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2019 Press Coverage

June 2019

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

BHPH Report logoOn 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

auto remarketing spireonSpireon 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. All of these developments have supported carrier and shipper compliance with more stringent “chain of custody” monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, in particular the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration. Roni Taylor, senior vice president of strategy and business development for Spireon, noted the increasing buzz in the industry regarding “smart” trailers and “connected” vehicles, as was the case at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Atlanta. “At this year’s TMC, whatever piece of equipment was being sold, all had a modem on it,” she recalled.

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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. This cargo sensor, I think, is a testament to that,” said Reza Hemmati, vice president of product management at Spireon. While trailer and cargo tracking works well for dry van shipping, it proves particularly beneficial for specialty carriers. There are specific sensors and tools for different trailer types, including refrigerated units and tankers, Hemmati said.

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Win Customers Through Mobile Notifications

Fixed logo…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.”  A mobile experience is what today’s consumer wants, explains Marolia and Fitzgerald. “Mail and email just end up as noise,” Marolia says. “Mobile is very personalized in general. Personalized and relevant messaging triggers a reaction. It can’t be too frequent and it needs to be personalized.” My Dealer allows dealerships to customize notifications based on vehicle—for example, a vehicle that needs an oil change at 5,000 miles will get a notification when that vehicle is approaching that threshold.

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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?

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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

HDT Trucking Info logo…But 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

work truck logoSpireon 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.

New product solutions and a nationally recognized customer service department also contributed to increases in revenue, active subscriptions, new business orders and average order size for several market segments.

“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

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Traditionally, commercial fleets have aimed for “preventive” maintenance in the form of routine periodic inspections and repairs.

“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

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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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ELDs: The Extra Benefits

fleetowner spireonReza 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 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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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. A dealer might notice a car is moving less than usual and check to see if anything has changed. The dealer could discover a mechanical or employment issue that he can work to help the consumer solve. The contact happens via Spireon’s app, so there is less having to chase down consumers by phone. Brian Deeley, Spireon’s, director of product management, said used-car dealers have been quick to adapt to his new way of communicating with customers. The connected car aspect is especially important if a vehicle is being driven by more than one person, which is often the case with subprime consumers, 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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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, and so on.”

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Spireon Secures U.S. Patent for Vehicle Inventory Management Technology

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, a patent for its technology approach to managing an automotive dealership’s vehicle inventory by pairing a tracking device to a vehicle. Patent number 10,089,598, “Methods and Apparatus for Monitoring and Control of Electronic Devices,” covers the technology used in Kahu, Spireon’s connected car solution built for dealers. This is the 30th patent secured by Spireon for advanced connected vehicle technologies.

“As a technology leader, our intellectual property is critically important to protect, not just for Spireon but also for the many customers who rely on our solutions to run their businesses,” said Kevin Weiss, Spireon CEO. “With this patent, dealers and dealer groups who choose Kahu can be assured they are getting leading-edge technology from an innovative company who will be a long-term partner.”

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Spireon Receives Patent for Kahu

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Spireon a patent for its technology approach to managing an automotive dealership’s vehicle inventory by pairing a tracking device to a vehicle. Patent number 10,089,598, “Methods and Apparatus for Monitoring and Control of Electronic Devices,” covers the technology used in Kahu, Spireon’s connected car solution built for dealers. This is the 30th patent secured by Spireon for advanced connected vehicle technologies.

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Spireon gains 30th US patent

subprime news spireonThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Spireon a patent for its technology approach to managing an automotive dealership’s vehicle inventory by pairing a tracking device to a vehicle. Patent No. 10,089,598, “Methods and Apparatus for Monitoring and Control of Electronic Devices,” covers the technology used in Kahu, Spireon’s connected vehicle solution built for dealers. This is the 30th patent secured by Spireon for advanced connected vehicle technologies. “As a technology leader, our intellectual property is critically important to protect, not just for Spireon, but also for the many customers who rely on our solutions to run their businesses,” Spireon chief executive officer Kevin Weiss. “With this patent, dealers and dealer groups who choose Kahu can be assured they are getting leading-edge technology from an innovative company who will be a long-term partner,” Weiss continued.

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Automotive Blockchain Equal Parts Promise, Skepticism

In automotive applications, the blockchain also faces latency issues, a major technical hurdle to its deployment. It simply does not work as quickly as current methods for helping dealers track used-car inventory, for example. But with 250 million connected cars expected to prowl the world’s roadways by 2020 and the 20 million connected devices around the world doubling every few years, there could be a large role for blockchain to play in protecting transactions and even pushing over-the-air updates down to suppliers from automakers.Rick Gruenhagen, chief technical officer at Spireon, a cloud-based GPS vehicle tracker and fleet manager, says the promise of blockchain will be realized only when the industry buys in.“If it is to work, everybody needs to embrace it,” he says.

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Prepare to Ride the Big Data Wave

By Carla Fitzgerald – Staying connected to friends and family used to be igurative. Today, it’s literal. We keep tabs through texting, Facebook, and location-sharing apps. We follow each other — and our favorite celebrities — on Twitter and Instagram. Can you imagine trying to pick up someone from the airport without receiving light status notiications, real-time traic alerts, and, most importantly, texting the person to ind their exact location? Some of us lived through that era, and we’re still traumatized. Connectivity is permeating our lives. For auto dealers, connected cars have provided a means to attract tech-savvy consumers. In the future, connected cars will provide a much greater opportunity for the dealership, enabled by rich data and automation capabilities that were never before possible.

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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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Do You Need Smart Trailers?

HDT Trucking Info logo“Knowing where a trailer is located is key,” says Roni Taylor, vice president of strategy and business development for tracking and fleet management provider Spireon. That information allows fleets to determine if they have the right number of trailers for their needs. For instance, after analyzing a customer’s trailer location data, Spireon was able to determine that 11% of its trailers never moved “That got them thinking about whether they needed those trailers that didn’t move,” she explains. After more evaluation, the customer found it could improve turns by moving those particular trailers to another location where they would be used.

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Spireon partners with Greenbriar Equity Group to accelerate growth and improve operational flexibility

Greenbriar Equity Group, a New York-based private equity firm has become the primary investor in Spireon, the vehicle telematics company, after investing an undisclosed amount earlier this month. Greenbriar has nearly 20 years of experience in the investment ecosystem and holds a fund of over $3.5 billion in capital, with its investing arm focussed on partnering with businesses in the manufacturing and services segment. “One of the unique things Greenbriar sees in Spireon is that we are both in the automotive and commercial transportation segments, while other providers in the industry are not,” said Carla Fitzgerald, the CMO of Spireon. “The fact that we are doing both sides of the business really lends to the richness of the data that we are collecting.”

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Spireon Earns Innovation of the Year Honors

Vehicle intelligence provider Spireon received the Bronze award for its NSpire 3.0 Internet of Things platform in the 2018 Golden Bridge Awards for Innovation of the Year in the Automotive, Transportation, Storage, and Logistics category. The NSpire platform is the foundation for the company’s telematics solutions, providing analytics and a vehicle data repository, with more than 326 billion driving miles to date. Spireon has received 11 awards in 18 months, showcasing the company’s commitment to delivering innovative products to solve the industry’s biggest challenges, complemented by unmatched customer service, according to the company.

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Spireon Earns Innovation of the Year Honors

Vehicle intelligence provider Spireon received the Bronze award for its NSpire 3.0 Internet of Things platform in the 2018 Golden Bridge Awards for Innovation of the Year in the Automotive, Transportation, Storage, and Logistics category. “As the backbone of all Spireon solutions, NSpire collects 1 billion data events each month from millions of vehicles across the country and turns it into actionable intelligence for our customers,” said Rick Gruenhagen, CTO Spireon. “We are honored to be recognized for the unique value our platform offers to the connected vehicle industry.”

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Spireon gets big new investor

Greenbriar Equity Group is the new equity partner of Knoxville-founded vehicle intelligence company Spireon, according to a news release. New York-based private investment firm Greenbriar becomes Spireon’s primary investor, though financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, the news release said. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Greenbriar as a partner and our new primary investor,” Spireon CEO Kevin Weiss said in the announcement. “Greenbriar’s extensive knowledge and relationships in our industry, along with its financial strength, make it the ideal partner to open new opportunities that will help us reach the next level of growth.”

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Do You Need Smart Trailers?

HDT Trucking Info logo“Knowing where a trailer is located is key,” says Roni Taylor, vice president of strategy and business development for tracking and fleet management provider Spireon. That information allows fleets to determine if they have the right number of trailers for their needs. For instance, after analyzing a customer’s trailer location data, Spireon was able to determine that 11% of its trailers never moved “That got them thinking about whether they needed those trailers that didn’t move,” she explains. After more evaluation, the customer found it could improve turns by moving those particular trailers to another location where they would be used.

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Spireon Sold to N.Y. Private Equity Firm

work truck logoNew York-based Greenbriar Equity Group has acquired Spireon, Inc. from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo-based equity firm that has presided over the expansion of the telematics provider since installing new leadership in 2016. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Spireon Announces New Owner

Bertram Capital completed the sale of Spireon Inc. to Greenbriar Equity Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With over $3.5 billion in capital and investments in the global transportation and logistics industries, Greenbriar becomes the primary investor in Spireon as a result of the transaction. Spireon’s initial business model focused primarily on the independent used-car dealer segment, Bertram’s investment and technology teams worked side-by-side with Spireon’s executive team to drive the company’s expansion. Spireon now has a presence in the commercial fleet and transportation segments as well as a rapidly-growing service for new-car dealers.

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Greenbriar Equity Group Invests in Vehicle Telematics Leader Spireon

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has selected Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (Greenbriar), a New York-based private investment firm, as its new equity partner. With over $3.5 billion in capital and investments in the global transportation and logistics industries, Greenbriar becomes the primary investor in Spireon as a result of the transaction.

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M&A: Deal News

Greenbriar Equity Group has bought Spireon, a provider of vehicle analytics and telematics services to the automotive and transportation sectors, from Bertram Capital.

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M&A: Deal News

Greenbriar Equity Group has bought Spireon, a provider of vehicle analytics and telematics services to the automotive and transportation sectors, from Bertram Capital.

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Greenbriar buys Spireon from Bertram

New York-based private investment firm Greenbriar Equity Grouphas invested in vehicle intelligence company Spireon. With over USD3.5 billion in capital and investments in the global transportation and logistics industries, Greenbriar becomes the primary investor in Spireon as a result of the transaction. “Spireon is the leader in vehicle analytics and telematics solutions in the US, with a strong foothold in the automotive and commercial transportation sectors, which makes the company a natural fit with our portfolio of transportation and logistics companies,” says Michael Weiss, Managing Director at Greenbriar. “We look forward to working with the outstanding team at Spireon to accelerate growth and fuel continued innovation in vehicle intelligence solutions.”

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Greenbriar buys Spireon from Bertram

Greenbriar Equity Group has acquired Spireon Inc from Bertram Capital. No financial terms were disclosed. Spireon is a provider of vehicle analytics and telematics solutions for the automotive and commercial transportation sectors.

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Spireon Sold to N.Y. Private Equity Firm

HDT Trucking Info logoNew York-based Greenbriar Equity Group has acquired Spireon, Inc. from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo-based equity firm that has presided over the expansion of the telematics provider since installing new leadership in 2016. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The result of our work with the Spireon team is a market-leading business in multiple attractive vertical segments with a significant amount of near-term growth potential,” said Jeff Drazan, Bertram’s managing partner. Kevin Weiss, who was named Spireon’s chief executive in June of 2016, said Greenbriar would be an “ideal partner for Spireon. Before taking the role, Weiss was Bertram’s operating partner. He has also served as president of antivirus software vendor McAfee. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Greenbriar as a partner and our new primary investor,” Weiss said. “Greenbriar’s extensive knowledge and relationships in our industry, along with its financial strength, make it the ideal partner to open new opportunities that will help us reach the next level of growth.”

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Spireon Sold to N.Y. Private Equity Firm

New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group has acquired Spireon, Inc. from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo-based equity firm that has presided over the expansion of the telematics provider since installing new leadership in 2016. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The result of our work with the Spireon team is a market-leading business in multiple attractive vertical segments with a significant amount of near-term growth potential,” said Jeff Drazan, Bertram’s managing partner. Kevin Weiss, who was named Spireon’s chief executive in June of 2016, said Greenbriar would be an “ideal partner for Spireon. Before taking the role, Weiss was Bertram’s operating partner. He has also served as president of antivirus software vendor McAfee. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Greenbriar as a partner and our new primary investor,” Weiss said. “Greenbriar’s extensive knowledge and relationships in our industry, along with its financial strength, make it the ideal partner to open new opportunities that will help us reach the next level of growth.”

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Spireon Sold to N.Y. Private Equity Firm

New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group has acquired Spireon, Inc. from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo-based equity firm that has presided over the expansion of the telematics provider since installing new leadership in 2016. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The result of our work with the Spireon team is a market-leading business in multiple attractive vertical segments with a significant amount of near-term growth potential,” said Jeff Drazan, Bertram’s managing partner.

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Private Equity Deals

 Greenbriar Equity invested in Spireon, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of vehicle analytics and telematics solutions.

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Spireon Sold to N.Y. Private Equity Firm

New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group has acquired Spireon, Inc. from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo-based equity firm that has presided over the expansion of the telematics provider since installing new leadership in 2016. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The result of our work with the Spireon team is a market-leading business in multiple attractive vertical segments with a significant amount of near-term growth potential,” said Jeff Drazan, Bertram’s managing partner. Kevin Weiss, who was named Spireon’s chief executive in June of 2016, said Greenbriar would be an “ideal partner for Spireon. Before taking the role, Weiss was Bertram’s operating partner. He has also served as president of antivirus software vendor McAfee. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Greenbriar as a partner and our new primary investor,” Weiss said. “Greenbriar’s extensive knowledge and relationships in our industry, along with its financial strength, make it the ideal partner to open new opportunities that will help us reach the next level of growth.”

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Greenbriar Equity Group Invests in Vehicle Telematics Leader Spireon

New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group has been selected by Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, as its new equity partner. Greenbriar becomes the primary investor in Spireon as a result of the transaction. “Spireon is the leader in vehicle analytics and telematics solutions in the U.S., with a strong foothold in the automotive and commercial transportation sectors, which makes the company a natural fit with our portfolio of transportation and logistics companies,” said
According Michael Weiss, managing director at Greenbriar. “We look forward to working with the outstanding team at Spireon to accelerate growth and fuel continued innovation in vehicle intelligence solutions. Greenbriar has close to 20 years of experience investing in and supporting market- leading manufacturing and services businesses. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Greenbriar Equity Group Invests in Vehicle Telematics Leader Spireon

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon has selected Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P., a New York-based private investment firm, as its new equity partner. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
With more than $3.5 billion in capital and investments in the global transportation and logistics industries, Greenbriar becomes the primary investor in Spireon as a result of the transaction. “Spireon is the leader in vehicle analytics and telematics solutions in the U.S., with a strong foothold in the automotive and commercial transportation sectors, which makes the company a natural fit with our portfolio of transportation and logistics companies,” said
According Michael Weiss, managing director at Greenbriar, Spireon is a natural fit for the equity firm, as Spireon is focused on vehicle analytics and telematics solutions, lending itself well to Greenbriar’s portfolio of transportation and logistics companies.

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Spireon Introduces FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology

Fleet Equipment Corporation logoThe IntelliScan technology uses a unique combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer and visualizing cargo load status, Spireon stated. The FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan technology is designed to resolve the issues with ultrasonic detection, which is often used in cargo sensors and can be impacted by conditions inside the trailer like humidity, cargo type, and distance between the sensor and cargo.

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Spireon Launches GoldStar Connect for BHPH

Spireon Inc., the vehicle intelligence company, has launched GoldStar Connect, a full-featured connected car mobile application designed to give buy-here, pay-here dealers and finance sources the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and profitability. “In marrying the GoldStar solution with a consumer-facing mobile app, our dealer and lender customers not only improve asset management and protection, but also can offer their consumers a significant value add — modern connected car benefits regardless of the vehicle make, model and year,” said Reggie Ponsford, senior vice president of sales at Spireon. “We have had a number of larger BHPH dealers piloting the GoldStar Connect solution in the past few months and seeing up to 90% consumer sell-through.”

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Spireon Launches GoldStar Connect for BHPH Dealers and Lenders

Feature-rich mobile app creates new mobile connections for the vehicle finance industry. Spireon Inc., the vehicle intelligence company, introduces GoldStar Connect, a full-featured connected car mobile application that gives Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) dealers and lenders the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and profitability. As the newest addition to the GoldStarTM GPS solution suite, GoldStar Connect helps dealers and lenders recoup the cost of GPS, while also increasing value, convenience and safety for consumers.
and extends the value of GPS to consumers

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Spireon Launches GoldStar Connect for BHPH

Spireon Inc., the vehicle intelligence company, has launched GoldStar Connect, a full-featured connected car mobile application designed to give buy-here, pay-here dealers and finance sources the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and profitability.
“In marrying the GoldStar solution with a consumer-facing mobile app, our dealer and lender customers not only improve asset management and protection, but also can offer their consumers a significant value add — modern connected car benefits regardless of the vehicle make, model and year,” said Reggie Ponsford, senior vice president of sales at Spireon. “We have had a number of larger BHPH dealers piloting the GoldStar Connect solution in the past few months and seeing up to 90% consumer sell-through.”

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Spireon Intros GoldStar Connect

Spireon, Inc., the vehicle intelligence company, introduces GoldStar Connect, a full-featured connected car mobile application that gives Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) dealers and lenders the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and profitability. As the newest addition to the GoldStar GPS solution suite, GoldStar Connect helps dealers and lenders recoup the cost of GPS, while also increasing value, convenience and safety for consumers. The BHPH sector has long used GoldStar GPS to mitigate risk. Dealers and lenders rely on GoldStar to stay connected to their customers in order to facilitate payment collection, monitor default predictors, and streamline recoveries when necessary. With the new GoldStar Connect mobile app, consumers now have access to all the benefits of connectivity–real-time location access, trip history, vehicle health alerts and recovery solutions for stolen cars—as an add-on at the time of purchase.

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Spireon Debuts Connected Car Tool

Spireon Inc. recently introduced GoldStar Connect, a full-featured connected car mobile application that gives buy-here, pay-here dealers and other creditors the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and profitability.
With the new GoldStar Connect mobile app, consumers now have access to all the benefits of connectivity – real-time location access, trip history, vehicle health alerts and recovery solutions for stolen cars – as an add-on at the time of purchase.
Among the new features are stolen vehicle recovery and insurance discounts.
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Spireon launches GoldStar Connect for auto dealers, lenders

Spireon Inc., the vehicle intelligence company, has introduced GoldStar Connect, a full-featured connected car mobile application that gives Buy Here Pay Here (BHPH) dealers and lenders the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and profitability. “In marrying the GoldStar solution with a consumer-facing mobile app, our dealer and lender customers not only improve asset management and protection, but also can offer their consumers a significant value add — modern connected car benefits regardless of the vehicle make, model and year,” said Reggie Ponsford, senior VP of sales at Spireon. “We have had a number of larger BHPH dealers piloting the GoldStar Connect solution in the past few months and seeing up to 90 percent consumer sell-through.”
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Honor roll: Awards for AUL and Spireon

auto remarketing spireonSpireon highlighted the technology company was chosen for its leadership in providing new insights to dealers via automotive analytics to enhance dealer operations, customer engagement and profitability with its Kahu offering — the connected vehicle solution specifically designed for dealerships. “We are honored to receive this recognition from Compass Intelligence as an innovator in delivering new insights and analytics to improve dealer management with Kahu,” said Jason Penkethman, chief product and strategy officer of Spireon.
“The rapid growth of Kahu across the country, specifically with the largest dealer groups, is a true testament to Spireon’s commitment to advancing the automotive IoT industry with powerful and practical vehicle intelligence solutions,” Penkethman continued.
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Catching fatigue and distractions before they happen

There is growing awareness of the danger of fatigue, with that a contributor to as many as 100,000 reported crashes each year. Fleets are also battling the growing crisis of distracted driving, working to detect and prevent both.
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Spireon’s Kahu Named 2018 IoT Innovator in Auto Dealer Management by Compass Intelligence

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, was named Internet of Things (IoT) Innovator in Auto Dealer Management by Compass Intelligence for 2018. Spireon was chosen for its leadership in providing new insights to dealers via automotive analytics to enhance dealer operations, customer engagement and profitability with its innovative Kahu offering—the first connected car solution specifically designed for dealerships.

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Asset Tracking Spreads to Intermodal Chassis

Spireon’s customers have identified two high-value uses for real-time chassis-tracking data, said Roni Taylor, vice president of strategy and business development. “The No. 1 used report is a yard check,” she said. Every morning a yard or equipment planner can call up, or have automatically generated, a report, by landmark, that shows the location of every asset, in their yard, at the customer, a rail ramp or port. The second most popular report is real-time mileage by asset. Taylor said this is important for two reasons: to properly schedule maintenance and to understand — and find opportunities to improve — utilization. The report updates where and how long customers are holding equipment. “The capacity crunch [is] driving adoption,” Taylor said. Technologies that provide real-time views into assets in motion or idle are on the rise “because customers are looking to do more with the assets they have today.”

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Kahu Adds Enhancements for Dealer Groups

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, is adding several enhancements to its Kahu connected car solution, designed to provide automotive dealer groups with the tools they need to optimize operations, improve sales results and mitigate risk, the company announced. “While U.S. auto sales have remained steady in 2018, the market continues to consolidate as dealer groups seek greater efficiencies and new opportunities to grow profits,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management for Spireon. “And although the latest release of Kahu has been enhanced for dealer groups, independent dealers can also benefit from the streamlined operations, increased sales effectiveness, reduced risk, and increased customer loyalty generated by Kahu. Once dealers have the power of Kahu driving their business, they can’t imagine running it any other way.”

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Kahu Adds Enhancements for Dealer Groups

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, is adding several enhancements to its Kahu connected car solution, designed to provide automotive dealer groups with the tools they need to optimize operations, improve sales results and mitigate risk, the company announced. “While U.S. auto sales have remained steady in 2018, the market continues to consolidate as dealer groups seek greater efficiencies and new opportunities to grow profits,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management for Spireon. “And although the latest release of Kahu has been enhanced for dealer groups, independent dealers can also benefit from the streamlined operations, increased sales effectiveness, reduced risk, and increased customer loyalty generated by Kahu. Once dealers have the power of Kahu driving their business, they can’t imagine running it any other way.”

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Spireon adds features to connected car solution to help dealer groups streamline operations across stores

auto remarketing spireonWith dealer groups in mind, Spireon has made updates to its Kahu connected car solution that are aimed at helping multi-store dealers improve inventory management, facilitate trades and increase visibility concerning activity outside of the lot.
Spireon announced Tuesday that it has made enhancements to Kahu to provide dealer groups with tools they can use to better mitigate risk, optimize operations and boost sales numbers. With Kahu, dealers can turn their units into connected cars so that they can view and manage inventory from their desktop or mobile device.

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Spireon Announces New Kahu Enhancements Designed for Auto Dealer Groups

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, is adding several enhancements to its Kahu connected car solution, designed to provide automotive dealer groups with the tools they need to optimize operations, improve sales results and mitigate risk. New features include streamlined portfolio and inventory management, account transfer for seamless dealer trades, mobile views of inventory age, new test drive analytics, and more. Kahu turns any vehicle into a connected car, empowering dealers to view and manage vehicles from their desktop, tablet or smartphone. Standard lot management features like real-time location tracking, geofencing and battery management streamline operations and improve sales efficiency. Stolen vehicle recovery mitigates risk for dealers and makes Kahu a profitable add-on when sold through to consumers. Dealers can also utilize mileage data from customer vehicles post-sale to better target them for servicing, lease renewals and trade-ins.

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Spireon Announces New Kahu Enhancements Designed for Auto Dealer Groups

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, is adding several enhancements to its Kahu connected car solution, designed to provide automotive dealer groups with the tools they need to optimize operations, improve sales results and mitigate risk. New features include streamlined portfolio and inventory management, account transfer for seamless dealer trades, mobile views of inventory age, new test drive analytics, and more. Kahu turns any vehicle into a connected car, empowering dealers to view and manage vehicles from their desktop, tablet or smartphone. Standard lot management features like real-time location tracking, geofencing and battery management streamline operations and improve sales efficiency. Stolen vehicle recovery mitigates risk for dealers and makes Kahu a profitable add-on when sold through to consumers. Dealers can also utilize mileage data from customer vehicles post-sale to better target them for servicing, lease renewals and trade-ins.

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Spireon Announces New Kahu Enhancements Designed for Auto Dealer Groups

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, is adding several enhancements to its Kahu connected car solution, designed to provide automotive dealer groups with the tools they need to optimize operations, improve sales results and mitigate risk. New features include streamlined portfolio and inventory management, account transfer for seamless dealer trades, mobile views of inventory age, new test drive analytics, and more. “While U.S. auto sales have remained steady in 2018, the market continues to consolidate as dealer groups seek greater efficiencies and new opportunities to grow profits,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management for Spireon. “And although the latest release of Kahu has been enhanced for dealer groups, independent dealers can also benefit from the streamlined operations, increased sales effectiveness, reduced risk, and increased customer loyalty generated by Kahu. Once dealers have the power of Kahu driving their business, they can’t imagine running it any other
way.”

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Spireon: Impounds a ‘Billion-Dollar Problem’ for Dealers

Vehicle intelligence provider Spireon has published “Impound Storage Fees, a Billion-Dollar Problem,” billed as the first report of its kind to address the costs to consumers, dealers, and lenders associated with vehicle impounds. With nearly 4 million vehicles connected to its NSpire IoT platform and nationwide database of impound lots, Spireon is uniquely capable of gathering impound-related insights on a massive scale for the automotive industry.

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Spireon: Impounds a ‘Billion-Dollar Problem’ for Dealers

“On average, only 31% of dealers are notified by the impound lot within a reasonable one to two days, and typically it can take anywhere from three to 16 days to receive notice,” said Brian Deeley, director of product management at Spireon. “The reality is that impound isn’t a static problem. The information dealers need to combat it, including the latest impound lot locations and faster impound notifications, is dynamic. Only with timely access to accurate information can dealers put a dent in escalating costs.” The Spireon report highlights the five states with the highest incidence of impounding, and the vehicle models most frequently impounded. Additionally, the data reveals average storage fees and recovery costs by region. Survey data collected from 280 automotive dealers supplements the vehicle insights provided through Spireon’s NSpire platform.

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Impound fees now exceed $1.1 billion, according to a new report from telematics provider Spireon

Telematics provider Spireon has published “Impound Storage Fees, a Billion- Dollar Problem,” billed as the first report of its kind to address the costs to consumers, dealers, and lenders associated with vehicle impounds. “On average, only 31% of dealers are notified by the impound lot within a reasonable one to two days, and typically it can take anywhere from three to 16 days to receive notice,” said Brian Deeley, director of product management at Spireon. “The reality is that impound isn’t a static problem. The information dealers need to combat it, including the latest impound lot locations and faster impound notifications, is dynamic. Only with timely access to accurate information can dealers put a dent in escalating costs.”

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Spireon Joins Connected Car Group

Automotive Grade Linux, a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that six new members have joined the project, including Kinetica, Neusoft, NXM Technologies, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Spireon, and Veniam. “Spireon has nearly 4 million vehicles connected to our NSpire platform, and data from more than three hundred twenty-six billion driving miles under our belt, so we fully understand the challenges of a fragmented telematics ecosystem that the AGL project seeks to overcome,” said Rick Gruenhagen, CTO of Spireon. “A standardized software stack will accelerate autonomous and other connected vehicle benefits by helping solution providers like Spireon gain secure access to in-vehicle functions and data that have been locked in OEM-specific implementations until now.”

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Spireon Joins Connected Car Group

Automotive Grade Linux, a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that six new members have joined the project, including Kinetica, Neusoft, NXM Technologies, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Spireon, and Veniam. “Spireon has nearly 4 million vehicles connected to our NSpire platform, and data from more than three hundred twenty-six billion driving miles under our belt, so we fully understand the challenges of a fragmented telematics ecosystem that the AGL project seeks to overcome,” said Rick Gruenhagen, CTO of Spireon. “A standardized software stack will accelerate autonomous and other connected vehicle benefits by helping solution providers like Spireon gain secure access to in-vehicle functions and data that have been locked in OEM-specific implementations until now.”

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Automotive Grade Linux Extends Global Reach With Six New Members

Automotive Grade Linux, a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that six new members have joined the project, including Kinetica, Neusoft, NXM Technologies, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Spireon, and Veniam. “Spireon has nearly 4 million vehicles connected to our NSpire platform, and data from more than three hundred twenty-six billion driving miles under our belt, so we fully understand the challenges of a fragmented telematics ecosystem that the AGL project seeks to overcome,” said Rick Gruenhagen, CTO of Spireon. “A standardized software stack will accelerate autonomous and other connected vehicle benefits by helping solution providers like Spireon gain secure access to in-vehicle functions and data that have been locked in OEM-specific implementations until now.”

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Spireon Joins Connected Car Group

Six new members, including telematics provider Spireon, have joined Automotive Grade Linux, a collaborative effort to develop an open platform for the connected car. Other new members include Kinetica, Neusoft, NXM Technologies, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and Veniam. “Spireon has nearly 4 million vehicles connected to our NSpire platform, and data from more than three hundred twenty-six billion driving miles under our belt, so we fully understand the challenges of a fragmented telematics ecosystem that the AGL project seeks to overcome,” said Rick Gruenhagen, CTO of Spireon. “A standardized software stack will accelerate autonomous and other connected vehicle benefits by helping solution providers like Spireon gain secure access to in-vehicle functions and data that have been locked in OEM-specific implementations until now.”

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Supply Chain Visibility: Can You See Me Now?

GPS AND SOFTWARE – As GPS (global positioning system) capabilities have advanced, and as software has moved to the cloud, asset-tracking systems can provide greater visibility, even as their costs have dropped.
Pan American Express Inc. (Panamex) is an asset-based carrier with about 750 trailers serving customers in North America. Panamex also operates a fleet of trucks from independent owner-operators and brokerage trucks.
Previously, the company used a manual system to track these assets. This “took a lot of time and required us to have a surplus of empty trailers at any given time,” says Ric Guardado, owner and chief executive officer.
Four years ago, Panamex implemented FleetLocate, a cloud-based solution from Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company. With FleetLocate’s GPS and software, Panamex can more easily locate its trailer pools and determine their status.
“The program helps us optimize trailer pools and saves time for our fleet managers and drivers,” Guardado says.

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Substantial Growth in Automotive and Transportation Segments Drive 1H ’18 Spireon Results

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, experienced substantial growth in both Automotive and Transportation sectors, and achieved a number of corporate milestones in the first half of 2018. Product innovation, white-glove customer service and key industry partnerships contributed to increases in revenue, active subscriptions and customer service metrics.
“Results for the first half of 2018 show market demand remains extremely strong for our best-in-class connected vehicle solutions,” said Kevin Weiss, Spireon CEO. “Across the core markets we serve—auto dealerships, transportation companies and local fleets—a growing number of customers and partners are selecting Spireon based on the quality of our products and outstanding customer service. We have made significant investments to scale the business and those investments are paying off.”

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Substantial Growth in Automotive and Transportation Segments Drive 1H ’18 Spireon Results

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, experienced substantial growth in both Automotive and Transportation sectors, and achieved a number of corporate milestones in the first half of 2018. Product innovation, white-glove customer service and key industry partnerships contributed to increases in revenue, active subscriptions and customer service metrics. “Results for the first half of 2018 show market demand remains extremely strong for our best-in- class connected vehicle solutions,” said Kevin Weiss, Spireon CEO. “Across the core markets we serve—auto dealerships, transportation companies and local fleets—a growing number of customers and partners are selecting Spireon based on the quality of our products and outstanding customer service. We have made significant investments to scale the business and those investments are paying off.”

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Spireon Reports Strong Growth in Auto and Transportation Sectors

In the franchise auto dealer segment, Spireon increased Kahu device shipments by 65 percent and boosted revenues by 38 percent during the first six months of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. Kahu continues to attract large dealer groups, because, the company notes, its ability to improve sales effectiveness, operational efficiency, risk management and customer service scores. In Q1 2018, the company showcased unique capabilities of Kahu, such as advanced analytics for test drives and aging inventory, car-sharing with Drive On Demand, and consumer mobile app features designed to grow service retention and add-on revenue. The significant, rapid business impact of Kahu to dealerships has gained 73 new dealer customers for Spireon in the first half of 2018.

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Substantial Growth in Automotive and Transportation Segments Drive 1H ’18 Spireon Results

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, experienced substantial growth in both Automotive and Transportation sectors, and achieved a number of corporate milestones in the first half of 2018. Product innovation, white-glove customer service and key industry partnerships contributed to increases in revenue, active subscriptions and customer service metrics. “Results for the first half of 2018 show market demand remains extremely strong for our best-in- class connected vehicle solutions,” said Kevin Weiss, Spireon CEO. “Across the core markets we serve—auto dealerships, transportation companies and local fleets—a growing number of customers and partners are selecting Spireon based on the quality of our products and outstanding customer service. We have made significant investments to scale the business and those investments are paying off.”

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Spireon Seeing Big Gains in Fleet Telematics Business

Spireon’s fleet business in the small and mid-sized market segments grew in the first half of 2018 due to a 45% increase in utilization of its fleet tracking solutions.
The company’s FleetLocate Connected by OnStar solution for available GM vehicles achieved a 27% growth in activations in the first half of 2018 versus what was reported in the last half of 2017. The tool enables customers with OnStar-equipped GM vehicles to gain instant access to FleetLocate, according to Spireon. Also, in the first half of 2018, Spireon experienced 53% growth in fleet channel revenue from its largest reseller partner, and a 73% increase in active subscriptions year over year. Overall, device shipments through the company’s reseller channel have increased by 39% versus the first half of 2017.

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Spireon Seeing Big Gains in Fleet Telematics Business

HDT Trucking Info logoSpireon’s fleet business in the small and mid-sized market segments grew in the first half of 2018 due to a 45% increase in utilization of its fleet tracking solutions. The company’s FleetLocate Connected by OnStar solution for available GM vehicles achieved a 27% growth in activations in the first half of 2018 versus what was reported in the last half of 2017. The tool enables customers with OnStar-equipped GM vehicles to gain instant access to FleetLocate, according to Spireon. Also, in the first half of 2018, Spireon experienced 53% growth in fleet channel revenue from its largest reseller partner, and a 73% increase in active subscriptions year over year. Overall, device shipments through the company’s reseller channel have increased by 39% versus the first half of 2017./p>

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Spireon Sees Growth

Spireon experienced substantial growth and achieved a number of corporate milestones in the first half of 2018. In the franchise auto dealer segment, Spireon increased Kahu device shipments by 65 percent and boosted revenues by 38 percent during the first six months of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. In the first quarter, the company showcased unique capabilities of Kahu, such as advanced analytics for test drives and aging inventory, car-sharing with Drive On Demand, and consumer mobile app features designed to grow service retention and add-on revenue. Kahu has gained 73 new dealer customers for Spireon in the first half of 2018.

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Substantial Growth in Automotive and Transportation Segments Drive 1H ’18 Spireon Results

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, experienced substantial growth in both Automotive and Transportation sectors, and achieved a number of corporate milestones in the first half of 2018.
Product innovation, white-glove customer service and key industry partnerships contributed to increases in revenue, active subscriptions and customer service metrics.
Key results include:

  • 73 new franchise dealer customers signed in the first half of 2018, fueling 65 percent increase in device shipments versus 1H 2017
  • 36 percent increase in revenues from trailer segment as Company exceeds 200,000 trailer telematics subscribers
  • 45 percent increase in device shipments to SMB fleet market year over year
  • Company achieves NPS score of 71, compared to 21.4 industry average for B2B tech firms

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Spireon Seeing Big Gains in Telematics Business

Spireon’s fleet business in the small and mid-sized market segments grew in the first half of 2018 due to a 45% increase in utilization of its fleet tracking solutions. The company’s FleetLocate Connected by OnStar solution for available GM vehicles achieved a 27% growth in activations in the first half of 2018 versus what was reported in the last half of 2017. The tool enables customers with OnStar-equipped GM vehicles to gain instant access to FleetLocate, according to Spireon. Also, in the first half of 2018, Spireon experienced 53% growth in fleet channel revenue from its largest reseller partner, and a 73% increase in active subscriptions year over year. Overall, device shipments through the company’s reseller channel have increased by 39% versus the first half of 2017.

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FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan accurately monitors load status

Spireon has introduced a new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with breakthrough IntelliScan sensing technology, providing accuracy in visualizing cargo load status. The patent- pending IntelliScan technology uses a combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight, to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer. With IntelliScan technology and FleetLocate’s advanced reporting and alerts, trailer operators will be able to better monitor cargo, manage detention and improve service to shippers. Even carriers that operate in humid climates or carry soft goods will have a reliable sensor that can accurately monitor cargo loads. Further, the use of optical imaging paves the way for potential future enhancements that support photo capture or real-time visualization of trailer contents.

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Maintenance and upkeep for idle reduction devices

“Idle costs directly incur costs for the fleet,” Hemmati says. “With fleet management software, you know who is idling, where they’re idling and for how long. With those insights, fleet managers can take action and provide recommendations for drivers. Similarly, drivers themselves can see the costs and instances of idling, such as in the form of a driver scorecard, and take initiative to reduce their own idling time.”

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Carriers, Suppliers Work to Boost Utilization of Cargo Sensors

Roni Taylor, vice president of industry relations at Spireon, said that traditionally, only the largest fleets saw the value in cargo sensors. “Now we’re seeing fleets of all sizes want to know the load status,” Taylor said.
Shippers often will move carriers with cargo sensor technology to the front of the list because they know they will bill for detention time, Taylor said. “Trucking companies don’t want to bill for detention, they just want to get them unloaded and back out on the road,” she said.
Spireon recently introduced a new FleetLocate cargo sensor with its IntelliScan sensing technology that uses a combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight, to provide a more precise picture of a trailer’s contents. Reza Hemmati, Spireon’s senior director of product management, said the use of optical imaging paves the way for potential future enhancements that support photo capture or real-time visualization of trailer contents.

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Spireon introduces trailer cargo sensor

Spireon, a vehicle intelligence company, introduced a FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology, providing accuracy in visualizing cargo load status. The patent-pending IntelliScan technology uses a combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight, to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer. “The accuracy of IntelliScan technology is vastly superior to anything on the market today, and the industry has been in dire need of a better solution for cargo monitoring,” said Rick Gruenhagen, chief technology officer at Spireon. “Our new cargo sensor can deliver the precise readings trailer managers need, saving time, reducing detention and maximizing resources to drive bottom line results.”

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Spireon’s FleetLocate Cargo Sensor Visualizes Cargo Loads

HDT Trucking Info logoSpireon introduced a new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology, providing accuracy in visualizing cargo load status. The patent-pending IntelliScan technology uses a unique combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight, to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer. Ultrasonic detection — the current industry standard in cargo sensors — is heavily impacted by conditions inside the trailer, such as temperature, humidity, cargo type, and the distance between the sensor and cargo, according to Spireon. Cargo that includes soft materials, such as foam or cotton, absorbs sonic waves, affecting the accuracy of readings. Any material that is placed directly against an ultrasonic sensor blocks sonic waves, potentially indicating a full cargo load by mistake.
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Lasers, Cameras Measure Cargo

Spireon’s FleetLocate Cargo Sensor combines optical imaging and laser time of flight to show how much cargo is sitting in a trailer. Traditional ultrasonic sensors can be affected by conditions such as temperature, humidity and cargo type – as well as the distance between the sensor and the cargo, the company says. Soft material can absorb these sonic waves, and sensors can be fooled into thinking there’s a full load if something is placed against the sensor. Spireon has answered these challenges by combining multiple sensors and adding processing power to the sensors themselves. Lasers were introduced to eliminate problem readings linked to cargo type and proximity, while an integrated camera offers additional data. The sensors will be available in the third quarter of this year.
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Cargo sensor combines lasers, camera

Spireon’s FleetLocate Cargo Sensor combines optical imaging and laser time of flight to show how much cargo is sitting in a trailer. Traditional ultrasonic sensors can be affected by conditions such as temperature, humidity and cargo type – as well as the distance between the sensor and the cargo, the company says. Soft material can absorb these sonic waves, and sensors can be fooled into thinking there’s a full load if something is placed against the sensor. Spireon has answered these challenges by combining multiple sensors and adding processing power to the sensors themselves. Lasers were introduced to eliminate problem readings linked to cargo type and proximity, while an integrated camera offers additional data. The sensors will be available in the third quarter of this year.
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Auto Dealer Extravaganza Shows Customer Is King

Technology now knocks significant time off car purchases, mitigates risk and minimizes
time-suck for both customers and dealers. Who wouldn’t want those hours back to hone in on the business of serving customers and selling more metal?
Connected-car technologies create an easy way to simplify and expedite these internal operations. Automated alerts can ping relevant staff members of unauthorized vehicle movement after hours, when inventory needs a battery change or when loaners and other vehicles in need of service are approaching mileage thresholds.

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Cargo sensor combines lasers, camera

Spireon’s FleetLocate Cargo Sensor combines optical imaging and laser time of flight to show how much cargo is sitting in a trailer. Traditional ultrasonic sensors can be affected by conditions such as temperature, humidity and cargo type – as well as the distance between the sensor and the cargo, the company says. Soft material can absorb these sonic waves, and sensors can be fooled into thinking there’s a full load if something is placed against the sensor.

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Spireon develops new IntelliScan trailer cargo sensor

Spireon developed a new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology. The new sensor provides a new level of accuracy in visualizing cargo load status, the company says. The technology uses a combination of sensing methods that include optical imaging and laser time of flight to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer. “The accuracy of IntelliScan technology is vastly superior to anything on the market today, and the industry has been in dire need of a better solution for cargo monitoring,” said Rick Gruenhagen, chief technology officer at Spireon.

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Spireon introduces FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology

Fleet Equipment Corporation logoSpireon has introduced a new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology. According to the company, IntelliScan technology uses a unique combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight, to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer, providing unprecedented accuracy in visualizing cargo load status. “The accuracy of IntelliScan technology is vastly superior to anything on the market today, and the industry has been in dire need of a better solution for cargo monitoring,” said Rick Gruenhagen, chief technology officer at Spireon. “Our new cargo sensor can deliver the precise readings trailer managers need, saving time, reducing detention and maximizing resources to drive bottom line results.”

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Spireon’s FleetLocate Cargo Sensor Visualizes Cargo Loads

Spireon introduced a new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology, providing accuracy in visualizing cargo load status. The patent-pending IntelliScan technology uses a unique combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight, to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer.

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Spireon introduces IntelliScan fleet cargo sensor

“The accuracy of IntelliScan technology is vastly superior to anything on the market today, and the industry has been in dire need of a better solution for cargo monitoring,” said Rick Gruenhagen, chief technology officer at Spireon. “Our new cargo sensor can deliver the precise readings trailer managers need, saving time, reducing detention and maximizing resources to drive bottom-line results.”… “All other cargo sensors use only one type of technology and very limited processing capability,” said Reza Hemati, senior director of product management at Spireon. “Our new IntelliScan-based cargo sensor is a powerful computer in itself, utilizing advanced algorithms to perform analysis of laser and optical readings in real-time.

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Cargo management technology

Spireon, Irvine, Calif., introduced a new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with patent-pending IntelliScan sensing technology, which uses a unique combination of sensing methods, including optical imaging and laser time of flight, to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer.

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Spireon’s new IntelliScan trailer cargo sensor offers improvements over ultrasonic detection

Spireon developed a new FleetLocate Cargo Sensor with IntelliScan sensing technology. The new sensor provides a new level of accuracy in visualizing cargo load status, the company says. The technology uses a combination of sensing methods that include optical imaging and laser time of flight to provide trailer fleet managers with a more precise picture of what is inside every trailer. “The accuracy of IntelliScan technology is vastly superior to anything on the market today, and the industry has been in dire need of a better solution for cargo monitoring,” said Rick Gruenhagen, chief technology officer at Spireon.

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How new waste truck technologies are changing fleet management

On the other side of the spectrum, sensor-driven onboard telematics also assists in tracking driver behavior while adding the benefit of vehicle performance monitoring for improved preventative maintenance opportunities. “Proactive maintenance monitoring through telematics means fleet managers get a heads-up when an issue arises so the waste collection truck can be routed in for maintenance before a breakdown,” Reza Hemmati, director of product management at Spireon in Irvine, California, says. “In addition, driver behavior alerts regarding harsh braking and other unsafe driving habits provide a counseling mechanism so managers can have real driver counseling conversations with real data to support them. When fleet managers can ensure their trucks are being operated properly, it not only reduces unplanned breakdowns and accidents, but increases the life of the truck asset itself.” Beyond driver behavior and asset health, Hemmati says telematics can be pivotal in tracking and monitoring truck routes. This routing data allows fleets to promote fuel savings and reduce the cost of upkeep over time.

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Spireon VP of Product Management Marolia to Present at the Inaugural Automotive Intelligence Summit

Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management at Spireon, will present at the inaugural Automotive Intelligence Summit (AIS), taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 24-26, 2018. AIS is an executive-level meeting bringing together leaders of the automotive, auto finance and transportation-related industries. The event will cover predictive analytics, transportation research, connected mobility, fintech solutions, compliance and regulations and other industry trends and challenges. Marolia will share with attendees how connected vehicle technology can shed light on how consumers buy, use and service their cars. Vehicle telematics was once the purview of auto manufacturers only, but today, OEM and after-market information technology solutions for mobile assets are available to a wide range of businesses, opening the door to a new understanding of automotive consumers.

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Where to Start With Trailer Telematics

Fleet Equipment Corporation logo“Fleets should look for true trailer management solutions, not just simple trailer track and trace,” said Roni Taylor, vice president
of business development and strategy with Spireon. “True trailer management solutions are built to serve the needs of busy trailer fleets. It’s imperative that your trailer management solution does everything it can to maximize return on investment and minimize total cost of ownership. That means actionable insights into trailer utilization, pool management, detention reduction and billing, and more.” “The best trailer management solutions provide not only a robust user interface but also the ability to send data via API into popular TMS solutions like TMW and McLeod and even your own proprietary ERP or other solutions,” Taylor said. “It shouldn’t be a struggle to get the data you need, how you need it.”

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2018 Press Coverage

GPS Devices Provide Dealer with Latest Tech

GPS devices are taking dealers in new directions as technology improves and data becomes more accessible. Today, tools that track how a car is driven, as well as where it’s driven are now a value proposition for the consumer, too, said Spireon’s Carla Fitzgerald, chief marketing officer. “It’s not just a matter of tracking for the purpose of repossessing any- more,” she said. “I think the industry has changed dramatically when it comes to that.” Firms like Spireon, Imetrik and PassTime ofer a variety of options and tools and some of their representatives have explained what these mean for the industry.

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Manage Your Fleet By Connecting to Better Data with Ford Commercial Solutions

Ford Commercial Solutions is introducing two new connected vehicle products designed to provide fleets with key insights about their own performance and solutions to help improve their business. The new Data Services product gives fleet managers and telematics service providers direct access to valuable OEM-grade vehicle data, allowing them to better manage their fleets. Ford Commercial Solutions has entered into new service agreements with Geotab and Spireon, while continuing to work with Verizon Connect to ensure fleet operators have choice in telematics service providers

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Spireon to Add Ford Data Services to FleetLocate Solution

Spireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions for Spireon’s FleetLocate fleet management solution to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). As a result, Spireon customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform, without any additional hardware costs or installation. Extensive Ford- specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Spireon Gains Access to Ford’s Mobility Cloud

work truck logoSpireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions for the FleetLocate fleet management solution to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform, without any additional hardware costs or installation, according to the company. Extensive Ford-specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Spireon signs agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions

Spireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions to use its FleetLocate fleet management system to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon says its customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform without any additional hardware costs or installation. Ford-specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Ford Establishes Fleet Vehicle Data Unit

Ford Motor Co. has established a connected-vehicle business unit to serve secure data about commercial and police fleet vehicles as part of its cloud-based mobility initiative, Ford has announced. Ford Commercial Solutions has also signed agreements with telematics providers Geotab and Spireon. It will continue its existing relationship with Verizon Connect, according to the company. Ford Commercial Solutions, a business unit of Ford Smart Mobility, will offer vehicle data verified by Ford engineers, including fuel use and vehicle health alerts. The open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud securely manages information to and from Ford vehicles, which will all have embedded modems by the end of 2019.

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Spireon Gains Access to Ford’s Mobility Cloud

Spireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions for the FleetLocate fleet management solution to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier on boarding to the FleetLocate platform, without any additional hardware costs or installation, according to the company. Extensive Ford-specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Spireon Signs Agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions

Spireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions to use its FleetLocate fleet management system to access data through Ford’s open- platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon says its customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform without any additional hardware costs or installation. Ford-specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers. “We are pleased to welcome Spireon as an authorized Ford telematics service provider to help our mutual customers benefit from our new Data Services product which is enabled by our Transportation

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Spireon FleetLocates for Ford Commercial Solutions

Spireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions for Spireon’s award-winning FleetLocate fleet management solution to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform, without any additional hardware costs or installation. Extensive Ford- specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Spireon Gains Access to Ford’s Mobility Cloud

Spireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions for the FleetLocate fleet management solution to access data through Ford’s open- platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform, without any additional hardware costs or installation, according to the company. Extensive Ford-specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Spireon Signs Agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions to Add Ford Data Services to FleetLocate Solution

As an authorized Ford telematics service provider, Spireon gains access to OEM-grade data through Ford’s Transportation Mobility Cloud. Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions for Spireon’s award-winning FleetLocate fleet management solution to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform, without any additional hardware costs or installation. Extensive Ford-specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Ford Commercial Solutions is introducing two new connected vehicle products

Ford Commercial Solutions is introducing two new connected vehicle products designed to provide fleets with key insights about their own performance and solutions to help improve their business. The new Data Services product gives fleet managers and telematics service providers direct access to valuable OEM-grade vehicle data, allowing them to better manage their fleets. A second product designed for police fleets takes data collected through the Data Services product and distills it into information that can help improve fleet efficiency and driver behavior Ford Commercial Solutions has entered into new service agreements with Geotab and Spireon, while continuing to work with Verizon Connect to ensure fleet operators have choice in telematics service providers.

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Ford Launches Two Data Products Connecting Fleet Vehicles

Ford Commercial Solutions introduced two products June 7 designed to help commercial and government fleet operations easily access useful data about their vehicles and make the most of increased automotive connectivity. Ford, which as built America’s best-selling line of commercial vehicles for 33 straight years, has created Ford Commercial Solutions to help fleets improve overall performance by offering OEM-grade data verified by Ford engineers, such as fuel use and vehicle health alerts. The Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), an open platform that securely manages information flow to and from Ford vehicles’ embedded modems, facilitates both new products.

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Ford Commercial Trucks Partnering with Spireon

Spireon has signed an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions to use its FleetLocate fleet management system to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC). Spireon says its customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier onboarding to the FleetLocate platform without any additional hardware costs or installation. Ford-specific vehicle data will be available through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers. “We are pleased to welcome Spireon as an authorized Ford telematics service provider to help our mutual customers benefit from our new Data Services product which is enabled by our Transportation Mobility Cloud,” says Lee Jelenic, CEO Ford Commercial Solutions.

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Spireon Signs Contract with Ford Commercial Solution

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has signed a contract with Ford Commercial Solution for its FleetLocate fleet management solution. The solution is to access data through Ford’s open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud. Spireon customers who own Ford vehicles will gain faster, easier on-boarding to the FleetLocate platform, without any additional hardware costs or installation. Extensive Ford- specific vehicle data will be offered through the FleetLocate web and mobile applications to improve fleet management for customers.

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Ford Commercial Solutions Offers Seamless Data Connection

While continuing its existing relationship with Verizon Connect, Ford Commercial Solutions has secured new service agreements with Geotab and Spireon to ensure fleet operators have choice in telematics service providers.

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Ford Commercial Solutions Introduces Connectivity Products

Additionally, Ford Commercial Solutions is committed to ensuring fleets have the power to choose which telematics service provider or fleet management company is the best fit for their business. While continuing its existing relationship with Verizon Connect, Ford Commercial Solutions has secured new service agreements with Geotab and Spireon to ensure fleet operators have choice in telematics service providers.

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Ford creates Commercial Solutions department, introduces Data Services product

Ford Commercial Solutions, a newly created department of Ford Motor Co., has introduced Data Services, a fleet telematics offering that gives fleet managers and telematics service providers direct access to OEM-grade vehicle data for improved fleet management. In addition, Ford Commercial Solutions has entered into new service agreements with Geotab and Spireon, while continuing to work with Verizon Connect to ensure that fleet operators have choice in telematics service providers.

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Innovative Telematics Applications

Over the past decade, telematics has permeated truck fleets all over the world as more and more companies benefit from this technology past the initial benefits of vehicle tracking and routing….Outside of the work day, telematics can also benefit fleets. It can be a helpful tool if a vehicle is stolen, and certain criteria can be programmed to alert the fleet manager. Reza Hemmati, director of product management for Spireon, noted that Spireon’s product will alert the fleet manager if a tracker is tampered with. But it also keeps track of unusual activity. The system may alert the fleet manager if the vehicle is stopped for an extended amount of time or goes off- route. In some cases, this may be indicative of a towed or impounded vehicle.

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Beyond exceptions: fleets reaching new levels of business intelligence

Spireon, a truck and trailer telematics provider, has more than 200,000 assets in its network. Having a critical mass of data is a precursor for using advanced analytics.“There is a vast amount of data and history that we can dive into and look at what has happened in the past and what kind of trends we can find,” says Reza Hemmati, senior director of product management. A cargo sensor on a trailer, for instance, detects empty and loaded status. Over time, fleets can use this and other data to predict when a trailer at a certain location will be empty or loaded and ready for pickup. Seasonal patterns, weather conditions and other variables can be included in the calculation, he says.

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Getting ready for ELD-related roadside checks: join us for a Spireon/Freigjhtwaves webinar

The Thursday, June 21 free webinar’s title asks the question: “Do your drivers really know how to handle a roadside inspection?” Answering that question will be David J. Osiecki, the president of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting. Dave was on the other side of the regulatory divide when he started his career in 1986 as a motor carrier safety auditor for the Federal Highway Administration, which later morphed into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He then spent 20 years at the the American Trucking Associations in Washington, working on behalf of the trucking industry in safety, policy, regulatory and advocacy-related positions. Osiecki rose to Executive Vice President for ATA, and represented the industry before State legislatures, federal agencies, the U.S. Congress and in the national media, including appearances on national network news programs.

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Spireon Rolls Out New GoldStar GPS Feature

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon today introduced Quick Locate, a new feature equipping its GoldStar GPS solution. Designed for the Buy-Here, Pay-Here (BHPH) market, the solution provides instant visibility to a vehicle’s location and current status, reducing the need to manually locate vehicles individually. With Quick Locate, GoldStar delivers near real-time information, such as how long a vehicle has been parked in a particular location, or how long it has been in motion. “For the BHPH industry, having immediate access to the most accurate data possible is key to successfully managing risk and running a profitable business. With Quick Locate, that’s exactly what we deliver, saving our customers valuable time and increasing the likelihood of continuing payments,” said Brian Deeley, director of product management at Spireon. “As the industry leader, our job is to continually introduce features that streamline operations and increase data intelligence for our customers, giving them more time to focus on growing their business.”

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Spireon Rolls Out New GoldStar GPS Feature

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon today introduced Quick Locate, a new feature equipping its GoldStar GPS solution. Designed for the Buy-Here, Pay-Here (BHPH) market, the solution provides instant visibility to a vehicle’s location and current status, reducing the need to manually locate vehicles individually. With Quick Locate, GoldStar delivers near real-time information, such as how long a vehicle has been parked in a particular location, or how long it has been in motion. “For the BHPH industry, having immediate access to the most accurate data possible is key to successfully managing risk and running a profitable business. With Quick Locate, that’s exactly what we deliver, saving our customers valuable time and increasing the likelihood of continuing payments,” said Brian Deeley, director of product management at Spireon. “As the industry leader, our job is to continually introduce features that streamline operations and increase data intelligence for our customers, giving them more time to focus on growing their business.”

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PCS Software adds new ELD, trailer tracking interfaces to Express Dispatch

PCS Software has added three new ELD and one new trailer tracking interfaces to its Express Dispatch system for its motor carriers and logistics customers. The ELD interfaces added are KeepTruckin, Samsara and GeoTab. The three join a list of existing ELD partners that include JJ Keller, Omnitracs and PeopleNet. With the interface, motor carriers using its Express Dispatch system are able to continuously import and update drivers’ current GPS verified locations, duty status and available driving hours. Truck odometer readings are updated once daily. PCS Software also added Spireon to its growing list of trailer tracking interface partners, which include ORBCOMM and SkyBitz. The interface brings in continuous position data.

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Making the connection

“Proactive maintenance monitoring through telematics means fleet managers get a heads-up when an issue arises so the waste collection truck can be routed in for maintenance before a breakdown,” Reza Hemmati, director of product management at Spireon in Irvine, California, says. “In addition, driver behavior alerts regarding harsh braking and other unsafe driving habits provide a counseling mechanism so managers can have real driver counseling conversations with real data to support them. When fleet managers can ensure their trucks are being operated properly, it not only reduces unplanned breakdowns and accidents, but increases the life of the truck asset itself.” Beyond driver behavior and asset health, Hemmati says telematics can be pivotal in tracking and monitoring truck routes. This routing data allows fleets to promote fuel savings and reduce the cost of upkeep over time.

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Innovative Applications of Telematics

Outside of the work day, telematics can also benefit fleets. It can be a helpful tool if the vehicle is stolen, and certain criteria can be programmed to alert the fleet manager. Reza Hammati, director of product management for Spireon, noted that Spireon’s product will alert the fleet manager if a truck is tampered with. But it also keeps track of unusual activity. The system may alert the fleet manager if the vehicle is stopped for an extended amount of time or goes off-route. In some cases, this may be indicative of a towed or impounded vehicle.

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Spireon Wins Award

Spireon announced its NSpire 3.0 IoT platform was awarded Silver for New Product or Service of the Year in the 16th annual American Business Awards.
Honored in the software subcategory, NSpire 3.0 powers Spireon’s FleetLocate, GoldStar and Kahu web and mobile apps. It supports nearly 4 million active subscribers and processes more than 10 billion data events from connected vehicles and drivers each year.

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Spireon’s NSpire IoT Platform Wins New Product of the Year in 2018 American Business Awards

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced its NSpire 3.0 IoT platform was awarded Silver for New Product or Service of the Year in the 16th annual American Business Awards.
NSpire is the powerhouse behind the company’s unmatched telematics data repository and analytics capability, capturing more than 326 billion driving miles to date. This is the third Stevie Award for Spireon in the past 12 months — the other two earned for the company’s outstanding customer service.

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Spireon’s NSpire IoT Platform Wins New Product of the Year in 2018 American Business Awards®

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, announced its NSpire 3.0 IoT platform was awarded Silver for New Product or Service of the Year in the 16th annual American Business Awards. NSpire is the powerhouse behind the company’s unmatched telematics data repository and analytics capability, capturing more than 326 billion driving miles to date. This is the third Stevie Award for Spireon in the past 12 months — the other two earned for the company’s outstanding customer service. Honored in the software subcategory, NSpire 3.0 powers Spireon’s FleetLocate, GoldStar and Kahu web and mobile apps. It supports nearly 4 million active subscribers and processes more than 10 billion data events from connected vehicles and drivers each year.

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How To Give A Killer Product Demo

“When we do a demo,” Carla Fitzgerald, who is the chief marketing officer at Spireon, “we demonstrate the actual product in the context of how specific roles at a company would use and benefit from the software. For example, in a franchise car dealership, the features of our Kahu product used by sales associates would be different than those used by the lot manager or those in the finance department. A sales person would use the mobile app to quickly locate a specific vehicle that a customer is interested in, whereas the lot manager would use the web portal of Kahu to identify the vehicles with low battery life so he can send a lot porter out to start those vehicles. Thus, it’s important that each demo is designed around the correct role and their specific needs.”

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Spireon passes 200,000 trailer- tracking subscribers

“We couldn’t be happier than to celebrate this incredible milestone with Ryder, and to see them successfully deploy our new FL Flex solution,” said Roni Taylor, vice president of strategy and business development at Spireon. “We are committed to delivering both leading edge technology and world-class service to our customers, which is why we’ve grown so fast and maintained so many loyal customers. I’m personally very proud to say Red Classic, our first customer, is still buying new products and using our system for utilization improvements today.” Ryder’s order of the FL Flex pushed Spireon over the 200,000 mark. FL Flex, introduced in February 2018, is the industry’s first modular trailer-tracking solution that enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset.

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Spireon Hits 200K Trailer Milestone

HDT Trucking Info logoSpireon hit a major milestone this year by surpassing 200,000 active trailer telematics subscribers for its FleetLocate asset and trailer intelligence solution. Ryder System, Inc., was the milestone fleet subscribder. The fleet uses different tracking devices from Spireon, including FL Solar and the new FL Flex, to manage a variety of assets and gain a consolidated, real-time view of their trailer operation.

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Spireon Hits 200K Trailer Milestone

work truck logoSpireon hit a major milestone this year by surpassing 200,000 active trailer telematics subscribers for its FleetLocate asset and trailer intelligence solution. Ryder System, Inc., was the milestone fleet subscriber. The fleet uses different tracking devices from Spireon, including FL Solar and the new FL Flex, to manage a variety of assets and gain a consolidated, real-time view of their trailer operation.

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Spireon Named Telematics Company of the Year

Spireon was named IoT Vehicle Telematics Company of the Year in the 2018 Compass Intelligence awards. Voted on by a judging panel of more than 40 journalists, editors, and analysts covering technology and the IoT, mobile devices, and software sectors, Spireon was chosen for its continued innovation in aftermarket telematics, strong market traction, and exceptional customer service metrics. “Our team has worked tirelessly to continue delivering the most advanced vehicle intelligence solutions our customers need to make critical business decisions,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon…This is the eighth award earned by Spireon in the past 13 months, including four awards for customer service, and a Silver Stevie award for New Product of the Year from the American Business Awards for the company’s NSpire platform.

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Spireon receives eighth award in last 13 months

auto remarketing spireonThe GPS provider recently was named the IoT Vehicle Telematics Company of the Year in the 2018 Compass Intelligence awards. Voted on by a judging panel of more than 40 industry-leading journalists, editors and analysts covering technology and the IoT, mobile devices and software sectors, Spireon was chosen for its continued innovation in aftermarket telematics, strong market traction and exceptional customer service metrics. This is the eighth award earned by Spireon in the past 13 months, including four awards for customer service, and a Silver Stevie award for New Product of th e Year from the American Business Awards for the company’s NSpire platform. Spireon was also named IoT Vehicle Telematics Company of the Year by Compass Intelligence in its 2016 awards program.

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Former CoreLogic executive joins Spireon

Spireon announced on Wednesday that it appointed Rashid Ismail as senior vice president of customer success, joining the Spireon’s executive leadership team. Tapping into an extensive background in operations and customer experience, Ismail will be responsible for customer lifecycle management, bringing even greater strength to Spireon’s award-winning customer service program.

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Spireon Adds to Executive Team

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon this week announced a new addition to its leadership team, naming Rashid Ismail senior vice president of customer success. Tapping into an extensive background in operations and customer experience, Ismail will be responsible for customer lifecycle management. “Rashid has a proven track record of aligning operations, technology, business needs and customer requirements to drive customer success, operational efficiency, and revenue growth,” said Spireon CEO Kevin Weiss. “With a deep understanding of the importance of customer experience and satisfaction, he will be an integral part in making sure we deliver higher expertise that helps our clients improve how they run their businesses.”

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Spireon Appoints Rashid Ismail SVP of Customer Success

Spireon, which bills itself as “the vehicle intelligence company,” has appointed Rashid Ismail as senior vice president of customer success, joining the company’s executive leadership team.

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High Liner Foods appoints new CEO, Hostess names interim president, and more

Rashid Ismail was tapped as senior vice president of customer success, responsible for customer lifecycle management. Ismail maintains nearly 20 years of experience, most recently at CoreLogic, where he served as senior vice president of operations with a focus on improving customer retention, productivity and processes. Prior to that, he was vice president, head of broker dealer and retail customer experience at MetLife insurance.

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Spireon Strengthens Customer Commitment with New Senior Executive Appointment

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has appointed Rashid Ismail as senior vice president of customer success, joining the company’s executive leadership team. Tapping into an extensive background in operations and customer experience, Ismail will be responsible for customer lifecycle management, bringing even greater strength to Spireon’s award-winning customer service program.

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Spireon Appoints Rashid Ismail SVP Of Customer Success

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has appointed Rashid Ismail as senior vice president of customer success, joining the company’s executive leadership team. Tapping into an extensive background in operations and customer experience, Ismail will be responsible for customer lifecycle management, bringing even greater strength to Spireon’s award-winning customer service program. “Rashid has a proven track record of aligning operations, technology, business needs and customer requirements to drive customer success, operational efficiency and revenue growth,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO at Spireon. “With a deep understanding of the importance of customer experience and satisfaction, he will be an integral part in making sure we deliver higher expertise that helps our clients improve how they run their businesses.”

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Spireon Adds to Executive Team

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon this week announced a new addition to its leadership team, naming Rashid Ismail senior vice president of customer success. Tapping into an extensive background in operations and customer experience, Ismail will be responsible for customer lifecycle management. “Rashid has a proven track record of aligning operations, technology, business needs and customer requirements to drive customer success, operational efficiency, and revenue growth,” said Spireon CEO Kevin Weiss. “With a deep understanding of the importance of customer experience and satisfaction, he will be an integral part in making sure we deliver higher expertise that helps our clients improve how they run their businesses.”

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Spireon FL Flex trailer tracking solution

HDT Trucking Info logoThe Spireon FL Flex is a modular trailer tracking solution that enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single small-footprint device across its full range of trailers and adjust the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize uptime, fleets can streamline the deployment asset management capabilities.

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Spireon FL Flex trailer tracking solution

Of the components necessary to get the most from fleet management software, Reza Hemmati, director of product management at Spireon, notes that one is “the ability to know where your drivers and assets are at all times for the purpose of effective routing and time management,” he says. Spireon recently launched FleetLocate Connected by OnStar in May 2017. It is designed to enable fleets that operate GM vehicles 2015 and newer to leverage all the benefits of effective fleet management without installing an aftermarket telematics device.

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Modular Trailer Tracking Solution

Spireon released what is dubbed as the industry’s first modular trailer tracking solution. FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize uptime, fleets can streamline and accelerate the deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities across their business. Tamper detection delivers real-time alerts, and the extended-life battery can be recharged with solar panels installed on the roof or nose of the trailer.

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Small but powerful, FL Flex streamlines trailer tracking across entire fleet

Spireon, the largest provider of aftermarket telematics solutions in North America, noted that at end of 2017, Spireon’s NSpire IoT platform supported nearly 4 million connected vehicles and now processes more than 1.5 billion data events each quarter, providing critical vehicle and driver insights to more than 20,000 companies in automotive, transportation, lending, and a wide variety of service industries.

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Small but powerful, FL Flex streamlines trailer tracking across entire fleet

Vehicle intelligence company Spireon has introduced what it considers the industry’s first modular trailer tracking solution, FL Flex, the latest in its FleetLocate product line. Spireon’s FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize uptime, fleets can streamline and accelerate deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities.

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Spireon appoints senior vice president of customer success

Spireon a manufacturer of vehicle intelligence systems based in Irvine, California, has appointed Rashid Ismail as senior vice president of customer success, joining the company’s executive leadership team. Tapping into his background in operations and customer experience, Ismail will be responsible for customer lifecycle management. “Rashid has a proven track record of aligning operations, technology, business needs and customer requirements to drive customer success, operational efficiency and revenue growth,” Kevin Weiss, CEO at Spireon, says.

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Travelers are rethinking rental cars — here’s why

What if ride sharing could be scaled up — way up? That is the idea behind a concept called Drive On Demand, introduced earlier by Spireon, a company that develops fleet tracking software for nearly 4 million vehicles in North America. The concept is simple: Imagine if your car dealership got into the rental business. “Picture this,” says Jason Penkethman, chief product officer at Spireon. “A consumer visits a name-brand car dealership, downloads that dealer’s mobile app, peruses a list of available cars — including all colors and trim-levels offered, selects a specific vehicle from the list, specifies the time frame and other rental terms, uses the vehicle GPS to immediately locate the vehicle on a mobile map, walks over, unlocks the door using the mobile app and drives away.” That would be interesting. Drive On Demand is not available yet, so there are no test dealerships or drivers I could ask about their experience. If Spireon’s idea catches on, it could extend a traveler’s options considerably.

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The many faces of change in the evolving retail auto industry

And a few days ago, I spoke with the folks from Spireon, the makers of the Kahu platform, which was launched as a fleet management tool. Now, the firm has identified a new use for Kahu in the car-sharing sphere – as a tool to facilitate car-sharing of a dealership’s inventory. This new application would create convenience for the consumer, allowing an easy way to locate and “check out” a car on the dealer’s lot. The same connected car software would allow the dealer to monitor the vehicle’s status using Kahu’s diagnostics, plus provide some risk protection since Kahu could tell them if the vehicle was in an accident, etc. The idea is still pretty new – Spireon is looking for a partner to provide a way to commercialize this use of the technology. But, it shows how quickly things are moving in that space. It seems like only last year – wait, it was only last year – that I wrote about Kahu as a service-reminder and theft- prevention tool.

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Idle-Reduction Benefits Extend Beyond Fuel
Savings

work truck logo“In addition to wasted fuel and unnecessary pollution of the environment, a 2012 AAA study indicated that the cost of owning and operating a vehicle has increased 1.9% since 2011, and excessive idling contributes to that. However, regarding fuel, the same AAA study indicated costs have gone up 14.8%. In an industry where fleet optimization can be the difference between profit and loss, the proper monitoring tool can make or break business operations,” said Reza Hemmati, director of product management for Spireon.

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Electronic Logging Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

Reza Hemmati, director of product management at trucking technology supplier Spireon, said the ELD mandate is bringing telematics to many fleets that otherwise would not have explored or adopted such technology. “As a result, fleet managers are for the first time introduced to other benefits of an engine-connected telematics solution such as asset visibility, driver safety and fuel efficiency,” he said.

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Fuel Economy in Focus

Several telematics systems, including FleetLocate from Spireon Inc., monitor vehicle health diagnostics, another key factor for fuel consumption. For example, knowing the status of a vehicle’s tire pressure and alerting managers when the tires are low can improve fuel economy, said Reza Hemmati, director of product management at Spireon. FleetLocate also gives fleets visibility into asset location and traffic data, which helps with dispatching and reducing a vehicle’s total time and number of miles on the road, Hemmati said.

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Travelers are rethinking rental cars. Here’s why.

What if car sharing could be scaled up — way up? That’s the idea behind a concept called Drive On Demand, introduced earlier by Spireon, a company that develops fleet-tracking software. The concept is simple: Imagine if your car dealership got into the rental business. “Picture this,” says Jason Penkethman, chief product officer at Spireon. “A consumer visits a name-brand car dealership, downloads that dealer’s mobile app, peruses a list of available cars — including all colors and trim-levels offered — selects a specific vehicle from the list, specifies the time frame and other rental terms, uses the vehicle GPS to immediately locate the vehicle on a mobile map, walks over, unlocks the door using the mobile app and drives away.”

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Spireon Debuts First Modular Trailer Tracker for Mixed Fleets

Spireon’s FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize up-time, fleets can streamline and accelerate the deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities across their business. “In an industry muddled with disparate, bulky and unreliable tracking devices, it was time to completely rethink the next generation of trailer telematics, and finally address the pains of tampering, dead batteries, and trying to retrofit these units in the field,” said Richard Gruenhagen, Chief Technology Officer at Spireon. “We designed FL Flex to be more compact, more power efficient, and more reliable than any other tracker on the market, with the flexibility to easily customize each unit based on the needs of the business and the characteristics of the trailer, or other mobile asset.”

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Comcar Industries adopts FleetLocate

Comcar Industries Inc has adopted Spireon Inc’s FleetLocate trailer management solution for its diverse fleet of refrigerated and dry vans, bulk, flatbed and chemical trailers. Comcar is installing FleetLocate in its entire fleet to optimize trailer utilization and operational efficiency. “We required a technology solution which would meet the needs of each of our four subsidiaries and provide us centralized visibility to our entire operation,” said Michael Ryan, CEO of Comcar Industries. “Spireon not only offers the functionality and flexibility we were looking for, but the company also provides a hands-on support team to assist us in developing solutions and achieving our business goals.”

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Spireon introduces modular trailer tracker designed for mixed fleets

Spireon released a modular trailer tracking solution, FL Flex, the latest in its FleetLocate product line. Spireon’s FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize uptime, fleets can streamline and accelerate the deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities across their business. “In an industry muddled with disparate, bulky and unreliable tracking devices, it was time to completely rethink the next generation of trailer telematics, and finally address the pains of tampering, dead batteries, and trying to retrofit these units in the field,” said Richard Gruenhagen, Chief Technology Officer at Spireon. “We designed FL Flex to be more compact, more power efficient, and more reliable than any other tracker on the market, with the flexibility to easily customize each unit based on the needs of the business and the characteristics of the trailer, or other mobile asset.”

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Spireon introduces modular trailer tracker designed for mixed fleets

Trailer tracking solutions have traditionally been an issue for mixed fleets that require custom data depending on the application the trailer is used in. Spireon is hoping to solve that problem with its new FL Flex modular trailer tracking solution.
Part of its FleetLocate product line, FL Flex allows a fleet, such as a rental operation, to purchase and deploy a single type of unit and then customize that unit to match the needs of a specific asset. FL Flex can record data from door, cargo, temperature and other settings and can be equipped with solar panels to maximize uptime. “Premier Trailer Leasing believes in outfitting its trailers with the best technology. FL Flex’s modular design and long life supports many configurations, including solar, giving us actionable real-time trailer data that our customers demand,” said Jim AuBuchon, CEO of Premier Trailer Leasing. FL Flex is small, making it easy hide the company said, and incudes tamper detection capabilities to deliver real-time alerts when any attempt is made to remove or disconnect the GPS device. Its battery can be recharged through a roof- or nose-mounted solar panel for continuous power through the expected 10-year lifecycle of the battery. “In an industry muddled with disparate, bulky and unreliable tracking devices, it was time to completely rethink the next generation of trailer telematics, and finally address the pains of tampering, dead batteries, and trying to retrofit these units in the field,” said Richard Gruenhagen, CTO at Spireon. “We designed FL Flex to be more compact, more power efficient, and more reliable than any other tracker on the market, with the flexibility to easily customize each unit based on the needs of the business and the characteristics of the trailer, or other mobile asset.” A variety of configurable sensors for FL Flex will be rolled out throughout 2018.

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Spireon introduces FleetLocate FL Flex

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has released the industry’s first modular trailer tracking solution, FL Flex, the latest in its FleetLocate product line. Spireon’s FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize up-time, fleets can streamline and accelerate the deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities across their business.

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Spireon Introduces FleetLocate FL Flex, Industry’s First Modular Trailer Tracker Designed For Mixed Fleets

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has released the industry’s first modular trailer tracking solution, FL Flex, the latest in its FleetLocate® product line. Spireon’s FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize up-time, fleets can streamline and accelerate the deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities across their business.

“Premier Trailer Leasing believes in outfitting its trailers with the best technology. FL Flex’s modular design and long life supports many configurations, including solar, giving us actionable real-time trailer data that our customers demand,” said Jim AuBuchon, CEO of Premier Trailer Leasing.

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Spireon unveils modular trailer tracker for mixed fleets

Spireon announced it has released a modular trailer tracking solution, FL Flex, the latest in its FleetLocate product line.
Spireon said its FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers.

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FL Flex Modular Trailer Tracking Solution

work truck logoThe Spireon FL Flex is a modular trailer tracking solution that enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single small footprint device across its full range of trailers and adjust the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize up-time, fleets can streamline the deployment asset management capabilities.

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Trailer tracking for mixed fleets

Spireon is building on its FleetLocate product line with a modular trailer tracking solution for mixed fleets. FL Flex can be configured with options including door, cargo, temperature, and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels, offering actionable real-time trailer data. On device’s small form factor makes it easy to hide, the company says, referring to the benefit of discrete tracking and tamper-proof connections. Real-time alerts are sounded if anyone attempts to remove the GPS device. The battery is recharged using solar panels mounted on the roof or nose of the trailer, delivering unlimited power over the battery’s estimated 10-year life. A variety of configurable sensors will be rolled out through 2018.

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Spireon unveils modular trailer tracker for mixed fleets

Spireon announced it has released a modular trailer tracking solution, FL Flex, the latest in its FleetLocate product line. Spireon said its FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize up-time, fleets can streamline and accelerate the deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities across their business.

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Spireon unveils trailer tracking tool for mixed fleets

Spireon is building on its FleetLocate product line with a modular trailer tracking solution for mixed fleets. FL Flex can be configured with options including door, cargo, temperature, and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels, offering actionable real-time trailer data. On [Our] device’s small form factor makes it easy to hide, the company says, referring to the benefit of discrete tracking and tamper-proof connections. Real-time alerts are sounded if anyone attempts to remove the GPS device. The battery is recharged using solar panels mounted on the roof or nose of the trailer, delivering unlimited power over the battery’s estimated 10-year life. A variety of configurable sensors will be rolled out through 2018.

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Spireon FL FLex Can Track Trailers in Mixed Fleets

HDT Trucking Info logoThe Spireon FL Flex is a modular trailer tracking solution that enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single small footprint device across its full range of trailers and adjust the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize up-time, fleets can streamline the deployment asset management capabilities. In addition to offering more I/O ports for different types of sensors, the small size of the new device makes it easy to hide, enabling discreet tracking and tamper-proof connectivity. Tamper detection delivers real-time alerts when any attempt is made to remove or disconnect the GPS device.

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Spireon Releases Modular Trailer Tracking Solution

Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, has released the industry’s first modular trailer tracking solution, FL Flex, the latest in its FleetLocate® product line. Spireon’s FL Flex enables a mixed fleet to deploy a single, small footprint device across its full range of trailers, and then customize the unit to meet the specific needs of each asset. By configuring FL Flex with options such as door, cargo, temperature and other trailer sensors, as well as solar panels to maximize up-time, fleets can streamline and accelerate the deployment of mission-critical asset management capabilities across their business. “Premier Trailer Leasing believes in outfitting its trailers with the best technology. FL Flex’s modular design and long life supports many configurations, including solar, giving us actionable real-time trailer data that our customers demand,” said Jim AuBuchon, CEO of Premier Trailer Leasing.

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Fleets go green – and get green – with GPS

Fleets looking to take their operations to the next level look to GPS solutions for the obvious benefits — driver/vehicle location tracking, driver behavior monitoring, improved efficiency — and some that are not so obvious, such as making a positive impact on the environment. “Going green” can be an arduous task, requiring constant calculations and adjustments to ensure that a fleet’s reduced environmental impact doesn’t negatively affect normal operations. Fortunately, GPS fleet management solutions have come a long way and go far beyond simple geolocation.

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MaaS demo suggests subscription-based car access is edging closer

The demo of Kahu will feature the innovative car-sharing service, Drive On Demand, which will offer customers an affordable and secure alternative to purchasing or leasing vehicles from dealers. Spireon will demonstrate how consumers could use Drive On Demand to search, reserve and locate dealer rental vehicles and even unlock the doors to access the vehicle, all through the Kahu mobile app.

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Mobility on Demand Car Sharing Solutions Meets Demands for Car Dealers’ Short-Term Leasing or Long Test Drives

Spireon announced new Mobility as a Service (MaaS) capabilities with its Kahu solution at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company is demonstrating features an innovative car-sharing service, which Spireon calls Drive On Demand that would allow dealers to offer customers an affordable and secure alternative to purchasing or leasing vehicles. Drive On Demand is built using Kahu, the industry’s first connected car solution specifically designed for dealers, and SmartDeviceLink an open source platform for car connectivity.By extending Kahu with the vehicle data exposed by SDL, will show a unique MaaS capability that leverages in-vehicle telematics to create a convenient and secure vehicle subscription service for consumers.

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Spireon Demos Dealer Subscription Service at CES

Vehicle intelligence provider Spireon Inc. will demonstrate new mobility- as-a-service (MaaS) capabilities with its Kahu solution at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which starts today and runs through Jan. 12. The demo features Drive on Demand, a new carsharing service designed to allow dealers to offer customers an affordable and secure alternative to purchasing or leasing vehicles.

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Spireon Demonstrates Mobility as a Service Capabilities with Kahu at CES 2018

Spireon Inc., the vehicle intelligence company, will demonstrate new Mobility as a Service (MaaS) capabilities with its Kahu® solution at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Jan. 9-12, 2018. The demo features an innovative car-sharing service, which Spireon calls Drive On DemandTM, that would allow dealers to offer customers an affordable and secure alternative to purchasing or leasing vehicles. With Drive On Demand, new car dealerships could leverage their vehicle assets to offer a monthly subscription that allows consumers to drive any car made available to them from a dealership’s inventory. Additionally, the service would allow consumers who may be considering a vehicle purchase to drive the vehicle for much longer than a typical test drive, and experience different models and trim levels before committing. At CES, Spireon will demonstrate how consumers could use Drive On Demand to search, reserve and locate dealer rental vehicles, and even unlock the doors to access the vehicle, all through the Kahu mobile app.

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Spireon Demos Dealer Subscription Service at CES

Spireon Inc., the vehicle intelligence company, will demonstrate new Mobility as a Service (MaaS) capabilities with its Kahu® solution at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Jan. 9-12, 2018. Drive On Demand is built using Kahu, a solution the provider describes as the industry’s first connected car solution specifically designed for dealers, and SmartDeviceLink (SDL), an open source platform for car connectivity. By extending Kahu with the vehicle data exposed by SDL, Spireon will show a unique MaaS capability that leverages in-vehicle telematics to create a convenient and secure vehicle subscription service for consumers, according to Jason Penkethman, the company’s chief product officer.

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CES 2018: Announcements, gizmos and gadgets

Spireon showcased its Kahu solution at CES to demonstrate its Mobility-as-a- Service capabilities. The car-sharing service, Drive on Demand, would allow dealers to offer an affordable alternative to purchasing or leasing vehicles, according to the company.
“Dealerships are facing pressure from shrinking margins, difficulty differentiating themselves from competitors and the increasing popularity of rideshare services,” said Jason Penkethman, chief product officer at Spireon. “The Drive On Demand concept introduces a compelling new consumer experience that can create new revenue streams for dealers and allow them to attract a wider customer base, which is critically important as consumer expectations and preferences evolve.”

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Spireon Shows Vehicle Subscription Concept

Spireon Inc. is demonstrating a vehicle subscription concept it is dubbing Drive On Demand at the International Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Calling it a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) technology, the company says the new solution will allow new car dealers to select specific vehicles in their inventory to offer to consumers via a monthly subscription model instead of the traditional purchase or lease. Drive On Demand is built on Spireon’s connected vehicle solution, Kahu, which it launched nearly a year ago, and on SmartDeviceLink (SDL), its open source platform for connected vehicles.

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2017 Press Coverage (Click Tabs to View)

Comcar Industries Installing FleetLocate in Diverse Trailer Fleet
Comcar adopts Spireon’s FleetLocate to maximize trailer utilization
Spireon Adds New Monitoring and Workflow Features to GoldStar to Reduce Costs and Complexity in Vehicle Finance
In Brief: Spireon Announced that J.Grady Randolph adopted its FleetLocate asset management for 700 trailers
7 truck technologies you need (and why)
Fleets Take Do-It-Yourself Approach to Solar-Panel Installation
Fleets, Tech Vendors Parsing Data to Improve Driver Coaching, Safety
Spireon Upgrades GoldStar Offerings
Spireon Wins Award
Best practices for an effective ELD rollout
Spireon Launches GoldStar Enterprise
Spireon Launches GoldStar Enterprise
4 new enhancements to Spireon’s GPS solution
Solar Solutions – Fleets Harness Sun’s Energy to Meet Growing Power Needs
Transportation solution helps fleets comply with FMCSA mandate
Kahu by Spireon Wins 2017 BIG Award for Business
2017 Fleet Truck of the Year: Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Spireon Launches FleetLocate Compliance ELD Solution
Spireon’s FleetLocate Wins Best in Biz Award for 2017
Special Section: ELD Buyer’s Guide
New products designed to ease ELD Mandate compliance
CCJ and Overdrive – 2017 ELD Buyer’s guide
Spireon launches FleetLocate Compliance ELD
Spireon Launches ELD Solution: FleetLocate Compliance
How To Create A Reseller Agreement
The latest hardware and software packages for fleet management and telematics
Trailer data is influencing fleet operational decisions

Trailer Telematics

ELDs offer many benefits, but eliminating driver fatigue isn’t one of them
How to Optimize Utilization of 700 Flatbed Trailers
J. Grady Randolph selects Spireon for flatbed tracking
Spireon Donates $100,000 to NIADA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund –
NIADA National Corporate Partner makes major financial commitment to assist the dealer community affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Spireon donates $100K to NIADA for hurricane relief; IIADA names dealer of the year
Spireon Donates $100,000 to NIADA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund
KPIs: Fleet Managers Watch Key Performers Indicators to Make Data-Driven Decisions, Improve Operations
Spireon to serve as corporate partner of ATA
How Fleets are Using Solar Power –
Solar panels have moved off building rooftops and onto trucks, tractors, and trailers.
Fleet Owner ELD Product Guide
Predictive Analytics – Leveraging data for fleet maintenance, operations, customer service, driver safety and retention
September Q&A: Mobile Marketing Provides a Constant Customer Connection
Spireon Claims Another Honor For Customer Service
Spireon Shows Continued Growth and Operational Gains in First-Half 2017
Spireon Sees Strong Half
Food Standards, Emission Regulations Affect Load Flexibility for Refrigerated Fleets
The Connected Car
Do You Know Where Your Cars Are?
Optimizing onboard data-driven systems to mitigate downtime

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New Nevada law greatly impacts GPS & starter interrupt usage
Logistics Firm RJ & Sons Selects Spireon’s FleetLocate to Manage Fleet of Specialized Trailers
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