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Meta System, Wavecom deliver telematics solutions

Posted: 07 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive? telematics? wireless?

Meta System Spa and Wavecom have partnered to develop two joint automotive telematics solutions.

The companies are both suppliers to the automotive market: Meta System, a MetaSystem Group company specializes in research, development and production of electronics applied to advanced safety systems for motor vehicle market, while Wavecom dominates the market for wireless communication solutions for the automotive industry.

The first joint solution is an OEM platform for automotive telematics, with particular focus on the following functionalities: eCall (emergency call), stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics and fleet management. A variant of the platform will integrate HSDPA/HSUPA technologies with the Wavecom Q26 Extreme product. The platform will permit high-speed connectivity and targets high-end telematics systems. Both variants are expected to launch in Q3 10.

In parallel, Meta System and Wavecom are jointly developing an optimized telematics on-board unit for the insurance market (Pay-Per-Use, Pay-As-You-Drive, Ecodriving, e-call and RoadCharging). The same unit can be used for tracking services or emergency calls. Customers will benefit from a considerable reduction in terms of size and weight with improved performance, easier, faster assembly, and the increased reliability afforded by the embedded SIM solution. The unit is expected to be on the market by 2H 09.

These two new projects come alongside an already existing collaboration between Meta System and Wavecom. Meta System is currently producing an on-board unit for the insurance market using the Wavecom Wireless Microprocessor, an industrial microprocessor with wireless modem functionality. The unit helps insurance companies reduce their repair and replacement costs. It provides undisputable accident data, which in turn reduces insurance fraud. It also enables the tracking of stolen vehicles, thereby improving the recovery rate.

Marco Achilli, head of marketing and sales of Meta System spa automotive division, said: "We are particularly excited by the inSIM embedded SIM technology, which we believe will set a standard in the automotive world, and by the intelligent device services offering which enables the remote monitoring and configuration of installed on-board units as well as software upgrades over-the-air."

Pierre Piver, VP EMEA at Wavecom, commented: "With the combined experience of our two companies, we will be able to continue to provide the automotive industry with uniquely innovative, automotive-grade solutions, for the benefit of car makers, insurance companies and drivers alike."

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