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Telit Wireless rolls car telematics business

Posted: 07 Apr 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Telit Wireless Solutions  telematics  automotive OEM  ATOP 

After the acquisition of the Automotive Telematics On-board unit Platform (ATOP) business from NXP, Telit Wireless Solutions has utilised the platform, which is now named as the Telit Automotive Solutions, to deliver telematics services for automotive OEM and tier ones markets.

ATOP is an automotive grade solution for vehicle manufacturers to implement eCall or similar functionality from a single package. Through the acquisition of the platform, Telit as well as its customers potentially benefit from a reduction in complexity and costs in vehicle designs, customer data as well as regulatory compliance.

Telit plans to integrate the ATOP business including sales, engineering and support staff into its business unit, expanding its market reach with solutions leveraging the engineering and sales expertise of both former entities, in particular in software-centric RFIs from automotive and telematics OEMs. The company achieved automotive-critical global ISO/TS16949 certification in July 2012 and maintains one of the industry's largest product portfolios for the automotive sector with emphasis on advanced technologies such as LTE and HSPA+. The organization will be headed by industry veteran and long-time Telit executive, Dominikus Hierl as its CEO.

In the course of the acquisition, Telit also appointed Lars Reger, head of chip development and GM for new business in NXP's automotive business division as a non-executive director of Telit.

Industry analysts position automotive as the strongest growing segment for M2M over the next few years. According to ABI Research, module shipments to automotive OEMs are expected to grow from six million units in 2013 to 30 million in 2018. Regulatory initiatives like eCall in Europe, ERA GLONASS in Russia, or DENATRAN 245 in Brazil lend further credibility to the strength of the sector along with the much publicized connected car trend that is likely to lead to 100 per cent penetration of the technology in the very near future.

With the move, Telit Wireless puts the pieces together to establish itself as a major player in the upcoming 'Internet of Things - Automotive flavour'. The company plans to offer a multi-service capable platform that supports multiple services including vehicle location & tracking, remote starting and diagnostics as well as business applications like fleet management. In this context, it plans to leverage its 'One Stop One Shop' delivery model to devise end-to-end solutions for third-party service providers including automotive OEMs.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe

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