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December 10, 2009

Mobile Devices Wins Frost & Sullivan�s Global Telematics & Navigation Product Differentiation Innovation Award
By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

Mobile Devices, the French provider of telematics technology solutions, has been presented the Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) '2009 Global Telematics & Navigation Product Differentiation Innovation Award.

The award recognizes the contribution of Mobile Devices to the telematics industry, Frost & Sullivan officials said. “Mobile Devices’ product lines facilitate the successful adoption of new or existing technologies and significantly contribute to the telematics industry in terms of product performance,” company officials added.

Mobile Devices offers four major products such as connected devices for telematics available in C4 range and Dreevo range, an open telematics platform, a communication gateway that allows many applications to share the same devices and a unique plug-and-play development method for faster deployment of telematics application.

The company has also contributed an open telematics platform to the industry, allowing thousands of applications developers to develop innovative applications on a common platform. The platform is supported by a software development kit, or “SDK,” and integrated developed environment, or “IDE.” 

The influx of new developers, all based on a standard platform, has enabled Mobile Devices to reduce costs three-fold in three years, company officials said.

“At present, Mobile Devices is the only company which can provide such a platform with an open ended channel for professional applications,” Vishnu Muralidharan, Frost & Sullivan analyst, said in a statement. “The other advantage of this platform has been the simplicity of usage, which allows the minimum time to market for new applications.”

The telematics platform has more than 2,500 API already built, with more than 300 telematics components. All of these are ready to be deployed depending on customer needs, said officials at Mobile Devices. This is very similar to plug-and-play technology.

Mobile Devices differs from other providers because if offers a complete telematics eco-system comprising hardware such as telematics boxes used for tracking applications, software platforms and open communication gateway, company officials said. This enables easy scalability of applications to the product, and easy integration to third party systems. 

The company has sold more than 120,000 devices, including 60,000 tracking devices, 35,000 connected personal navigation devices, or “PNDs,” and 25,000 navigation displays. It has over 350 customers in many different areas of telematics.

“The unique approach taken by Mobile Devices to provide hardware, software and complete eco-system has been instrumental in the company's success,” Muralidharan said. “The company's vision to address market challenges holistically, at the same time increasing its revenue growth in the market, is highly commendable.”

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire


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