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u-blox and CalAmp enter Brazilian telematics market

13th November 2013
Nat Bowers

u-blox has revealed that CalAmp has selected u-blox as GPS receiver and cellular modem supplier for their new line of vehicle tracking, anti-theft and insurance telematics devices. This new line of telematics has been designed especially for the Brazilian market as Brazilian government legislation will require stolen-vehicle tracking units in new cars and trucks starting in 2014.

Nikolaos Papadopoulos, President of u-blox America, commented: “u-blox and CalAmp have enjoyed a long and successful partnership in the US fleet management sector, a collaboration that has become an excellent foundation for building a strong business in Brazil. We are pleased that CalAmp can take full advantage of our leading GPS, cellular and anti-jamming technologies, as well as our proven capabilities as a high-quality world-class component supplier.”

Fleet management and vehicle “black-box” recorders can greatly help to resolve insurance claims. Large-scale adaption of these devices in Brazil is increasing demand for robust and sensitive vehicle telematics units able to operate reliably in harsh automotive environments.

“Our strategy at CalAmp is to quickly enter Brazil with rugged, purpose-built, high-performance vehicle telematics units that work out of the box. The Brazilian market is especially challenging due the extreme range of environments: from high rise cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo with poor GPS satellite visibility to remote regions with weak cellular coverage. We also have to deal with sophisticated RF jamming technology employed during vehicle theft. To overcome all these situations, we depend on the industry-leading sensitivity and anti-jamming technologies developed by u-blox,” comments Greg Gower, senior vice president and general manager of CalAmp's Mobile Resource Management business.

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