Sprint Velocity Adds New Service
November 27, 2013 by John Day
Sprint VelocitySM has launched Sprint Velocity Connect, an expanded capability that supports additional hardware on the Sprint Velocity platform, including TCUs (Telematics Control Units), OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostic) devices and embedded in-dash head units.
The Sprint Velocity platform enables this connectivity through its open, cloud-based architecture with standard machine-to-machine interfaces.
As a result, Sprint can customize solutions to each automaker’s specific needs and then deploy those solutions either before or after a vehicle is sold. This ensures automakers can deploy connected services that conform to their exact specifications and are no longer limited to off-the-shelf solutions that may involve more or fewer features than they require.
With access to the Sprint Velocity platform, vehicle manufacturers can streamline the design and development process, simplify the integration of complex components, and simplify the management of ecosystem partners.
Sprint Velocity Connect brings numerous additional benefits to auto manufacturers, including:
- flexibility to deliver telematics services; whether embedded, brought in phone, a hybrid of both, or now, with Sprint Velocity Connect devices
- elimination of multiple points of potential failure and reduction in the number of handoffs, while improving extensibility and scaling
- reduced cost, complexity and cycle times
In addition, automakers have continued access to Sprint Velocity capabilities, such as subscription management, storefront, policy management and billing.
Sprint Velocity Connect opens the way for automakers to explore innovative ways to serve their customers. Some potential applications for automotive manufacturers could include:
- Fleet Management: Vehicle manufacturers could help fleet operators easily adopt value-added services provided by the manufacturer at any time after the vehicles are purchased. This includes applications that track and monitor vehicle locations, improve dispatch and routing, evaluate driving behaviors, and more efficiently manage vehicle maintenance.
- Rental Car Features: Automakers might offer rental car companies the opportunity to learn more about the status of their cars, such as distance traveled and vehicle maintenance needs.
- Dealership Sales: Auto manufacturers could consider using Sprint Velocity Connect to add services for its dealership network, including new ways to differentiate previously owned vehicles with connected services.
As part of the expanded Sprint Velocity Connect capability, CalAmp is the first provider of an easy-to-install device that plugs directly into the standard vehicle interface. CalAmp is a leader in providing wireless communications solutions to a broad array of vertical market applications and customers. The CalAmp device will be able to access the power of the Sprint Velocity platform to deliver a variety of mobile services.
“We are pleased to be the first to integrate a device with Sprint Velocity Connect,” said Greg Gower, senior vice president and general manager of CalAmp’s Mobile Resource Management business.
“By having an economical, plug-and-play, full-featured vehicle monitoring and tracking device tap the power of the Sprint Velocity platform, we can extract valuable vehicle data to enable a variety of mobile services. CalAmp’s wireless location and messaging unit is an ideal solution for automotive insurance, driver behavior management, auto rental, vehicle maintenance, warranty service, and other automotive applications that require direct access to vital vehicle performance data.”
Launched at the 2012 Los Angeles International Show, Sprint Velocity is already ranked 2nd among the top 10 telecom operators in the worldwide automotive market, according to a study by Informa Telecoms & Media.
Sprint Velocity extended its North American presence through an agreement with Rogers Communications Inc. to provide end-to-end connectivity in Canada. Sprint Velocity features will be available to more than 20 million vehicles on the road throughout Canada. Rogers is Canada’s largest wireless network operator by number of subscribers.