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The installed base of fleet management systems in Europe will reach 10.6million by 2020

 

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The installed base of fleet management systems in Europe will reach 10.6 million by 2020
The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Europe was 5.3 million in Q4-2015, according to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.9 percent, this number is expected to reach 10.6 million by 2020. All the top-10 vendors have today more than 100,000 active units in Europe.

TomTom’s subscriber base has grown both organically and by acquisitions during the past years and the company has now reached the position as the largest provider of fleet management solutions on the European market and reached an installed base of about 529,000 units at year-end 2015. Masternaut is still in second place and had achieved an installed base of an estimated 350,000 units at the year-end. Berg Insight ranks Microlise as the third largest player in terms of active installed base with around 175,000 units. Trakm8, ABAX, Teletrac Navman, Transics, Trimble and OCEAN (Orange) also have more than 100,000 active devices in the field.

The HGV manufacturers are now growing their subscriber bases considerably in Europe thanks to standard line fitment of fleet management solutions. Dynafleet by Volvo, FleetBoard by Daimler and Scania Fleet Management are the most successful with active subscriber bases of 81,000 units, 86,000 units and 133,000 units respectively as of Q4-2015. The consolidation trend on this market continued in 2016. “Nine major mergers and acquisitions have taken place in the past three quarters among the vendors of fleet management systems in Europe”, said Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. TomTom acquired Finder in Poland in December 2015, which added another 60,000 vehicles to its installed base.

ITmobile operating from the Netherlands was acquired by Canadian Fleet Complete in December 2015. Viasat entered the Polish market when CMA Monitoring was acquired in April 2016 adding 18,000 vehicle subscriptions and later in July the company also picked up EMIXIS that is headquartered in Belgium adding another 23,000 subscriptions.

The investment firm Sofindev acquired a majority stake in GeoDynamics in April. GSGroup has acquired three companies in the past years and the most recent one was PPCT in Finland in May. Later in June, it was announced that Verizon had signed an agreement to acquire Telogis. The latest transaction was done in August when Verizon acquired also Fleetmatics for a price tag of US$ 2.4 billion to become the largest fleet management solution vendor worldwide. The two recent deals mean that Verizon’s telematics unit will have more than 1.6 million vehicles under management. Mr. Fagerberg anticipates that the market consolidation of the still overcrowded industry will continue in 2016–2017.

Source: Berg Insight

 

Nationwide Repairs teams up with Ctrack for Advanced Vehicle Tracking

Nationwide Repairs, the leading and largest comprehensive automotive repairer in the UK, has selected an advanced vehicle tracking solution from Ctrack.

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The company will use the web-based Ctrack Online tracking system to monitor 40 vans that are part of its Mobile Car Repairs service, with a view to adopting the system across its nationwide network of mobile technicians.

Ctrack Online will replace an existing tracking system that no longer met the needs of Nationwide Repairs in terms of ease-of-use and reporting capabilities. It will be used by a team of 10 schedulers, based at the company’s office in Northwich, Cheshire, to ensure that technicians are operating in-line with their daily plans. The system will also help schedulers to identify the nearest and most appropriate technician for any incoming, ad hoc jobs during the day.

The tracking system will use power take off (PTO) sensors to track the usage of built-in power units that are used to generate electricity and compressed air when at a customer’s home during a repair. As a significant overhead to the business, Nationwide Repairs wanted to be able to monitor how long the generators are being used at each job, the associated cost of the fuel used, and if any potential savings existed.

Nationwide Repairs will also use Ctrack Online to create a number of reports that will provide added insight into the performance and productivity of its fleet operation. In particular, a detailed driver behaviour report will highlight any speeding or harsh driving that occurs, so the company can identify areas of improvement and better engage with the technicians regarding road safety. This will help Nationwide Repairs to protect and improve its industry-leading corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating.

Dean Heath, UK Technical Manager at Nationwide Repairs commented:

“We needed a tracking tool that was easy to use and would work effectively alongside our existing job scheduling and mobile computing systems. Ctrack Online will provide the added visibility and control we need to maximise the performance of our Mobile Car Repairs service, and ensure we are operating in an efficient and responsible manner at all times. We have worked closely with the team at Ctrack to develop a telematics solution that meets our exact needs, so we look forward to achieving measurable benefits moving forward.”

John Wisdom, Managing Director of Ctrack said:

“As one of the leading providers of vehicle tracking and telematics systems, we are best placed to help overcome some of the most common and difficult challenges faced by fleets. Our extensive range of solutions deliver real advantage by enabling customers to address business critical performance issues as a result of greater operational visibility, control and efficiency.”

Source: Ctrack

Sierra Wireless enables the world’s fastest vehicle network for first responders, field services and transit

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Sierra Wireless have announced the availability of theAirLink® MP70, an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) vehicle router for mission critical applications in public safety, transit and field services.
Today’s mobile workforce needs to connect more technology in and around their vehicles to enhance safety and responsiveness. The MP70 serves as a purpose-built, high-performance vehicle networking solution that enables multiple high-bandwidth applications to work simultaneously, more than 10 times faster and four times further from the vehicle than ever before. It also provides IT departments with the flexibility to manage fleet and mobile assets in the cloud or in the enterprise data center using Sierra Wireless AirLink Network Management solutions.
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“First responders and field services teams need access to uncompromised connectivity at all times, and that’s central to all of our LTE networking solutions,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “Using the MP70, mobile workers can communicate seamlessly from in and around their vehicle, as if they were in an office. This allows them to perform critical duties onsite more efficiently, and ultimately respond more quickly and effectively in the field.”

For example, a typical law enforcement vehicle hosts a laptop for dispatch and records management, an electronic citation system, live digital video surveillance, body-worn cameras and automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems. With the MP70, all of these systems can connect to a high-speed vehicle area network, with both gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi supported, and share a secure LTE-A cellular connection that enables the dispatcher to access all of the systems in real time.

“We trialed the MP70 router to connect our in-vehicle computers and provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for our team to access critical database records onsite in real time during emergencies,” said Greg Katz, Lieutenant, Billerica MA Police Department. “Right out of the box, we were impressed by the MP70’s top-notch, ruggedized form factor—with hardened aluminum casing, it’s clearly designed for turbulent vehicle environments. We are also very impressed with its reliable LTE connectivity and, because it offers 4-port Gigabit Ethernet, we will be able to support more in-vehicle equipment, such as video cameras and ALPR, bringing the full functionality of our office network to our patrol officers.”

“The MP70 high performance vehicle router extends Sierra Wireless’ industry leading portfolio of vehicle gateways, which includes the AirLink GX450 mobile gateway and multi-network FirstNet Band 14 oMG vehicle router,” said Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of specialist IoT analyst firm Beecham Research. “There is strong demand for vehicle area networks that can handle multiple applications, and the MP70’s flexible, secure management and Wi-Fi capabilities make it an attractive option.”

An entire fleet of AirLink MP70 routers, field applications and mobile assets can be remotely managed, controlled and monitored over a centralized platform using AirLink Network Management solutions from Sierra Wireless. Available as a hosted, cloud-based AirLink Management Service, or as a licensed software platform in the enterprise data center, oMM Management System, AirLink Network Management solutions allow organizations to increase efficiency and lower maintenance costs by up to 90 percent.

The MP70 is the industry’s first router with a high performance vehicle area network accessible via Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Wi-Fi and 300 mbps LTE-A to connect multiple applications in and around the vehicle. It has an integrated events engine, built-in vehicle I/O and support for AirLink Vehicle Telemetry to enable advanced awareness and instant insight into vehicle diagnostics, connected mobile assets, fleet operations and the workforce. The MP70 also provides GNSS and inertial navigation (activated in an upcoming software release), enabling superior vehicle location accuracy, even when out of satellite coverage. Purpose-built for vehicles, the AirLink MP70 ensures superior reliability and continuous operation in harsh environments and is designed to survive extreme transient surges and perform in noisy vehicle power environments.

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Source: Sierra Wireless

BMW i Invests in RideCell

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RideCell, the leading provider of software to power mobility-as-a-service (MaaS),
including car-sharing, ride sharing, fixed-route, and dynamic transit services has raised $11.7 million in a Series A round led by BMW i Ventures with the participation of Khosla Ventures and angel investors including Mark Platshon and Michael Granoff of Maniv Investments, Gokul Rajaram, Mehul Nariyawala and Navneet Dalal. The investment will help the company solidify its leadership in the MaaS space and will be used to grow RideCell’s distinguished client roster, which already includes leading companies like 3M, top transit agencies like the Santa Clara VTA in Silicon Valley, and multi-city mobility providers like BMW. The funding will also help RideCell grow its core engineering, data science, product, marketing, and sales teams.

“The convergence of transportation trends in cities is of key importance to BMW. RideCell’s
technology platform provides agile tools to power services that span the entire mobility spectrum,
including but not limited to car sharing; making them an ideal partner for BMW” said Ulrich Quay, Head of BMW i Ventures.

RideCell’s unique differentiator is “autonomous fleet operationsTM”: technology that automates end-to-end business operations from consumer apps to the day to day fleet management, demand and supply analytics, marketing, CRM, and payments. Its mobility software platform automates some of the hardest operational tasks in running a transportation system enabling cities, campuses and multi-city mobility providers to launch on-demand, car sharing and fixed-route services in weeks and optimize and scale them without human intervention. For cities, RideCell’s dynamic mobility analytics engine allows them to make data driven policy, infrastructure, and technology decisions by providing a realtime, holistic view of the public and private transportation services that constitute the multi-modal transportation fabric of their city. RideCell can combine data from mobility apps, infrastructure operators, transit operators, and sensors into a unified view.

“We are very excited to have BMW as a strategic partner to collaborate on building the future of
mobility” said Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of RideCell. “Our vision is to build tools that allow our customers to run the world better. This is a unique moment in time when every player in the mobility and transportation space faces two back to back strategic inflection points. The first is the rise of ondemand services, which has significantly improved convenience and accessibility and has led to a proportional increase in customer demand. Ridesharing services in San Francisco for example, earn 4 times more revenue today than the entire taxi market in San Francisco in 2012. Under the hood, this is driven by significant innovations in the models and technology that power transportation services and have so far been well understood only by the top consumer mobility services. RideCell’s founding team were pioneers in consumer mobility and RideCell is now democratizing access to these technical innovations by making them accessible to cities, campuses and mobility providers through its platform.”

“Until now transportation software has required manual operation of dispatch, routing, scheduling, and
other operational functions leading to an absurd world where a fleet of autonomous vehicles would have to be manually managed. By designing a platform that enables autonomous operation of transportation services, RideCell is building parity with this 2nd strategic inflection point – autonomous driving” said Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of RideCell.

As global population living in urban cities continues to expand faster than the available transportation infrastructure, technology is going to be key in solving the conundrum. RideCell’s technology not only automates all operational tasks involved in running a transportation system but its multi-modal offering across fixed route, on-demand and car sharing services in tens of cities provides insightful data giving them a unique perspective on designing cities.

About RideCell
RideCell is the leading provider of software to power mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), including carsharing, ride sharing, fixed-route, and dynamic transit services. The “Global Call for Transit Innovators” award winner is helping customers reimagine and re-architect transportation in cities, communities and campuses around the world.
RideCell’s unique differentiator is “autonomous fleet operationsTM”: technology that automates end-toend business operations from consumer apps to the day to day fleet management, demand and supply analytics, marketing, CRM, and payments. Its mobility software platform automates some of the hardest operational tasks in running a transportation system enabling cities, campuses and multi-city mobility providers to launch on-demand, car sharing and fixed-route services in weeks and optimize and scale them without human intervention. In addition to mobility providers such as BMW, RideCell’s clients include transit agencies such as Santa Clara VTA in Silicon Valley, companies such as 3M, universities such as UC Berkeley, hospitals such as UCSF.

RideCell is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Key investors include BMW i Ventures, Khosla
Ventures and YCombinator. RideCell’s vision is to help their customers “Run the world, betterTM”.

Source: RideCell

Industry-leading AirLink® GX450 Mobile Gateway from Sierra Wireless now supports advanced vehicle telemetry


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New functionality allows large organizations and fleet management solution providers to rapidly develop applications that reduce operating costs, streamline operations and increase efficiency

Sierra Wireless have released an advanced fleet management feature to support the company’s industry-leading AirLink® GX450 mobile gateway, allowing it to collect OBD-II vehicle telemetry data. This added functionality will enable large organizations and fleet management solution providers to rapidly develop applications to monitor vehicle health and performance, helping them reduce costs, streamline operations and increase efficiency.

Managing a vehicle-based workforce involves a large group of stakeholders, including operations, IT and fleet management. By combining mobile networking and rich vehicle telematics onto a single platform that gathers and reports vehicle diagnostic data directly to applications, this new feature will simplify and centralize vehicle management across an organization. Organizations will no longer need to purchase a separate in-vehicle telematics platform to gather and monitor vehicle health data.

“We added advanced, easy-to-use telemetry to the AirLink® GX450 to enable customers to simplify the adoption of vehicle telemetry solutions, including the ability to leverage their existing investment in fleet communications equipment,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless.

Clevest, a leading provider of mobile workforce management solutions for utilities, has worked closely with Sierra Wireless through the development of the AirLink GX450’s vehicle telemetry feature to produce a complete workforce management and vehicle monitoring solution.

“Our mobile workforce platform is tightly integrated with AirLink gateways,” says Edna Menon, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Clevest. “With the GX450 telemetry feature, our utility customers can take advantage of robust vehicle diagnostic capabilities, in addition to the reliability and ease-of-use of our integrated solutions.”

The AirLink GX450 vehicle telemetry uses an optional OBD-II accessory to collect vehicle diagnostic data and send it to a remote server using an open messaging protocol (MQTT). Vehicle telemetry is ideal for applications in public safety, utilities, emergency and field services, and is designed for large organizations or fleet management solution providers that have the in-house resources to develop their own vehicle monitoring applications. For more information on the AirLink GX450 mobile gateway, visit: http://www.sierrawireless.com/products-and-solutions/gateway-solutions/airlink/.

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Orange Business Services Acquires Ocean to Strengthen its Vehicle Fleet Management Activities

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By integrating Ocean’s operations in its own activities, Orange Business Services is creating a new leader on the French and European markets – with over 100,000 managed vehicles. This acquisition supports a strong growth ambition on the European market and will leverage advanced expertise and technologies to accelerate the development of new solutions for connected objects.

“The project with Orange, which is based on the technical platform recently developed by Ocean, will give us the opportunity to pursue our growth by building on our core success factor: a unique organization and development model”

Founded in 2003, Ocean became one of the leaders on the French market of fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions thanks to its vertical approach and innovative technology choices. The company, which currently manages 45,000 vehicles for 2,000 corporate clients, will become an operational unit of Orange Applications for Business – the digital services division of Orange Business Services specializing in connected objects, the digitalization of customer experience, Big Data and data analytics.

The merger of Orange’s Fleet Management activities – launched in 2005 with dedicated Machine-to-Machine (M2M) offers and managing today over 60,000 vehicles – and Ocean gives rise to a new industry leader in the European market. The new entity will bring together 110 employees, including a technical and development team of over 40 experts, and will be led by Jacques Riviere, the current President of Ocean.

Internet of Things and M2M are key drivers of companies’ digital transformation strategies. Orange Business Services aims to provide support for this transformation and the acquisition of Ocean provides opportunities in a number of areas:

  • To enhance its vertical expertise. Ocean has developed a unique know-how through specialized innovative solutions in different industry sectors. Ocean is the French leader in tracking solutions in the fields of Public Works and Construction and has developed advanced skills in other areas such as maintenance and troubleshooting, equipment rental and green spaces.
  • To develop new fleet management services and more generally new solutions for connected objects, based on Ocean’s new service platform, designed to integrate services related to the Internet of Things. In addition to fleet management, it will be possible to develop new solutions for monitoring non-powered objects (skips, tanks, agricultural equipment, machinery and building site materials, etc.).

For Ocean, this acquisition is an opportunity to join an international group, to support its growth beyond the French market and to benefit from its innovation capabilities and expertise in areas such as Machine-to-Machine and the Internet of Things.

“With the acquisition of such an innovative and powerful leader as Ocean, we are creating a new European leader in Fleet Management that will support the growth strategy of Orange Applications for Business on the connected objects and M2M markets. Through these advanced technologies, companies managing fleets of vehicles or equipment can leverage huge benefits that will facilitate their digital transformation and develop new processes and business models,” said Thierry Bonhomme, Executive Director of Orange Business Services.

“The project with Orange, which is based on the technical platform recently developed by Ocean, will give us the opportunity to pursue our growth by building on our core success factor: a unique organization and development model,” added Jacques Riviere, President of Ocean.

Fleet management and vehicle tracking is now one of the most advanced sectors in the field of M2M and connected objects, and one of the pillars of the Orange Group’s growth strategy. By 2018, Europe will represent a potential market of 35 million company vehicles, among which more than 20% will be equipped with a fleet management solution1.

Orange Business Services is a leader of applied M2M solutions in France with over 1.3 million connected objects in the areas of smart cities, healthcare, transport, etc. Present on the entire M2M value chain (connectivity, development, integration and management of applications and platforms for connected objects), Orange Business Services has been positioned in 2014 in the Leader Quadrant in the first edition of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services.

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is not only a telecom operator, but also an IT solutions integrator and applications developer in France and around the world. Its 20,000 employees support companies in all areas of their digital transformation: mobile and collaborative workspaces; IT/cloud infrastructure; fixed and mobile connectivity; private and hybrid networks; applications for Internet of Things, 360° customer experience and Big Data analytics; and cybersecurity thanks to dedicated experts and infrastructure to protect information systems. More than 3,000 multinational organizations and 2 million SOHOs, enterprises and local authorities in France rely on Orange Business Services as their trusted partner.

Learn more at www.orange-business.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our blogs.

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and has 156,000 employees worldwide at 31 December, 2014. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

1 Source – Berg Study – Fleet Management in Europe – October 2013

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Co-Star supply tamper evident blade fuse holders for telematics application

IMG_1061Co-Star, the UK based mobile communications company have helped a vehicle telematics installation company who install tracking & monitoring devices for fleet management applications come up with a solution for when drivers remove fuses from blade fuse holders to disenable tracking devices.

Vehicle Telematics companies who install fleet management systems face a major problem when the drivers identify the fuse holders & remove the fuses to stop the equipment working to avoid their vehicles being tracked.

The fuses are then replaced when an engineer is called out to investigate the problem which can result in a costly and wasted service for engineers and installation companies. Understandably this is only the minority of drivers who abuse these types of systems, but to overcome this Co-Star have designed a 20 amp in-line mini blade fuse holder which has a fluorescent yellow cable tie inserted through the cap, which can be tied securely around the fuse once fitted making it tamper proof.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star said,” Drivers tampering with the fuse holders used on Telematics equipment is a common problem for installation companies so we modified our standard fuse holder by drilling a small hole through the cap and inserting a bright yellow cable tie through the middle which means the only way the fuse can be removed is if the cable tie is cut”. “The yellow cable tie is not a standard product and difficult to get hold of making it extremely unlikely for anyone to attempt to remove it & if they did it would be evident immediately that someone had tampered with it”.

The fuse holders Co-Star used on the project were 20 amp mini blade type which are available with black, red or blue wires.

If you would like any help or advise on similar projects than please call or e-mail Co-Star for more information: t: +44 (0) 1423 340066 e: sales@co-star.co.uk

M2M connectivity advances fleet management solutions

M2M Fleet Management Solutions Enter Period of Growth

Computers were first brought into commercial vehicle fleets in the 1980s and soon after, they started to connect them via satellite and terrestrial wireless networks. So, it was natural progression for the industry to adopt machine-to-machine connectivity to advance M2M fleet management solutions.fleet management

With them, fleet companies are gaining significant business advantages. Namely, data related to fleets, drivers and the assets they are shipping. The data will then help them make effective business decisions to curb the effects of rising fuel costs, increased regulation and more demanding customers who want their good delivered faster than ever before.

With the fleet industry turning to connected solutions, the global fleet management market will experience a 24% compound annual growth rate over the next five years. By 2019, it will have a value estimate of $35.35 billion. During this timeframe growth will shift to emerging markets. These markets will continue to experience significant growth across a number of industries, which will increase the need for transporting assets.

For example, China is expected to exhibit sales of more than 17 million commercial vehicles per year in the near future. Many of which will have pre-installed telematics technologies and devices that will provide the infrastructure for other fleet management services.

Today, however, a lot of this growth is happening in Europe. A continent where commercial vehicle fleets are an essential part of the economy, the European fleet management market has seen significant growth in recent years and will continue to do so in years to come. At the end of last year, the number of fleet management systems in active use numbered at 3.65 million. By 2018, this will rise to 7.10 million.

As a result of this growth, the number of fleet management connections will grow significantly, creating tremendous opportunity for operators and solution providers. As they take advantage of this growth, they will need to leverage a scalable device management platform that can efficiently manage a growing number of devices, reach endpoints in remote or restricted locations and support a variety of networks.

Cited Sources:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2308172

http://www.berginsight.com/ReportPDF/ProductSheet/bi-fm9-ps.pdf

Libelium enables Smart Logistics offering Realtime Tracking and Sensing of the Goods

Libelium has released new Smart Logistics modules for Waspmote sensor nodes that provide position, sensing and transmission capabilities to enable real time tracking, via 3G, GPS and GPRS. These new modules for Waspmote and Plug & Sense! devices can read geolocation coordinates, collect extra sensor data such as humidity, luminosity, CO, CO2, temperature, or vibration, then send all the information to a web or Cloud server.

Smart Logistics applications include continuous vehicle fleet tracking, container goods control, and asset management, or other location-based services.

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To guide developers, Libelium has created libraries detailing GPS and sensor data transmission, and an example of how to integrate information gathered with geographic information systems such as Google GIS, Axeda or ESRI. A step-by-step tutorial on geopositioning with the Google Maps API is also available in the technical guides published by Libelium.

David Gascón, CTO at Libelium said: “We design our hardware and systems for low-power consumption, a prerequisite for any logistics control network that collects and transmits data to the Cloud in real time,”

“Our sensor devices are battery powered with a life time of several years so they allow really easy maintenance when installed in vehicles and containers.”

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Technical points – Smart Logistics modules for Waspmote / Plug & Sense!

Key Features Why it Matters
Real-time tracking is performed by reading longitude/latitude, collecting sensor data, and transmitting via an HTTP request to a Web/Cloud server. Waspmote easily adds sensor data from any of over 70 different sensors (e.g. acceleration, CO, CO2, humidity, IR, luminosity, temperature, vibration, liquid presence, etc.) to location data and sends the information to any Cloud system.
Available wireless technologies include 3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, 802.15.4, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart Low Energy (BLE), GPRS, RF-868MHz, RF-900MHz, Wi-Fi, ZigBee radio interfaces. Waspmote sensor nodes simplify connectivity.
Two modules:
– SIM5218 / 3G+GPS, for high speed packet access (HSPA) at 7.2Mbps bandwidth
– SIM908 / GPRS+GPS, for basic GPRS transmission
Two options available for Waspmote / Plug & Sense! nodes, according to specific use requirements.
Both modules use Quad-Band GSM/EDGE 850MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHz (US, EU, IC); SIM5218 includes Tri-Band UMTS-
900/1900/2100MHz (EU)
850/1900/2100MHz (US)
800/1900/2100MHz (JP)
Modules are compatible with all the world’s major cell networks.
GPS: the SIM5218 can use complex GPS modes that can complete information with mapping info from A-GPS / S-GPS geolocation servers Position information is useful for real time monitoring of shipping containers, vehicle fleet tracking, for insurance, transport, and security purposes.
Certifications obtained for both modules for CE, FCC, IC; SIM5218 module is also certified Telec, and Jate. Modules are ready to deploy in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Source: Libelium

Michelin acquires Sascar, Brazil’s leading digital fleet management company

logo brazilthTXV9DBTKSascar announces that it has signed a final and binding agreement, which provides for its sale to the Michelin Group, which shall assume 100% of the shares of the company. The negotiation is subject to the approval of CADE and other typical authorizations for the transactions of this nature.

Customers from both companies will benefit significantly from the existing synergies of the business. Michelin has a b presence with the large fleets, in addition to a representative network of dealers throughout the country, while it has a great relevance along with medium and small sized fleets, as well as with independent self-employed transporters, shippers, insurance companies and private individuals, with national capillarity also.

Michelin is leader in all the markets of tires and services related to mobility. As a world reference, Michelin has a history of 130 years, which contributes to its long-term vision. Today it is one of the 10 most recognized brands in the world, regardless of the sector; it is in Brazil for more than 30 years and counts on almost 5,000 employees in the country. Sascar, on the other hand, is leader in management of fleets and tracking of vehicles and loads, which can optimize the use and saving in the consumption of the tires of the French company by its customers.

We take this opportunity to inform that the Board of Directors of the company continues in the performance of their functions, seeking to increasingly consolidate Sascar in the position of market leader in the monitoring of mobile assets in Brazil. Mr. Márcio Tabatchnik Trigueiro remains in the position as CEO.

The goal of Sascar is to maintain and even accelerate its growth planning for the next years by joining forces with the Michelin Group, expanding the focus of activity in the market.  We have initiated a quite relevant moving and we shall position ourselves even more broadly in the sector.

For more than 15 years operating in national market, Sascar is specialized in management of fleets and monitoring of vehicles and loads, preparing the customers to face the challenges associated to the management, productivity, and safety aspects. Sascar is the single company in the segment to operate at large scale with  GSM/GPS technologies, via Satellite and Radio Frequency. Sascar’s solutions provide real time monitoring of vehicles tracking fuel consumption, speed, drivability, routes, and paths, reducing costs and increasing the profitability of the company customers.

 Sascar has been growing consistently in the last years, with an annual rate of 15% to 20% since 2010, far above the GDP evolution. Always searching for innovations, the company invested in the last three years about 40 million Reais in research and development of new technologies, having a robust and prepared technological platform for great growth. With more than 230 thousand active and tracked vehicles, the company has an installation and technical assistance structure with more than 400 field technicians, besides of the largest own commercial team in the segment. In 2013, the company was elected by the members of NTC & Logística as the best provider of monitoring services in the Brazilian market.

Source: Sascar