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Frost & Sullivan: Explosion of OEM’s Investments in Automotive Connected Services in Brazil and Mexico

— Combined telematics subscriber base in both countries to reach over 1.6 million by 2020

SAO PAULO, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Brazil and Mexico have a strong and well-developed automotive aftermarket, with service providers (SPs) offering stolen vehicle tracking (SVT), monitoring and immobilization solutions. However, passenger vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking to go beyond the existing basic service offerings to create new revenue streams and boost their presence in these countries. Connected services are expected to play a vital role towards brand differentiation and maintaining market share in an increasingly competitive automotive market.

Automotive Connected Services.

Automotive Connected Services.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the Automotive Connected Services Market in Brazil and Mexico, finds that the total number of telematics service subscribers in Brazil will go up from 4,800 in 2013 to nearly 1,300,000 in 2020. Mexico’s telematics subscriber base, on the other hand, will grow from 2,000 in 2013 to approximately 330,000 in 2020. By the end of the forecast period, automotive connected services is expected to penetrate between 26 to 28 percent of new cars sales in Brazil and approximately 23 to 25 percent of new cars sold in Mexico. The study covers automotive connected services offered by vehicle OEMs and independent aftermarket solutions.

“In Mexico, the provision of automotive connected services in vehicles from General Motors, and the expected introduction of these services by other premium vehicle OEMs, will propel the market,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Industry Analyst Yeswant Abhimanyu. “Likewise, the market in Brazil will expand as more vehicle OEMs venture towards offering telematics services.”

However, the high cost of vehicles in markets such as Brazil could dampen sales volumes, considering that over 60 percent of cars sold are from the price-sensitive A- and B- segments. Also, since purchasing vehicle insurance is not mandatory in Brazil, insurance-coupled telematics services might not find much acceptance among cost-conscious customers. As customers begin to realize the value of insurance in the event of car theft and other situations, insurance-coupled telematics offerings will grow in popularity.

The continued delay in the implementation of the Conselho Nacional de Transito (CONTRAN) 245 mandate that requires the installation of anti-theft equipment in all new vehicles in Brazil is also understood to be slowing market development. In light of the different possible scenarios, vehicle OEMs and other participants along the value chain are unsure whether to introduce telematics services just yet. This, along with a debate regarding the right mix of automotive connected services to offer customers, is slowing market introduction and current potential.

“Partnerships among vehicle OEMs and SPs are expected to pave the way for the advancement of the automotive connected services market in Brazil. While vehicle OEMs can take advantage of the bandwidth and scope that SVT and immobilization service providers have in the country, the SPs can move towards complete, high-end telematics service providers (TSPs),” noted Abhimanyu. “Vehicle OEMs might even extend their partnerships to hardware manufacturers and other value chain participants, using innovation and flexibility as key decision-making criteria to choose appropriate partners.”

SPs across Mexico could also consider partnering with vehicle OEMs to broaden their service offerings and thereby attract more customers. Focus should lie in providing advanced telematics services such as turn-by-turn navigation and automatic crash response.

Strategic Analysis of the Automotive Connected Services Market in Brazil and Mexico is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://www.automotive.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. A complementing study, Voice of the Consumer (End Consumers – Car Owners) that looks at the consumer’s willingness to pay for connected services, the features of interest, and the effects of the smartphones, is also in progress.

For more information on this and related studies, please email Francesca Valente, Corporate Communications, at francesca.valente@frost.com.

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Smart Home Guru smanos Making a Splash at IFA Berlin

AMSTERDAM, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — smanos, a trendsetting innovator and dynamic developer of wireless smart home and DIY security systems, is proudly bringing its new portfolio to IFA in Berlin. The complete smanos smart home portfolio speaks self-install or DIY, and will be available between Sept. 5-10th at Booth 214 in Hall 15.1 at Messe Berlin. From wireless, app-enabled alarm and automation systems to remote energy, security and health management, smanos solutions cater to today’s mobile lifestyles and ensure complete control, comfort and visual confirmation right at property owners’ fingertips within a few short minutes and easy steps.

The smanos H400 Home Cloud system ensures wireless security, monitoring and automation capabilities in an affordable, attractive package.

The smanos H400 Home Cloud system ensures wireless security, monitoring and automation capabilities in an affordable, attractive package.

“We’re excited to present our latest wireless smart home solutions at this year’s IFA,” said Brian Borghardt, General Manager of Europe for smanos. “Designed and engineered in the Netherlands, smanos is our complete security, monitoring and automation system lineup for today’s savvy homeowners. What makes smanos a must-have brand to distributors and retailers is that we are delivering — on a quarterly basis — innovative, comprehensive and easy-to-use solutions that will help them outperform their sales and profit targets.”

Products to watch include the latest WiFi series. “The smanos H400 Home Cloud system can control your security devices and energy-saving plugs via your home WiFi connection while maintaining smanos‘ renowned GSM backup capability,” said Hayden Hsu, Director of Brand Development for smanos. “And our W020 Wireless Alarm ensures extremely easy WiFi setup on your smartphone, without you having to call for help to set up or scale up.”

smanos will continue providing what’s keenly sought after in residential market – smart, simple, sleek ingenuity, with even more remote management and monitoring options. smanos can also be found at Security Essen (H8.0/230C), Security China in Beijing, Sicurezza in Milan (P1/E14) and CES 2015 (Westgate/62000) in Las Vegas.

About smanos

In the picturesque outskirts of Amsterdam (Hoofddorp) came about the inception of smart home technology brand smanos in 2013. Harnessing cutting-edge design concepts and ergonomics, smanos delivers the ultimate user experience of wireless smart home and DIY security systems to households worldwide. Promising more than just a sense of security, smanos also ensures user-definable comfort and convenience, along with mobile accessibility. In its pursuit for perfection, smanos continues to wow homeowners by putting the smarts of smart home and smart security directly in their hands. Dream big and live smart with smanos now!

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reQall Aims to Make Driving Safer With InCar Intelligent Messaging Assistant; Keeps You In Touch and Your Hands on the Wheel

— reqallable InCar App for Android Manages Email and Text; Delivers Important Messages While Driving

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — reQall (www.reqall.com), the award-winning developer of proactive intelligent assistant technologies, today introduces reqallable InCar (beta), the first context-aware app to intuitively decrease phone-related text and email distractions while driving. The new app works by detecting a user’s Bluetooth connection and launching the phone into reqallable InCar mode, which prompts the handset to acknowledge notifications only from priority contacts, highlight and read aloud critical details within incoming emails and texts, and enable voice activated replies for safer, smarter in-car phone use.

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“reqallable InCar is an intelligent assistant built from the ground up to transform messaging for drivers by helping your Android phone understand when it should—and should not—interrupt you,” said Rao Machiraju, co-founder and CEO of reQall. “The app calibrates the phone to work as if purpose-built for driving: screening contacts, highlighting key message details for clear, explicit communication, and leveraging Bluetooth audio for hands-free and car-smart message commands and replies.”  

Available for Android, reqallable InCar hooks into the phone’s contacts, calendar and user’s home and work locations to contextually assign “priority” status to incoming messages. When a Bluetooth connection is detected, reqallable InCar launches and quickly identifies whether a message is VIP status – like from a spouse or colleague at work – while less critical emails and texts are held back until you have reached your destination, or the Bluetooth connection ends.

For texts or emails messages deemed a priority, reqallable InCar distills the content to present only the most salient details, delivering requests and action items via audio. Users can reply to messages by voice, with responses “read” back to the driver to insure accuracy. Users can also listen, and respond to, awaiting messages and reach out to VIP contacts with the quick touch of a single button.

A new industry report by Parks Associates[1] revealed that connected car features are rapidly gaining consumer acceptance. Over 75% of U.S. vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature indicate these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, and over 50% rated connected services as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase, according to Connected Cars: Revenue Opportunities.

“Digital distractions present a real road safety issue, which will only increase as technology provides new ways to communicate while we drive,” added Sandy Pentland, Professor, MIT Medialab and reQall’s Strategic Product Advisor. “Reqallable InCar ushers in a new era of context-sensitive, intelligent messaging for the car—one that uses your personal smartphone to keep distractions to a minimum, no matter what car you’re in. Only messages that are important and contain actionable content merit attention surface, and drivers can respond by voice—to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

reqallable InCar comes on the heels of Google Glass and smartwatch app launches by reQall, which introduced reqallable’s virtual assistant technology for Google Glass in June, the Toq smartwatch in May, the Pebble smartwatch in March, the Samsung Gear in February and the Sony Smartwatch in January. New reQall apps for other devices and environments will be released in the coming months.

reqallable InCar beta can be downloaded for free from Google Play. More information can be found at www.reqallable.com.

About reQall
Recognized as one of the top 25 ideas from MIT Labs over the past 25 years, reQall is the award-winning developer of context-aware, proactive and intelligent assistant applications for wearable and mobile devices. reQall is a venture-backed company based in NASA’s Silicon Valley research park.

[1] Connected Car: Revenue Opportunities features research and analysis on market trends, big data analytics, UBI, emergency assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, location-based services, infotainment, Wi-Fi hotspots, and safe-driving technologies, The report is available for sale at www.parksassociates.com

Frost & Sullivan Applauds MobileHelp for its Targeted Supplies for the PERS Market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the personal emergency response systems (PERS) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes MobileHelp with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Price Performance Value Leadership. MobileHelp’s leadership in flexibility across in-home and mobile usage directly captures expectations for tech progression in personal emergency response, and exemplifies key demands of US consumers for these solutions.

MobileHelp is at the forefront of convenience and utility in the M-PERS market and offers a simple two product option covering the range of use cases, with a uniform cellular rate plan. MobileHelp has been active in its dedication to broader mobile medical device product goals that augment its core capabilities in emergency response. Frost & Sullivan believes that both its referral branding within facility-to-home care as well as its increasing direct-to-consumer presence will allow it to expand a cost-effective product base across the medical and monitoring spectrum over time.

Primary consumer interest factors in PERS include price, reliability, contract flexibility, and customer experience of the emergency response. MobileHelp has delivered a strong value story for buyers with its simple interface and top-class emergency referral, including robust features and services provided in system pricing for its DUO series.

MobileHelp has been a pioneer in wearable devices with its wristwatch, which greatly reduces product bulk, damage through movement or falls, and issues related to daily forgetfulness of use. Secondly, the two-step transition between the Classic and DUO product suites allows customers to seamlessly upgrade from indoor-only to mixed indoor/outdoor use, with no interruption to service. MobileHelp also focuses on return guarantees, low obligatory service commitment and easy product upgrade, making its solutions very attractive for new buyers that are seeking emergency care support without product risk.

“Mobility is a key component of shifting customer expectations in personal emergency response systems,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Daniel Ruppar. Providing systems which broaden flexibility, while offering important ease of use, service support, and other high value factors supporting solution purchase decisions are key characteristics of leadership in this important Senior focused market.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed a product that offers price competitiveness, ease of use, as well as service effectiveness.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development.

China Eastern Airlines, China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Launch Broadband Wi-Fi in the Skies Over China

BEIJING, SHANGHAI and LAKE FOREST, California, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In a first for the commercial aviation industry in China, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has begun offering broadband connected flights over China using China Telecom Satellite aeronautical service and Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (Panasonic) eXConnect system.

The first of 27 CEA aircraft equipped with a system and service tailored to the unique requirements of China is an Airbus A330 aircraft. Onboard, passengers will experience true broadband Wi-Fi as they surf the web, keep in touch with friends and family through their social networks, and even check their email – all at 35,000 feet.  CEA has also selected China Telecom Satellite’s service and Panasonic’s eXConnect system for an additional six B767s and 20 B777 aircraft.

The first aircraft has been dedicated to routes between Shanghai and Beijing, allowing government agencies to observe operation of the service before granting full regulatory approval for operation on additional domestic and international routes.

China Eastern Airlines said, “We are very excited to offer this extremely exciting service with China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Avionics. This is a tremendous milestone for China and we look forward to ensuring our passengers are both entertained and productive as they fly.”

Lv Junli, President of China Telecom Satellite added, “This is a momentous day for China’s commercial airline industry, and we are very confident of providing better broadband connectivity to China with our partners at China Eastern Airlines and Panasonic.”

According to Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics, “After years of close collaboration with China Eastern Airlines and China Telecom Satellite, we are now witnessing the next step in the evolution of in-flight entertainment over China. We are very excited to bring in-flight broadband Wi-Fi to this strategic market.”

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