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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

 

London remains top spot for stolen and recovered cars in 2016

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According to the latest stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) figures for 2016 from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), London continues to top the list of regions where cars were most stolen and recovered. Essex comes in second, ousting Greater Manchester which moves down to seventh place.

The most popular car among London’s thieves is the BMW X5, which also hit the most popular stolen and recovered lists in Essex, the West Midlands and Merseyside; the BMW X5 was the most stolen and recovered car of 2016 overall.  The most expensive stolen car that was recovered in 2016 was a Mercedes Benz from London worth £120,000.  TRACKER’s figures also reveal that a Mercedes C Class worth £2,000 was the least expensive car stolen in London in 2016, proving that thieves don’t just target the cars of the rich and famous.

“London is the theft and recovery hot spot for the fifth year running, proving that the Capital is a major draw for criminals,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “However, there have been some interesting shifts in regional theft and recovery activity when we compare 2016 to 2015.  Leicestershire – which tied 10th with Lancashire in 2015 – and Hertfordshire have both disappeared from the 2016 league table and South Yorkshire makes an entry at 9th place. West Yorkshire jumps up the table to 5th place, joining Kent. Surrey, like London, remains static at 6th place.”

“What’s also important to note is that the average value of vehicles stolen and recovered dropped to £16,436, down from over £19,000 in 2015. Thieves also target more affordable, yet popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models which are stolen in even greater numbers.

“Although a TRACKER device won’t prevent a vehicle from being stolen, it’s clear from our figures that they do increase the chances of it being recovered and returned by the police. We continue to work closely with all UK police forces and in 2016 we assisted with 62 arrests, helping to close the net on the criminals.”

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’S TOP TEN REGIONS WHERE CARS ARE STOLEN AND RECOVERED
2016 2015
1. London and Greater London 1. London and Greater London
2. Essex 2. Greater Manchester
3. West Midlands 3. West Midlands
4 & 5. = West Yorkshire/Kent 4. Essex
6. Surrey 5. Kent
7. Greater Manchester 6. Surrey
8. Merseyside 7. West Yorkshire
9. South Yorkshire 8. Hertfordshire
10. Lancashire 9. Merseyside
10. = Lancashire/Leicestershire
Source; Tracker

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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Source: GSMA

TRACKER figures show the North/South car theft divide

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The North/South divide is often a cause for debate; however the latest figures from TRACKER show that 64% of cars stolen in the north of England in 2015 were stolen with keys. This compares to just 42% of cars in the south being stolen using keys. It’s clear that all car owners need to be vigilant, when it comes to keeping their car keys safe, but motorists in the north should be particularly vigilant urges TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery expert.

When it comes to the favoured models, car thieves in the north of England appear to prefer Mercedes Benz, whilst their counterparts in the south favour BMWs. However, figures indicate that a high percentage of vehicles in the north of the country are stolen by means of car key burglaries, frequently referred to by the police as ‘Hanoi’ or 2-in-1 burglaries, where thieves target a specific address where a desired vehicle is parked or garaged.

Supporting TRACKER’s research, West Yorkshire Police report that thieves committing burglaries in some parts of the county have switched their attention to stealing keys to take vehicles, rather than taking electrical items, money and jewellery. However, the reality is that offences where cars are stolen by means of burglary carry a much higher sentencing tariff than cars stolen by means of conventional vehicle theft.


Mercedes ML63 AMG stolen without keys.
Vehicle found on false plates and 1 arrest was made.

Meanwhile, in the south, car thieves tend to focus on compromising electronic security systems and key cloning, leading to the Metropolitan Police listing vehicle theft as one of its top seven priorities. The microchips embedded in keyless fobs emit a signal to the car which thieves are then able to intercept and copy, allowing them to start the car remotely without the owner’s knowledge. Stealing cars in this way carries a shorter jail sentence, reduces the risk of being caught red-handed and therefore serves as an additional incentive over car key burglaries.

“It’s clear from our survey and police reports that motorists need to take extra steps to protect their vehicles from thieves, but especially people in the north of England,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “Car owners need to be aware that thieves are always finding ways to crack manufacturer’s security measures, whether it’s hacking a vehicle or stealing the keys. This is why fitting a tracking device is fast becoming a vital part of modern security for car owners.

“Stolen vehicle recovery technology offers motorists an added level of protection from criminals. A tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, but it will increase the chances of police finding and recovering it, even if it’s hidden in a garage or shipping container, making it the best way close the net on thieves.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.  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.

Source: Tracker

 

Samsung Electronics to Acquire HARMAN, Accelerating Growth in Automotive and Connected Technologies

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Samsung Will Gain Significant Presence in Connected Car Market; Addressable Market Expected to Exceed $100 Billion by 2025

All-Cash Transaction Delivers Significant and Immediate Value to HARMAN Shareholders 

Creates End-to-End Solutions Powerhouse by Combining HARMAN’s Leadership in Infotainment, Telematics and Sound Management with Samsung’s Best-in-Class Connected Mobility Solutions, Semiconductors, User Experience (UX) and Displays

Accelerates Development and Time to Market for Connected Car and Autonomous Driving Innovation

Substantial Growth Opportunities Across Automotive, Audio, IoT and Professional Markets

Samsung Electronics and Harman International Industries, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value of approximately $8.0 billion.  Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies, particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025[1].  HARMAN is the market leader in connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security.  Approximately 65% of HARMAN’s $7.0 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market at June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion.

HARMAN’s experience designing and integrating sophisticated in-vehicle technologies, as well as its long-term relationships with most of the world’s largest automakers, will create significant growth opportunities for the combined business by enabling it to leverage Samsung’s expertise in connected mobility, semiconductors, user experience, displays and its global distribution channels.  In addition, the combination of HARMAN’s brands and audio capabilities and Samsung’s expertise in consumer electronics will deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung’s complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems.

“HARMAN perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” said Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics.  “As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, HARMAN immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform.  Dinesh Paliwal is a proven global leader and, in our extensive discussions, we have developed deep respect for him, his strong senior leadership team and HARMAN’s talented employees.  HARMAN’s sustained track record of rapid growth fueled by technology leadership and an unmatched automotive order pipeline reflects its commitment to innovation and customers.”

“The vehicle of tomorrow will be transformed by smart technology and connectivity in the same way that simple feature phones have become sophisticated smart devices over the past decade,” added Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics.  “We see substantial long-term growth opportunities in the auto technology market as demand for Samsung’s specialized electronic components and solutions continues to grow.  Working together, we are confident that HARMAN can become a new kind of Tier 1 provider to the OEMs by delivering end-to-end solutions across the connected ecosystem.”

Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN Chairman, President and CEO, stated, “This compelling all-cash transaction will deliver significant and immediate value to our shareholders and provide new opportunities for our employees as part of a larger, more diversified company.  Today’s announcement is a testament to what we have achieved and the value that we have created for shareholders.  Samsung is an ideal partner for HARMAN and this transaction will provide tremendous benefits to our automotive customers and consumers around the world.  Combining Samsung’s strengths in leading-edge displays, connectivity and processing solutions with HARMAN’s technology leadership and long-standing customer relationships will enable OEMs to provide new offerings for their customers.  Partnerships and scale are essential to winning over the long term in automotive as demand for robust connected car and autonomous driving solutions increases at a rapid pace.  This transaction will bring HARMAN and Samsung’s complementary strengths together to accelerate innovation in this space.  More broadly, this investment underscores the strength of HARMAN’s employees, as well as our success and leadership across our markets.  We look forward to working together with Samsung to elevate experiences for consumers worldwide.”

Customer Benefits and Significant Growth Opportunities

Samsung expects the combination to deliver significant growth opportunities and benefits to customers by leveraging Samsung’s and HARMAN’s complementary technologies, resulting in increased market penetration across important end markets.

  • Automotive:  Combining HARMAN’s leadership in new connected car technologies, including its top positions in infotainment, cyber security, over-the-air updates and telematics, with Samsung’s significant expertise and experience in connectivity technologies, including 5G, UX/UI, display technology and security solutions, will enhance HARMAN’s automotive and connected services businesses to drive greater sales and provide significant benefits as automakers speed the adoption of next-generation connected cars.
  • Audio:  HARMAN’s leading brands and cutting-edge audio systems include JBL®, Harman Kardon®, Mark Levinson®, AKG®, Lexicon®, Infinity®, and Revel®.  The company also licenses Bowers & Wilkins® and Bang & Olufsen® brands for automotive.  All of these brands will greatly enhance the competitiveness of Samsung’s mobile, display, virtual reality and wearable products to deliver a fully differentiated audio and visual experience for customers.
  • Professional:  The combination will also expand the combined company’s business-to-business platform through its ability to deliver integrated, large-scale audio and visual professional solutions at stadiums, concert facilities and other performance centers such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and STAPLES Center – home of the GRAMMY Awards®.
  • Connected Services:  Samsung will gain access to HARMAN’s 8,000 software designers and engineers who are unlocking the potential of the IoT market.  This collaboration will deliver the next generation of cloud-based consumer and enterprise experiences, as well as end-to-end services for the automotive market through the convergence of design, data and devices.

Operating Structure and Leadership

Upon closing, HARMAN will operate as a standalone Samsung subsidiary, and continue to be led by Dinesh Paliwal and HARMAN’s current management team.  Samsung is pursuing a long-term growth strategy in automotive electronics, and plans to retain HARMAN’s work force, headquarters and facilities, as well as all of its consumer and professional audio brands.  Samsung believes the combination will increase career development and advancement opportunities for the employees of both companies.

Samsung’s Automotive Electronics Business Team, which was established in December of 2015 to identify opportunities for Samsung in the automotive sector, will work closely with the HARMAN management team to realize the full growth potential of the combination.

Terms of the Transaction

The purchase price represents a premium of 28% based on HARMAN’s closing stock price on November 11, 2016 and a 37% premium to HARMAN’s 30-calendar day volume weighted average price ending November 11, 2016.  Samsung expects to use cash on hand to fund the transaction.  The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

The transaction, which is subject to approval by HARMAN shareholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in mid-2017.

Source: Harman

PSA Group partners with Masternaut to provide telematics to fleets of connected vehicles

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The PSA Group and Masternaut have partnered to help businesses run safer, cleaner and more productive fleets. The partnership will see Masternaut Connect telematics platform more easily accessible to European Peugeot, Citroën, DS connected cars and light commercial vehicles from early 2017.

Customers will benefit from Masternaut’s next generation telematics services to optimise the cost per mile of their vehicle, boost productivity, improve driver safety and reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint.

Masternaut is one of the leading providers of fleet telematics and vehicle tracking services in Europe. Masternaut’s services will be available for all PSA Group vehicles through the “Connect Fleet Management” program, using PSA Group telematics technology. Masternaut’s services can also be used in fleets comprised of other automotive brands, using Masternaut’s nonintrusive, patented CANBus telematics technology.

Data from all vehicles is fed back over the air in real-time to the Masternaut Connect online platform. Fleet managers can reduce the total cost of ownership of their fleet through the monitoring of fuel consumption, driver behaviour, emissions or geofencing in a consistent and effective way.

Dhruv Parekh, CEO of Masternaut, commented, “Masternaut’s partnership with PSA will improve the customer experience and reduce barriers for telematics adoption. It gives our customers choice and reduces the hassle of deploying telematics. We are excited to work with PSA Group to increase the usage of telematics so we can help improve safety on the roads and the CO2 emissions in our communities.”

Brigitte Courtehoux, Head of the Connected Services and New Mobility Solutions business unit of PSA Group, commented, “the PSA Group wants to enable corporate customers to optimise their connected cars through the “Connect Fleet Management” program, and by working in association with Masternaut, we are providing a way for fleet managers to reduce their vehicle’s total cost of ownership. Our partnership allows PSA Group to offer market-leading services in Europe, which is a significant step in PSA Group’s strategy in mobility services.”

Source: Masternaut

Telit Ships World’s Smallest 3G/2G Dual-mode IoT Module

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UE866-EU ultra-miniature is market’s smallest 3G module with 2G fallback

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced commercial availability of the UE866-EU, an HSPA module banded for European and Asian markets. With its ultra-compact 15x25mm LGA footprint, the new module is ideal for IoT applications with stringent space constraints such as telematics OBDII dongles, health monitoring devices and connected wearables.

Leveraging a hardware and software platform design validated in more than eight million shipped modules, the UE866-EU dual-band HSPA module with fallback to GSM/GPRS provides system integrators with a proven, long-term deployment option for a wide range of IoT applications. The Telit IoT Portal-ready UE866-EU also enables solution providers to take direct advantage ofTelit IoT Connectivity and IoT Platform services designed for hassle-free device-to-cloud onboarding. Telit’s “design once and deploy globally” development philosophy makes it easy for customers to deploy devices anywhere in the world by simply selecting regional or technology variants from the same form factor family.  The xE866 family includes broadly carrier certified and regional regulatory compliant 2G, 3G and LTE Cat 1 modules.

“The launch of this module is an important achievement for us. It is the result of significant R&D not only to fit the electronics but also to make the RF in the dual-band 3G and 2G modems perform to traditional Telit standards, in a module barely bigger than one of the keys on your laptop keyboard,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit Executive Vice President of Products and Solutions. “New technology and strategies we developed here will enable us to keep bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in module miniaturization as we reaffirm our commitment to innovation leadership in the IoT.”

The UE866-EU is a dual-mode, dual-band UMTS|HSPA, GSM|GPRS, 3GPP Release 7 compliant module. It supports 3G 900/2100MHz and 2G 900/1800MHz bands, delivering 7.2Mbps downlink and 5.76 uplink data rates. The new module supports application development inside module through the Telit AppZone application development environment, includes digital voice support and is ideal for new and upgrade designs, particularly for redesign projects aiming at reducing bill of material costs and/or device dimensions.

Source: Telit

Deutcsche Telekom keeps Daimler connected with the latest Technology

  • Deal with a value into the hundreds of millions
  • Modernization and operation of data center and IT applications
  • Partner for connected-car technology

T-Systems has once again persuaded Daimler of its IT expertise, with Deutsche Telekom’s business customers arm set to continue operating the automaker’s mainframes and key IT applications. T-Systems will ensure that mobile real-time connectivity is integrated into vehicles, as it has done in recent years. The deal has a value into the hundreds of millions. “Together with Daimler, we are the driving force behind the digitization of the automotive industry, modernizing the associated platforms and making them more flexible. We scored points with the high quality of service we have provided over many years,” says Reinhard Clemens, CEO of T-Systems and a member of the Deutsche Telekom Management Board.

Modernizing the heart of the IT system
The contract to operate Daimler’s mainframes includes modernization of the hardware, which will entail deployment of the very latest mainframe technology. The two partners also want to focus more on standard software in order to make the operation of IT applications in the production and distribution environments even more efficient. An added advantage for Daimler is the greater flexibility it will enjoy to access the IT services it needs on demand.

Over two million vehicles connected worldwide
T-Systems connects over two million Daimler vehicles across the globe via Daimler’s proprietary connected car platform, and it will continue to operate the existing “Mercedes me connect” services for the next generation of vehicles as well. These services include live traffic information, safety functions such as emergency call, convenience services such as remote control, and infotainment apps like Internet radio and hotel/parking search functions.

In addition to all that, T-Systems and Daimler have joined forces to develop an upgrade solution for existing Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which will enable customers to connect to the digital world by retrofitting a Bluetooth adapter and downloading the corresponding app. The “Mercedes me” adapter has been on the market since spring this year.

Source: Deutsche Telekom

Co-Star Supply the latest HSD connectors for In-Car Telematics and Mobile Data Applications

logoCo-Star the Harrogate UK based global supplier to the ICT industry has today announced that it’s adding the latest HSD (High Speed Data) connectors to their product portfolio.

The demand for HSD connectors has been driven by the adoption of Telematics and high speed data communications systems in vehicles.

The Co-Star range of HSD connectors are based on the star-quad principle which is a symmetrical impedance controlled 100 ohm interconnect system for High Speed Data transmission. Interference from crosstalk and external sources is prevented, ensuring high-performance transmission quality.

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HSD connectors can be used in combination with a variety of protocols such as LVDS camera (Low Voltage Differential Signalling), GVIF (Gigabit Video Interface), USB, IEEE 1394 as well as Ethernet protocols.

The product portfolio can be used in combination with a variety of protocols such as LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling), GVIF (Gigabit Video interface), USB, IEEE 1394 as well as Ethernet protocols.

Applications for HSD connectors include:

  • Infotainment Modules
  • Headed Units
  • Cluster Displays
  • Consumer Ports

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The demand for HSD connectors has been driven by the technologies used by manufacturers in the latest connected cars including: Infotainment systems, Telematics systems, consumer ports and cluster displays.

The HSD connectors are colour coded to differentiate the application (see the table below)

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Source: Co-Star

 

Reducing Distracted and Unsafe Driving Behaviors with Positive Incentives

Distracted-DrivingCambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT)  have developed the DriveWell program, which is used to build smartphone apps to make drivers safer. These apps work by giving users scores on each of their drives, taking into account several factors (hard braking, at-risk speeding, phone distraction, harsh acceleration, and harsh cornering). They also provide an overall score (typically over a rolling two-week duration), and a variety of features to engage users and incentivize safer driving, such as personalized driving tips, a leaderboard where they can compare their scores (to their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, town, state, etc.), and occasionally cash prizes for safe driving.

A natural question to ask is: how well do the apps work? Do drivers benefit from these apps and actually improve their driving behaviors, by using their phones less while driving and by being more attentive and reducing the rate of hard braking?

Beforet thequestion is answerd you may be wondering if behaviors like phone distraction and hard braking are actually correlated with crashes. Numerous studies have shown them to be. For example:

  • According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute [1], “text messaging increased the risk of a crash or near-crash by two times and resulted in drivers taking their eyes off the road for an average of 23 seconds total” and “activities performed when completing a phone call (reaching for a phone, looking up a contact, and dialing the number) increased crash risk by three times.” One suspects that other mobile apps, like Waze and Pokemon Go, are similarly risky.
  • A study by the NHTSA [2] showed that unsafe drivers are about twice as likely to brake harshly per mile driven. The NHTSA study defined “harsh braking” as a deceleration of more than 0.3g (10.6 km/hour per second, or 6.6 mph per second); this intensity doesn’t make your tires skid, but is enough to make you feel like you are being jerked forward when you stop. Intuitively, lots of harsh braking suggests that the driver may often not be paying enough attention to the road, or anticipating early enough. Furthermore, slamming on the brakes increases the risk of being rear-ended, and of misjudging the distance and hitting the car in front.

The DriveWell program measures these risky driving behaviors using sensors on the phone. DriveWell’s phone distraction focuses only on significant handheld distractions, such as picking up a phone and talking, or using any app by moving the phone and tapping on it, and does not penalize mounted use, hands-free use, and so on. The goal is to identify and dissuade significant distractions that likely take the driver’s eye off the road, rather than penalize things like hands-free calling, which are problems because of their cognitive impact, but still not as harmful as the behaviors that take both the mind and the eye off the road. For braking, acceleration, and cornering, we take the accelerometer data from the phone — which measures the force the phone is experiencing in the two axes parallel to the surface of the phone and one axis perpendicular to the surface — and transform this signal into an estimate of the acceleration of the vehicle, while ensuring that the movement of the phone relative to the vehicle itself does not contribute.

Analyzing The Data

To understand how driving behavior improves with time CMT analyzed data from over 40,000 users in multiple countries including the United States and South Africa. The incentives for these users to improve driving include:

  • for all users, “social gamification” in the form of leaderboards where a user can compare their driving with peers (e.g., friends and family, town, state), and also personalized driving tips provided using the measured data
  • for some users, insurance discounts provided for safe driving.

With this data, we answer the following questions:

  1. How much do drivers improve on average?
  2. How much better are “good” drivers than “average” drivers?
  3. How long does this “improved driving” effect last?

How Much Do drivers improve on average?

To answer the first question, we measured the number of hard braking events and the time spent using the phone while driving on day 1. We found that the average user user is significantly distracted by their phone for 91 seconds per hour of driving, and has 3.5 hard braking events per hour of driving. We compared initial performance (end of day 1) on these measures to performance after 7, 30, and 60 days of driving.

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From this chart, we can see that our users show rapid and sustained improvement in their driving habits. By Day 30, we see a 35% reduction in phone use and a 20% reduction in the number of hard braking events. For phone use, the numbers continue to get better, while they degrade very slightly for hard braking events.

What this shows is that users of safe driving apps, do in fact improve once they are given one of these apps. What’s surprising is that this isn’t even the population of users that our program identifies as good drivers — it’s across all users!

How Much better are good drivers?

If we focus our attention on the top 15% of drivers, we find that they are:

  • distracted by their phone about 40% less than the average driver, with 50 seconds of phone user per hour of driving, and
  • have 50% fewer hard braking events, or 1.7 events per hour of driving.

For these users, the improvement over time is even more dramatic than across all users:

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By day 30, these users have a 40% reduction in hard braking and a 70% reduction in phone use!

How Long Do These Effects Last?

To answer this question, we looked at about 20,000 users who have been using one of our apps to obtain monthly insurance discounts for safe driving. We found that even after 200 days of usage:

  • the average user still shows a reduction of more than 25% in both phone use and hard braking, and
  • for the top 25% of users, we see a 2x reduction in braking and a 3x reduction in phone use.

I.e., the positive behavioral change persists!

The Bottom Line

User’s of the apps built with CMT’s DriveWell program show a significant and sustained reduction in phone use while driving and in the number of hard braking events. Specifically:

  1. Across all users, on average, users reduce hard braking by 20% and phone use while driving by 35%; phone use continues to reduce steadily through Day 60 and Day 90 as well.
  2. The top 15% of drivers, are distracted by their phone 40% less than the average driver, and have 50% fewer hard braking events.
  3. Drivers persist with their improvement continuously, even beyond 6 months.

These improvements don’t just reflect in the numbers but in real testimonials from our users. Here are a few emails we’ve gotten recently:

  • [The app] is a great challenge that I enjoy daily now. There is no question that my driving behavior has been modified knowing that your app is keeping an eye on me!
  • I am amazed at how good this app is technically and beneficially. Thank you for it; I’ve become a better driver with its help.
  • I enjoy the app cause it keeps my mind even more in that space of being mindful of everything I need to do as a driver.
  • I have to admit something that I’m not proud of. I have been a distracted driver. I could come up with excuses as to why, but they would just be lies…. When I started, it was hard to realize that I needed improvement, but the numbers didn’t lie. However, I am happy to report that all my areas of driving have improved and my stress level, on the road, has been drastically reduced ! I still have my moments and people that drive slow in the passing lane STILL drive me nuts, but I know I’m a safer driver now and if you practice something long enough, it becomes a habit. Good or bad. Thankfully, this old dog is breaking bad habits and creating good ones and everyone is better for it. This is one of the “badges” I earned, of which I am particularly happy. (I’m actually up to 30 trips without picking up my phone!) Mission Accomplished!

References

[1] http://www.vtti.vt.edu/featured/?p=193
[2] Klauer, S. G., Dingus, T. A., Neale, V. L., Sudweeks, J. D., and Ramsey, D. J. Comparing Real-World Behaviors of Drivers With High versus Low Rates of Crashes and Near-Crashes. DOT HS 811 091. February 2009.

Source: CMT