Navigon is a Germany based producer of geo spatial data infrastructure, starting out in 1991. With offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, the company employs more than 400 people. Navigon introduced several statistics for spatial data firsts into the world of geographic data technologies. In 2000, for example, public geodata service helped Navigon to be launched as the first navigation software to be used on the pocket PC.
TomTom is a Dutch manufacturer of automotive navigation systems, or sat navs to be used in the car. The company was founded in 1991 and sold business applications such as geographic data science, meter readers and barcode readers up until 1996 when the company started delving into PDA and spatial data infrastructure. The first actual sat nav was released in 2002 – the TomTom Navigator.