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Spireon Donates $100,000 to NIADA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund – NIADA National Corporate Partner makes major financial commitment to assist the dealer community affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Spireon Inc., a Diamond-level NIADA National Corporate Partner and leading provider of GPS solutions with GoldStar and other connected vehicle products, will contribute $100,000 to the NIADA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to assist members of the automotive community in their recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Spireon donates $100K to NIADA for hurricane relief; IIADA names dealer of the year

NIADA announced Tuesday that Spireon will contribute $100,000 to the NIADA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to help members of the automotive community recover from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The association said Spireon chose to give to the NIADA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund because it was the quickest way to contribute to the customers and the communities the company serves.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the folks whose lives have been impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” Spireon chief executive officer Kevin Weiss said in a news release. “We know the road has not been easy over the past few weeks, and we know the recovery efforts will continue for months to come. We are incredibly thankful for the support our customers have shown us over the years and feel very fortunate to be in a position to give back to these impacted communities,” he continued.

Spireon will use its NSpire platform to provide data to customers to help them get their businesses running and assess next steps in wake of the storms, according to Weiss.

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Spireon Donates $100,000 to NIADA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

Spireon Inc., a Diamond-level NIADA National Corporate Partner and leading provider of GPS solutions with GoldStar and other connected vehicle products, will contribute $100,000 to the NIADA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to assist members of the automotive community in their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Spireon, a longtime NIADA partner, said it selected the NIADA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund for its commitment to directly contribute to its customers and the communities they serve because it was the quickest way to help in the recovery.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the folks whose lives have been impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” Spireon CEO Kevin Weiss said. “We know the road has not been easy over the past few weeks and we know the recovery efforts will continue for months to come. “We are incredibly thankful for the support our customers have shown us over the years and feel very fortunate to be in a position to give back to these impacted communities.” In addition, Weiss said Spireon will use its NSpire platform to provide the data its customers need to help get their businesses up and running, creating reports to help identify assets potentially at risk from the storms and assist dealers in assessing the next steps for their business.

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KPIs: Fleet Managers Watch Key Performers Indicators to Make Data-Driven Decisions, Improve Operations

Dean Croke, vice president of product management for Spireon, another trailer tracking firm, said trailer mileage data can help fleets conduct maintenance at the ideal intervals and help them monitor the number of turns or loads per week.Trailer information also could help “right-size” trailer pools for a dedicated fleet.
“The leasing company can go to their customer and say, ‘We’re leasing you 127 trailers for this distribution center, but we think you’re not using all 127. We may change your contract to 120, so we’re getting our trailers back and reducing your cost,” said Roni Taylor, vice president of industry relations for Spireon.
Ultimately, having solid data can help fleets reduce the guesswork of managing their operations.

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Spireon to serve as corporate partner of ATA

“Spireon is committed to providing industry leading solutions for the transportation industry, and is proud to serve as a Corporate Partner of the American Trucking Associations,” said Roni Taylor, Vice President of Industry Relations at Spireon. “The ATA’s robust partner and member community is a rich environment for Spireon to collaborate with the industry’s best and continue to advance our unique data analytics and real-time visualization to help fleets improve their operational efficiencies.”

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How Fleets are Using Solar Power – Solar panels have moved off building rooftops and onto trucks, tractors, and trailers.

Solar power for trailer tracking is something customers asked for, says Roni Taylor, vice president of industry relations for Spireon. “So now the industry has come to a point where solar panels are small enough and strong enough to conveniently harness the energy from the sun.” Using the same polycrystalline technology used in traffic lights and streetlights, she says, the solar panels constantly provide a trickle charge to the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries — even on overcast days. And it doesn’t cost any more than the non-solar version. “We add a secondary level of recharge so you can tie into the tractor power as well,” she explains. The solar option “is particularly good for fleets who drop trailers for an extended period of time and for leasing companies,” Taylor says, noting that customer Premier Trailer Leasing is switching to Spireon’s solar tracking product.

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Predictive Analytics – Leveraging data for fleet maintenance, operations, customer service, driver safety and retention

Trailers are entering into the predictive maintenance picture, Dean Croke, vice president of data products for Spireon, a provider of trailer tracking and monitoring technology, says an analysis he is developing shows it is possible to predict – with a high degree of probability – which trailers will have roadside failures before they get dispatched.

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September Q&A: Mobile Marketing Provides a Constant Customer Connection

In this month’s Q&A feature, Dealer Marketing asked the following three industry leaders: Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management for Spireon’s connected car division, Alexi Venneri, co-founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike, and Greg Geodakyan, chief product officer for Client Command, to discuss what dealers are doing right and wrong in terms of mobile, and identify areas that may be slipping through the cracks. They explain how mobile done well creates a constant connection with customers, driving new sales while building loyalty and repeat business.

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Spireon Claims Another Honor For Customer Service

“Spireon gets to add another honor to its mantle.
The company recently received the prestigious Gold award for customer service in the 2017 Golden Bridge Awards; a program that encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services.

The win marks the second award that Spireon has earned so far this year for exceptional customer service. In May, Spireon won the Silver Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year in the 15th annual American Business Awards.

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Spireon Shows Continued Growth and Operational Gains in First-Half 2017

“Spireon experienced solid revenue growth in several business segments during the first six months of the year, most notably in its new car business unit, which achieved 19% revenue growth over the same period in 2016. This uptick is largely credited to the company’s successful January 2017 launch of Kahu, the first connected car solution specifically designed for dealers.

Product shipments to new car dealerships increased 61% compared to the first half of 2016, and 25 new franchise car dealers adopted Kahu in the first half of 2017, including expansion deals with two of the top 10 dealer groups in the nation.

Similarly, Spireon continued to capture market share in the vehicle finance segment, with more than 3,200 new customers signed in 1H ’17, and product shipments of the company’s GoldStar GPS solution up 18% versus the same period in 2016.”

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Spireon Sees Strong Half

“Spireon, Inc. announced key business metrics and achievements for the first half of 2017.
The company’s NSpire platform now processes more than 500 million data events per month, and
achieved a 99.99 percent uptime from Jan. 1 through June 30.
Spireon experienced solid revenue growth in several business segments during the first six months of the
year, most notably in its new-car business unit, which achieved 19 percent revenue growth over the same
period in 2016. This uptick is largely credited to the company’s successful January launch of Kahu, a
connected car solution specifically designed for dealers.”

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Food Standards, Emission Regulations Affect Load Flexibility for Refrigerated Fleets

“Sharp Transportation, based in Wellsville, Utah, runs about 30 reefers nationwide, and the integration of a Spireon telematics package with McLeod management software gives Kevin Boydstun, the operations manager, a single portal through which he can see the condition of each reefer.

“I can, at a glance, see what my trailer pool actually looks like,” he said. “With the full integration, we’re not having to slip back and forth with different websites to get the information we need.”

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The Connected Car

“The connected-car evolution has been happening for a number of years, but we’re still in the beginning stages,” said Jason Penkethman, chief product officer for Spireon. “The OEMs obviously have their connected-vehicle strategy, so they’ve served as kind of an enabler of this technology. But no one has created value for the dealerships. So Spireon is looking at making them part of this whole connected-car era.”

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Do You Know Where Your Cars Are?

“Some systems offer lot management functions to automatically read fuel, odometer, and vehicle trouble codes,” says Brian Deeley, director, product manager for the vehicle finance group at Spireon, a telematics provider.

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Optimizing onboard data-driven systems to mitigate downtime

“Typically, fleet operators look at maintenance in three ways: time-based, distance based, or engine-hour-based,” said Dean Croke, vice president of data products at Spireon.

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New Nevada law greatly impacts GPS & starter interrupt usage

“The use of starter interrupt devices (SIDs) and GPS devices has enabled dealers and lenders to extend credit to consumers who have difficulty obtaining credit, potentially enabling them to repair poor credit ratings”, said Reggie Ponsford, senior vice president of sales for Spireon’s automotive solutions group.

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Logistics Firm RJ & Sons Selects Spireon’s FleetLocate to Manage Fleet of Specialized Trailers

Spireon’s FleetLocate trailer management system has helped improve not only trailer visibility but has reduced the idle time of our trailers, resulting in significant cost savings

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RJ & Sons selects Spireon’s FleetLocate to manage international fleet operations

With our unique 99.9 percent performance guarantee, we’re proud to offer the industry’s most reliable and scalable solution to our customers

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Safety, Profits and Productivity — The Many Benefits of ELDs for construction fleets

Improving safety by reducing fatigue- related incidents requires driver monitoring systems, scorecards and the analytics to help pinpoint problem areas.

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11 Innovators in Telematics

Dean Croke, vice president of data products, Spireon…more than 20 years in fleet telematics

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Driving Fixed Ops Solutions

Kevin Weiss, Spireon’s CEO, who’s committed to “giving dealers the tools they need to benefit from the connected care revolution.”

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Connected Car News: Cohda, Cadillac, AGC, Procon Analytics, Innoviz, Kalray, NextInput, Spireon, Crocus, 5G AA, CSA, Bosch & Sony,”

Spireon announced the latest version of its GoldStar GPS solution for the vehicle finance industry, offering dealers and lenders an easy and efficient approach to mitigate risk while sustaining growth.

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Cargo Theft Spikes on Memorial Day Weekend, But the Scourge Is Year-Round

“Traffic is higher than almost any other weekend, so thieves think they can go undercover,” said Roni Taylor, vice president of industry relations for Spireon

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Spireon Unveils Enhanced GoldStar GPS Solution for Dealers and Lenders at NABD Conference

Redesigned with new user interface, new mobile app, one-step recovery link and new hardware, Spireon delivers simplicity with power in new GoldStar

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SPIREON UNVEILS ENHANCED GOLDSTAR GPS SOLUTION FOR AUTO DEALERS AND LENDERS

Redesigned with new user interface, new mobile app, one-step recovery link and new hardware, Spireon delivers simplicity with power in new GoldStar

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6 enhanced features of Spireon’s GoldStar GPS solution

The new GoldStar GPS solution includes several key updates and features…

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Spireon Unveils Improvements

The new GoldStar GPS solution includes several key updates and features, including a redesigned user interface, a new mobile app and improved wireless reception.

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Spieon Now Offers Fleet Management Solution by OnStar

Spireon recently released its FleetLocate Connected by OnStar fleet management solution for properly equipped GM vehicles.

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Spireon leverages OnStar connectivity for fleet telematics

Spireon released its FleetLocate Connected by OnStar fleet management solution for properly equipped GM vehicles.

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Spireon Names Burden SVP of Sales

Spireon Inc. announced the appointment of Bob Burden as senior vice president of sales for Spireon’s fleet division.

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Spireon’s Fleet Management Solution Connected by OnStar Now Available

Industry’s largest aftermarket telematics provider uses OnStar connectivity to deliver insights to GM Fleet customers

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Spireon appoints new senior vice president of sales for fleet division

Bob Burden to expand footprint of FleetLocate asset management solution among small and medium-sized businesses, reseller and channel markets

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Spireon’s Fleet Management Connects with OnStar

Spireon has released its FleetLocate Connected by OnStar fleet management solution for properly equipped GM vehicles.

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Spireon’s Fleet Management Solution Connected by OnStar Now Available

Industry’s largest aftermarket telematics provider uses OnStar connectivity to deliver insights to GM Fleet customers

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Spireon Hires Telematics Vet

Spireon Inc. announced the appointment of Bob Burden as senior vice president of sales for Spireon’s fleet division.

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Spireon Appoints Bob Burden SVP of Sales for Fleet Devision

Spireon, a leader in telematics, risk management and location-based business intelligence solutions, has appointed Bob Burden as senior vice president of sales for Spireon’s Fleet Division.

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Why BHPH impresses Spireon CEO

Through features like Spireon’s Recovery Link, 78 percent of customers using GoldStar have been able to finance customers with lower credit scores, and 84 percent have reported reduced delinquencies…

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Real estate briefly: Walker & Dunlop refinances $190M portfolio with O.C. properties

Spireon restructured its customer service department in early 2016 to enable representatives to develop more specialized expertise with specific products

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Covering all bases: GM adds a Class 6 medium-duty model

At the beginning of March, the company announced that it would add Spireon to its roster of telematics service providers

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Spireon honored

Spireon awarded the Silver Stevie Award in the Customer Service Department of the Year

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Auto Dealer Today: Innovations

Auto Dealer Today dives into the many offerings and benefits of the dealer’s connected car solution, Kahu, in their April 2017 print edition. Learn how Kahu can provide streamlined lot management while delivering a new F&I profit center.

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CCJ ELD Buyers’ Guide

Spireon’s web-based FleetLocate management systems monitor vehicle and driver performance

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GM’s Spireon

DETROIT — In March, General Motors announced a partnership with Spireon to provide a telematics solution to GM Fleet customers. Spireon, the largest aftermarket telematics provider with 3.75 million active U.S. subscribers, offers web-based fleet management solutions to monitor vehicle and driver performance.  

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Complying with Food Safety Modernization Act regulations

All U.S. shippers, carriers, loaders and receivers who engage in “transportation operations” of food must follow the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Demystifying the Food Safety Modernization Act

In September 2016, large producers and shippers of both human and animal food were required to come into compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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GM Fleet Expands Connectivity Leadership With Spireon

DETROIT — General Motors Fleet is expanding its suite of industry-leading driver connectivity and fleet management solutions by adding Spireon to its telematics service provider roster.

Using the embedded OnStar 4G LTE hardware in the vehicles, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate tool that will allow fleet operators to better manage their Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, beginning May 2017.

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Digital Toolboxes Benefit Dealers, Tech Execs Say

As cars become increasingly connected, dealerships need ways to benefit from all the information those vehicles are generating. Companies are launching products that allow dealers to do just that, and to boost service-lane income in the process.

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Spireon’s Kahu tech aims to increase service retention

CARY, N.C. – At the NADA Convention & Expo, Spireon introduced its latest connected car solution — Kahu — the first connected car solution specifically designed for dealerships, according to the California company.

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Kahu by Spireon Transforms Any Car Into a Connected Car, Provides New Revenue Stream for Car Dealers

Irvine, CA – Spireon Inc., the nation’s largest and most trusted aftermarket Connected Vehicle company with over 2.5 million connected vehicles on the road, recently debuted Kahu, a new service sold exclusively through used car dealers to offer customers a simple way to link their vehicle to their smartphone and interact with their car after purchasing.

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NADA 2017 Vendor Insights – Spireon

We interviewed many vendors during NADA 2017 to hear what they think is ahead for the auto industry. Check out our interview with Spireon.

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Spireon Launches Kahu Connected Car Solution at NADA

IRVINE, Calif. — Aftermarket telematics solutions provider Spireon Inc. has announced the launch of Kahu, the company’s latest connected car solution, at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans.

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Spireon launches connected car add-on for dealers

IRVINE, Calif. – Spireon recently introduced its latest connected car solution — Kahu — a smart add-on designed to provide dealers streamlined inventory and lot management that also offers car buyers modern location tracking and stolen vehicle recovery service.

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Spireon Launches Kahu Connected Car Solution at NADA

IRVINE, Calif. — Aftermarket telematics solutions provider Spireon Inc. has announced the launch of Kahu, the company’s latest connected car solution, at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans.

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Spireon unveils connected car solution for dealerships

Spireon Inc., an aftermarket telematics company for risk management and business optimization, will introduce its latest connected car solution, Kahu. Kahu is designed for dealers, providing streamlined lot management while delivering a new finance and insurance (F&I) profit center by offering consumers a modern location tracking and stolen vehicle recovery service, Spireon said.

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NADA Connected Car Tech News: Dealer AI, Tracking, Research, DRM, CRM & Lot Management

For NADA there are many new services and news announcements. There is software that could be more intelligent than dealers. There are also studies about the car buying process and new services for dealers. Companies making announcements include Conversica, automotiveMasterMind, VinSolutions, Dealertrack, Cox Automotive, DealerRater and Spireon.

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Spireon Unveils Kahu, the First Connected Car Solution Specifically Designed for Dealerships

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spireon Inc., the leader in aftermarket telematics solutions for risk management and business optimization, will introduce its latest connected car solution – Kahu™ – at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans. Kahu is designed for dealers, providing streamlined lot management while delivering a new finance and insurance (F&I) profit center by offering consumers a modern location tracking and stolen vehicle recovery service. Additionally, Kahu empowers dealers to grow service retention with car buyers by providing accurate vehicle data for proactive maintenance reminders that can improve vehicle health and keep vehicles within warranty.

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NADA 2017: Technology

Jason Penkethman, Chief Product Officer at Spireon, spoke about how dealers are gaining greater ability to communicate with their customers.

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Spireon Unveils Kahu at NADA 2017

IRVINE, Calif. — Spireon Inc., the leader in aftermarket telematics solutions for risk management and business optimization, will introduce its latest connected car solution – Kahu™ – at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans. Kahu is designed for dealers, providing streamlined lot management while delivering a new finance and insurance (F&I) profit center by offering consumers a modern location tracking and stolen vehicle recovery service. Additionally, Kahu empowers dealers to grow service retention with car buyers by providing accurate vehicle data for proactive maintenance reminders that can improve vehicle health and keep vehicles within warranty.

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Spireon’s Kahu Provides New Revenue Stream for Dealers

IRVINE, Calif. (AUTO DEALER TODAY)— Spireon Inc., an aftermarket telematics company with more than 2.5 million connected vehicles on the road, announced the release of Kahu, a new service sold exclusively through used-car dealers that allows customers to link their vehicles to their smartphones.

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Spireon’s Kahu Provides New Revenue Stream for Dealers

IRVINE, Calif. (FI-MAGAZINE)— Spireon Inc., the Kahu service includes a device that connects with the car’s location and trip data once installed. It then relays all of that information to a user’s smartphone app. The Kahu app then displays real-time vehicle information, providing users with access to theft recovery services, driving alerts and more.

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Spireon Acquires Phoenix-based Inilex

IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS JOURNALS)— Irvine, California-based Spireon acquired Inilex Inc., which provides GPS-connected theft recovery device Skylink.

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Spireon Becomes the Largest Aftermarket Telematics Company

IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS JOURNALS)— Spireon recently notched several milestones, not only in terms of subscriber counts but also in what that subscriber count meant—the firm is now the largest aftermarket vehicle telematics company around.

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The ‘Bottom Line’ of Spireon’s Acquisition of Inilex

IRVINE, Calif. (SUBPRIME NEWS)— Spireon chief marketing officer Shawn Hansen gave dealers and subprime finance companies what he called the “bottom line” about the potential benefits of the company acquiring Inilex.

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Werner Enterprises to Deploy Spireon Solution

(FLEETOWNER)— Truckload carrier Werner Enterprises will deploy Spireon’s Fleet, Asset & Trailer Intelligence solution, Spireon said. The deployment program includes outfitting all new dry van trailers, as well as an aggressive retrofit program for existing trailers, this year.

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Spireon debuts connected vehicle solution for used-car dealers

IRVINE, Calif. (AUTO REMARKETING) – Spireon Inc., best known for its vehicle-tracking solutions, has debuted its new service provided exclusively through used-vehicle dealers, called Kahu, which allows customers a way to link their vehicle to their smartphone and track its whereabouts.

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Spireon Wins a “Battle of the Platforms” at M2M Evolution Conference

(FLEETOWNER)— Spireon carried the day against other competing M2M (Machine to Machine) technology providers in their category in an event called the “Battle of the Platforms” held at the annual M2M Evolution conference taking place in Miami, FL from January 29 to February 3.

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Spireon: Converting Big Data Into Actionable Insight

As businesses adopt monitoring strategies for their mobile assets, and in the process generate massive amounts of data,
they are turning to machine-to-machine (M2M) solution providers to help them capture, control and extract this information for improved performance.
And mining the right data in an increasingly mobile business landscape provides companies with an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage.

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