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Ensign Bus Reduces Near Collisions by 57 Percent with Lytx DriveCam® Video Safety Programme, 54 Percent Reduction in Scored Driving Events

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The M25 bottleneck east of London is a massive inconvenience to most drivers, but to Ensign Bus Company, it can rapidly become a “complete nightmare.” The M25/A13 junction’s slow-moving traffic and the QE2 bridge frequently push traffic onto local roads that can too often put Ensign’s 120 drivers into conflict with impatient road users, which can quickly lead to risky driving behaviours or, worse still, potential collision events.

But, since adopting the Lytx DriveCam Video Telematics Programme, near collisions have decreased 57 percent for Ensign Bus.

The Lytx DriveCam safety programme is a comprehensive video telematics solution that combines video capture of road incidents such as hard braking or sudden swerving, data analysis of those incidents, and personalised coaching insights to enable fleet managers to improve driving behaviour to help prevent those incidents. The net result is reductions of collision-related costs by up to 80 percent.

Reversing Upward Trends in Insurance Claims

Ensign Bus Company’s Driver Training and Standards Manager Mark Turner-Monk is responsible for developing and driving forward the company’s Lytx programme. Ensign’s directors searched for a solution to improve the already good, safe driving behaviour of their operators. As an award-winning medium-size bus operator in the UK, it was important to Ensign to further reduce the potential risks of operating their growing fleet on some of the most congested roads in the UK.

“Insurance costs are rising in our industry,” said Turner-Monk. “Insurance claims in general are on the rise with more and more alleged accidents and passenger falls. Our policy premiums were going through the roof and we had to demonstrate to our insurance company that we were doing everything we could to limit our exposure to claims.”

Ensign first installed a telematics solution which produced what Turner-Monk called mountains of useless data. “It would tell us there was a hard brake incident at, say, 9:55 on Tuesday. But, what happened? We hadn’t a clue. How do you take action based on raw data alone?  We needed to know the root cause to attempt to prevent it from happening again. As Driving Standards Manager, I need to know who was driving, where they were, and what had happened inside and outside the bus immediately before and during the incident. The raw telematics data system just didn’t give me the information that I needed to help my drivers understand and improve their driving.”

It wasn’t until they installed the Lytx DriveCam programme that they were able to pinpoint the drivers who represented the most risk, and help them improve their safe driving behaviour.

“DriveCam is a training tool, not a disciplinary tool,” said Turner-Monk. “We look after our drivers – they’re individuals, not numbers. We want them to arrive home safely and to be able to put food on the table for their families. We’re helping them protect their livelihoods by becoming better drivers.  The Lytx DriveCam video is the first step in our extensive training programme.”

Showing Both What Happened and Why It Happened

The DriveCam video, Turner-Monk said, tells both what happened and more importantly, why it happened. “You can take action on the why – now we don’t have to fight through mountains of irrelevant data to find what happened and the associated risks,” he said. By coaching drivers with specific data-backed insights, Ensign Bus Company reduced its overall coachable driving events by 54 percent.

It’s also helped them take pre-emptive action with local officials to fix traffic trouble spots. Turner-Monk described one road junction with a dedicated bus lane separate from the adjacent consumer vehicle lane that presented a problem for drivers.  It was by reviewing the DriveCam footage that Ensign had the proof it needed to tackle the problem.

“The sensors on the light were faulty, clearing the other lane too early, before our bus could make it through the junction,” he said. “Within the first week of having the DriveCam system, we had two incidents at that junction. We were able to take the video to the local authority who could see for themselves that the sensors weren’t working properly. That’s the value of the video! We could see it wasn’t a driver issue at all. It saved us so much hassle from collisions that would have otherwise taken place at that spot.”

Turner-Monk also appreciates the speed with which DriveCam data and video are delivered. Once captured, clips are uploaded and analysed by reviewers, who then deliver the clips along with coaching insights to a web-based workspace. “We know quickly what happened and why. We can identify and address the issue and get on with coaching the driver concerned,” he said, adding that the ability to coach drivers using a tablet further enhances the speed of event resolution.

Their insurance company also likes the programme, and they’ve seen claims-related events with passengers drop by one-third, he said. “They like what’s happening – we’re moving in the right direction.” The video footage and telematics data is playing an increasing roll in dispute resolution and claim handling by Ensign Bus Company’s underwriters.

An additional benefit to the DriveCam programme, Turner-Monk said, is the ability to identify and recognise good drivers. “We’ve had one driver who’s never triggered a coachable event, despite long shifts, a myriad of different buses and driving ALL our different routes,” he said. “He’s a model to the company.”

About Lytx
At Lytx® we harness the power of data to change human behaviour and help good companies become even better. Our flagship product, Lytx DriveCam® sets the standard for driver safety in the industries we serve. We protect more than 2,200 commercial and government fleet clients worldwide who drive billions of miles. We enable our clients to realise significant ROI by lowering operating and insurance costs, while achieving greater efficiency and compliance. Most of all, we strive to help save lives – on our roads and in our communities, every day. Lytx has offices in the UK and is privately held and headquartered in San Diego. For more information, visit www.lytx.com, @LytxUK on Twitter, or on our YouTube channel.

Source: Lytx

KORE and Cooltrax Partner to Provide Uninterrupted Real-Time Cold Chain Management

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Leaders in IoT Infrastructure and Real-Time Cold Chain Management Deliver Seamless Temperature Reporting for Fixed and Mobile Assets

KORE, the people powering IoT innovations and opportunities, today announced an expanded partnership with Cooltrax, the leader for real-time cold chain management of fixed, mobile, and product-level assets. KORE’s reliable, seamless network coupled with Cooltrax’s cold chain management solutions help provide real-time information for cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, allowing for less food waste and increased food safety. Along with the partnership, KORE is assisting Cooltrax to obtain AT&T LTE network certification.

Cooltrax’s suite of products, powered by the KORE network, track the location of refrigerated trailers and perishable products. Their solutions also monitor all performance aspects of refrigerator units, delivering independent temperature monitoring using combined telemetry and wireless technologies. Cooltrax solutions monitor the temperature in real time in cold storage warehouses, retail and food-service refrigeration units and other climate controlled facilities using wireless tags and readers. For cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, it’s imperative to have up-to-date information on temperature, location and functionality to avoid possible food safety issues and the loss of product due to spoiling.

KORE enables all Cooltrax solutions and products to deliver real-time business intelligence to supply chain managers through a single, web-based interface, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. The Cooltrax Business Intelligence platform allows for customized real-time and scheduled reporting on event-based conditions including geocode/fence activity, door opening activity, temperature monitoring point variations and a variety of other events, allowing for constant control and overview of assets and environmental performance within the cold chain.

“With the 2G sunset and eventual discontinuation of 3G, it’s imperative that our solutions operate at the highest level. KORE’s LTE offering enables us to deliver the service our customers demand,” said Chris Hughes, president, Cooltrax. “KORE has been an invaluable partner in enabling service provider certification for our solutions. Our customers need real-time information on temperatures, locations and overall cold chain asset visibility and performance and KORE allows us to provide that information seamlessly.”

“Secure, managed connectivity is a critical element in cold chain management,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE. “Our longstanding relationship with Cooltrax has focused on supporting their in-service business goals, which demand the long-term service assurance of LTE services provided by KORE over its global hub and helps provide critical solutions for cold chain businesses to ensure high standards and safe delivery to their customers.”

To learn more about how KORE can help you with device certification and your secure, managed fleet tracking connectivity needs, please visit http://www.koretelematics.com.

About KORE

KORE provides the people, expertise and technology to support the many visions of the IoT, from the Inspiration of Things to the Innovation of Things to the Internet of Things. Founded in 2003, KORE quickly rose to become the world’s largest managed network services provider specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. Today, KORE is a global leader in software service and platforms that power the IoT, with millions of active on-network units. KORE is the brand powering other leading brands, including some of the world’s largest enterprise customers. KORE’s singular customer-centric focus is to identify and develop solutions that help clients realize IoT innovations and accelerate time-to-market schedules. KORE has over 350 people who serve customers in 110 countries, empowering new business models and opportunities to monetize the IoT. KORE: the people powering IoT. For more information, visit www.korewireless.com, read the KORE blog and connect with KORE on LinkedInGoogle+Facebook,TwitterYouTube and Vimeo.

About Cooltrax

Cooltrax brings unique value and confidence to its customers by providing comprehensive wireless temperature monitoring, GPS-based asset tracking, and web-enabled business intelligence tools to better manage and control the physical quality and informational integrity of their cold chain operations. For additional information, please visit the Cooltrax website at www.cooltrax.com.

Source; Kore/Cootrax

Over Half A Million Pounds Of Stolen Light Commercial Vehicles Recovered In 2016

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  • Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) worth over half a million pounds were recovered by TRACKER in 2016
  • The average LCV value was £19,333
  • 44% of the vehicles were stolen using the owner’s keys and 44% of them were stolen and recovered in London
  • The Ford Transit accounted for over 50% of all LCVs recovered by TRACKER

According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation,) Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) made up over half a million pounds of the overall recoveries in 2016. The Ford Transit was the most popular van stolen last year and accounted for over half of the LCV recoveries made by TRACKER. The stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert is urging business owners to ramp up the security on their vans.

The latest figures reveal the average value of vans stolen and recovered was £19,333, with 44% being stolen using the owner’s keys. Furthermore, London was the hot spot for van thieves in 2016 as 44% were stolen in the Capital.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER, comments, “A high number of vans are stolen in the UK every year, and our latest figures highlight just how much of an impact this can have on businesses. Nearly five and a half thousand Ford Transits were stolen in the UK last year, which is a thousand more than the previous year. Additionally, Mercedes Sprinters are proving to be equally as attractive to organised criminal gangs.

“The theft of a van can hit companies really hard regardless of their size, such as the loss of valuable tools and equipment, loss of business and costs associated with hiring a replacement, so van operators really need to consider protecting their vehicles with TRACKER’s market leading SVR technology.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for nearly 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

“Although using a TRACKER may not stop vehicles from being stolen in the first place, it dramatically increases the likelihood of it being recovered before it’s too late,” concludes Andy Barrs.

Source: Tracker

Zubie Partners RepairPal to Deliver Real-Time Car Repair Information

 

Telematics leader Zubie joins forces with RepairPal® to deliver real-time car repair information and access to certified repair shops

    

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Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics provider, today took another step forward in delivering on the promise of the connected car, announcing its partnership with RepairPal®, the place to find high-quality, trustworthy auto repair shops.

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Through the integration with RepairPal, users of the Zubie app — fleet operators, consumers and others — will have unprecedented transparency into what the “check engine light” is indicating and what action to take. The app displays not only the cause of the warning light in simple language everyone can understand, but also the severity of the problem, and an estimated cost to fix. The app includes a list of RepairPal Certified shops in the area, making it simpler to quickly schedule an appointment with a reliable, fair-priced repair shop. The RepairPal Certified network currently has nearly 2,000 shops nationwide. The app removes the unknown from dealing with car repairs — an ongoing source of car ownership frustration — making it easier than ever for Zubie customers to manage their vehicle repairs and get the help they need, when they need it.

“Together with RepairPal, we are bringing an unforeseen level of transparency to the service and repair experience for vehicle owners,” said Zubie CEO Gary Tucker. “This is just one more way that Zubie is able to make driving safer and worry-free for all of our customers.”

“Zubie’s technology is able to link customers with the RepairPal Certified network, getting them the assistance they need, when they need it most,” said Art Shaw, RepairPal CEO. “This is a powerful integration of leading technologies that can connect customers with a repair shop they can trust.”

About Zubie

Zubie, Inc. is a connected-car services and data insights company that powers business enterprises with real-time information about vehicles and drivers. Its solutions are tailored for the automotive, insurance and fleet industries, as well as consumers and small businesses. The company, formed in 2012, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with its business operations in Charleston, South Carolina. Zubie was the winner of the “2015 Best Insurance Telematics Product” award from TU Automotive, and the 2016 Tech CARS award for “Best OBDII Device with Software and Services” from Auto Connected Car. Visit Zubie.com for more information.

About RepairPal

RepairPal’s mission is to help consumers find the best auto repair shops that employ highly trained technicians, and to get fair prices for auto repair. Launched in 2007, RepairPal is the web’s most popular site for auto repair, and also the largest network of independent auto repair shops. All RepairPal Certified shops are pre-screened for quality, tools, training, and a commitment to honor the price guidelines set by RepairPal’s Fair Price Estimator©. RepairPal’s patented estimator shows consumers the fair price range for their repair in their neighborhood.

Source: Zubie

Prestige cars no longer passé with car thieves

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A whopping 32% of all stolen vehicles recovered by TRACKER in 2016 were valued at less than £5,000.  The age, mileage and even brand of a vehicle doesn’t appear to matter to vehicle thieves as much as motorists may think, which should serve as a stark warning to the average car owner, advises stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER.

Interestingly, confirming the demise of the prestige car as the thieves’ number one target, the average value of cars stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was just over £16,000, down from over £19,000 in 2015 – a 13% drop in value.  Over £11.5 million worth of stolen vehicles were returned by TRACKER to their rightful owners last year, a notable 10% year-on-year increase for TRACKER.

Whilst the most expensive car recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG worth £120,000, the reality is that less than 1% of stolen vehicles TRACKER recovers are worth between £75,000-£120,000.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER and a former Chief Superintendent for South Yorkshire Police, comments, “Understandably, many vehicle owners think that organised car thieves typically target high end prestige cars. Yet our data tells us that criminals continue to target more affordable, popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models. Indeed, these were stolen in record numbers last year, with the lowest value car stolen and recovered being a VW Golf worth £400.

“If people think their car isn’t worth enough for thieves to steal it, think again. 3 out of 4 stolen cars we recovered were worth less than £20,000.  The message for all motorists is to protect their car from thieves or as we say at TRACKER – if you love it, track it!”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for over 20 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Orange Business Services helps innovative UK start-up Stonelin bring its IoT tracking technology to market

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  • Stonelin on track to launch three tracking devices
  • Orange to provide Europe and Asia IoT services over five years

Orange Business Services is supporting UK-based start-up Stonelin Communications in launching a trio of tracking devices designed to tap into diverse opportunities in the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market. The services will improve automotive, patient and worker safety and performance.

Orange will provide IoT connectivity services to Stonelin in Europe and Asia over the next five years. Orange Business Services has been involved closely with Stonelin since the prototype stages of the devices, providing advice on optimal IoT connectivity solutions. Stonelin has already run successful trials using Orange SIM technology for the new devices in strategic locations across the globe.

Stonelin plans to launch its first product – V-Trak – a  low-cost aftermarket vehicle tracker, designed for fleet managers to monitor vehicle location and driver vehicle performance, in the first half of 2017. Unlike other fleet vehicle trackers on the market, it does not require any special fittings, which means there is no time lost while the car is off the road.

This will be followed by the launch of D-Trak, a dementia and Alzheimer’s ‘lost person’ wearable tracking device with unique power management features that can track and locate patients when they wander. A base station will act as a charger to the tracker via Bluetooth, allowing the device to stay in low-power consumption mode, until a virtual fence set up by the patient’s caregiver is breached.

Last, Stonelin will release W-Trak, a tracker for carergivers working in the homecare sector where they are employed to look after people’s health and welfare needs. The tracker will monitor how much time the caregiver spends travelling and how much time is spent in each person’s home.

These innovative tracking technologies are built on the success of Pettorway, a real-time GPS pet tracker, which was developed by Stonelin’s founders.

“With our planned IoT portfolio, performance is paramount. As a start-up, the Orange experience in GPS tracking, IoT connectivity and connected device data support has been invaluable in the development of our tracking products and will ensure they realize their full potential,” explained Steven Stone, managing director, Stonelin.

“We are proud to support Stonelin with their innovative tracking technology. As a global provider, we can support them with accurate and wide scale IoT coverage. And with our Datavenue IoT and data analytics offer, we look forward to helping companies like Stonelin capitalize on the ever-increasing connected world and data explosion,” commented Helmut Reisinger, executive vice president, International at Orange Business Services.

Download an image of the V-Trak here

Source: Orange Business Services

Masternaut partner with Vauxhall for pre-installed Telematics

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Exclusive partnership with Vauxhall for pre-installed telematics

18 May 2017 – Vauxhall / Opel and Masternaut have announced an exclusive partnership to provide fleet telematics services to commercial vans. As of May 2017, businesses can purchase Opel and Vauxhall vans with Masternaut’s telematics devices pre-installed, eliminating deployment time, hassle, and cost. These vehicles are then managed via the industry-leading platform Masternaut Connect, which helps customers realise substantial gains in safety, savings, service excellence, and sustainability. This offer will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

The benefits in short:

  • Management of commercial fleet data via a powerful B2B software platform
  • Customers avoid the cost, hassle and time of installing telematics
  • One partner to talk to – get everything from the Opel or Vauxhall dealership

Industry game-changer

This partnership doesn’t only help Vauxhall respond to business customers’ needs, it is a significant milestone for the rapidly growing commercial fleet telematics industry. Industry analysts estimate that over 10 million commercial vehicles in Europe will be managed with telematics by 2020, representing growth of 20% per year. Part of this growth will come from reducing hurdles to deployment, which include taking productive vehicles off the road and incurring separate installation charges.

The CEO of Masternaut, Dhruv Parekh, believes that pre-installed telematics is a game changer: “The telematics industry has witnessed impressive growth in recent years, but many companies still want easier installation. Despite its proven benefits, telematics is still only installed in a tenth of European commercial vehicles. We are proud to partner exclusively with Opel and Vauxhall to bring Masternaut’s leading technology to market in a simple and efficient way.”

With connected car and autonomous vehicle trends accelerating quickly, vehicle manufacturers are investing heavily in technology development and strategic partnerships. Opel and Vauxhall are part of GM, the second OEM to partner with market leader Masternaut, following PSA Group’s Peugeot, Citroën and DS. While Vauxhall use their own technology for cars, they sought an experienced partner to serve their business customers’ light commercial vehicles.

Technology that saves time, money and lives

Vauxhall chose Masternaut as their exclusive partner due to their industry-leading technology which, unlike other devices, reads data directly from the vehicle in a fully secure way, without risk of interference with vehicle systems. Steffen Raschig, Director Commercial Vehicles Opel & Vauxhall, said, “We were already interested in working with Masternaut, as they are one of the largest telematics providers globally. We decided to build a deeper partnership as we learned more about Masternaut’s patented hardware. The device provides read-only access to all vehicle data, providing our customers much richer insights than other telematics devices offer. We were also impressed with Masternaut’s new enterprise-grade Connect platform, which is intuitive and easy-to-use.”

With Masternaut Connect, customers have real-time visibility into vehicle locations and journeys, and they also receive smart reports on driver behaviour, timesheets, vehicle utilisation, and routes. Customers can add an in-cab driving coach that provides immediate feedback and has been shown to reduce speeding by up to 70%.

Masternaut recently conducted research across 10,000 vehicles in its customer base, finding that its technology lowered fuel consumption by 220 litres per vehicle and total fleet running costs by £660 per vehicle annually, resulting in a 3-5x ROI. In addition, smart reports and in-cab coaching help drivers to significantly reduce harsh driving events and speeding, keeping them safe on the roads. Every year, Masternaut’s 10,000+ customers avoid 300 accidents and reduce the release of CO2 by 230 million kg.

Source: Masternaut

 

Commsignia At the Forefront of V2X Technology

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Commsignia First to Implement its V2X Software Stack on the New Craton2 Platform and First to Demonstrate Compatibility with US DOT V2X Security Management System

Commsignia, the V2X market’s most dynamic company, announces 2 technical “firsts” on the road to safer driving with reduced congestion and emissions. Commsignia is the first to port its V2X software to the new Craton2 chipset, critical for car makers that want to implement solutions as early as model year 2019 and is also the first to publicly demonstrate compatibility with the US DOT SCMS Security server, supporting secure V2X communications whilst protecting the anonymity of the vehicle.

Commsignia announces that it has successfully implemented its “Safer on the Road” V2X software stack on the Autotalks Craton2 V2X chipset launched late 2016. In so doing, Commsignia is the first Autotalks’ partner to achieve this important milestone and so provide OEM / Tier 1 and Smart mobility projects with a market ready Craton 2 based software suite for truly secure IEEE802.11p V2X applications.V2X (Car2X) is the next evolutionary step in connected vehicles. It allows the exchange of information between connected vehicles and infrastructure, even in non line-of-sight situations such as inclement weather and poor lighting conditions. V2X connectivity provides the information to enable safer driving, thereby helping to prevent accidents, reduce congestion and lower emissions through optimized mobility and traffic co-ordination.

Commsignia’s work continues its longstanding partnership with Autotalks that has seen the companies collaborate to equip the Frankfurt Rhine Main area with V2X Roadside Units (RSU’s) as part of the European “Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)” smart corridor deployment. Both companies also cooperate in SAFERtec Horizon2020 project for assuring security of V2I services.

Commsignia’s V2X SW implementation on Autotalks’ Craton2 follows another recent notable achievement. In March 2017, Commsignia was the first company to successfully interface with the US DOT SCMS (US Department of Transport Security Credential Management System) client and publicly demonstrate the working solution. The goal of the SCMS service is to provide security services to sign and verify the over-the-air messages to support secure Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications whilst protecting the anonymity of the vehicle.

Commsignia V2X software makes full use of the Craton2 chipset’s embedded Hardware Security Module (eHSM) and V2X cybersecurity firewall to provide security processing performance with proven SCMS and PKI support compatible with US and EU security requirements. Commsignia’s end-to-end V2X software stack offers customers the benefits of tailored integration and rapid time to market which is critical for customers rolling out Craton2 based solutions as early as model year 2019. Best in class performance with lowest latency and smallest processor footprint optimizes the required BOM (bill of materials) to implement safety critical connected ADAS functions in tomorrow’s connected driving world.

Jozsef Kovacs, Commsignia CEO said, “I am proud that Commsignia is the first Autotalks’ partner to implement its end-to-end V2X software stack on the Craton2 chipset. The superior performance of our V2X stack leads the market with significant savings in computing resource. This gives our customers the opportunity to downsize the V2X hardware requirements to either optimize cost or provide more ADAS features on the same platform. Commsignia’s compatibility with US DOT SCMS extends our leadership in secure V2X communications. Combined with the embedded security features of Autotalks’ Craton2, automotive and smart mobility customers will benefit from secure, reliable V2X connectivity with Commsignia’s products.“

About Commsignia
Commsignia (http://www.commsignia.com) is the market’s most dynamic and rapidly growing V2X company thanks to its cutting-edge technology and market ready portfolio. Commsignia specializes in Connected Car / V2X “Safer on the Road” software and hardware solutions compatible with IEEE 802.11p and Cellular V2X (4G/5G) helping to build the next generation autonomous car and smart mobility ecosystem that will make driving safer whilst reducing congestion and lowering emissions. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with strong European roots, Commsignia supplies best-in-class V2X (Car2X) Communication Software, hybrid V2X /ADAS Applications with robust PKI and SCMS security, a V2X SDK as well as OnBoard (OBU) and Roadside Units (RSU) for connected car and Smart Mobility deployments.

Source: Commsignia

 

HERE launches Mobility On-Demand, a powerful toolkit for developers building ride-hailing and food delivery apps

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 HERE have launched HERE Mobility On-Demand, a powerful and flexible toolkit for on-demand app developers, enabling them to build location-centric features into their apps and go to market quickly.

HERE Mobility On-Demand is priced and packaged specifically for on-demand companies, supporting a full range of services such as ride-hailing, carpooling, food delivery, package delivery and professional services.

The toolkit includes high quality mapping, addressing, traffic-aware routing, analytics and visualization capabilities to help developers quickly build apps their users, drivers and agents will love and trust. It also offers a simple pay-per-order pricing plan that depends only on the number of orders booked, making it an ideal option for start-ups and large organizations alike.

Leon van de Pas, Head of Internet of Things at HERE, said: “Congestion, roadworks and bad addressing are a constant headache for companies operating in a complex market where every single minute makes a difference. Our new toolkit brings together a set of advanced location capabilities to help developers address these challenges and make their app stand above the rest.”

The HERE Mobility On-Demand toolkit supports end-to-end-development and includes HERE Geocoder, HERE Isoline Routing, HERE Matrix Routing and HERE Mobile SDK.

Developers may choose to build their own custom navigation using HERE’s software development kit to offer an enhanced brand experience, or they can deeplink their mobile app to HERE’s own urban mobility app HERE WeGo and go to market quickly.

Apps built using the toolkit will render a consistent map experience across screens and users, facilitate precise pick-up and drop-off locations with proximity alerts, provide traffic-enabled navigation and pedestrian guidance and support up-to-date estimated times of arrival.

HERE Mobility On-Demand has already been deployed by a number of leading on-demand service providers in different parts of the world.

For example, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, worked with HERE to further streamline its backend dispatch system and make its passenger and driver apps work seamlessly. By using the HERE Matrix API, Grab has been able to optimize the way drivers are assigned to passengers, making the process more efficient. Grab also uses the HERE Basic Routing API, enabling it to provide more reliable ETAs to passengers.

Volt, a popular on-demand peer-to-peer urban ride sharing app in Istanbul, Turkey, worked with HERE to empower their drivers with in-app turn-by- turn navigation, live traffic and optimal routing to their destination. Volt connects car owners that have empty seats with passengers looking for a lift in the same direction. The company aims to help reduce traffic congestion in Istanbul by connecting urban commuters in real-time.

Localift, an Australian founded friend-to-friend ridesharing startup, worked with HERE to enable the new app’s location capabilities, including routing journeys in real-time between lift organizers and lift requesters, providing turn-by-turn navigation and lift tracking visibility among family, friends and colleagues. With millions of free local lifts occurring every day, Localift makes it easier for groups to organize pick-ups and drop-offs using HERE’s extensive Places of Interest database ranging from local sporting fields and workplaces to restaurants and schools.

More information about HERE Mobility On-Demand can be found here: https://here.com/en/products-services/services/here-mobility-demand

Source: Here

Smart Telemetry Tags used to capture underwater data that will help monitor climate change

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LPWA Helping to Track Wildlife and Provide Data on Climate Change; University of St Andrews Developing New Smart Tags to Track Seals Using NB-IoT Technology

21 February 2017, London: The University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) is developing smart telemetry tags using Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) technology to track and monitor the movement of harbour seals and research their population decline. NB-IoT is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technology that was standardised by the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative and will play a fundamental role in the emerging ‘Internet of the Seas’ by capturing underwater data that will help to monitor climate change.

The new sensors being developed by SMRU will be harmlessly attached to the seals in order to log detailed data on the animals’ behaviour, such as location and dive depth, as well as temperature, salinity and, eventually, underwater sound. Low power devices and networks in licensed spectrum vastly improve wildlife tracking by enabling more efficient tracking tags that are smaller and less intrusive.

SMRU expects to trial the new NB-IoT enabled marine tags later this year. In 2016, it successfully gathered information for analysis from harbour seals in Orkney, Scotland, using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. Mobile IoT networks have the potential to deliver improvements in mobile coverage and the built-in device modules offer battery life superior to devices reliant on conventional cellular technologies.

“The GSMA is supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by exploring how mobile technology can be utilised to capture vital information to support wildlife conservation projects around the world, as well as protect the oceans, seas and the species living in them,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “The intersection between Mobile IoT technologies and global conservation projects such as this is exciting, timely and powerful and will play a fundamental role in helping to achieve healthy and productive oceans.”

The Internet of the Seas
NB-IoT technology can also be used to support the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a UNESCO programme that coordinates global ocean data from different governance bodies. NB-IoT can help monitor climate change by means of low energy sensors and data relay channels that capture information on the temperature and salinity of the oceans. Combined and standardised with data from other sea monitoring systems, such NB-IoT-derived data will help provide scientists and oceanographers with accurate information on the world’s oceans. Tagging animals with smart tags also helps scientists to use their mobility and diving skills to explore both distant and deep parts of oceans.

“NB-IoT technology is the future of our research and allows us to springboard from the success of our previous work using M2M technology and capture far more detailed data in a much more efficient way,” said Dr Bernie McConnell, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews. “Many species, both marine and aquatic, are under threat. NB-IoT is ideally suited to be a global carrier of animal information that will provide vital data needed to inform and benefit wildlife conservation worldwide.”

SMRU was approached by the Scottish Government to investigate why seals on the east coast of Scotland and the Northern Isles were in serious decline with a 70 per cent reduction over the last ten years. The natural habitat of animals around the world is being impacted by climate change that is disrupting food chains and biodiversity. The research is ongoing but the possible reasons for the decline could be food limitation, disease, aggression from grey seals, predation by killer whales, and poisoning from harmful algal blooms. A crucial element will be in discovering where the threatened seals feed at sea.

The GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative
LPWA networks are a high-growth area of the IoT designed for M2M applications that have low data rates, require long battery lives and operate unattended for long periods of time, often in remote locations. They will be used for a wide variety of applications such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring, water and gas metering, smart grids, city parking, vending machines and city lighting. The GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative is designed to accelerate the commercial availability of LPWA solutions in licensed spectrum. These licensed standards allow operators to optimise their existing mobile network infrastructure through an upgrade to LTE-M for LTE networks, while NB-IoT can use both 2G and 4G spectrum. It is currently backed by 30 of the world’s leading mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The GSMA Mobile IoT initiative is supporting the industry with multiple global pilots with full commercial solutions expected in market later this year.

Mobile IoT at Mobile World Congress 2017
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA’s Connected Living Programme will host the ‘GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit’ with leading industry experts on Sunday, 26 February from 13:00 – 17:30. The session will explore how the industry is working together to realise the full potential of Mobile IoT. There will also be a separate session, ‘Mobile IoT (LPWA) – Open for Business’, on Wednesday, 1 March from 13:30 – 15:30 that will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest commercial rollouts, launches and pilots. There will also be number of demonstrations of LPWA technology at the GSMA Innovation City located in Hall 4 in Fira Gran Via. For more information or please visit www.gsma.com/connectedliving/event/mobile-world-congress-2017/ or download the Connected Living IoT Guide to MWC 2017:
http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/iot-guide-mwc17/. For more information on the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative go to: www.gsma.com/connectedliving/mobile-iot-initiative/

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