Airbiquity expands telematics offering, launches in Europe

Airbiquity expands telematics offering, launches in Europe
Airbiquity, which was so far essentially known for its VIAaq technology – a data over voice modem used by several automotive manufacturer - is repositioning itself as a complete telematics service supplier. This week at the Telematics Detroit Conference, the company has unveiled a large range of connected services for automotive OEMs, fleet managers and PND manufacturers.

This enlarged offering spans five categories: Safety and Security, Maintenance and Care, Productivity and Efficiency, Luxury and Convenience, Entertainment and Fun, with services such as local search, traffic, weather, gas price, road-side assistance, SOS and crash notification, remote unlocking, vehicle tracking or operator-assisted POI search.

As part of this deployment Airbiquity has expanded its service coverage areas in Europe and China to address the growing worldwide demand for connectivity. “Due to increased demand and several customer roll-outs in the second half of the year, we are expanding our VIAaq services to a full deployment in Europe”, said Kamyar Moinzadeh, president and CEO of Airbiquity. “We are now able to bring a sophisticated, rich portfolio of connected services to the increasingly connected European marketplace.”

Partnerships with Telenor and TelecityGroup
In Europe the company has partnered with Telenor a leading pan-European provider of SIM cards and related services for machine-to-machine connectivity. This agreement will allow Airbiquity to manage an end-to-end subscriber management process that includes the activation, deactivation and monitoring of SIM cards over Telenor’s GPRS and 3G networks across Europe. The VIAaq solution will manage the authentication, billing and provisioning of the respective services between vehicle and server.

Airbiquity also partnered with TelecityGroup, a European provider of secure data center. “By partnering with TelecityGroup, Airbiquity will be able to offer VIAaq throughout the European continent at the same level as experienced by customers in the United States”, said a press release. VIAaq will be housed in a secure TelecityGroup facility enabled with remote monitoring and 24/7 on-call resources to deal with alerts and troubleshooting.

Thursday, June 4th 2009

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