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3 October 2017 – Technology and product design firm Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) has worked with GPS mapping pioneer Satmap Systems on a groundbreaking handheld sports GPS device. The Satmap Active 20 device offers unrivalled waterproofing and impact protection, as well as very long battery life and multiple wireless interfaces. It is also the first device of its class to be fully dual control – touchscreen or button operated.

The new features make the Active 20 ideal for navigation in extreme environments where users may be wearing thick gloves and demand extended periods of operation. The wireless capability also improves safety by allowing expedition team members to share their locations.

CDP’s track record of working on previous Satmap Active products made it the natural choice when Satmap decided to create a new generation of its innovative GPS mapping devices. The challenge was to incorporate new technology to give customers a whole host of advanced features – without compromising on their existing favourites.

The technology also had to potentially work across other products in the Active range that in future may target new markets, in addition to the traditional customer base of professional military users, mountain rescue personnel, and mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts.

“Our first step was to gain human factors insights and gather customer feedback from previous models to feed into the design process,” said Mike Beadman, one of CDP’s founding partners. “Our industrial design team then worked to maintain and enhance the brand, while our engineers integrated the new functionality and developed the mechanical design to meet the extreme requirements of Satmap customers.”

Proof-of-concept test rigs ensured the new device achieved an IP68 waterproof rating – meaning it can be underwater for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5m. And the custom Gorilla Glass touchscreen within the ultra-rugged case design exceeds US military MIL-STD-810G drop-test specification and IK7 grading in impact tests – demonstrating it can withstand a 500g steel ball dropped from a height of 400mm.

“The Active 20 represents a significant advance in the realm of dedicated handheld sports GPS devices – bringing very high performance and unrivalled flexibility to outdoor GPS users,” said Howard Dyson, managing director and founder of Satmap.

“Working with CDP enabled us to set new standards of dual touchscreen and button control, superb mapping and best-in-class GPS performance – all combined within a very robust platform. The Active 20 is a huge leap forward for GPS users’ enjoyment and safety in the great outdoors.”


Notes for editors

Cambridge Design Partnership is a technology and product design partner focused on helping clients grow their businesses. Some of the world’s largest companies trust CDP to develop their most important innovations. Located in both Cambridge (UK) and in Palo Alto, California (US), CDP specialises in the consumer products, healthcare, energy and industrial equipment markets. Its multidisciplinary staff have the expert knowledge to identify opportunities and tackle the challenges its clients face. For more information, visit:

Satmap Systems has pioneered innovative new GPS mapping devices since 2007 and was the first to bring full high-res colour topographic raster mapping (especially the complete Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer series) to this class of GPS. Satmap serves several primary user bases, including outdoor walking and hiking, ski trekking, mountain bikers and bike touring, and mountain and lowland rescue services (including search dog teams), along with other professional users including the military, police forces and other security services. For more information, visit:

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