Courtesy of u-blox : ERM to launch a vehicle tracking device with a built-in Wi‑Fi hotspot
Thalwil, Switzerland – November 8, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, is pleased to announce the StarLink TrackerWi‑Fi, an advanced vehicle tracking device produced by ERM Advanced Telematics, a provider of device‑based telematics solutions. The device combines u‑blox GNSS, 4G and Wi‑Fi Technology eliminating the need to equip vehicles with a separate mobile Wi‑Fi hotspot. The StartLink TrackerWi‑Fi has wide‑ranging solutions for applications in connected car, telematics and vehicle diagnostic, fleet management, vehicle security, usage‑based insurance, and rental and leasing service companies.
“We saw an opportunity to provide more values to our customers by adding Wi‑Fi hot spot functionality to our StarLink Tracker, our leading telematics product, but knew that we had to be quick to stay ahead of the game,” says Kfir Lavi, Senior Vice President of ERM Advanced Telematics. “Our partners are always at the top of our priorities, and we are working to adapt our offerings to the market demands and the changing needs of their customers. Working with u‑blox as the provider of the positioning and wireless communication technology helped us move from concept to commercialization in under six months and provide our partners with an advanced product in a short time.”
The Internet of Things (IoT) and connected car initiatives are transforming vehicular fleet management, providing rental car companies and transportation and logistics firms with tools to track vehicles, preemptively detect and diagnose disturbances from a distance, and monitor the behavior of their drivers in real‑time. ERM already has over 1.8 million vehicle fleet tracking devices deployed on roads world‑wide.
As onboard Wi‑Fi becomes increasingly wide‑spread, many companies are fitting vehicles with Wi‑Fi hotspots to offer drivers and passengers Internet access. With its integrated Wi‑Fi hotspot, ERM’s StarLink TrackerWi‑Fi makes it easier by letting users tap into the cellular 4G connectivity it draws on to transfer telematics data back to the fleet manager. Not only does this make it possible to send real‑time telematics data to the driver’s smart device or onboard infotainment system, it also reduces the number of SIM cards needed from one per device to one per vehicle.
Sourcing the GNSS tracking, cellular 4G LTE, and Wi‑Fi technology from u‑blox played a key role in achieving the device’s fast time‑to‑market. By using u‑blox’s pre‑tested positioning and communications modules with integrated software, the manufacturer was able to cut the time needed for production and development by several months.
“This successful collaboration demonstrates that we have evolved from a provider of individual technologies, namely GNSS positioning, cellular 4G connectivity, or short range radio communication, to a provider of solutions that bundle these technologies,” says Thomas Seiler, CEO of u‑blox. “We are seeing increased demand for such bundled solutions and are convinced that the close integration of our technology portfolio offers our customers the unique ability to jump‑start even challenging projects on extremely short notice.”
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem of product supporting data services, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox
Phone: + 41 44 722 7388
About ERM Advanced Telematics
ERM Advanced Telematics is an international automotive technology vendor, whose technologies and products are installed in more than 5 million vehicles worldwide. The company’s solutions are based on a range of wireless technologies, including all available cellular communications, RF, Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi. ERM offers a wide range of modular solutions that improve the protection, management, and diagnostics of vehicles, vehicle fleets, and valuable assets, reducing operating costs for both the service provider and the end customer.
ERM Advanced Telematics contact:
Public Relations, ERM Advanced Telematics
Phone: + 972 3 941 3313