AirPrime® embedded modules and AirVantage® IoT Platform provide automotive-grade cellular connectivity and service delivery for the first production cars in Russia to carry the emergency ERA-GLONASS system.
Sierra Wireless today announced that Itelma, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive equipment, has selected Sierra Wireless’ family of smart automotive modules and cloud-based AirVantage® IoT Platform to enable cellular connectivity and service delivery for its emergency response ERA-GLONASS units supplied to the Russian automotive market.
The connected car technology is being installed in AvtoVAZ’s LADA vehicles, the first production cars in Russia to carry the emergency system.
“Sierra Wireless provides us with a leading-edge automotive connectivity solution that is reliable and scales easily,” said Alexander Sokolov, Deputy Director of Development at Itelma.
“They are providing us with a fully automotive-grade module, as well as a device and connectivity management platform. This complete solution supports our vision of developing innovative technologies for connected cars and services in the future.”
Utilizing Sierra Wireless smart automotive modules connected to the Sierra Wireless platform, the Itelma ERA-GLONASS emergency response unit automatically locates a vehicle and transmits SOS signals through mobile networks to responder services during an emergency. In the event of an accident, information transmitted contains the exact coordinates, time and severity of the accident, as well as the vehicle registration number. The driver can also send a signal by clicking the appropriate button. ERA-GLONASS functionality is a mandatory requirement for all new type approved vehicles from 2015 and all cars from 2017 in Russia. The Russian system is harmonized with the European emergency system (eCall), which is set to launch in 2018.
The entire deployment is remotely managed through the Sierra Wireless AirVantage IoT Platform, allowing SIMs to be monitored and managed, and device firmware to be updated over-the-air, ensuring a cost-effective solution. This also allows Russian automobile manufacturers to remotely manage their fleet from factory to dealership.
“Our smart automotive modules and cloud-based AirVantage IoT Platform provide an advanced automotive solution for next-generation vehicles,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President of OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “We are pleased to collaborate with Itelma and look forward to working closely with them on their expanding cellular connectivity requirements.”