg.
September 7, 2010
Winnipeg coverage map has been updated with the following changes:
30 kph zone on Winchester between Silver and Ness; 50 kph zone at James Richardson International Airport; 20 kph zone within Brookside cemetary; and 70 kph zone adjustment on PTH 101.
Map updates and new coverage maps published.
September 2, 2010
Map updates are now available for Winnipeg MB, Regina SK, and Palo Alto CA/US. Updates include speed zone changes and additional location alert areas.
New coverage maps have been published for the following municipalities:
Swift Current, Saskatchewan Wellington, New Zealand Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Dromana, Victoria, Australia Eumemmerring, Victoria, Australia Hastings, Victoria, Australia Mill Park, Victoria, Australia Mooroolbark Victoria, Australia Portarlington, Victoria, Australia Roxburgh Park, Victoria, Australia Werribee, Victoria, Australia
Edmonton and Isle de Montreal Updates.
July 18, 2010
Edmonton map includes expanded 111st and portion of road on Anthony Henday Dr.. Montreal map includes several updates to reflect the new 40 kph residential speed zone changes including Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Rosemont, Saint-Laurent, Ville Marie (two areas), Plateau Mont-Royal, and Sud-Ouest and the town of Mont-Royal.
Winnipeg, Rural Manitoba, Isle de Montreal Updates.
June 28, 2010
Winnipeg map update includes speed zone adjustment on Hunter road and Jefferson Ave., the addition of a playground, the addition of a crosswalk, and the addition of a new RLC on Erin St southbound at Sargeant Ave.. Rural Manitoba map changes include speed changes within Birds Hill Park and Highway 1 westbound, west of Headingly. Isle de Montreal changes include speed zone changes from 50 to 40 and 40 to 50, road extension coverage on south shore of Laval, Que., and the addition of several schoolzone and playground areas.
Winnipeg, Rural Manitoba, Ottawa Ontario, Grand Forks, ND/MN Map Update.
May 25, 2010
Winnipeg map update includes speed zone adjustment on Corydon Ave., school and playground adjustments on Ness Ave., and school zone adjustment on Corydon near Stafford St. Rural Manitoba map changes include speed zone adjustments north of Morris MB., and south of St. Norbert. The Ottawa map has been updated with the addition of 17 new RLCs. The Grand Forks, East Grand Forks map has been adjusted with speed changes on south I-29.
Winnipeg, Rural Manitoba and Ottawa Ontario Map Update.
April 23, 2010
Winnipeg map updates include various speed zone changes along PTH 101. Rural Manitoba map changes also include speed zone change adjustments outside of PTH 101 as well as other rural highway adjustments. The Ottawa map has also been updated with speed zone changes and the addition of RLCs in the Barhaven West -Old Barhaven region.
Ottawa Ontario Map Update.
March 20, 2010
The Ottawa map has been updated with speed zone changes and the addition of a RLC.
Municipal map for Winnipeg, Manitoba.
March 16, 2010
The Winnipeg map has been updated with the addition of a new red light camera intersection located at the intersection of Pembina Highway and Chevrier Blvd.
Municipal map coverage extended within the GTA to include the municipality of Toronto and parts of Vaughan.
March 2, 2010
A new coverage map expanding the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to include the municipality of Toronto and Vaughan Ontario is now available. The coverage maps include speed limit information, red light camera intersections, crosswalks, deer crossings, school zones, and playgrounds.
Click here to see the GTA coverage that is now available for the Otto-driving companion GTA and Hamilton Regional Coverage shaded in black over the map image
Expanded GTA coverage maps now available!
February 18th, 2010
New coverage maps expanding the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are now available. These maps include the OakVille-Burlington area within the Peel/Halton Region, and the Markham, Scarborough and Pickering area with the York, North York and Durham Regions. The coverage maps include speed limit information, red light camera intersections, crosswalks, deer crossings, school zones, and playgrounds.
Map updates are also available for the City of Hamilton, and for the Rural Provincial coverage area around the City of Winnipeg.
Victoria and surrounding region - coverage map available!
January 25, 2010
The first release of the region around Victoria British Columbia is now available for your Otto-driving companion. The map includes speed limit information, red light camera intersections, crosswalks, deer crossings, school zones, and playgrounds. The region extends north to Sidney and the airport and east to View Royal and Burnside Rd W.
Winnipeg coverage map updated
January 9, 2010
The Winnipeg coverage map update includes the addition of a red light camera at the intersection of Balmoral St. and Sargent Ave. A speed adjustment on Main Street, near Selkirk Ave., has also been made.
Calgary coverage map updated
December 27, 2009
The Calgary coverage map udpate includes road network updates for the recently extended Stoney Trail (Provincial Highway 201) from Country Hills Blvd NW to 17 Ave SE. Additional road network extension along 16 Ave NE (Highway 1), 32 Ave NE, McKnight Blvd NE, Country Hills Blvd (Provincial Highway 564), Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2), Harvest Hills Blvd NE. have been updated with speed limits. School zones and playgrounds have been updated in the Harvest and Coventry Hills area.
Brandon, Manitoba coverage map now available
December 21, 2009
The first release of the region around Brandon Manitoba is now available for your Otto-driving companion. The map includes speed limit information, as well as crosswalks, deer crossings, school zones, and playgrounds.
New Map coverage areas and map updates available
December 16, 2009
New map coverage areas are now available for the following regions: Montreal (Ile de Montreal from Baie d Urfe to Montreal Est), Mississauga region (407 East of Milton to Hwy 427 East of Pearson Airport), Hamilton region (West of Stoney Creek to Hwy 403 East), and the Greater Capital region around Winnipeg. For greater details on the map coverage areas, click on the following link.
Click here to view the new coverage regions just released.NOTE: New map coverage releases are directed towards Otto-driving companion model PM2626 only. First generation Otto-driving companion models, OM0405, will support one home map only. All new maps contain large numbers of roads and content and only the second generation PM2626 and newer Otto applications can store and process these maps.
Map updates are also available for Winnipeg and Edmonton. Winnipeg map update includes speed zone adjustments on McGillvray Blvd., St. Mary's Road and Dugald Road East near Pth 101. The red light camera alert on Osborne St N near Mostyn Pl. has been removed, and various playground alert extensions have been implemented. The Winnipeg airport speed limit transitions have been adjusted from 30 to 50 km/hr and a crosswalk has been added on Sargent Ave. at Ferry Rd. Edmonton Map updates include changes within Sherwood Park area with speed zone adjustments on Sherwood Drive, Lakeland Drive, Clover Bar Road, Jubiliee Dr., widening of Highway 21 and speed adjustment, school zones at Lakeland Ridge, playgrouds on Jim Common Dr. and Crosswalks along Sherwood Dr. These updates are backwards compatible to the model OM0405 Otto-driving companion.
Map updates available
November 2, 2009
Map updates are available for Winnipeg. Winnipeg map update includes speed zone adjustments on St.Anne's road - between 2 Mile Road and Aldgate Road, Dugald Road - Provincial Highway 15, Highway 59 north of path 101, and a speed zone transition on Waverly st at Bison Ave. The red light camera on St. Mary's Road at Warde has been added as well as a crosswalk on Jubilee at Riverdale Ave, and a school zone on Debourmont Ave between Maginot and Elizabeth. The shopping mall "out of coverage" area zones have been restored to a default "inside coverage area" with a speed limit of 50 kph.
Map updates available
September 8, 2009
Map updates are available for Winnipeg, Regina and Moose Jaw. Winnipeg map update includes speed zone adjustments with opening of Fort Garry Bridge and numerous PTH 101 adjustments, exclusion areas for certain shopping malls, and the addition of playgrounds and the removal of a school zone on Nairin. Regina speed adjustment on Albert and adjustment to RLC on Albert. Moose Jaw map changes include school zone, playground and crosswalk additions as well as 30 km/hr speed zone in park off 9th Ave SW.
Map updates available
May 28, 2009
Map updates are available for Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Kalamzoo. Winnipeg map update includes a speed zone change on Waverley, playground alert adjusments on Henderson Highway and school zone adjustments on Island Shore Blvd. Ottawa map changes include various speed limit adjustments and the addition and adjustment of Red Light Camera controlled intersections.
Winnipeg map update available
April 13, 2009
A map update is available for Winnipeg. The Winnipeg map update includes the speed zone changes along Bishop Grandin in-and-around the Fort Garry Twin bridges, speed zone adjustments on McGillvray and McCreary Road, and additions of a school zone, crosswalk and two playgrounds.
Lethbridge coverage map now available!
February 10, 2009
A map is available for Lethbridge, Alberta. The coverage map includes posted speed limits, school zones, playgrounds, crosswalks, and deer crossings. Hazardous intersection data has not yet been included, and currently there are no fixed red light camera intersections.
Kitchener-Waterloo Map update available and first release of Kalamazoo, Michigan Posted Speed Limit map available.
January 6, 2009
A map update is available for Kitchener-Waterloo. The map update includes the addition of several Red Light Camera alerts and adjustments to some crosswalks and schoolzones. The first version of the Kalamazoo Michigan municipal map is now available. Only posted speed limits have been incorporated into this initial release and there are no other alerts included at this time.
Winnipeg Map update available
January 2, 2009
A map update is available for Winnipeg. The Winnipeg map update includes a Red Light Camera alert for the diamond bus lane on Osborne Street North, speed zone changes, and changes and additions to school and playground areas in Winnipeg.
Otto-driving companion system recognized by CME and NRC-IRAP for innovation!
November 6th, 2008
The Canadian Manufacturers' & Exporters (CME) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC-IRAP) recognized PERSENTECH's innovation activities in the design and development of the Otto-driving companion system. The award was presented at the CME Annual Deputy Ministers' Dinner on November 6th, 2008 at the Fort Garry Hotel. For more http://www.persentech.com/news.html
Device firmware update and Winnipeg Map changes!
October 30, 2008
A device firmware update is now available. This firmware update includes support for OttoLink and OttoView device connections to the Otto-driving companion, and also provides Otto-driving companion model PM2626 devices with an additional trip logging annunciation. This device firmware does not change the Otto-driving companion models OM0405 or OM0405b.
The new trip logging functionality for model PM2626 involves a trip mode reminder, annuciated as either "Personal" or "Business". This reminder will occur immediately after the device is powered-up, if logging is enabled.A map update is also available for Winnipeg. The Winnipeg map update includes speed zone changes, and changes and additions to alerts associated playgrounds.
Map updates available for Winnipeg and Regina; Moose Jaw Saskatchewan map released!
September 8, 2008
Map updates available for Winnipeg and Regina. Winnipeg map update includes speed zone changes, and changes and additions to alerts associated with school zones, playgrounds, crosswalks and a removal of a red light camera. Regina has one speed zone change.
The coverage map for the municipality of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan has been completed and provides most alert notifications with the exception of red light camera intersections, as Moose Jaw does not have any.
Map updates available and support of U.S. maps released on website
July 30, 2008
Map updates available for Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, and Ottawa. Grand Forks ND, East Grand Forks MN, and Palo Alto map available. Idling warning configuration and control feature now available.
Map updates include adjustments and changes in speed limits, school zones, and playgrounds. In Winnipeg, a speed zone adjustment has also been made from 80 km/hr to 60 km/hr on Waverly St. between Sandusky and just north of Bison drive, to accomodate the longer term construction area.
US map support has also been published on the website, allowing users to select between the Imperial (U.S.) and Metric (Canada) systems for speed and mileage calculations. Users will be required to download a new ActiveX control to be able to connect and retrieve the new firmware update for this new functionality.
Coverage in the U.S. is preliminary and currently only Grand Forks ND, East Grand Forks MN, and Palo Alto-Mountain View are available. These coverage areas are published with current speed zones, and some school zones, playgrounds, and crosswalk alerts as made available by the local municipality code and State legislation.
The idling alert functionality released in support of the CST idling study can now be configured and controled via the website. Go to myDevice, "Personalize General Otto Settings" to access the controls.
PERSENTECH awarded patent for “Vehicle Warning System”
April 22, 2008
Persen Technologies Inc. (PERSENTECH) announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued patent number 7,362,239, titled, "Vehicle Warning System."
The patent relates to a vehicle warning system that responds to the speed and position of a vehicle as determined by Global Positioning System (GPS) or other location based system information to alert a vehicle operator of potentially unsafe conditions when either exceeding the speed limit on a given road segment, or when approaching coordinates of a designated location alert point. The system includes a remote server having a segmented database to provide updates and personalization functionality.
For more information, browse to www.persentech.com.
Map update available for Winnipeg plus new data logging feature released!
April 17, 2008
Winnipeg map update includes adjustments and changes in speed limits and playgrounds.
The new data logging feature is available for the model PM2626 of the Otto-Driving Companion. The feature provides for a selection of Business or Personal logging and all report templates available with the OttoLog data are now organized according to business and personal trips. The new feature requires a firmware upgrade for model PM2626 units only, and there are no changes to the model OM0405.
With the new feature on model PM2626 units, depressing the Speed-button (right-most button on the front of the unit) will provide you with an annunciation of the data logging mode, "Business" or "Personal" immediately following the "Point of Interest" annunciation. You can select the data logging mode by pressing the Speed-button immediately after the annunciation of "Business" or "Personal" and it will switch modes.
Technical Support and Development for model OM0405 ends for Road Safety-Data Logging Switching Mode
April 17, 2008
As of April 30, 2008, PERSENTECH will no longer continue to provide technical support towards fixing any issues with the Road Safety-Data Logging switching model. The current dual functionality for the OM0405 model will remain "as-is" on the website and no new developments and bug fixes will be supported. The company will focus on new developments and technical support for the model PM2626 Otto device as well as for new product developments.
Map update available for Calgary plus new map of Airdrie now included with Calgary release!
April 8, 2008
Calgary map update includes speed limit changes, the addition of school zones, and deer crossing alerts. The new map of Airdrie includes speed limits, school zones, playgrounds, crosswalks, hazardous intersection, and deer crossings.
Map update available for Ottawa
February 10, 2008
Update includes speed limit changes, the addition of several Red Light Camera intersections, school zones, playgrounds and deer crossing alerts.
Map update available for Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert
January 21, 2008
Update includes new extension of Anthony Henday (Hwy 216) from St. Albert to Hwy 14. This is a new road with speed limits and deer crossings. Ray Gibbons Drive from 137 Ave NW added within St. Albert corporate limits as well as a number of deer crossings, crosswalks and School Zones.
Thunder Bay coverage area map is now available
January 7, 2008
The Otto-Driving Companion is now operational in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A coverage map including speed limits, deer crossings, crosswalks and a limited number of school zone and playground areas has been released. Note that most school zone areas are speed limited to 40 km/hr. This coverage map includes the new Harbour Expressway (Shabaqua extension of Highway 11/17).
Map update for Winnipeg and new firmware upgrade is now available
December 21, 2007
The Winnipeg map update includes crosswalk changes along Pembina Highway and two speed zone changes, one on Saskatchewan Boulevard and one on Pipeline Road.
The new firmware upgrade includes a new compass feature for model PM2626 units. For model PM2626 units, depressing the Speed-button (right-most button on the front of the unit) will provide you with an annunciation of the compass heading direction immediately following the annunciation of the posted speed limit.
Medicine Hat and the town of Redcliff map released plus updates for Winnipeg and Regina maps available
November 23, 2007
A coverage map for The City of Medicine Hat and the nearby town of Redcliff Alberta is now available for your Otto-Driving Companion. The municipal information include posted speed limits, school zones, playgrounds, crosswalks, deer crossings and hazardous intersections. There are no red light camera controlled intersections in the municipality, but speed enforcement includes mobile photo radar in school and playground areas. All such areas are speed limited to 30 km/hr.
For Winnipeg, a playground was added on Columbia, the RLC intersection at Grassie and Lagimodiere was adjusted, and the 80 km/hr speed slowdown on Pth 101 at Saskatchewan Boulevard was adjusted.
For Regina, an 80 km/hr zone on Highway 1 about Lewvan Drive was added.
Winnipeg and Calgary map updates available
October 9, 2007
For Winnipeg, on Route 90 - Kenaston underpass, speed limit was adjusted at the 60 to 80 transition southbound, and the 80 to 60 km/hr transition northbound; Haney St. speed limit changed from 50 to 30 km/hr; a playground on Raleigh in front of Gateway arena was added; and Highway 101 - Perimeter highway doubling on east side - road and speed limit adjusted.
For Calgary, the RLC at 16 AVE and 10 st NW was adjusted post construction; Deerfoot south of Marquis of Lorne speed limit adjusted to 110 km/hr; and adjustment to RLC at 64th ave and 4th st NE.
Region of Kitchener-Waterloo map released
August 30, 2007
A map of the region of Kitchener-Waterloo is now available on the www.myottomate.com website. The map includes all posted speed limits, crosswalks, red light camera intersections, school zones, hazardous intersections, and some playgrounds. There are no deer crossing alerts released in this version.
Map update available for Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)
August 7, 2007
Addition of Red Light Camera intersections, speed zone changes, school zones and playground zones added, crosswalks added in GVRD area.
Map update available for Winnipeg and Edmonton-Sherwood Park-St. Albert
July 5, 2007
Playgrounds added in Winnipeg, Wpg. airport speed adjustment and Empress St. adjustment. Highway 16 near Cloverbar Rd. adjusted.
Map update available for Edmonton-Sherwood Park-St. Albert
June 26, 2007
Changes to speed limit by-laws along Whitemud at 34th, and Hwy 16, as well as on Shwerwood park fwy. at exit 216 southbound, 50th St. N, and Baseline Road.
Otto Website Registration and Configuration operational again
June 8, 2007
Otto Website Registration and Configuration under maintenance
June 8, 2007
Please note that the website registration, configuration and updates portion of the website are currently being maintained. An update will be posted as soon as the maintenance is completed.
Map update for Edmonton-St.Albert-Sherwood Park available
June 6, 2007
A map update is available for the Edmonton-St. Albert-Sherwood Park area. Please visit www.myottomate.com and select “Login to my Otto” , “myDevice”, and click on “Update and Manage Coverage Maps” to retrieve this update.
Regina Map release and map Updates for Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary are now available
May 23, 2007
The coverage area for the city of Regina has been released and is now available on the www.myottomate.com website. Please note that there are no Wildlife-Deer Crossing alerts in this map release, but all other alert zones are included.
Map updates for Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary are now available and include additions and adjustments to roads and alerts within the coverage maps.
Website Maintenance Notification
May 7, 2007
Please note that the www.myottomate.com website will undergo maintenance on Monday May 7th, 2007, from 9:00 pm until the next day. We apologize for any inconvenience.
BC Conservation Foundation - Wildlife Collision Prevention Program Acknowledges PERSENTECH's Contribution
March 7, 2007
PERSENTECH worked with the BC Wildlife Collision Working Group to develop an Otto device that would be used in-and-around the Prince George area to help record wildlife sightings on local highways. The identification of wildlife locations is used to deploy other wildlife sensor technologies whose aim is to provide alerts and notices to motor vehicles and to commercial transport vehicles of the potential danger areas for a collision.
Click here to view the letter of thanks from the committee
February map updates, sounds and firmware update
February 16, 2007
A map update is available for the Winnipeg and Calgary Regions. Changes to Winnipeg include: Crosswalk alert adjustments, the inclusion of three playground zones including Dalhousie Forest, Anderson Park and Centennial Park, and speed changes around the Winnipeg International Airport with the recent roadway changes. Changes to Calgary include: Red Light Camera intersection changes, several speed zone changes along Barlow Trail near the Calgary International Airport and speed zone changes along Stoney Trail.
Fourteen new sounds have been added to the sound lists. These sounds are displayed next to the alert categories under the myOttohome ? Personalize section of the website. Click on the "drop-down" arrow box next to the “Play this sound” selection and a list of all the languages, voices and alerts appear. The new sounds include a Harley Davidson motorcycle, fog horn, fire truck horn, steam whistle, "beam-me-up" Star Trek sound, Chainsaw sound, school bells, and a number of voice sounds.
There is a firmware update for the Otto model PM2626 only. This firmware update relates to the functionality of the "speed button" on the PM2626 device. In the current operation, pressing the speed button on the PM2626 device results in a menu list being annunciated with the first item being “Speed” followed by “Point of Interest” and “Logging – Enable or Disable”. A second button push is currently required to hear the “Speed Limit” and many of you have commented that you would prefer to hear the posted speed limit immediately after the first button push. The new firmware provides this change in functionality. After downloading this new firmware, a single button push will result in the posted speed limit being annunciated immediately. The other two menu items will be annunciated in the same manner as in current operation.
Lastly, thank you to all those who have taken time to provide us with your feedback on the product and its operation. We post such comments on our website under "Check out Otto --> User Testimonials".
Note on Map Updates with Extended Logging
February 3, 2007
For the Otto model PM2626 only, setting the allocated data logging memory beyound 320 hours may result in insufficient space for map updates. Users experiencing map update problems should check their data logging interval setting.
Go to www.myottomate.com and browse to Configure Otto and then to OttoLog. When a new browser window opens, clink on "connect to Otto". After Otto is connected, click on "Configure Logging on my device", and then click on "Clear/Allocate OttoLog Memory". If you have any log files that you want to keep, make sure you upload these files before continuing. Select the slider and move it down until you set the data logging allocation to 320 hours. Click Continue and the memory will be reformatted for the new setting. Once complete, click Finish and then return to www.myottomate.com, configureOtto, and proceed to update your maps.
This informational and support note applies to Otto model PM2626 units only, and only to those PM2626 units whose data logging allocation has been modified from the factory default of 80 hours. If you have not modified this value, there will be no map update problems with your device.
Map Update for Winnipeg plus New Firmware Update now Available
January 23, 2007
A map update is now available for the Winnipeg Region. This update includes speed zone changes in the Wildwood area, crosswalk modifications, and the addition of a playground alert.
PERSENTECH has also released a new firmware update that includes a performance improvement for initial satellite acquisitions. Connect your Otto to your PC and browse to www.myottomate.com. Select Configure Otto and MyOtto home, and after downloading the latest ActiveX control, click on the "Upgrade Available" link and follow the instructions.
Map Updates, New Feature & New Software AVailable
Login with your Otto to access the latest map updates for your coverage area as well as a new device feature for setting a speed limit outside of the coverage area.
PERSENTECH has also released a software application that will allow you to personalize and configure your Otto from your PC without requiring website access. This software can be downloaded after you login to your myOttohome page to retrieve the new map updates and new feature.
OttoLog services are back online
The OttoLog website is back online and fully functional. It is currently being hosted on a temporary server. To access the site, select OttoLog from the configure Otto menu above.
PERSENTECH is in the process of moving to a faster more reliable server that will provide our customers with better service in the future. We thank you for your patience this past week.
Device Registration & Personalization Operational but OttoLog Services Still Unavailable
The device personalization and map updates are once again accessible, but there may be some interruption in these services as the hosting service support team works on their equipment. The hosting services support team is also investigating the OttoLog connection through this website and such services are still unavailable.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Device Registration and OttoLog Services Temporarily Unavailable
August 19, 2006
Please note that the Service Provider hosting this website is performing maintenance on the equipment and all subscription and OttoLog services will be down until Monday August 21st at the earliest.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Distracted Drivers Behind Most Accidents
CanWest News Services - February 9, 2006
- One million people will die in traffic accidents this year. About 3,000 of them will be Canadian.
- Motor vehicles are the fifth leading cause of death in North America and will condemn thousands of survivors to lives of physical and emotional misery.
- Driver error accounts for 93% of all traffic accidents.
- For thousands of years during the evolution of our species, one or two seconds of inattention didn’t make a difference…but with the advent of the internal combustion engine, and other rapidly moving vehicles, that changed. That means whatever distracts a driver – talking on the phone, drinking coffee, eating, smoking, adjusting the radio, or attending to children – is potentially dangerous because even a fully functioning person doesn’t have the brain power to react quickly enough to avoid an accident seconds away.
Article source: canada.com
Playground zones released for the Alberta market!
February 9, 2006
Map updates for Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer are available that include new playground zone alerts.
Find out what else is new with Otto in our February newsletter.
February 2006 News
Exciting developments for 2006!
January 3, 2006
Map updates for Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer will be available for download on Monday, January 9th.
Playground alerts will be added to various municipalities beginning with Calgary. Users can check back here for a map update on January 31st.
OttoLog™ data logging software is scheduled for release in March. Stay tuned for more details.
An on-line Otto User Survey will be posted shortly and we look forward to getting your feedback and observations.
Happy New Year from the staff of PERSENTECH!