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1. (WO2010075879) NAVIGATION DEVICE & METHOD
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CLAIMS

1. A navigation device comprises a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver for receiving GNSS signals broadcast by satellites of a GNSS, a wireless receiver or a connection arranged to be connected to a wireless receiver for receiving broadcast signals transmitted by base stations of a wireless network and a processing device arranged to:- i) obtain information on a country in which the navigation device is located; and ii) selectively, based on the country, obtain from the broadcast signal information on a time zone in which the navigation device is located, determine a seed position from the time zone information; and control the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

2. A navigation device according to claim 1, wherein the seed position is a centroid of an area defined by a time zone and borders of a country/territory.

3. A navigation device according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the processing device is arranged to: a) for the current location, obtain information on the identity of the wireless network(s) from which the wireless receiver can receive broadcast signals; b) determine a seed position from the information on the identity of the wireless network(s); and c) control the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

4. A navigation device according to claim 3, wherein the seed position determined in step (b) is a centroid of an area defined by wireless network coverage and borders of a country/territory.

5. A navigation device according to claim 3 or claim 4, wherein the processing device is arranged to selectively carry out one of either step (ii) or steps (a) and (b) to locate GNSS satellites.

6. A navigation device according to any one of claims 1 to 5, further comprising memory having stored thereon a list of selected countries and the processing device is arranged to identify from the broadcast signal a country code and, based on whether the country/territory associated with the identified country code corresponds to one of the countries in the list of selected countries, determine the seed position from the time zone information or/and the information on the identity of the wireless network(s).

7. A navigation device according to claim 6, wherein the selected list of countries comprises a first list of countries, wherein if the country/territory associated with the identified country code corresponds with a country/territory on the first list, the seed position is determined from the time zone information and a second list of countries, wherein, if the country/territory associated with the identified country code corresponds with a country/territory on the second list, the seed position is determined from the information on the identity of the wireless network(s).

8. A navigation device according to claim 6 or claim 7, wherein the selected list of countries comprises one or more of Russian Federation, Canada, People's Republic of China, United States of America, Federative Republic of Brazil, Commonwealth of Australia, Republic of India, Argentine Republic, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Sudan, Republic of Chile, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Republic of Indonesia, Greenland and Democratic Republic of Congo.

9. A navigation device according to claim 7, wherein the first list comprises a list of countries that extend across more than one time zone.

10. A navigation device according to claim 7, wherein the second list comprises a list of countries that require more than one seed position because of the countries length.

11. A navigation device according to any one of claims 6 to 10, wherein the memory comprises a data map that maps the country code, time zone information and /or information on the identity of the wireless networks to seed positions.

12. A navigation device according to claim 3, wherein the processing device is arranged to: i) identify from the broadcast signal a country code and identify a country/territory using the country code, ii) if the identified country/territory is in an exclusive list of countries, then obtain information on the identity of the wireless network(s) from which the wireless device can receive broadcast signals and determine a seed position from the information on the identity of the wireless network; else, if the identified country/territory extends across more than one time zone then obtain information on a time zone from the broadcast signal and determine a seed position from the country code and the time zone information; else determine a seed position from the country code only; and iii) control the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

13. A navigation device according to claim 12, wherein i) if the country code is the only available information, the seed position is the centroid of the country/territory, ii) if the country is not in the exclusive list and both country code and time zone information is available, the seed position is the centroid of the area defined by the borders of the country and the time zone , iii) if the country is in the exclusive list and both country code and network coverage information is available, the seed position is at the centroid of the network coverage, and iv) if the country is in the exclusive list and network coverage information is unavailable, the seed position is the centroid of the country.

14. A navigation device according to claim 13, comprising a user input and the processing device is arranged to obtain information on a location of the GNSS device from the user input and determine a seed position from the location information.

15. A navigation device according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein, the memory of the navigation device has stored therein previous time zone information and the processing device is arranged to identify from a current broadcast signal received by the wireless receiver current time zone information, and if the current time zone information does not match the previous time zone information, the processing device determines a seed position from the current time zone information, otherwise the processing device controls the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on last position information stored in memory.

16. A navigation device comprises a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver for receiving GNSS signals broadcast by satellites of a GNSS, a wireless receiver or a connection arranged to be connected to a wireless receiver for receiving broadcast signals transmitted by base stations of a wireless network and a processing device arranged:- i) for the current location, obtain information on the identity of the wireless networks from which the cellular device can receive broadcast signals; ii) determine a seed position from the information on the identity of the wireless network(s); and iii) control the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

17. A navigation device according to claim 16, wherein the seed position is a centroid of an area defined by wireless network coverage and borders of a country/territory .

18. A navigation device according to claim 16 or claim 17, wherein the memory of the navigation device has stored therein previous wireless network information and the processing device is arranged to identify from a current broadcast signal received by the wireless receiver current wireless network information, and if the current wireless network information does not match the previous wireless network information, the processing device determines a seed position from the current wireless network information, otherwise the processing device controls the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on last position information stored in memory.

19. A navigation device comprises a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver for receiving GNSS signals broadcast by satellites of a GNSS, a user input and a processing device arranged to i) obtain information on a location of the GNSS device from the user input; ii) determine a seed position from the location information; and iii) controlling the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

20. A navigation device according to claim 19, wherein the memory of the navigation device has stored therein previous location information and the processing device is arranged to identify from the location information input by the user and if the location information input by the user does not match the previous location information, the processing device determines a seed position from the location information input by the user information, otherwise the processing device controls the GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on last position information stored in memory.

21. A method of locating satellites of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) visible at a location comprising:- i) receiving broadcast signals emitted by base stations of a wireless network; ii) obtaining information on a country in which the navigation device is located; iii) selectively, based on the country, obtaining information on a time zone of the location, determining a seed position from the time zone information, and controlling a GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

22. A method of locating satellites of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) visible at a location comprising:- i) receiving broadcast signals emitted by base stations of a wireless network; ii) for the current location, obtain information on the identity of the wireless network(s) for which broadcast signals have been received; iii) determining a seed position from the information on the identity of the wireless networks; and iv) controlling a GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

23. A method of locating satellites of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) visible at a location comprising :- i) obtaining information on the location from a user input; ii) determining a seed position form the location information; and iii) controlling a GNSS receiver to acquire GNSS satellites based on the determined seed position.

24. A data carrier having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by a processing device, cause the processing device to carry out the method of any one of the claims 21 to 23.