StarLink Tracker with Wi-Fi and GNSS enables connected cars

August 13, 2018  - By
Photo: ERM Advanced Telematics

Photo: ERM Advanced Telematics

Automotive technology provider ERM Advanced Telematics has launched the StarLink Tracker with Wi-Fi, which integrates advanced vehicle tracking, driver behavior monitoring, theft prevention, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 4G cellular capabilities in a single device.

The company’s products have been installed in more than 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, the company said.

The StarLink Tracker with Wi-Fi is the first product under ERM’s new Wireless Connect strategy, which aims to use wireless technologies to provide its partners — vehicle fleet management companies, vehicle manufacturers and importers and car insurance companies — with a competitive edge.

The StarLink Tracker is a modular solution that is designed for installation both in vehicles on the production line and in the aftermarket, for vehicles that have left the production line. It turns any vehicle in which it is installed into a connected car.

The modularity of the product allows the addition of capabilities anytime through the use of add-on products provided by ERM or by a third party. This can be done on demand and without any need to replace the StarLink Tracker device, which keeps functioning as the central tracking and communications unit under any such solution.

The StarLink Tracker with Wi-Fi took about a year to develop, and ERM has already received its first orders to supply the product from customers in the United States, India and Australia.

The 120-gram tracker creates Wi-Fi hotspots in the vehicle for up to eight devices. It features a GPS/GLONASS/Galileo location module and an ability to navigate inside underground parking lots or in mines; a 4G cellular modem; internal antennas, emergency button support and built-in data logger.

Other capabilities are internal management of up to 500 driver IDs, remote immobilization, wireless connectivity to a wide range of additional ERM and third-party products and many other features.

As the core infrastructure for a Connected Car applications, the product can integrate to full range of the vehicle’s internet connectivity needs, which are provided by the use of the tracking unit’s SIM card without the need for any additional SIM card, the company said.

The StarLink Tracker with Wi-Fi and products that ERM Advanced Telematics will launch in the future under its Wireless Connect strategy, can be installed using the installer’s standard smartphone which communicates through Bluetooth connection in order to configure the product and perform any required adaptations. All this can be much faster compared to many other telematics devices and with much less hassle that might have arised due to the need to hook-up and hide wires.

The StarLink Tracker with Wi-Fi is also equipped with a microphone and loudspeaker to initiate and receive calls and dial emergency numbers. One application for this can be E-Call (Emergency Call), such as in the European Union or just as an Emergency Call application.

When pressing the location unit’s emergency button or immediately after an impact above a certain intensity, the unit will allows conversation between the vehicle’s occupants and the emergency center personnel, who can hear what is happening in the vehicle and identify events such as threats against the driver or accidents.

The product will also provide information about the driver’s behavior, including careless driving, accidents, off-road driving, acceleration during turns, speed violations and more, information that can be used by the manager to significantly improve fleet management capabilities, performance and can decrease operational expenses.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.