Telit steps into the automotive side of IoT
Telit Wireless Solutions has purchased NXP Semiconductor's Automotive Telematics On-board unit Platform (ATOP), which a solution that contains all of the components required to equip vehicles with the eCall technology.
At the same time, the company launched Telit Automotive Solutions, a business unit that will house the ATOP business including sales, engineering and support staff. This move is seen as a push for a wider market reach by leveraging the existing technology in software-centric RFIs from automotive and telematics OEMs.
The newly established unit will be led by industry veteran and long-time Telit executive, Dominikus Hierl as CEO. Telit also appointed Lars Reger, Head of Chip Development and General Manager for New Business in NXP's automotive business division, as its non-executive director.
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 6 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 which 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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