Autotxt and Deutsche Telekom collaborate in M2M Telematics solutions for vehicle manufacturers
- The collaboration with Autotxt is a key component for Telekom’s “Connected Vehicle” Business Unit
- Autotxt is using Telekom’s M2M network for its security solution for Porsche sports cars
- The solution covers alarm call, location and tracking in more than 50 countries
Autotxt and Telekom are now collaborating in the field of vehicle location and Telematics services. The Telematics specialist from Banbury in Great Britain is using, the M2M (M2M, machine-to-machine) services and the mobile radio communications network of Telekom for its vehicle anti-theft protection solutions. Autotxt operates from locations in Great Britain, Germany and China. As a supplier to the automotive industry, the company develops and produces OEM and original accessory installation modules for locating and tracking stolen vehicles using mobile data transmission. Autotxt equips vehicles from Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche and Land Rover. Application-specific M2M SIM cards from Telekom are used in the security solutions for vehicle manufacturers. Data exchange with the vehicles takes place over the mobile radio communications networks of Telekom and its roaming partners.
The Autotxt Vehicle Tracking System ensures reliable communication between the vehicle, the Autotxt service centre and all authorities involved. Vehicle owners can access the functions at any time via a user-friendly internet application. In the event of an alarm, the system permits location, tracking and recovery of stolen vehicles in more than 50 countries. In addition to these security functions, the Autotxt Vehicle Tracking System offers an attractive potential for extension. Autotxt is currently working on extending its service range in the areas of location-based vehicle and function remote control, breakdown emergency calls and remote diagnostics. The objective is to supplement vehicle location for the vehicle owner with additional features such as remote monitoring of vehicle data or unlocking and locking the vehicle via Smartphone through corresponding applications. M2M services from Telekom and reliable data transmission over the Telekom mobile radio telecommunications network form the basis for all Telematics functions.
The collaboration with Autotxt plays a central role for Telekom´s Business Unit “Connected Vehicle”. This is where the group will develop the growth potential arising from the changing mobility requirements. Telekom is collaborating with its partners in developing solutions for safe, efficient and comfortable driving, for economically and ecologically sensible fleet management and networking of electric cars. Telekom sees considerable market potential in these sectors, given the fact that there are 350 million vehicles in Europe alone.
Auto-txt Limited, headquartered in London with Telematics Centre in Banbury, UK, and offices in Germany and China was founded in 2003. The company has a history of broad OEM project experience in designing and manufacturing vehicle-ECUs (Electronic Control Units) for location based solutions in the field of tracking and recovering stolen vehicles.
Autotxt provides tracking systems for line fit, dealer fit and aftermarket installation, which correspond to Thatcham CAT 5 standards, regulatory authorities and legal requirements of international trade (markets). As an international supplier to the automotive industry Autotxt equips vehicles from renowned manufacturers Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover.
Similarly, intelligent and innovative client-server applications and associated services enable Autotxt Telematics solutions to display and manage the complex communication between vehicle, Service Operating Centre (SOC) and all related security authorities.
About Deutsche Telekom:
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 129 million mobile customers, approximately 36 million fixed-network lines and more than 16 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2010). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in over 50 countries and has around 247,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.4 billion in the 2010 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2010).
Today, Deutsche Telekom is already one of the leading providers of M2M solutions and connections. In 2010, Deutsche Telekom established an international M2M Competence Centre to drive the internationalization of the business. The Competence Centre focuses on M2M products and services in nine different market segments: Energy, vehicle Telematics, health, retail & commerce, industrial automation, public sector, security, transport and logistics and consumer electronics.
The M2M Competence Centre drives innovation in close cooperation with Deutsche Telekom customers and its partners, focusing on cross-border, European and transatlantic solutions. The Competence Centre draws from the global know-how of the Deutsche Telekom Group to develop its M2M product offering, developing solutions to benefit its partners and customers across the globe. In doing so, the market segments are prioritized according to local demands to provide customers with the best in class services.