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US Telematics Firm Spireon Enters Indian Market

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Launches its Subsidiary in India

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Expands in India

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and the world’s fastest-growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent both in the U.S. and abroad with telematics and cloud expertise. With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT,”  said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon.

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Spireon Expands in India and Appoints Pranab Das as Head Business Operations

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Expands in India, appoints technology veteran to head business operations

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Expands in India, appoints technology veteran to head business operations

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Expands in India, appoints technology veteran to head business operations

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Rise of the Smart Trailer

Advances in telematics and data analytics are redefining the technology-enabled freight trailer. The proliferation of inexpensive sensor tags, cameras and data collection hubs combined with real-time reporting and the transition to faster wireless networks have greatly enhanced trailer monitoring capabilities. These changes are driving a new generation of “smart” trailers that are gathering far more data and business intelligence than just a few years ago…As asset tracking has matured, trucking companies have gained access to a wealth of information that extends far beyond dots on a map. Nonetheless, real-time GPS trailer location remains the first priority, said Roni Taylor, senior vice president of strategy and business development at Spireon, the provider of FleetLocate tracking systems. Cargo tracking is another core capability. Spireon, for one, offers a laser- and camera-based cargo sensor that provides data on precisely when the trailer is loaded or unloaded — and available for return or pickup.

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Spireon Expands in India, appoints technology veteran to head business operations

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Expands in India, Adds 40 Engineers

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Expands in India, appoints technology veteran to head business operations

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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Spireon Expands Operations to India

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, today announced the launch of its subsidiary, Spireon Telematics India Pvt. Ltd. Located in India’s Silicon Valley and world’s fastest growing tech hub, Bengaluru, Spireon Telematics India will be led by technology veteran, Pranab Das, who will oversee a growing team that currently comprises 40 engineers. “Launching our operations in India represents a significant milestone for Spireon and reflects our commitment to leverage the highest caliber of engineering talent—both in the U.S. and abroad—with telematics and cloud expertise,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “With Pranab at the helm, this dedicated engineering hub is a critical part of our global success strategy to continue driving innovation and operational excellence. We’re excited to establish this technology center as part of Spireon’s growing connected vehicle ecosystem and contribute to the company’s leadership in IoT.”

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How the main fleet is fighting labor and trailer challenges

Keeping supply on demand is a never-ending game for logistics providers. But the game is getting harder and harder. The supply chain faces major problems. Demand is skyrocketing, but supply is shrinking. Resource pressure has made trailer management even more difficult, as many people can do more with less effort. You need to increase the visibility of your trailer, but the most important thing is your expertise. “The best thing in the game is running at about 80% [trailer] Francis Roy, vice president of vHub, said: Freight Waves Note that previously, a significant portion of the North American trailer fleet remains unused at all times. “At least 20% of their fleet is unused. Sometimes the reason trailers aren’t used [carriers] Build your fleet based on peak season.“ Businesses are booming, primarily due to the rise of e-commerce, but labor shortages and tight capacity are creating atypical crises felt by large and small businesses. To make matters worse, new trailers are increasingly scarce, and rental and leasing options are no longer working. “Historically, the fleet thought,’just add a trailer or another body,’ but now it’s not that easy,” said Glenn Williams, vice president of product management and sales engineering at Spireon.

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Good Question – Readers Weigh In

What ’s the first thing you would do to address the truck driver shortage? Leverage technology to do more with less in order to reduce operational friction. I would optimize my drivers’ time and give them the ability to see what trailers are loaded/unloaded, exact pick-up locations, and trailer odometers for maintenance.
—John Krumheuer, President, Transportation, Spireon

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Are Dealers Ready for “Telematics Right to Repair?”

“Right to Repair” Significantly Expanded In the November, 2020 election, voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed a ballot initiative, Question 1, by an overwhelming margin (75% approved). Question 1 requires that OEM’s make diagnostic data collected remotely — through OEM telematics systems — available to individual vehicle owners and to independent repair shops. The 2020 initiative expands on a “Right to Repair” initiative passed in 2013. The original initiative required OEM’s to make diagnostic and repair data available to individual owners or independent repair shops. In 2013, this meant that OEM’s had to provide data access to diagnostic repair tools. 

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Estes Express Lines Partners with Spireon

Nation’s Largest Privately Owned Freight Carrier to Deploy Spireon Telematics on 40,000 Assets to Improve Driver Experience and Continuous Process Improvement. “Estes’ decision to adopt Spireon’s FleetLocate is rooted in our commitment to leverage innovative technology to continuously improve operational efficiency and service to our customers,” said Webb Estes, VP of Process Improvement. “Having evaluated several solutions, we selected Spireon because of its superior technology and unique approach to creating a long-term partnership. The Spireon team understood our pain points, talked us through our options, and showed us proof of our future ROI. Spireon’s solution will provide visibility into the location and status of all our assets, streamline operations, improve the driver experience, and ultimately allow us to deliver a superior experience to our customers.”

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Spireon creates Managed Services for trailers

Spireon now offers a Managed Services solution to help customers extend the value of its FleetLocate by optimizing trailer management. Pilot customers of the new offering experienced a return on investment of more than 200% on average in the first year, the company said. Recognizing the human touch is required to take full advantage of the benefits of trailer management systems, Spireon acts as a personal trailer management consultant, allowing carriers to spend more time managing their customers, drivers, and trucks, while Spireon handles their trailer management and drives the ROI. Spireon’s operations analysts assume responsibility for maintaining and anticipating the need for a range of data related administrative tasks, reports, and analyses to improve business operations and lower expenses.

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Spireon Says Managed Services Increases Trailer Management

Spireon now offers a managed services solution to help customers further extend the value of Spireon’s FleetLocate by optimizing trailer management. Pilot customers of the new offering experienced a return on investment of more than 200 percent on average in the first year. Recognizing the human touch is required to take full advantage of the benefits of trailer management systems, Spireon acts as a personal trailer management consultant, allowing carriers to spend more time managing their customers, drivers and trucks while Spireon handles their trailer management and drives the ROI. 

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For-Hire Truckload Carrier Saves $30K a Month with Spireon’s Trailer Management Solution

Investing in trailer tracking is a long-term commitment that requires the right partner to enhance your business. “Buying a telematics solution from a third-party technology provider that has the ability work on multiple trailer OEMs makes the most sense for fleets. Solutions exist from wire harness suppliers, but they only focus on their proprietary harness, which becomes a limiter for many fleets. As the trailer becomes smarter, with sensors being added to different components, the trailer tracker provider can start to serve as the communication gateway,” says Deppeler. After speaking with multiple telematics providers, Paper Transport ultimately decided to partner with Spireon. “With Spireon’s cargo sensing technology, I can feel confident that trailers are empty and ready when our drivers show up for pickup,” he adds.
Over the years, Spireon’s understanding of Paper Transport’s needs and combined partnership with Paper Transport has allowed us to improve cargo sensor to the 99% accuracy device it is today. The other key factor that led Paper Transport to choose Spireon over other telematics providers was the ability to integrate FleetLocate with their own APIs.

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June Trailer Orders Reach 11,000

U.S. trailer orders in June came in at 10,952 units, down from 13,441 a year earlier, ACT Research reported, marking the first year-over-year decline in net orders since May 2020. The order softness belied ongoing demand for trailers in a strong freight market. But supply chain shortages, uncertainty about next year’s pricing and labor availability persist — causing production to be less than robust.

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Estes Express first major LTL to deploy trailer tracking

Sales of trailer tracking and monitoring systems have been healthy among truckload carriers. This year has seen a record high with fleets upgrading to 4G and 5G devices with expanded functionality to avoid service disruptions from sunsetting 3G CDMA cellular networks. Use of the technology has been far less common in the less-than-truckload industry sector. Comparatively, LTL fleets operate trailer equipment in a tighter network with more terminal locations, but this doesn’t make assets any easier to manage. With rising demand from e-commerce, LTL carriers are under pressure to increase capacity. Some are turning to trailer tracking as a way to accomplish this and other needs.

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Momentum building to slash detention times

Telematics solutions provider Spireon leads the way for carriers to improve detention time. Findings from a recent Spireon white paper survey, conducted in conjunction with FreightWaves, found that about 40% of carriers reported losing more than $500 per trailer per week in detention costs. Even for a smaller carrier with just 15 trailers, that level of detention costs could lead to over $390,000 in lost revenue over the course of a year. Detention time spent at shipping and receiving facilities is draining the industry dry in terms of time and money.

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How Your Car Watches Everything You Do And Everywhere You Go

“Not all cars are equal,” LeMere told Forbes. “It’s tough to say blanket statements like all modern day cars record location data when you’re not using them because that’s not true… some do, some don’t. It could be in the infotainment system, it could be in the telematics module. It could even be in the brake light module… And there’s over 25GB of data per hour flowing around this [car] network, and the modules have to communicate with one another to make the car actually just work. It’s up to the individual developers of those modules what they choose to record.”

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CalAmp Posts Mixed Results; Shares Open 6% Lower

Shares of CalAmp Corp. (CAMP) opened 6% on Friday after the company reported mixed Q1 results, with lower-than-expected revenue growth due to global components shortages. CalAmp Corp is a connected intelligence company, helping businesses and people track, monitor, and recover vital assets with real-time visibility and insights.
The company reported adjusted earnings of $0.08 per share, a cent better than analysts’ expectations of $0.07 per share. However, revenues of $79.7 billion lagged the consensus estimate of $80.25 billion. The company reported earnings of $0.09 per share in the prior-year period.

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System Transport tapped to deliver Capitol Christmas tree this year

System Transport was selected as the hauler for this year’s tree at the recommendation of Kenworth Truck Company and based on industry reputation on the West Coast according to Bruce Ward, president of Choose Outdoors, the non-profit partner that assists the USDA Forest Service with coordinating the annual delivery.

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Spireon rebrands Kahu connected-car suite as LoJack

Spireon completed a technology platform update and rebranding of that franchised dealer solution from Kahu, to LoJack, which was the business the company acquired from CalAmp in March. Spireon highlighted in a news release that the relaunch significantly expands the LoJack offering, bringing “proven” lot management and service retention tools to dealerships and connected car features to consumers. In addition, LoJack stolen vehicle recovery coverage is now nationwide, utilizing Spireon’s GPS and cellular networks. “This brand redesign and technology rollout is significant for LoJack dealers. The expanded reach of GPS in locating cars combined with LoJack’s already deep law enforcement relationships and strong name recognition are now combined for a best-in-class solution,” said Brian Skutta, president of automotive at Spireon.

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Spireon relaunches the LoJack brand with improved technology and connected-car functionality

Spireon, the Vehicle Intelligence Company, completed a technology platform update and rebranding of its franchise dealer solution from Kahu, to LoJack™. The relaunch significantly expands the LoJack offering, bringing proven lot management and service retention tools to dealerships, and connected car features to consumers. In addition, LoJack stolen vehicle recovery coverage is now nationwide, utilizing Spireon’s strong GPS and cellular networks. “This brand redesign and technology rollout is significant for LoJack dealers. The expanded reach of GPS in locating cars combined with LoJack’s already deep law enforcement relationships and strong name recognition are now combined for a best-in-class solution,” said Brian Skutta, president of automotive at Spireon.

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LoJack is Back and More Connected Thanks to Spireonnd connected-car functionality

Spireon, the Vehicle Intelligence Company, completed a technology platform update and rebranding of its franchise dealer solution from Kahu, to LoJack™. The relaunch significantly expands the LoJack offering, bringing proven lot management and service retention tools to dealerships, and connected car features to consumers. In addition, LoJack stolen vehicle recovery coverage is now nationwide, utilizing Spireon’s strong GPS and cellular networks. “This brand redesign and technology rollout is significant for LoJack dealers. The expanded reach of GPS in locating cars combined with LoJack’s already deep law enforcement relationships and strong name recognition are now combined for a best-in-class solution,” said Brian Skutta, president of automotive at Spireon.

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Spireon Elevates Prem Hareesh to Chief Technology Officer

Vehicle Intelligence Company Spireon announced the promotion of Prem Hareesh to chief technology officer (CTO). Previously Spireon’s senior vice president of engineering, in his expanded role Hareesh will drive technology and product innovation across business units to benefit Spireon’s more than 20,000 customers and 4 million connected vehicles. As CTO, he will provide executive leadership for the design and management of new product development and support for all Spireon hardware, software and platform services.

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Spireon Elevates Elevates Internal Exec to CTO

Vehicle Intelligence Company Spireon announced the promotion of Prem Hareesh to chief technology officer (CTO). Previously Spireon’s senior vice president of engineering, in his expanded role Hareesh will drive technology and product innovation across business units to benefit Spireon’s more than 20,000 customers and 4 million connected vehicles. As CTO, he will provide executive leadership for the design and management of new product development and support for all Spireon hardware, software and platform services.

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Cargo Security

IntelliScan Image Capture and Retrieval: Spireon’s cargo sensing technology complements its Intelligent Trailer Management platform to provide actionable intelligence on trailer assets. The solution can detect cargo load shift before doors open. It minimizes cargo damage by detecting improper loading and also helps with the recovery of stolen cargo with timestamped documentation.

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Podcast: How Electric Trucks Will Change Your Fleet Management

Electric trucks are here. At this point, every major OEM either has trucks available for order or in development, but if you are interested in adding some of these models to your fleet, there is a lot of preparation that needs to be done ahead of time.

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The Landing is open for business

A long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held in a new building that has forever changed Dyersville’s riverfront and improved the economic strength of the downtown area. During a ceremony at The Landing, located just behind Textile Brewing Company, the Dyersville Economic Development Corp. along with the Dyersville Chamber of Commerce and several representatives from city government gathered to honor the countless people whose dedication made the day possible. The event included ribbon cuttings for Archiprop, Merit Construction, Spireon and Select Physical Therapy and was followed by small tours of the facility and several of the finished residential units above.

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CalAmp Unveils Supply Chain Visibility Solution for Refrigerated Vaccines and High-Value Shipments

CalAmp® (Nasdaq: CAMP), a connected intelligence company that helps people and businesses work smarter, today unveiled its new SC1302™ single-use smart tracking device that can monitor temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. The smart device provides granular visibility for the safe and efficient transport of COVID-19 vaccines and other pharmaceuticals and perishables, as well as various electronics and other high-value shipments. The new environmental sensor is commercially available, and first shipments are anticipated in the first half of 2021.

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CalAmp Appoints FedEx Ground CEO Henry J. Maier to its Board of Directors

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, announced today that Henry J. Maier, president and CEO of FedEx Ground, will be appointed to its Board of Directors effective June 1, 2021.

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Auto Tech Company Wins Eligibility Challenge to Rival’s Patent

A Tennessee district court judge invalidated a patent covering an inventory management system, delivering a win to Procon Analytics LLC in a dispute with a rival automotive telematics company. Judge Jon McCalla in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee dismissed the case after finding Spireon Inc.’s U.S. Patent No. 10,089,598 is invalid because it covers only an abstract idea. “The ’598 Patent is directed to tasks inherent to the business practice and process of vehicle inventory management that have been available as long as the existence of car dealerships,” McCalla wrote in a Tuesday…


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Connected Car Technology Drives Service Retention and Reduced Time to Purchase

In 2020, the automotive industry fell short of the forecasted 17.1 million new vehicles sold as the pandemic disrupted a five-year record of annual U.S. auto sales, resulting in a 15% decline year-over-year. The auto industry was expected to produce 700,000 fewer cars than planned for the first quarter of 2021, according to IHS Markit. In addition to reduced inventories, car dealerships also face a shift in consumer behavior. Many prospective buyers now expect digital shopping options, including extended test drives and home delivery. 


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Connected Car Technology Drives Service Retention and Reduced Time to Purchase

In 2020, the automotive industry fell short of the forecasted 17.1 million new vehicles sold as the pandemic disrupted a five-year record of annual U.S. auto sales, resulting in a 15% decline year-over-year. The auto industry was expected to produce 700,000 fewer cars than planned for the first quarter of 2021, according to IHS Markit. In addition to reduced inventories, car dealerships also face a shift in consumer behavior. Many prospective buyers now expect digital shopping options, including extended test drives and home delivery. 


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Connected Car Technology Drives Service Retention and Reduced Time to Purchase

In 2020, the automotive industry fell short of the forecasted 17.1 million new vehicles sold as the pandemic disrupted a five-year record of annual U.S. auto sales, resulting in a 15% decline year-over-year. The auto industry was expected to produce 700,000 fewer cars than planned for the first quarter of 2021, according to IHS Markit. In addition to reduced inventories, car dealerships also face a shift in consumer behavior. Many prospective buyers now expect digital shopping options, including extended test drives and home delivery. 


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2020 OC 500 – Kevin Weiss

“While 2020 has served up challenges to many industry sectors, I’m incredibly proud of the Spireon team’s continued focus and momentum in delivering connected vehicle technology to increase safety and productivity, boost profits and protect assets.” 


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Why Is A Connected Vehicle So Important?

Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and now Smart vehicles. In this episode, Laurie talks with Tom Robertson from Spireon about what our future in driving holds.


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, and Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced that Spireon has acquired the LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as a leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives. “Spireon’s decision to acquire the LoJack U.S. business reinforces our longstanding commitment to deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights that boost profits, protect assets and increase safety and productivity,” stated Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “The combination of LoJack’s brand equity with Spireon’s modern technology and award-winning customer service and support creates a powerful platform for continued innovation for current and future auto dealers and consumers.” 


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, and Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced that Spireon has acquired the LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as a leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives. “Spireon’s decision to acquire the LoJack U.S. business reinforces our longstanding commitment to deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights that boost profits, protect assets and increase safety and productivity,” stated Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “The combination of LoJack’s brand equity with Spireon’s modern technology and award-winning customer service and support creates a powerful platform for continued innovation for current and future auto dealers and consumers.” 


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, and Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced that Spireon has acquired the LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as a leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives. “Spireon’s decision to acquire the LoJack U.S. business reinforces our longstanding commitment to deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights that boost profits, protect assets and increase safety and productivity,” stated Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “The combination of LoJack’s brand equity with Spireon’s modern technology and award-winning customer service and support creates a powerful platform for continued innovation for current and future auto dealers and consumers.” 


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Spireon Acquires LoJack®

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, and Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced that Spireon has acquired the LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as a leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives. “Spireon’s decision to acquire the LoJack U.S. business reinforces our longstanding commitment to deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights that boost profits, protect assets and increase safety and productivity,” stated Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “The combination of LoJack’s brand equity with Spireon’s modern technology and award-winning customer service and support creates a powerful platform for continued innovation for current and future auto dealers and consumers.” 


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy, and Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced that Spireon has acquired the LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as a leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives. “Spireon’s decision to acquire the LoJack U.S. business reinforces our longstanding commitment to deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights that boost profits, protect assets and increase safety and productivity,” stated Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon. “The combination of LoJack’s brand equity with Spireon’s modern technology and award-winning customer service and support creates a powerful platform for continued innovation for current and future auto dealers and consumers.” 


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FreightWaves Haul Of Fame: Tipping The Hat To The Irish!

Shamrock Trucking was founded in 2001 in Warminster, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. It offers truckload, less-than-truckload and expedited transportation services and solutions. The company operates in the 48 contiguous states with dedicated divisions in the Northeast and Southeast. It provides irregular route, regional and brokered truckload transportation, as well as dedicated contract carriage. Shamrock Trucking’s fleet includes 50 tractors and 230 dry van trailers. They are equipped with OmniTracs and Spireon satellite systems.


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FreightWaves Haul Of Fame: Tipping The Hat To The Irish!

Shamrock Trucking was founded in 2001 in Warminster, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. It offers truckload, less-than-truckload and expedited transportation services and solutions. The company operates in the 48 contiguous states with dedicated divisions in the Northeast and Southeast. It provides irregular route, regional and brokered truckload transportation, as well as dedicated contract carriage. Shamrock Trucking’s fleet includes 50 tractors and 230 dry van trailers. They are equipped with OmniTracs and Spireon satellite systems.


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Spireon Buys LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business From CalAmp

(RTTNews) – Spireon has acquired the LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery business from CalAmp (CAMP). CalAmp noted that the integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as the leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives.


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s US Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business For Undisclosed Sum

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon acquired technology solutions provider CalAmp Corp’s (NASDAQ: CAMP) LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business boosted Spireon’s position as the provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives.


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s US Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business For Undisclosed Sum

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon acquired technology solutions provider CalAmp Corp’s (NASDAQ: CAMP) LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business boosted Spireon’s position as the provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives.


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s US Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business For Undisclosed Sum

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon acquired technology solutions provider CalAmp Corp’s (NASDAQ: CAMP) LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business boosted Spireon’s position as the provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives.


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Spireon Buys LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business From CalAmp

(RTTNews) – Spireon has acquired the LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery business from CalAmp (CAMP). CalAmp noted that the integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as the leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives. CalAmp said it will retain and continue to expand LoJack International, which operates as a subscription-based SaaS business, and CalAmp will also retain ownership of the LoJack patents and trademarks.


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Spireon acquires CalAmp’s stolen vehicle solution

Two technology providers familiar with independent and buy-here, pay-here dealerships just struck a deal. According to a news release posted on Tuesday, CalAmp and Spireon announced that Spireon has acquired the LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp. Executives said the integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as a leading provider of aftermarket telematics for dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives. “Spireon’s decision to acquire the LoJack U.S. business reinforces our longstanding commitment to deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights that boost profits, protect assets and increase safety and productivity,” Spireon chief executive officer Kevin Weiss said in the news release.


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Spireon Buys U.S. LoJack From CalAmp

Vehicle tracking company Spireon Inc. has acquired the LoJack U.S. stolen vehicle recovery business from CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), the two companies, both based in Irvine, said in a statement today. Financial details were not disclosed. “The integration of the LoJack U.S. business bolsters Spireon’s position as the leading provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers, while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives,” according to the statement.


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Spireon Acquires CalAmp’s US Stolen Vehicle Recovery Business For Undisclosed Sum

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon acquired technology solutions provider CalAmp Corp’s (NASDAQ: CAMP) LoJack U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The integration of the LoJack U.S. business boosted Spireon’s position as the provider of aftermarket telematics for automotive dealers while supporting CalAmp’s focus on its strategic global software-as-a-service (SaaS) initiatives.


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How Cargo Sensing Technology Helps Fleets Minimize Cargo Damage, Recover Stolen Cargo and Improve Detention Billing

As the technology continues to improve, fleets can use various reporting, dashboarding or alerting tools to visualize and interpret the data, which in turn, helps optimize operational efficiency. Inefficient cargo management kills profitability for truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL) and private fleets alike. At a time when fleets are working to recoup the losses associated with last year’s freight volume fluctuations, it’s vitally important to be equipped with cargo management tools that offer comprehensive, consistent visibility inside the trailer.


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Spireon Updates GoldStar Product

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, announced the launch of a new wireless version of GoldStar , the company’s award-winning vehicle tracking and collateral management solution for buy-here, pay-here dealers and auto lenders. The first wireless device for the top-rated GPS provider, the new GoldStar Wireless hardware can be self-installed and activated within minutes to facilitate crucial data collection, monitor default predictions, locate on demand, and, when necessary, streamline quick asset recoveries.


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Lot Management Done Right

Many companies claim they have a lot management solution, but a closer inspection reveals that it is not a solution built for dealers to manage their lot. The solutions being talked about are actually built for consumers and focused on consumer applications such as infotainment, safety and tracking their cars after purchase.  OnStar, Ford Sync, Lojack, Spireon, and others can help consumers find their car when they leave the mall, but how does that help dealers manage their operations?


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Spireon names president for combined portfolio

Spireon, a North American telematics provider, is combining its fleet and trailer products into a combined transportation portfolio that will be led by president John Krumheuer. Krumheuer joins the business with 20 years of experience in the sector, and has previously served as senior vice-president of sales for SmartDrive, and vice-president of sales and account management at PeopleNet.


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Spireon Appoints Executive

Spireon announced the unification of its fleet and trailer product offerings into a combined transportation portfolio and appointed John Krumheuer as its president. A veteran sales leader with over 20 years’ experience in transportation technology, including senior roles with telematics and fleet management platform providers, Krumheuer takes the reins at a pivotal time to expand the business and drive future growth. “John’s extensive knowledge of day-to-day fleet and trailer operations and wealth of experience problem solving on behalf of more than 3,500 clients throughout the course of his career make him a welcome addition to the Spireon executive team,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon.


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TravelCenters of America expands services with FleetLocate installation

Spireon and TravelCenters of America are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers.
Professional drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of more than 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide, or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-SITE mobile maintenance crews.


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TravelCenters of America expands services with FleetLocate installation

Spireon and TravelCenters of America are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers.
Professional drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of more than 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide, or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-SITE mobile maintenance crews.


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TA expands telematics offerings with Spireon trailer telematics. TravelCenters of America is partnering with Spireon to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Truckers can now have new trailer telematics systems installed or have existing ones upgraded at TA Truck Service centers. Prior to this partnership, Spireon arranged for all installations to take place on-site at a carrier’s location. Now, carriers can also service their trailers while they are on the road.


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TA Truck Service expands telematics capabilities with Spireon FleetLocate devices

TA expands telematics offerings with Spireon trailer telematics. This collaboration will increase speed and efficiency for fleets to deploy or refresh trailer telematics solutions, and allow fleets to service their trailers while on the road. Spireon and TravelCenters of America Inc. are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Professional drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of over 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-SITE mobile maintenance crews. The collaboration increases the speed and efficiency at which carriers can deploy or refresh trailer telematics solutions. Prior to this partnership, Spireon arranged for all installations to take place on-site at a carrier’s location. Now, carriers can also service their trailers while they are on the road, ensuring the highest quality service and convenience with scheduling and expediting of any new deployment or equipment upgrade.


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TA Truck Service Can Install Spireon FleetLocate

Spireon and TravelCenters of America are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Professional drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of more than 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide, or when using TA’s TechOn-Site mobile maintenance crews. The collaboration increases the speed and efficiency at which carriers can deploy or refresh trailer telematics solutions. Prior to this partnership, Spireon arranged for all installations to take place on-site at a carrier’s location. Now, carriers can also service their trailers while they are on the road.


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TA Truck Service Can Install Spireon FleetLocate

Spireon and TravelCenters of America are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Professional drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of more than 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide, or when using TA’s TechOn-Site mobile maintenance crews. The collaboration increases the speed and efficiency at which carriers can deploy or refresh trailer telematics solutions. Prior to this partnership, Spireon arranged for all installations to take place on-site at a carrier’s location. Now, carriers can also service their trailers while they are on the road.


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TA Truck Service expands telematics capabilities by adding Spireon FleetLocate devices

Spireon and TravelCenters of America Inc. are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of more than 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-Site mobile maintenance crews.


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TA Truck Service Can Install Spireon FleetLocate

Spireon and TravelCenters of America Inc. are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of more than 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-Site mobile maintenance crews.


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TA Truck Service Expands Telematics Capabilities With Addition of Spireon FleetLocate Devices

Vehicle Intelligence Company, Spireon and TravelCenters of America Inc. are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Professional drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of over 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide, or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-SITE mobile maintenance crews.


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TA Truck Service Expands Telematics Capabilities With Addition of Spireon FleetLocate Devices

TravelCenters of America Inc. and vehicle intelligence Company Spireonre are collaborating to bring installation services for FleetLocate® trailer telematics devices to TA Truck Service centers. Professional drivers can now have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of over 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-SITE mobile maintenance crews.


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TA Truck Service Centers now install Spireon telematics

A major truck stop chain has partnered with a vehicle intelligence company to install trailer telematics devices at its truck service centers. TravelCenters of America Inc. today announced it’s collaborating with Spireon to have new trailer telematics solutions installed, or have existing ones upgraded, while visiting one of over 250 TA Truck Service centers nationwide or when utilizing TA’s TechOn-SITE mobile maintenance crews.


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Spireon Introduces FL360 with Optional Dashcam to Streamline Fleet Operations

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, is announcing the availability of the new FL360™, a modular vehicle tracking hardware device, with the all new, optional FL Dashcam. The FL Dashcam is enabled by Surfsight, a solution of Lytx® – the global leader and pioneer in video telematics. This future-proof dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate™ offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence to take the optimization of fleet operations and risk management to a whole new level.


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Spireon Launches FL360 with Optional FL Dashcam to Streamline Fleet Operations

Spireon announced the availability of the new FL360™, a modular vehicle tracking hardware device with the all-new, optional FL Dashcam. Surfsight™, a solution of Lytx®, a global leader in video telematics, enables the FL Dashcam. This future-proof dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate™ offerings. Yet it adds video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence to take fleet operations and risk management to a new level.
“There is a clear demand from our partners and the market for a consolidated single tracking device with integrated video,” says Reza Hemmati, vice president of product management for Spireon. “Having a single tracking device greatly simplifies the sales process, inventory management, and ongoing support for our partners. 


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Spireon Launches FL360 with Optional FL Dashcam to Streamline Fleet Operations

Spireon announced the availability of the new FL360™, a modular vehicle tracking hardware device with the all-new, optional FL Dashcam. Surfsight™, a solution of Lytx®, a global leader in video telematics, enables the FL Dashcam. This future-proof dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate™ offerings. Yet it adds video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence to take fleet operations and risk management to a new level.
“There is a clear demand from our partners and the market for a consolidated single tracking device with integrated video,” says Reza Hemmati, vice president of product management for Spireon. “Having a single tracking device greatly simplifies the sales process, inventory management, and ongoing support for our partners. 


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Spireon Launches Tracking Hardware, Video-Based Solution

Spireon announced a new modular vehicle tracking hardware device that includes optional dash cam capabilities using Lytx technology, available for the FleetLocate tracking system. Spireon’s new FL360 vehicle tracking tool features the optional FL Dashcam, which is powered by Lytx’s Surfsight solution, the company said in a news release. The dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence for optimized fleet operations and risk management.


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Spireon Launches Tracking Hardware, Video-Based Solution

Spireon announced a new modular vehicle tracking hardware device that includes optional dash cam capabilities using Lytx technology, available for the FleetLocate tracking system. Spireon’s new FL360 vehicle tracking tool features the optional FL Dashcam, which is powered by Lytx’s Surfsight solution, the company said in a news release. The dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence for optimized fleet operations and risk management.


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Spireon Launches Tracking Hardware, Video-Based Solution

Spireon announced a new modular vehicle tracking hardware device that includes optional dash cam capabilities using Lytx technology, available for the FleetLocate tracking system. Spireon’s new FL360 vehicle tracking tool features the optional FL Dashcam, which is powered by Lytx’s Surfsight solution, the company said in a news release. The dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence for optimized fleet operations and risk management.


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Spireon Launches Tracking Hardware, Video-Based Solution

Spireon announced a new modular vehicle tracking hardware device that includes optional dash cam capabilities using Lytx technology, available for the FleetLocate tracking system. Spireon’s new FL360 vehicle tracking tool features the optional FL Dashcam, which is powered by Lytx’s Surfsight solution, the company said in a news release. The dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence for optimized fleet operations and risk management.


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Spireon Launches Tracking Hardware, Video-Based Solution

Spireon announced a new modular vehicle tracking hardware device that includes optional dash cam capabilities using Lytx technology, available for the FleetLocate tracking system. Spireon’s new FL360 vehicle tracking tool features the optional FL Dashcam, which is powered by Lytx’s Surfsight solution, the company said in a news release. The dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence for optimized fleet operations and risk management.


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Spireon Launches Tracking Hardware, Video-Based Solution

Spireon announced a new modular vehicle tracking hardware device that includes optional dash cam capabilities using Lytx technology, available for the FleetLocate tracking system. Spireon’s new FL360 vehicle tracking tool features the optional FL Dashcam, which is powered by Lytx’s Surfsight solution, the company said in a news release. The dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence for optimized fleet operations and risk management.


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Spireon launches FL360™ with optional FL Dashcam to streamline fleet operations

Spireon the Vehicle Intelligence Company, is announcing the availability of the new FL360™, a modular vehicle tracking hardware device, with the all new, optional FL Dashcam. The FL Dashcam is enabled by Surfsight™, a solution of Lytx® – the global leader and pioneer in video telematics. This future-proof dual camera complements the advanced features and diagnostics of the new FL360 solution and existing FleetLocate™ offerings, with video evidence and vision-based artificial intelligence to take the optimization of fleet operations and risk management to a whole new level. “There is a clear demand from our partners and the market for a consolidated single tracking device with integrated video,” said Reza Hemmati, Vice President of Product Management for Spireon. “Having a single tracking device greatly simplifies the sales process, inventory management, and ongoing support for our partners. The addition of video opens new possibilities for fleets and provides them with contextual data for their operational and driver coaching use cases. Additionally, the modular aspect of the product helps keep the cost down, so the solution can be provided at a competitive price point.”


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2020 Press Coverage

Spireon Introduces MyDealer 2.0 for Kahu

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, introduced MyDealer 2.0 for Kahu® with new features that enable dealerships to grow the customer/dealer relationship with individualized mobile experiences. This enhancement to the award-winning Kahu connected car solution increases consumer engagement through a high-value mobile app, putting vehicle maintenance and control directly into the customer’s hand. Customers can now receive tailored service reminders, schedule necessary service appointments and have visibility into their car’s maintenance needs and history all in one place—their mobile phone.

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Spireon Introduces MyDealer 2.0 for Kahu

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, introduced MyDealer 2.0 for Kahu® with new features that enable dealerships to grow the customer/dealer relationship with individualized mobile experiences. This enhancement to the award-winning Kahu connected car solution increases consumer engagement through a high-value mobile app, putting vehicle maintenance and control directly into the customer’s hand. Customers can now receive tailored service reminders, schedule necessary service appointments and have visibility into their car’s maintenance needs and history all in one place—their mobile phone.

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Spireon integrates with PSI TireView TPMS

Spireon has announced an integration of its FleetLocate trailer management solution with the Pressure Systems International (PSI) TireView tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The partnership builds upon Spireon’s Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM) platform to equip customers with actionable intelligence needed to maximize ROI, the company says. “Tire pressure monitoring systems help carriers extend tire life, reduce uneven wear from under-inflation, decrease maintenance costs and prevent tire-related CSA violations,” says Roni Taylor, senior vice president of strategy and business development, Spireon. “Spireon’s integration with PSI TireView TPMS is an important addition to the ITM platform as it gives customers a comprehensive view of tire health where they manage their entire trailer ecosystem—FleetLocate.”

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Spireon launches integration with P.S.I. TireView

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, launched an integration of its FleetLocate trailer management solution with the Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) TireView Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Timed with American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), the partnership builds upon Spireon’s Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM) platform to equip customers with actionable intelligence needed to maximize ROI.

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Older Cars Can Be Connected To The Internet, Too

For an added cost, there are a growing number of ways consumers can purchase a “connected” used car — that is, connected to the Internet via an aftermarket device installed in the car — even though it didn’t come from the factory that way. User benefits are similar to features that have become common on new cars, like a car-finder feature that reminds you where you parked your car, via an app downloaded to your mobile phone…“It’s a way for the consumer to keep a connection with the dealer,” and vice versa, said Brian Skutta, president of automotive for vendor Spireon Inc., Irvine, Calif., in a phone interview. The company recently announced a new generation of its MyDealer feature, in its Kahu consumer app.

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Today’s Pickup: Spireon integrates trailer management with TPMS from P.S.I.

“Tire pressure monitoring systems help carriers extend tire life, reduce uneven wear from under-inflation, decrease maintenance costs and prevent tire-related CSA violations,” said Roni Taylor, senior vice president of strategy and business development at Spireon. “Spireon’s integration with P.S.I. TireView TPMS is an important addition to the ITM platform as it gives customers a comprehensive view of tire health where they manage their entire trailer ecosystem — FleetLocate.”

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My Dealer 2.0: Placing car maintenance, control in the customer’s hand

Spireon president of automotive Brian Skutta says that in the area of connected car solutions, consumers consistently say that vehicle maintenance is a high priority. “MyDealer 2.0 delivers on this request as dealers are now able to support automated OEM and mileage specific service reminders, ease of scheduling and access to their car’s maintenance history, which enables convenient ownership over their vehicle’s service needs,” Skutta said in a news release.

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Spireon Launches Kahu Connect

Spireon announced Kahu Connect, the latest offering from Spireon’s Kahu® solution, a connected car solution truly designed for franchise dealers. Leveraging the strategic integrations with Cox Automotive’s HomeNet and Dealertrack DMS, CDK Global, and Reynolds and Reynolds, Kahu Connect offers dealerships the visibility needed for retail inventory management, a new dashboard for ease of access to actionable data and the ability to track down specific inventory for customers.

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Cargo Visibility Better Than Ever with New Tech

Meeting the consumer where they are at in their buying journey is expected today. From a dealer standpoint, you can’t afford not to go all-in on an omnichannel experience for your consumers.  We sat down with Brian Skutta, Spireon’s President of Automotive to discuss engagement through technology and it’s importance on your ability to acquire new customers. Creating a car search, discovery, and deal process that is technology-centric will provide you with a leg up on your competition.

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PSI’s TireView now features new website, telematics partnership

Pressure Systems International (PSI) recently debuted a new dedicated website for its TireView tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which also recently integrated Spireon’s FleetLocate trailer management solution. The new TireView website, tireview.com, features general information about the benefits of tire pressure monitoring and how TireView’s technology delivers expanded tire management solutions for trucks, tractors and trailers.

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Spireon’s Service Reminders For Your Car, Via Phone

Never miss a maintenance and service check for your car, vehicle intelligence company Spireon of Irvine is ready to help keep your appointments on track. Spireon recently introduced MyDealer 2.0 for its Kahu GPS technology, providing automated vehicle maintenance and service reminders to customers, on behalf of their dealerships. Customers can now receive tailored service reminders and have visibility into their car’s maintenance needs and history all in one place – their mobile phone.

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Spireon Upgrades IntelliScan Cargo Imaging System

Spireon unveiled what it calls the next phase in the evolution of its proprietary IntelliScan cargo sensing technology, adding Image Capture and Retrieval capabilities to the system. According to the company, the introduction of Image and Capture Retrieval builds upon Spireon’s Intelligent Trailer Management smart trailer platform to provide actionable intelligence so carriers can maximize the return on investment of their trailer assets. The new technology will be demonstrated at the Truckload Carriers Association Truckload 2020 Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Spireon offers fleets a live look at cargo inside trailers

Seeing is believing. And when it comes to cargo in a fleet’s trailer, knowing it is loaded and properly secured can increase efficiencies and improve ROI. Spireon Inc.’s FleetLocate system can now show a real-time image from inside a trailer with a click of a button. Vehicle intelligence company Spireon unveiled the next phase of its IntelliScan cargo-sensing technology with the release of Image Capture and Retrieval, which builds upon its Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM) platform. The new technology was released during the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Truckload 2020 Conference.

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Latest Spireon product will let customers see what’s in the trailer

Spireon is releasing an upgrade to its Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM) trailer tracking system that seems very basic on its face: It will let its carrier clients see the pictures the system takes. In an announcement timed to be released in conjunction with the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting in Kissimmee, Florida this week, Spireon announced a product it calls IntelliScan Cargo Image Capture and Retrieval. It is essentially the latest version of ITM and will allow Spireon customers to have the pictures that the ITM platform is now capturing downloaded to their Spireon dashboard. Roni Taylor, Spireon’s senior vice president for Strategy & Business Development, told FreightWaves in an interview from the floor of the TCA meeting that while the concept seemed simple, it’s been two years in the making.

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Spireon Releases IntelliScan Cargo Image Capture and Retrieval

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, unveiled the next phase in the evolution of its proprietary IntelliScan cargo sensing technology with the release of Image Capture and Retrieval. The introduction of Image and Capture Retrieval builds upon Spireon’s Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM) smart trailer platform to provide actionable intelligence so carriers can maximize the ROI of their trailer assets. The new technology will be demonstrated at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Truckload 2020 Conference.

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2019 Press Coverage

Cargo Visibility Better Than Ever with New Tech

Spireon’s new Advanced IntelliScan Platform is an enhanced version of its IntelliScan cargo sensing technology, which uses time-of-flight lasers and optical imaging technologies to deliver 99.9% cargo detection accuracy from inside a trailer. The new advanced platform goes beyond simple loaded/unloaded status to visualization of cargo and pinpointing when load status changes or damage has occurred. Volumetric analysis allows less-than-truckload carriers to maximize capacity.

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The Importance of Playing Up Technology

When it comes to technology, the automotive industry – both independent shops and dealerships – are relatively behind the times. However, today’s consumer is not and expects a certain level of convenience through technology. Whoever takes advantage of this – whether it be independents or dealerships – will have a competitive edge moving forward. Sunil Marolia shares his thoughts on how to use technology as a differentiator and where dealerships and independents each have an edge.

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Playing Up Tech

When it comes to technology, the automotive industry – both independent shops and dealerships – are relatively behind the times. However, today’s consumer is not and expects a certain level of convenience through technology. Whoever takes advantage of this – whether it be independents or dealerships – will have a competitive edge moving forward. Sunil Marolia shares his thoughts on how to use technology as a differentiator and where dealerships and independents each have an edge.

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Playing Up Tech

When it comes to technology, the automotive industry – both independent shops and dealerships – are relatively behind the times. However, today’s consumer is not and expects a certain level of convenience through technology. Whoever takes advantage of this – whether it be independents or dealerships – will have a competitive edge moving forward. Sunil Marolia shares his thoughts on how to use technology as a differentiator and where dealerships and independents each have an edge.

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Spireon enhances products to define ‘smart trailer’ tech

The term “smart trailer” is generically used to describe the latest advancements in trailer tracking systems for monitoring equipment and cargo. Market penetration of trailer tracking systems is under 30 percent, but the technology is getting renewed interest. Yet without the right approach to investing in the latest technology, fleets could find themselves with “volumes of data and lack the resources to properly analyze and identify what will result in actionable insights,” said Clem Driscoll with C.J. Driscoll & Associates.

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Spireon Introduces Intelligent Trailer Management Portfolio

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, unveiled Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM), the company’s new portfolio defining the industry term of “Smart Trailer,” timed with American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition (MCE). Building upon Spireon’s award-winning trailer management solutions, ITM brings a new generation of intelligent tools to carriers, helping to leverage the right data and provide actionable intelligence. “Today the term ‘Smart Trailer’ is broad, blurry, and leaves carriers unsure of how an investment in such systems would generate a clear return,” says Roni Taylor, senior vice president of strategy and business development at Spireon. “This is why we have defined Intelligent Trailer Management for the industry—a newly enhanced trailer platform that makes it easy for carriers to gather and use data to reduce cost and increase utilization.”

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Spireon Introduces Intelligent Trailer Management Portfolio

Spireon has unveiled Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM), which the company says builds upon its trailer management solutions to brings a new generation of intelligent tools to carriers. “With the number of trailer sensors and technology systems available today, most fleets could be inundated with volumes of data and lack the resources to properly analyze and identify what will result in actionable insights,” said Clem Driscoll of C.J. Driscoll & Associates, who recently published “Survey of Trucking Fleet Operator Interest in MRM Systems and Services 2019-2020,” with a focus on smart trailer technology.

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Spireon Outlines Vision for Intelligent Trailer Management

Asset-tracking provider Spireon has introduced Intelligent Trailer Management, the company’s next-generation portfolio of products and services. ITM incorporates the company’s core FleetLocate tracking systems and NSpire telematics platform, as well as expanded analytics tools to help fleet customers glean actionable information from the growing amount of data they are collecting. “The data has to be served up in a way that customers can absorb,” said Roni Taylor, senior vice president of strategy and business development at the technology firm. She described ITM as the next progression from the company’s longtime focus on providing “rich data” through more frequent reporting on the location and status of trailers.

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Spireon Introduces Intelligent Trailer Management Portfolio

Spireon unveiled Intelligent Trailer Management (ITM), the company’s new portfolio defining the industry term of “Smart Trailer,” timed with American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition (MCE). Building upon Spireon’s award-winning trailer management solutions, ITM brings a new generation of intelligent tools to carriers, helping to leverage the right data and provide actionable intelligence. “Today the term ‘Smart Trailer’ is broad, blurry and leaves carriers unsure of how an investment in such systems would generate a clear return,” said Roni Taylor, senior vice president of strategy and business development at Spireon. “This is why we have defined Intelligent Trailer Management for the industry – a newly enhanced trailer platform that makes it easy for carriers to gather and use data to reduce cost and increase utilization.”

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Spireon data shows nearly 28% improvement in recovering impounded vehicles

Spireon’s latest data showed its GPS solutions generated significant improvements when vehicles in the portfolios of buy-here, pay-here dealers end up in troubling place for operators — an impound lot. Spireon reported on Thursday that so far in 2019, significantly more used vehicles have been recovered expeditiously from impound lots than in 2018. This faster recovery time has resulted in an estimated average savings of $107 per vehicle impounded. Spireon data indicated that so far in 2019, 27.8% more vehicles were recovered from impound lots in less than a day. Meanwhile, vehicles accruing mounting fees in excess of one week to more than a month has improved by 27% since its 2018 findings. “Last year’s data was pulled during a period when impound lot recovery technology powered by GPS was still in its early stages and did not yet have a strong foothold among dealers,” Spireon senior director of product management Brian Deeley said in a news release. “However, since then, through gradual adoption and education, we are seeing the fruits of our labor pay off in the form of significant savings for both independent and BHPH dealers,” Deeley continued.

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Report: GPS Tracking Reduces Impound Costs

Vehicle intelligence provider Spireon has reported that in 2019, significantly more used vehicles have been recovered expeditiously from impound lots than in 2018. Analysts say faster recovery time has resulted in an estimated average savings of $107 per vehicle impounded. Spireon data indicates that in 2019, 27.8% more vehicles were recovered from impound lots in less than a day. Meanwhile, vehicles accruing mounting fees in excess of one week to more than a month has improved by 27% since its 2018 findings. “Last year’s data was pulled during a period when impound lot recovery technology powered by GPS was still in its early stages and did not yet have a strong foothold among dealers,” said Director of Product Management Brian Deeley Sr. “However, since then, through gradual adoption and education, we are seeing the fruits of our labor pay off in the form of significant savings for both independent and BHPH dealers.”

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3 Reasons Smartphones Are the Secret to Service Success

In today’s competitive marketplace, consumers have come to expect convenience and personalization from their favorite brands. To adapt to these preferences, dealers should take a page from the digital media playbook. You must find innovative ways to develop and maintain relationships with each unique customer. The key to this strategy is making engagement easier by placing the dealership directly in the palm of the consumer’s hand — via their mobile device. Mobile applications have become a key component of our everyday lives, and the car ownership experience should be no exception. Here are three ways dealer-branded mobile apps keep customers engaged with your service department

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Increasing Safety Through Telematics

Technology can provide actionable, immediate information to drivers to allow for personalized coaching opportunities. So now, you have the data. That’s great. But it’s what you do with it that’s important. That’s where driver coaching comes in. Reza Hemmati, VP of product management for Spireon, noted that while coaching is an integral part of a telematics safety program, it’s vital that it’s not punitive. “Drivers are in short supply and not easy to find. Given the introduction of new rigorous regulations such as hours-of-service and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), fleet managers can’t afford to alienate their driver base further,” he said. “However, this doesn’t mean fleet managers can’t monitor the drivers with the worst behavior and have a fact-based conversation with them, and convey how their driving behavior could be detrimental to their own safety. But, real change is best driven through an incentive-based system where drivers are engaged and have a reason to improve their behavior.”

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Spireon Announces Partnership with Snowflake

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon announced a partnership with Snowflake, a data warehouse built for the cloud, which combines the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud to support a “your data, no limits” approach to advanced analytics. “While Spireon’s NSpire platform is a powerhouse, it’s critical to our client community that our solutions stay affordable and approachable,” said Jason Penkethman, chief product and strategy officer at Spireon. “With Snowflake Secure Data Sharing, we maintain the ease of use our market demands, while opening doors to as much big data as they have an appetite for.”

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Spireon Partners with Snowflake

Spireon announced a strategic partnership with Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, which combines data warehousing, flexibility and the elasticity of the cloud to support a “your data, no limits” approach to advanced analytics. The partnership will support FleetLocate by Spireon, a fleet and asset intelligence solution, which is designed to translate data points so fleet and asset managers have the information they need to operate most safely, efficiently and profitably.

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Spireon Links Fleet Data With Data Warehouse Firm Snowflake

Irvine-based Spireon, a provider of fleet telematics and vehicle tracking and data, has linked with data warehousing provider Snowflake, the two said this morning. The two said the big data and data sharing partnership will allow clients of Spireon’s FleetLocate fleet and asset intelligence product with access to big data reporting. Financial details of the deal were not announced. According to the two, enterprise clients of the two have been looking to create custom queries and other reporting for their operations; the new data sharing deal allows those clients to use Snowflake to query and access information on assets and years of historical data.

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Spireon Announces Big Data Partnership with Snowflake

And specifically for Spireon’s enterprise trailer management clients, Snowflake makes the mountain of telematics data gathered from large trailer fleets mineable on the fly. Seeing that intel in tandem with their own datasets empowers fleets to manage their unique operations in a unique way. “While Spireon’s NSpire platform is a powerhouse, it’s critical to our client community that our solutions stay affordable and approachable,” said Jason Penkethman, chief product and strategy officer at Spireon. “With Snowflake Secure Data Sharing, we maintain the ease of use our market demands, while opening doors to as much big data as they have an appetite for.”

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Snowflake’s data warehouse bolsters Spireon’s FleetLocate

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon recently formed a partnership with Snowflake, which operates a cloud-based data warehouse, that it says will allow users of its FleetLocate solution to increase efficiency through near real-time insights. Snowflake’s data warehouse was built for the cloud, the company says, and combines “the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud” to support a “your data, no limits” approach to advanced analytics.

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Snowflake’s data warehouse bolsters Spireon’s FleetLocate

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon recently formed a partnership with Snowflake, which operates a cloud-based data warehouse, that it says will allow users of its FleetLocate solution to increase efficiency through near real-time insights. Snowflake’s data warehouse was built for the cloud, the company says, and combines “the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud” to support a “your data, no limits” approach to advanced analytics.

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Spireon Gets New Chief for Automotive Group

Connected vehicle tracking and intelligence company Spireon Inc. has a new chief for its realigned automotive segment. Brian Skutta will lead combined vehicle finance, Buy Here Pay Here, and lender and franchise dealership businesses to centralize Spireon’s ventures in Connected vehicles. Before joining Irvine-based Spireon, Skutta was executive vice president of dealer sales and service at TrueCar Inc.

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Promotional text messages boost service business, save dealers money by targeting likely customers

Text messages are becoming effective devices for dealership service departments to send customers discount coupons and notify them of other sales promotions. Advocates say such digital marketing enables dealers to boost service business while saving money by focusing on favored consumers. But detractors assert that marketing by text message cheapens an important communications channel and overlooks older customers who prefer more traditional marketing appeals.And while text couponing is a useful marketing option for service departments, some skeptics say it’s not about to replace traditional print advertising and mass mailings, especially among older customers.  “I don’t think mailings have gone away,” says Sunil Mariola, vice president of product management for Spireon Inc., which uses telematics to allow customers to schedule service appointments digitally. “The market is going through an adjustment, but the dealers aren’t that quick to change. It will take some time for management to come around to switching the way they do things. “It’s a case where the dealers and the consumers will need to learn and adapt. This is a people challenge, not a technology challenge.”

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Spireon announces the availability of GoldStar Connect in Spanish at NIADA 2019

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, announced at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s (NIADA) 2019 Expo and Convention that its GoldStar Connect solution is now available in Spanish. The GoldStar Connect app offers Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) dealers and lenders connected car features and benefits meant to increase customer loyalty and profitability. With the addition of the Spanish language option, Spanish-speaking consumers can now benefit from the app’s industry-leading GPS services and additional capabilities.

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How implementing trailer tracking systems can streamline operations

What are the major considerations fleets should have when choosing a trailer tracking solution? Reza Hemmati VP Product Management at Spireon responded: “The solution should provide more than just the location of the fleet, but also insight into the fleet’s operation to increase efficiency and profitability. For example, the ability to monitor the trailer location, duration within landmarks, and cargo status reduce driver idle time and correctly assess detention billing.” What industry, equipment and operational needs are leading to new trailer tracking system designs and features? Hemmati responded: “Customers have been looking for more accurate trailer cargo status data to support their detention billing invoices and minimize trailer idle time. However, previous cargo sensors typically leveraged ultrasonic technology, which has been proven undependable in common transportation use cases and especially for certain cargo types. New cargo sensors that employ a combination of time-of-flight sensor and optical imaging data, along with machine learning algorithms, can provide unprecendented cargo status accuracy, regardless of environmental conditions and cargo types.

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Spireon Launches Availability of GoldStar Connect in Spanish

On Tuesday during the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s 2019 Expo and Convention, Spireon announced that its GoldStar Connect solution is now available in Spanish. The GoldStar Connect app can offer buy-here, pay-here dealers and subprime auto finance companies connected vehicle features and benefits meant to increase customer loyalty and profitability. With the addition of the Spanish language option, Spireon highlighted Spanish-speaking consumers can now benefit from the app’s industry-leading GPS services and additional capabilities.

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Spireon Adds Spanish-Language Version of GoldStar Connect

Vehicle intelligence provider Spireon Inc. announced at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s 2019 Expo and Convention that its GoldStar Connect solution is now available in Spanish. The GoldStar Connect app offers buy-here, pay-here dealers and finance sources connected- car features and benefits designed to increase customer loyalty and profitability. The addition means Spanish-speaking consumers can now benefit from the app’s industry-leading GPS services and additional capabilities, executives said.

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Spireon taps Skutta to lead streamlined automotive product portfolio

Spireon announced on Wednesday the unification of its auto finance as well as franchised and buy-here, pay-here dealer product offerings into a combined automotive portfolio along with the appointment of Skutta as its president. Under Skutta’s leadership, Spireon said its automotive-focused segments will leverage its product lineup and already deep bench of industry experts to best serve its customers into the future. “Brian has extensive experience in the automotive sector and an outstanding history of driving both top and bottom line results while ensuring the customer’s needs remain top of mind,” Spireon chief executive officer Kevin Weiss said in a news release.

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Spireon Names TrueCar Vet As Automotive VP

Irvine-based Spireon, which develops vehicle telematics hardware and products, announced this morning that it has named Brian Skutta as President of Automotive. According to Spireon, Skutta will head up a newly combined vehicle finance, Buy Here Pay Here, lender, and franchise dealer product offerings. Skutta previously was Executive Vice President of Dealer Sales and Service at TrueCar, and also has served at AutoAlert, VinSolutions and AutoTrader.com. Spireon is a developer of fleet tracking and other automotive and vehicle GPS tracking products.

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Raising the Bar for Reefer Monitoring

Fleets, Suppliers Adjust to Tighter Food Safety Demands. The real-time data and telematics revolution in trucking, coupled with federal regulations requiring more precise cold-chain monitoring and reporting on perishable foods in transit, is driving a new era of innovation and improved performance in the refrigerated trucking market. It is an opportunity being embraced by reefer fleet operators, equipment manufacturers and technology providers. Driving this evolution are more sophisticated and capable trailer-mounted remote-monitoring devices, which transmit a host of data in near-real time about in-transit reefer trailer operating performance and location; “cloud-based” platforms and software tools that capture, validate and combine data from many devices and give dispatchers a continuous, comprehensive view of a reefer’s operating status; and design advances and improvements in refrigeration units by manufacturers.

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Shaping the Future of Asset Management

Technology adoption in the trucking industry typically focuses first on the back office and in the cab of the truck, but the proliferation of internet-connected devices and onboard sensors in recent years has increasingly pulled the trailer into the forefront of the conversation. Although forms of trailer tracking have existed for many years, the latest advances in the Internet of Things and connected devices have greatly elevated the capabilities of these asset monitoring systems, which now offer a much broader range of information about the location and status of the trailer and the cargo inside. The FleetLocate cargo sensing system from Spireon also combines real-time optical imagining and ­algorithms to detect the status of the load. Its laser measurement technology provides greater than 99% accuracy in determining cargo conditions, even for soft materials that sometimes cause inaccurate readings with other forms of detection, the company said. “It’s not about just connecting to as many data points as possible, it’s about driving [return-on-­investment] intelligence that really changes our customers’ operations.

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Win Customers Through Mobile Notifications

My Dealer allows dealers to provide their own branding and allow customers the ability to book and call the dealership right from their mobile device, which has streamlined the service process. Right now, it’s very fragmented, explains Marolia. For example, customers right now get direct mailers for service coupons. Those are generally thrown somewhere—often in the trash—and when it’s time for a service, the customer either can’t find or forgets about the mailer. With My Dealer, notifications for service come through the home screen and are delivered when the vehicle actually needs to be serviced, creating personalization that consumers want. “It’s personalized—meaning we can integrate content to that consumer,” Marolia explains of the notifications that are sent to customers through the My Dealer feature. “They’re all [the messages] actionable. They can call the dealer or book the service right there. It drives a better experience and drives retention up.”  

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Spireon Wins Business Intelligence Group’s 2019 Excellence in Customer Service Award

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company has been named a winner in the 2019 Excellence in Customer Service Award for Technology of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group. Spireon was selected due to its deep investment in product innovation and dedication to develop deeper relationships with its 20,000+ customers while ensuring customer success. “2018 was another stellar year for Spireon, amplified by our white-glove customer service and the superior value delivered by our connected vehicle solutions,” said Rashid Ismail, CIO at Spireon. “Our customers are at the center of everything we do and the recognition by the Business Intelligence group further proves our customer-first philosophy far exceeds industry standards and that our team continues to raise the bar in customer service.” Spireon’s 2018 average Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 72 far exceeds the industry average of 21.4 for B2B technology companies.

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Should Fleets Worry About the 3G Phaseout?

A current hot topic concerning mobile technologies is the sunsetting of 3G mobile networks. Verizon announced it would end support for 3G devices by the end of the year, and other major mobile service providers have said they plan to follow suit within the next year or two. The reason for the sunset comes down to real estate, or spectrum in the case of mobile service providers. As companies kick in to high gear to develop 5G networks, there isn’t enough room in the radio frequency spectrum for older mobile technologies. That means that any 3G mobile devices you may have deployed in your fleet won’t be able to establish a mobile connection once all the major mobile service providers have closed down their 3G networks. Many mobile device vendors have already launched 4G devices. Jason Penkethman, chief product and strategy officer, Spireon, said his company has “launched 4G devices that in some cases can fall back to 3G if a 4G network is not present in that area.”

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Mobile Platforms: Sharing Data Between Truck Cab and Back Office

Fleets might consider other app data optional, according to Roni Taylor, senior vice president, FAI strategy and business development, at Spireon. For example, there are mobile apps that can provide direct feedback to drivers on their speed. “The same information can be sent to a field supervisor in the form of an alert or report, but it would be optional to capture that speeding data and integrate it with a back-office system.” But some fleets might want that data in their system to be used as part of a company safety initiative…While much of the mobile data fleets collect involve location and status, Taylor says such data can be “integrated into enterprise systems for non-telematics needs. For example, second-order analytics can provide insights into risk, or correlation of events between telematics data and data from other systems.” That analysis can be used to establish vehicle maintenance schedules or transportation flow analysis.

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Spireon Grows Fleet, Asset Tracking Businesses

Spireon increased sales of its FleetLocate commercial vehicle tracking solution in 2018, and saw even stronger growth from its asset and trailer intelligence business, the telematics provider announced. The Irvine, Calif.-based Spireon also saw strong growth in its core business of providing hardware and software to franchised dealers. Spireon grew its FleetLocate commercial fleet tracking service that’s mostly used by small- and medium-sized businesses by 13% in 2018, and increased its non-powered asset tracking business by 27% over 2017 with more than 250,000 units shipped. Revenue from this segment increased 28%. FleetLocate subscriptions from direct sales grew 13%, while subscriptions through Spireon’s Sprint partnership increased more than 50%.

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Spireon Grows Fleet, Asset Tracking Businesses

Spireon increased sales of its FleetLocate commercial vehicle tracking solution in 2018, and saw even stronger growth from its asset and trailer intelligence business, the telematics provider announced. The Irvine, Calif.-based Spireon also saw strong growth in its core business of providing hardware and software to franchised dealers. Spireon grew its FleetLocate commercial fleet tracking service that’s mostly used by small- and medium-sized businesses by 13% in 2018, and increased its non-powered asset tracking business by 27% over 2017 with more than 250,000 units shipped. Revenue from this segment increased 28%. FleetLocate subscriptions from direct sales grew 13%, while subscriptions through Spireon’s Sprint partnership increased more than 50%.

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Spireon Grows Fleet, Asset Tracking Businesses

Spireon increased sales of its FleetLocate commercial vehicle tracking solution in 2018, and saw even stronger growth from its asset and trailer intelligence business, the telematics provider announced. The Irvine, Calif.-based Spireon also saw strong growth in its core business of providing hardware and software to franchised dealers. Spireon grew its FleetLocate commercial fleet tracking service that’s mostly used by small- and medium-sized businesses by 13% in 2018, and increased its non-powered asset tracking business by 27% over 2017 with more than 250,000 units shipped. Revenue from this segment increased 28%. FleetLocate subscriptions from direct sales grew 13%, while subscriptions through Spireon’s Sprint partnership increased more than 50%.

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ELDs: The Extra Benefits

Reza Hemmati, vice president of product management at Spireon, which produces fleet and trailer tracking software, is in agreement. “Telematics data allows fleets to evaluate load margins, improve asset utilization, understand loading and unloading habits of customers to reduce detention time, and reduce the cost of insurance,” he explained. “The combination of ELD and telematics data offers a new world of possibilities for fleets to improve safety, efficiency and their bottom lines, and the industry is still very ripe for innovative ways to further achieve these goals.”

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Spireon hardware and mobile innovations spur strong 2018 results

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, closed 2018 with eight awards and significant year-over-year growth across transportation, fleet and franchise dealer business units. The growth was driven by hardware and mobile innovations designed to boost profits, and enhance efficiency for customers. “In 2018, Spireon delivered more than 50 new hardware and software releases to market, including several ‘first of its kind’ solutions, such as Kahu’s test drive analytics for franchise dealers, FleetLocate’s IntelliScan™ cargo sensor which delivers 99 percent accuracy, and the new GoldStar Connect consumer app, which lets subprime dealers and lenders generate profit from GPS,” said Kevin Weiss, Spireon CEO, in a press release.

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Predictive Maintenance: Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

“This approach often increases the cost to address the problem and leads to extended downtime and lost revenue. This form of ‘preventive maintenance’ is typically based on distance traveled, time elapsed, or engine hours. With the advent of solutions that monitor vehicle/asset components through CAN BUS diagnostics or sensor data, preventive maintenance has evolved in the past few years to take advantage of this data for making decisions on maintenance needs. For example, if the fleet manager finds that a vehicle has thrown a diagnostic trouble code, it can be brought in to get addressed immediately rather than waiting for the periodic scheduled maintenance, or worse, for the asset to break down,” said Reza Hemmati, VP of product management for Spireon.

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Spireon bolstering telematics on Sprint’s IoT platform

Spireon, which specializes in connected vehicle intelligence, plans to leverage LTE-compatible CAT M connectivity to improve battery life and coverage for its telematics customers running on Sprint’s Curiosity IoT platform. “Our vehicle intelligence solutions are business-critical for customers in the automotive, fleet and transportation arenas, so network connectivity must be reliable and efficient,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO at Spireon. “Sprint has been a great partner in bringing our FleetLocate solution to thousands of fleets of all sizes across the country, and we’re excited to begin shipping CAT M devices for our GoldStar, Kahu and FleetLocate solutions running on the Sprint network.”

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Technology Expands Opportunity During Tax Season

Tax season is the annual high point of sales for most buy-here, pay-here dealers. Unfortunately, six months later comes the high point for repossessions. It’s classic high-risk, high- reward proposition. But technology can reduce some of the risk, according to executives at telematics firm Spireon. “They can afford to take on a little more risk when this pops,” said Carla Fitzgerald, Spireon’s director of marketing. Part of this risk mitigation comes from traditional starter-interrupt and GPS devices. But today Spireon offers a wider array of products that turn used cars into connected cars. This means dealers can monitor the cars more closely and act before a problem gets out of hand. “It allows a dialogue to take place between both parties,” Fitzgerald said.

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How to Prepare for a Successful Tax Season

Welcome to a potentially golden opportunity for BHPH dealers, courtesy of Uncle Sam. Refunds have more than doubled in the past decade. BHPH dealers typically expect up to 50 percent of their annual business to come during tax season. This tax season, dealers have a huge opportunity to cash in, thanks to the latest tax laws and unfolding market dynamics. Even large lenders have taken notice and are relaxing their credit score requirements to attract the subprime market. Opportunity is knocking. But there’s a lot of competition to answer the door. Here are three ways to prepare to maximize your revenue during the 2019 tax season. Start preparing immediately: Now that the PATH Act is federal law (as of 2017), tax refunds won’t go out until after Feb. 15.That means money will not hit buyers’ hands until the last two weeks of February or the first week of March, leaving about a 10-day window in which a tsunami of car buyers will be hitting lots. Your competitors won’t wait until then to  act, and neither should you. So where do you begin?

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How dealers can make more in deep subprime without spending more

When it launched onto the buy-here, pay-here scene more than 15 years ago, GPS made it much easier to find a vehicle for repo. Over the years, the technology has evolved to look at location data over time, with the ability to predict where a vehicle will likely be at any time of the day or night with incredible accuracy. For example, the technology can now identify a change of job or home address through deviations in driving patterns. Let’s face it, unless they’re the James Bond type, most people have a set daily routine bouncing back and forth between home and work. Modern GPS solutions can detect major life changes by analyzing location data in relation to time of day, day of week, and pattern frequency. Similarly, these same algorithms can automate and expedite loan stipulations that typically require hours of calling to verify addresses and workplace information. It’s also useful in preparing agents for repossession, when needed, to better target the right place and time for recovery. Accurately predicting vehicle location under specific circumstances (such as during Monday night football) leads to easier, less costly and less risky recoveries.

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Use Telematics to Navigate Construction’s Logistical Challenges

In construction, there are numerous ways to measure success, including steady sales, satisfied customers, employee retention and a strong reputation, to name a few. And while there are many forces at play to influence each of these factors, optimal logistics plays a crucial—though somewhat invisible or unrecognized—role, helping to lay the necessary groundwork for operational timeliness and efficiency. The importance of optimal logistics become magnified when we look at them through the lens of the construction industry. Enter: telematics systems. Telematics systems have emerged as the tried-and-true solution for construction fleets looking to streamline their operations. Such systems deliver much-needed visibility into the many moving parts of the fleet and provide managers with the information necessary to make sound business decisions for overall development, including increased driver retention, higher safety standards and lower costs of service.

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Spireon Unveils Customer Retention Tool

Spireon introduced the My Dealer feature for Kahu, a new customer retention module that allows dealers to target and engage customers post sale.
This enhancement to the Kahu connected car solution uses actual vehicle mileage and other customer data to deliver timely, relevant service reminders, promotions and other messages in a convenient and personalized way, keeping the dealership front and center with customers when they have automotive needs. With the addition of the My Dealer enhancement to Kahu, dealership branding, services, products and community activities can be shared with customers regularly.

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Spireon Introduces My Dealer for Kahu

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, introduced the My Dealer feature for Kahu, a new customer retention module that allows dealers to easily target and engage customers post sale, creating ongoing revenue opportunities. This enhancement to the Kahu connected car solution uses actual vehicle mileage and other customer data to deliver timely, relevant service reminders, promotions and other messages in a convenient and personalized way, keeping the dealership front and center with customers when they have automotive needs. “Franchise dealers earn about 50 percent of their gross profits from fixed operations, so bringing customers back for service is critical, and mobile communication is the most effective way to do this,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management at Spireon. “Relevancy is critical for consumer engagement and with the My Dealer module, dealers can reach their customers at the right time, with the right offer, on the right platform, strengthening the relationship and creating ongoing revenue opportunities.”

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Spireon Introduces My Dealer for Kahu

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, introduced the My Dealer feature for Kahu, a new customer retention module that allows dealers to easily target and engage customers post sale, creating ongoing revenue opportunities. This enhancement to the Kahu connected car solution uses actual vehicle mileage and other customer data to deliver timely, relevant service reminders, promotions and other messages in a convenient and personalized way, keeping the dealership front and center with customers when they have automotive needs. “Franchise dealers earn about 50 percent of their gross profits from fixed operations, so bringing customers back for service is critical, and mobile communication is the most effective way to do this,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management at Spireon. “Relevancy is critical for consumer engagement and with the My Dealer module, dealers can reach their customers at the right time, with the right offer, on the right platform, strengthening the relationship and creating ongoing revenue opportunities.”

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Spireon Introduces My Dealer for Kahu

Spireon introduced the My Dealer feature for Kahu, a new customer retention module that was designed to allow dealers to easily target and engage customers post-sale. The enhancement uses actual vehicle mileage and other customer data to deliver timely, relevant service reminders, promotions, and other messages in a convenient and personalized way, keeping the dealership front and center with customers when they have automotive needs, according to the provider.  “Franchise dealers earn about 50% of their gross profits from fixed operations, so bringing customers back for service is critical, and mobile communication is the most effective way to do this,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management at Spireon. “Relevancy is critical for consumer engagement and with the My Dealer module, dealers can reach their customers at the right time, with the right offer, on the right platform, strengthening the relationship and creating ongoing revenue opportunities.”

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Optimizing Trailer Utilization: Using Telematics to Operate Assets More Efficiently

In an industry with slim margins, high risks and abundant regulations, the benefits of trailer telematics include real-time visibility for greater productivity and enhanced business decision-making, says Roni Taylor, vice president of strategy and business development at Spireon. “Companies that opt to implement trailer tracking systems can streamline operations, optimize trailer pools and maximize ROI by ensuring the carrier’s assets are being utilized and maintained adequately and efficiently.” Knowing the location and status of trailers is a key component in managing a fleet, Taylor notes, but understanding and utilizing the actionable data delivered by a true trailer intelligence system—rooted in an advanced connected vehicle platform—is what helps ensure that fleets optimize business practices for efficiency, driver retention, growth and profitability. “Trailer location and status information can save valuable time, which can enhance trailer utilization by helping fleet managers rebalance trailer usage,” Taylor continues. “Real-time alerts associated with trailer hook ups and disconnects, door open and close activity, and sensors that indicate the presence or absence of cargo supply actionable insight, and allow fleets to respond quickly and effectively.”

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The ‘smart trailer’ will monitor cargo and maintenance for fleets

Tri-State Motor Transport uses its trailer telematics systems from Omnitracs and Spireon to monitor for detention events at customer locations. The company uses the Omnitracs TT210 trailer tracking system for its van trailers and the Spireon Fleet Locate FL Flex system for its flatbed trailer fleet.

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Spireon Wins IoT Breakthrough Award

Vehicle intelligence provider Spireon has been recognized by the 2019 IoT Breakthrough Awards for its GoldStar GPS solution, which was named Connected Car Product of the Year. The risk-management solution was honored for new features designed to “dramatically” increase the value of GPS for customers, including a pre-built, nationwide
impound lot database, and a consumer-facing mobile application called GoldStar Connect.

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Spireon’s GoldStar Wins Connected Car Product of the Year in 2019 IoT Breakthrough Awards

“Our latest advancements to GoldStar are having a big impact on dealers and lenders in two ways: first by dramatically reducing the costs associated with impounded vehicles, and second by using the power of mobile apps to stay connected to consumers, changing GPS from an expense to a revenue-generator that increases customer engagement and loyalty,” said Brian Deeley, director of product management at Spireon. “We’re honored to be recognized for the unique value we are delivering in the vehicle finance industry with GoldStar.”

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Spireon Earns Honors for GoldStar Upgrades

Spireon has been recognized by the 2019 IoT Breakthrough Awards for its GoldStar GPS solution, which was named Connected Car Product of the Year. GoldStar was honored for new features that increase the value of GPS for customers, including a pre-built, nationwide impound lot database, and a consumer-facing mobile application called GoldStar Connect.
GoldStar Impound Lots includes automated reports and alerts to notify lien-holders when vehicles enter any of more than 10,000 impound lots across the nation. With the GoldStar Connect mobile app, dealers can now offer customers access to modern connected car benefits like location monitoring, battery alerts and stolen vehicle recovery assistance, regardless of the vehicle make, model or year.

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Spireon Wins IoT Breakthrough Award

“Previously, only a small segment of the population could afford to buy the latest connected cars that came off the factory floor preloaded with technology,” said Reggie Ponsford, senior vice president of sales at Spireon. “Now anyone can transform their car into a ‘smart car’ with GPS-enabled features like geo-fencing,
trip history, speeding and battery usage alerts, and much more. This is a game- changer for dealers who can now increase profitability and provide more value with their vehicles, while also reducing risk with GoldStar.”

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2018 Press Coverage

Spireon’s New Owner To ‘Accelerate Growth’

Vehicle-location services provider Spireon, Inc. found itself being tracked in the past year. Greenbriar Equity Group LP, a Rye, N.Y.-based private equity firm, expressed interest last year in acquiring Spireon, and purchased the Irvine-based company in October for an undisclosed price. Greenbriar typically invests $75 million to $150 million per deal, according to its website. They’ve got deep expertise in the transportation world,” Spireon Chief Executive Kevin Weiss said of Greenbriar. “These guys are ideal.” Greenbriar, which focuses on privately negotiated investments in the global transportation industry, has invested more than $3.5 Billion in 29 companies.

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Spireon secures patent over technology used in its connected car solution for dealers

Spireon, the U.S. vehicle intelligence company announced last week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had awarded it a patent on its technology approach to vehicle inventory management. Titled “Methods and Apparatus for Monitoring and Control of Electronic Devices,” the patent forms the crux of the technology used in Kahu, Spireon’s connected vehicle solution built for dealers. “Kahu is a product we developed for the franchise dealer business that kicked off in January last year. It uses a GPS device combined with our platform in the cloud to help enterprise dealer groups track and manage their dealer inventory and also drive business back to their service departments,” said Rick Gruenhagen, CTO at Spireon. “It gives them quite a bit of analytics on how their businesses are performing, test drives, vehicle sales, the health of vehicles, location of the vehicles in their lots,