Most car manufacturers now offer telematics in at least their high-end models, and there are 15 million to 16 million connected cars on the road in the U.S. today, says Dominique Bonte of ABI Research, as discussed in the last issue of this magazine. That’s not even 10 percent penetration, he adds, which means telematics has a good long runway ahead of it.
Telematics is expected to race down that runway in the next few years, during which time Bonte says all the major vehicle manufacturers are likely to expand connected car features across their product lines. In five years, he predicts, almost every vehicle shipping in the U.S. will be a connected car.
Here’s a rundown of some of the telematics connectivity, device, and platform providers that are helping make that happen.
AT&T (News - Alert)
Telematics is transforming the way companies manage their businesses. For example, transportation and logistics companies use telematics not only to track the location of their vehicles, but also to identify ways to improve maintenance costs, fuel efficiency, and performance. Similarly, shipping companies can use telematics to pinpoint the location and condition of containers carrying expensive cargo from one port to another. Either way, decision-makers are turning to telematics to help determine how to adequately manage assets and deliver the best customer service possible. AT&T delivers solutions to meet the specific needs of enterprises in a variety of industries. For example, AT&T Fleet Management Solutions help long-haul, private, and commercial trucking companies identify quicker routes for drivers, track hours of service, pinpoint unnecessary idle times, inform the customer of a vehicle’s location, and monitor driver behavior and vehicle conditions to help improve safety. Similarly, AT&T offers M2M solutions for freight companies to help them track expensive cargo and monitor its condition from departure to arrival. Shipping operators can use AT&T M2M technology to determine that each container is where it is supposed to be and trigger an alert when it is not.
The CradlePoint COR Integrated Broadband Router Series is ideal for use within the digital signage market. An affordable, highly-featured compact router designed for critical business and enterprise applications that require 24×7 connectivity, the CradlePoint COR IBR series harnesses affordable, high-bandwidth 4G LTE (News - Alert) to allow digital signage manufacturers greater control. CradlePoint COR IBR series can support a diverse set of applications (digital signage, HVAC, security, content delivery, etc.) that rely on wireless connectivity with a zero-touch management. Deployed within the world’s largest digital signs, CradlePoint COR’s compact size, sleek metal case, mounting bracket, and external mobile broadband antennas provide a distinct advantage in monitoring, updating, and managing the remotely based signage. Using the CradlePoint COR and Enterprise Cloud Manager, CradlePoint’s cloud-based management platform, network administrators can deploy network-ready digital signs for placement virtually anywhere. Enterprise Cloud Manager in conjunction with
CradlePoint COR allows them to activate, configure, deploy, and manage the connectivity of signs from a central location, simplifying the customer experience and reducing IT costs.
Elektrobit is a supplier of automotive software whose track record in automotive software development spans more than two decades. Based in Finland with offices around the world, its automotive business is headquartered in Erlangen, Germany. Elektrobit is a dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing technologies and flexible software platforms, tools and services to help automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Audi, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen deliver the best products and services to meet the needs of drivers today and in the future. Elektrobit also works with a community of industry-leading partners including dSPACE, IBM (News - Alert), Infineon, Microsoft, and QNX to build the next generation of smart, flexible, and cost efficient automotive software solutions. Elektrobit is putting carmakers in the fast lane with its EB GUIDE tools for Human-Machine Interface development; EB street director for smart, connected navigation; EB Assist, which is a driver-assistance technology; EB tresos tools for ECU development; and global engineering teams for software integration.
KORE is the world’s largest wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine connectivity for application solution providers and enterprise customers. KORE maintains a fully redundant, self-healing network and offers 99.999 percent availability. Through its data centers in North America and Asia and a web-based service delivery platform called PRiSMPro, KORE delivers GSM, (SMS, GPRS, EDGE, and HSPA), CDMA (1xRTT and EV-DO), and satellite connectivity. In partnership with multi-national cellular and satellite operator partners, KORE offers Global Connect for cross-border M2M solution deployments. Global Connect features in-country network connectivity across more than 180 countries, as well as low-Earth satellite services for 100 percent global coverage. KORE IntelliRate is a self-adjusting pricing model that accommodates severe usage variability and seasonal usage, and ultra-low cost tariff models for exception-based applications where the tariff is spread across the data used by all of a customer’s remote devices. The company also offers ultra-high use 3G/4G/LTE offerings for bandwidth-intensive services like video surveillance and digital signage. In addition, the company manages certification processes for both CDMA and GSM networks on behalf of its clients, coupling this with specialized design and engineering partner programs. KORE serves the key M2M segments of telematics, security, asset tracking, EPOS, vending and AMI, with special expertise developed in the vertical markets of health care, government, supply chain, logistics, and utilities.
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The Magellan RoadMate RC9496T-LMB is a 7-inch Android GPS truck navigation device with comprehensive fleet protocols including text messaging, hours of service, IFTA fuel logging, and automatic on-board recording. The RoadMate RC9496T-LMB features a 7-inch glass multi-touch screen, serial port, A/V input, Bluetooth, free lifetime map updates, customizable truck routes, multi-stop routing, truck and highway stop POI’s, onboard itinerary planning, multi-driver log-in, and vehicle profile inputs. The RoadMate RC9496T-LMB has a dedicated information dashboard that displays direction, next two turns, elevation, grade change, driving speed, truck speed limit, free lifetime traffic alerts, mile marker, yellow sign warnings, sunrise/sunset, total trip time, ETA, and remaining trip time and distance. Magellan’s Android Fleet application (included on the RoadMate RC9496T-LMB) is available separately for any fleet-ready Android device. Magellan’s Fleet Manager desktop tool enables central office management of device software and map updates, routes and POI’s, and SmartGPS Eco cloud content. SmartGPS Eco cloud delivers time and money saving content for truck/fleet, including IP traffic, fuel stations, weather, and location reminders.
Modus is at the forefront of the insurance telematics industry, helping to shape an automobile insurance market where safety and service, not price, drive consumer consideration and purchase. More than a decade ago, Modus built the first UBI product offering on CDMA networks. Today Modus is one of the only companies with a global network of partners, commercial deployments across all the major U.S. cellular carriers, ongoing programs with major insurance carriers in the United States and Canada and currently expanding into Europe, Australia and Asia. The ModusGo open insurance telematics platform allows customers to work with any data collection or driver scoring model, third-party application or service vendor, or in- house solution. ModusGo features fully integrated driver scoring and reporting capabilities, with logged driving data available to both the user and to the insurer as a deliverable data set. The Modus Distracted Driving Application logs distracted driving events and triggers immediate driver behavior feedback messages via e-mail or app push notifications. This post-trip feedback creates an instant closed loop, helping drivers understand the risks of their distracted driving behavior/smartphone use based on the events that just took place. For
MultiTech has the products and partnerships to help create, connect, and communicate with telematics applications. Most of the company’s external and embedded cellular modems feature the option of GPS and two of its recently released products, the MultiConnect rCell and the MultiConnect Dragonfly, offer enhanced features to support deployed assets. The MultiConnect rCell includes complimentary cloud-based device management allowing customers to remotely monitor, upgrade, and configure their entire device population, resulting in substantially reduced operating costs over time. The MultiConnect Dragonfly is a compact, ready-to-integrate cellular System-on-Module with an onboard processor, allowing developers to host their application and have access to a full suite of interfaces for connecting sensors or other remote assets. Dragonfly comes with an ARM (News - Alert) mbed compatible software library to accelerate development, and will feature pre-designed applications on MultiTech’s recently introduced application store. To simplify deployment, MultiTech also offers custom manufacturing options including kitting, provisioning, and activation.
OBD Solutions is a provider of vehicle on-board diagnostics solutions for businesses, project engineers, and DIY hobbyists. It specializes in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of OBD adapters, cables, software, and development tools. OBD Solutions’ family of OBD adapters, OBDLink, features fast data refresh rates, automatic sleep/wakeup modes minimizing vehicle battery drain, access to single-wire CAN and medium-speed CAN networks in addition to the five standard OBD-II protocols, and strong security. Customers can choose between Bluetooth adapters compatible with Android and Windows PC, or a Wi-Fi adapter compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows PC. Each adapter is powered by a variant of the STN1170 OBD Interpreter IC, which has full support for the ELM327 command set, allowing OBDLink to connect with more OBD-II compliant vehicles compared to generic ELM327-based scan tools. The OBDLink app, which works exclusively with OBDLink adapters, will turn a smartphone or tablet into a sophisticated diagnostic scan tool. OBDLink app allows customers to access, graph, log, and export real-time engine data. Also, the check engine light can be cleared, all diagnostic trouble codes can be read and researched online, and instantaneous and average MPG can be calculated.
OriginGPS is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of miniaturized GNSS modules, antenna modules, and antenna solutions. OriginGPS’ technology improves automotive telematics by enabling automotive OEMs and suppliers to include best-in-class navigation functionality with lower profile components. OriginGPS manufactures two product lines – Hornet and Spider. While both lines feature GPS modules at a micro size, Hornet includes an integrated antenna. Its newest product, Nano Hornet, claims the title of world’s smallest GPS module with an integrated antenna at just 10x10mm and record-breaking height of 3.8mm. Its products feature unparalleled sensitivity and noise immunity by incorporating its proprietary Noise Free Zone technology for faster position fix and navigation stability even under challenging satellite signal conditions. Its products support multi-constellations, which further improve location accuracy, especially when driving through urban canyons. Its optimized receiver and antenna combination decreases the footprint, but also minimizes design risks and reduces time to market.
Offering multiple products that provide turnkey tools and support for building and launching telematics solutions, RacoWireless has made it easy for hundreds of companies to successfully launch telematics products all over the world. Whether starting with application development and connectivity, or managing a robust global fleet, RacoWireless has the tools and expertise needed for telematics success. The company’s Omega Management Suite provides connectivity and data management tools through one easy-to-use platform. With OMS users from all over the world can stay in control of their connected solutions with multiple data providers. Position Logic is integrated with more than 400 different devices; the Position Logic platform allows solution providers to build and offer location-based services in a cloud-based, on-demand environment. Omega DevCloud offers a standardized and secure platform for IoT development. Using the intuitive Omega DevCloud, web developers are able to cut down development time of IoT applications to as little as a few minutes.
Splunk Enterprise is a platform for operational intelligence. By monitoring and analyzing everything from customer clickstreams and transactions to network activity and call records, Splunk Enterprise turns machine data into valuable insights. Like many other types of sensor data, telematics data is often hard to process and analyze using traditional technologies. With Splunk Enterprise, users can collect and index telematics data or any other machine-generated data from virtually any source or location in real time. This includes data streaming from packaged and custom applications, application servers, web servers, databases, wire data from networks, virtual machines, telecoms equipment, operating systems, sensors and much more. Splunk Enterprise has allowed companies such as Ford and Volkswagen to harness telematics data for connected car projects. Volkswagen Data Lab connected Volkswagen e-Up cars to Splunk Enterprise to analyze and visualize data in real time. Volkswagen was able to see a real-time map of driving patterns to discern anomalies to improve the driving experience for auto owners. In addition, Ford used Splunk Enterprise for a collaborative Connected Car Dashboards project that collected and analyzed data from vehicles to gain insight into driving patterns and vehicle performance.
Sprint is a leader in M2M technology, offering a wide range of solutions to the transportation, retail and insurance industries, to name a few. Sprint features a robust portfolio of fleet, trailer, and asset management solutions that help businesses improve safety, do more with less, and provide real-time information with a birds-eye view of where their valuable assets are and how they are performing. The M2M portfolio includes applications created for retailers to increase basket spend, engage shoppers with self-service options, and reward loyal shoppers. These include wireless point-of-sale systems used to collect money; back up networks; automated teller machines; vending solutions; and data analytics tied to digital signage, video walls and kiosks. Sprint is also recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative capabilities, including the comprehensive Sprint Driver Development Solutions suite for insurance companies. Whether using the cloud or a server-based application, insurance providers can generate driver risk profiles, enabling deeper relationships with their consumer customers through interactive driver feedback and coaching portals. Sprint supports customized M2M solutions with CDMA technology spanning its 2G, 3G and 4G networks, specialized engineering teams, an open and collaborative approach, with an ever expanding M2M ecosystem.
The Symphony Teleca
The Symphony Teleca InSight Connect Over-The-Air solution provides automakers and Tier 1 suppliers with a secure, robust and highly efficient platform for performing software updates independent of network type, hardware, OS, software and applications. The rising software complexity in modern cars poses a new challenge to automotive companies - fixing software issues and deploying new functionality in a safe and cost effective manner. Smart tools and systems to manage software configurations and updates are getting more important with quality control and security integrity of the software being key. The Symphony Teleca InSight Connect OTA is a comprehensive end-to-end management solution that provides automotive grade, reliable, cost effective, application and software provisioning and maintenance, integrated with the OEM's existing systems throughout the connected car lifecycle.
UIE CloudConnect is a comprehensive in-vehicle infotainment platform that can seamlessly link and deliver content and services to the vehicle. The cloud-based solution and enabling connectivity technologies seek to establish an emerging IVI standard to manage content and provide vehicle owners safe and secure access to third-party applications. The UIE CloudConnect platform is certified at the world¹s highest safety and security levels, providing third-party developers a way to develop and deploy with
confidence. The platform includes service middleware, smartphone applications, and a content aggregation framework. UIEvolution's solution provides streamlined multimodal connectivity options that enable OEMs to create a personalized experience and direct
relationship with the customer. UIE CloudConnect leverages the best
capabilities of embedded telematics with specific features that include content aggregation service and developer support programs, multimodal connectivity options for real-time content, in-vehicle HMI technology and application policy management software, an out of the box suite of white-label applications, remote management of vehicle features (location, door unlock, diagnostics and more), customizable B2B and B2C responsively designed portal sites, a custom-branded application storefront with developer publishing tools, and a branded HMI design for both mobile and in-vehicle applications.
Edited by Maurice Nagle