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Published on May 18th, 2016 | by Max Argent

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SmartDrive selects Sierra Wireless cellular modules to enable future-proof connectivity for telematics solutions

AirPrime HL Series provides global coverage on a single module and location-based services for insurance, fleet and logistics applications

Sierra Wireless have announced that SmartDrive has selected AirPrime HL8548-G embedded modules to enable cellular connectivity and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) location-based services for its DriveOn and DriveOps telematics units being used in insurance, fleet and logistics sectors. Sierra Wireless HL Series modules provide pin-to-pin compatibility for easy future migration as SmartDrive expands into global markets.

Sierra Wireless are a leading provider of 3G and 4G M2M solutions for use over cellular networks. They strive to succeed with innovative, reliable, high- performing solutions and early access to new wireless technologies.

Sierra Wireless provides us with a proven, reliable cellular connectivity solution for our telematics products,” said Retsu Kitagawa, CEO of SmartDrive. “The HL module is NTTDoCoMo approved and enables the 3G coverage we require in the smallest form factor module. It also allows us to complete regulatory compliance quickly. The Sierra Wireless embedded solution allows us to take our telematics units to market in Japan, and expand into Europe and North America using the same design.

DriveOn and DiveOps OBD-II dongles collect and send driving data to applications for telematics services, including insurance, driving diagnosis, gas/parking/maintenance notifications, and enterprise cloud management. This is a growing market in Japan and internationally.

Sierra Wireless HL Series modules provide advanced, flexible and future-proof cellular connectivity,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “We are pleased to collaborate with SmartDrive and Altima, our distributor in Japan, to provide a leading edge cellular embedded solution that our customer can use domestically and globally.

Sierra Wireless AirPrime HL Series modules are the smallest embedded wireless modules (22 x 23 mm) to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and future LPWA technologies. HL8548-G supports GNSS, providing accurate locations through GPS and Glonass signals. The HL Series uses the new CF3™ form factor, which is footprint compatible across product lines and network technologies and will remain fully interchangeable with future versions of the modules, including those for LPWA networks when they become available.

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