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Spireon to support more cost-effective vehicle monitoring

Iain Morris
May 14, 2014
Software player Spireon has launched a new telematics service on the network of telecoms operator Sprint designed to help automotive dealers and lenders more cost-effectively monitor vehicles.

The service launch comes several weeks after Spireon (Irvine, CA, USA) and Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) formed a strategic relationship targeting the transportation and fleet industries.

Spireon is relying on Sprint’s CDMA network technology, which is likely to be around for longer than rival 2G systems maintained by AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA).

Keen to focus on the rollout of higher-speed 3G and 4G networks, AT&T has unveiled plans to switch off its 2G network over the next few years.

“We believe the Sprint CDMA technology offers greater longevity and helps shelter our customers from the 2G sunset implications of today’s GSM networks,” said Marc Brungger, Spireon’s chief executive. “Our customers will benefit from the CDMA network’s faster speeds, strong network and larger bandwidth with even better access to vehicle data.”

With our direct partnership with Sprint, we are able to offer CDMA technology at a competitive value to our customers,” he added.
Spireon said that benefits for the automotive finance community would include faster network access and data speeds as well as expanded coverage and more reliable connections.

“Sprint is proud to bring improved wireless connectivity to Spireon and its customers,” said Brian Miller, Sprint’s regional vice president. “Spireon customers are guaranteed ongoing network support and a much richer and interactively rewarding CDMA solution, including a path to higher speeds, if needed.”

Spireon says it has been investing millions of dollars in its SaaS-based M2M platform over the last two years and claims to have already shipped nearly half a million of telematics devices over the past 18 months.

The company says its technology has been deployed in more than 1.7 million vehicles in the US.

Besides providing vehicle location and tracking services that dealerships can use to help improve the recovery process, it offers a web-based application that includes features like interactive mapping, customizable reports, data security, customizable geo-fences and turnkey installation.
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