Valeo, the automotive products and systems company, has selected Sierra Wireless smart automotive modules for a new generation of telematics control units to enable connected car services internationally.
The first deployment of the Valeo and Sierra Wireless telematics solution will be in vehicles built by the automaker Geely for the Russian market. The solution will enable the emergency response system that is required under ERA-GLONASS for new vehicles in Russia. Geely is a multinational automaker with international subsidiaries, including Volvo and the London Taxi Company.
Dan Schieler, senior vice president, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless said: “Connected car technologies are entering the mainstream, and Sierra Wireless is playing a crucial role in how the auto industry and its customers benefit from important cellular connectivity services like emergency response.”
Valeo is an automotive supplier and partner to automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo provides innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and to the development of intuitive driving.
Valeo’s smart Telematics Control Unit enables users to interact with their cars remotely. Via their smartphone or tablet, users can lock and unlock the car, activate and deactivate wipers or heating, and receive car location, live video streaming and other information from the car.
Valeo demonstrated this connected car solution last week at the Sierra Wireless booth in the GSMA’s Innovation City at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain (22-25 February 2016).
Other Sierra Wireless demos at MWC
Sierra Wireless showcased several other practical applications of Sierra Wireless technology in customer solutions at MWC 2016, including:
Mobile Video Surveillance Station: a mobile video surveillance station from Axis Communications, powered by a Sierra Wireless 4G gateway, can be deployed very quickly in places without a dedicated network infrastructure, to cover events such as demonstrations, riots, outdoor concerts or sporting events.
Smart Parking Meter: cellular connectivity transforms Parkeon’s parking meters into multi-service kiosks, enabling value-add services such as couponing, city news updates, and parking fine payment management.
Two further demonstrations were built around the latest Sierra Wireless technologies:
Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology: built in collaboration with Altair and Ericsson, this demonstration showed the low-power capabilities of a miniature LTE-M module in three real-life use cases: A smart meter, a wearable fitness device, and a wearable healthcare device.
Smart SIM and connectivity services: this demonstration, created in collaboration with Matooma, showed Sierra Wireless multi-operator Smart SIMs and the IoT Platform in two mission-critical use cases: a personal monitoring system for senior people and a mobile terminal for police officers.