Frquently Asked Questions

IBEX Outdoor Navigation Systems

Here you will find answers to your questions (FAQs) regarding the subject of Falk Outdoor navigation. Please select one of the subject areas listed below.
The navigation device is a kind of mini-computer that contains a GPS satellite navigation receiver. This allows the device to determine its current position. At least four received satellites are required, to perform acceptable navigation. The fifth satellite is used to determine the altitude. Since the navigation is carried out in a dynamic state, there is hardly any constant reception quality. It can therefore constantly change from five to twelve satellites. The maps, which can be seen on the screen, are located directly on the navigation device (Flash-ROM). or on an external memory card. The navigation software makes sure that the current position appears on a map. With an additional TMC (Traffic Message Channel) receiver, you can traffic messages are processed. A navigation device calculates according to certain specifications, e.g. pedestrian zones, 30 zones, traffic-calmed Zones, restricted areas, etc., the best route for navigation. This can be, but does not have to be, with your known the route will match. There are no shortest or fastest routes in this sense. The navigation system calculates only optimal routes with a focus on duration or route length.

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free project that collects freely usable geodata for everyone (Open Data). With the help of this data world maps can be calculated or special maps can be derived and used for navigation. AUT ÖsterreichBEL BelgienBGR BulgarienCHE Schweiz + LiechtensteinCZE TschechienDEU DeutschlandDNK DänemarkESP Spanien + GibraltarFRA Frankreich + Monaco + Andorra GBR GroßbritannienHRV KroatienHUN UngarnIRL IrlandITA Italien + San Marino + VatikanstadtLUX LuxemburgNLD NiederlandePOL PolenThe base map Plus is based on these data. OSM data are specially adapted and extended to our proven IBEX board technology. Further information about the IBEX Outdoor maps can be found here.

All IBEX Outdoor maps are vector maps. They are digital maps which are very clear, as detailed information such as street names only appear when zooming in. Vector maps are routable and show you exactly how to get to your destination, whereas a raster map is a photo of a paper map and can only be used for navigation by assigned coordinates. Raster maps are not routable and are therefore more suitable for planning than for navigating. Raster maps are available via the MagicMaps software.

The Quickstart Guide included in the scope of delivery is a short manual, so you can use the navigation device with the most important functions within a very short time. For further information, a detailed manual is available. This manual is stored on your navigation device or can be downloaded from our Service & Support pages.

Please install the latest version of Falk Activity Manager. All current IBEX navigation devices are recognized by Windows as removable media and appear as new drives on the desktop. No ActiveSync or Mobile Device Center is required for these devices. Simply connect the IBEX navigation device to your computer using the supplied USB cable. Turn on the device before connecting it to your computer. If your device is not recognized by Windows, please restart your navigation device by keeping the on/off switch pressed for 5s.

Mac systems are not supported, but access to the internal memory is still possible. Please make sure you have the latest MAC OS version installed, some older MAC OS versions may cause problems.

Virus scanners can block access to files on the device. In this case, please set up an exception rule in your antivirus program.

The Falk Activity Manager was originally developed by United Navigation GmbH and can no longer be further developed by us, but is fully functional except for the map display in the GPX Manager. To display tours on your PC, please use the Falk tour portal.

Our outdoor navigation devices contain map data from the free map project OpenStreetMap (OSM). In exceptional cases, the street cannot be assigned to the city due to the data structure in OSM. A partial location cannot be assigned to a location, which in means that the corresponding street is not found if you only search for the location. Try to enter the district instead.

If no backup of the device data is desired during an update, you can simply press ‘Cancel’ in the Activity Manager. The backup will then be skipped, but the update will still be performed.