Powerfleet and MiX Telematics to Hold Merger Shareholder Meetings
Powerfleet PWFL -1.56%↓ and MiX Telematics MIXT -1.27%↓ have announced shareholders meetings on Feb. 28, 2024, to vote on the proposed business combination between the companies. The transaction is expected to close at the beginning of April, subject to required shareholder approvals. The combined business will be branded as Powerfleet, with its primary listing on Nasdaq, the company said.
Spirent and dSPACE Partner to Deliver Integrated Automotive Test Solutions
Spirent Communications and dSPACE have partnered to offer real-time positioning scenarios for Autonomous Driving Hardware-in-the-Loop test systems (AD-HIL). The latest partnership offers customers a turnkey solution by combining the dSPACE AD-HIL to include the Spirent GSS7000 GNSS simulator, the company said.
The enables autonomous driving systems developers to validate vehicle behavior in location-critical scenarios using real satellite signals, the company said. The GSS7000 simulator, with high fidelity RF signal generation and low latency response, becomes an additional sensor working in parallel for validation of driver assistance algorithms, the company said.
Contact: Spirent Communications, www.spirent.com.
Parkopedia Partners With ChargeHub
Parkopedia has partnered with ChargeHub to integrate ChargeHub’s 80,000-strong network of charging stations across the U.S. and Canada with Parkopedia’s Payment Platform. The partnership allows drivers access through their vehicles to a number of chargers with coverage across North America, including Parkopedia’s information on parking and charging, dynamic availability data and charging transactions for EV drivers, the company said.
ChargeHub’s PassportHub provides the largest roaming hub in the US and Canada, with more than 20 CSO partners and coverage of more than 70 percent of open network chargers across North America, the company said. Parkopedia services are currently integrated with more OEM systems than any other connected services provider in the world, the company said.
Contact: Adam Calland, Parkopedia, 44(0)7838219129, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.parkopedia.com.
Melissa Partners with Esri
Melissa has announced a partnership with Esri to support with optimized address data that improves ecommerce operations, the company said. With Esri’s location services, Melissa will be able to offer data quality tools to promote faster, error-free order processing, the company said. These location services include address data that allows retailers to improve customer experience, optimize deliveries, prevent fraud and gain better insight within GIS applications, the company said.
Axon Acquires Fusus
Fusus’ technology enhances Axon’s real-time operations that provide law enforcement professionals with location mapping, escalation alerts, livestreaming, real-time and post-incident visibility, allowing swift decision-making and responsive actions, the company said.
Quectel’s EG915U Module Receives Approval From Egypt’s NTRA
Quectel Wireless Solutions has announced that its EG915U module has received approval from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt. Approval from NTRA says that the EG915U complies with the regulatory standards and requirements set by the Egyptian government, the company said.
Quectel’s EG915U is a series of LTE Cat 1 modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT applications. The module offers10Mbps downlink and 5Mbps uplink, the company said.
Contact: Quectel, email@example.com, www.quectel.com.
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Woolpert Acquires Bermello Ajamil & Partners
Woolpert has acquired Miami-based Bermello Ajamil & Partners (BA), a full-service architecture, engineering, planning, and landscape architecture firm with 160 employees. The combination of Woolpert and BA creates an ecosystem of integrated maritime solutions that leverages architecture, marine engineering, modeling, strategic consulting, and geospatial services, the company said. These include acquiring topographic, bathymetric, and hydrographic data and imagery along coastlines and the near-shore environment.
Contact: Woolpert, woolpert.com.
Teledyne Displays Hardware, Software at Geo Week in Denver
Teledyne Geospatial will exhibit its latest hardware and software solutions in lidar survey and mapping at Geo Week, in Denver, Feb. 11-13. The company will display its Galaxy Onboard for airborne mapping.
Another solution, the Optech Galaxy T2000, is suitable for crewed fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters, the company said. In addition, the Optech CLS-A solution will be offered for collecting engineering-grade geospatial point clouds from UAV or helicopter platforms, the company said.
Contact: Jennifer Parham, Teledyne, Jennifer.Parham@teledyne.com, www.teledyne.com.
OCTO Telematics Offers Smartphone Crash Detection
OCTO has launched Crash Detection for mobile phones without the need for driver interaction. Crash Detection turns smartphones into an active sensor for detecting severe crashes and automatically requesting assistance, the company said. Crash Detection provides additional information related to a crash event, enabling a more efficient claims management process for insurers, right from the early first notice of loss (FNOL), the company said.
Contact: Adriana Zambon, 39 339 399 56 40, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.octotelematics.com.
Garmin Launches NAV/COMM Radios
Garmin $GRMN rolled out a new series of COMM and NAV/COMM radios. The GTR 205 Comm radio and GNC 215 NAV/COMM radio are affordable solutions for customers that feature an easy-to-read full color LCD display, intuitive user interface and worldwide frequency database, the company said.
Designed for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, the GTR 205 and GNC 215 are radios that can serve in a variety of aircraft types and panel installations, the company said. Navaid lookup allows the GNC 215 to find the desired frequency from its built-in worldwide database when entering a navaid
Contact: Mikayla Minnick, Garmin, (913) 397-8200, email@example.com.
Spireon Rolls Out Flex Battery Tracker for Unpowered Assets
Spireon has launched a battery-operated tracking device, the Flex Battery Tracker. The tracker is marketed to companies with unpowered assets such as trailers, equipment, storage containers, vending machines and more. Battery Tracker features increased tamper detection and GPS/cellular registration, ensuring the security and location of assets, particularly machinery and equipment stationed for extended periods, the company said.
In other company news, Solera (Spireon’s parent company) launched LoJack LE that allows car dealerships to monitor and track their vehicles. Starting this February, the LoJack LE app will be available for download, the company said.
Norwegian Microsatellite Achieves Optical Satellite-to-Ground Communications Link
The NorSat-TD demonstration microsatellite, developed by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) for the Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA), has successfully transferred data to a ground station using optical communications technology. The accomplishment is a first for a Dutch-built laser communication device and among the first achieved by a microsatellite, the company said.
Launched in April 2023, NorSat-TD was the sixth mission developed by SFL for Norway. Designed primarily as a maritime ship tracking mission, the demonstration microsatellite also carried experimental payloads for enhanced GPS positioning, spacecraft tracking by laser and iodine-fueled propulsion.
Contact: Robert Zee, SFL, (416) 667-7400, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.utias-sfl.ne.
Consumer Asset Tracking Devices in Europe and North America Reached 12.5 million in 2022
The number of active consumer asset tracking devices in Europe and North America reached 12.5 million at the end of 2022, according to a new research report from Berg Insight. Growing at a CAGR of 18.4 percent, the number of units in active use is estimated to reach 29.2 million units by the end of 2027. Leading providers of family and child tracking products and services include Smartcom Mobility Solutions, Smith Micro Software, Life360, Xplora Technologies and Verizon $VZ, the report said.
Contact: Johan Fagerberg, Berg Insight, 46 31 711 30 91, email@example.com.
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- Robert Burke, of Sherrills Ford, N.C., died Jan. 27. Burke was Safran director of business development. Previously, he was director of sales—positioning, navigation and timing for Spirent Communications.
- Trimble TRMB 3.03%↑ has announced appointed Kara Sprague and Ron Nersesian to its board of directors. Sprague is the executive vice president and chief product officer at F5 and Nersesian is the chairman of the board of directors of Keysight Technologies.
- Parkopedia has appointed Iris Xu as China general manager.
- Mappedin has named DJ Hayden vice president of partnerships – location technology.
- Emnify has appointed Lynda Smith to its board of directors.
- IoT module maker Blues has appointed Alistair Fulton, who headed LoRa activity at Semtech, as its COO and vice president.
- Ericsson ERIC -0.18%↓ has appointed Chafic Nassif as its new head of market area North East Asia and senior vice president.
- Bill Sharpe has been named senior account executive at HERE Technologies.
- NextNav NN -0.96%↓ announced the appointment of John Muleta to its board of directors.
- Woolpert has hired cloud alliance manager Zack Schreiber to help manage its longtime partnership with Google GOOG 0.15%↑ and its expanding Google Cloud relationship.
- Xona Space Systems co-founder and CTO Tyler Reid received the 2023 Per Enge Early Achievement Award from the Institute of Navigation for his outstanding innovations in the development of LEO satellites for providing an enhanced global positioning service.
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