PALO ALTO, CA -- Earthrise Technologies, a subsidiary of the Digisec Group, and Telenor Connexion, the leading machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity provider, have formed a partnership to deploy Digisec's innovative eco navigation product, Eco-Way, using Telenor Connexion's global wireless connectivity solution for telematics applications. The partnership will initially focus on deploying eco-navigation devices in North America, and later in the year expand to Europe and other international markets.
The Eco-Way is an innovative, ground-breaking portable navigation device featuring an electrical interface that connects directly to the diagnostics bus within a vehicle, thereby enabling it to collect real-time engine and performance data. The Eco-Way processes this information and displays in real-time MPG and CO2 per mile in a Prius-like display. Eco-Way also calculates an "Eco-Score" telling the driver the degree to which their driving is eco-friendly. Vehicle and driver performance information is sent via Telenor Connexion's global GPRS network to the TSP's fleet management database where fleet operators can review vehicle and driver performance statistics and vehicle maintenance information. One of the key value propositions of the Eco-Way is the ability for drivers to see in real-time how their driving behaviour affects gas mileage and CO2 emissions so they can make improvement, as well as how their vehicle performs relative to the capabilities advertised by the manufacturer.
Of particular importance in this system is the ability to provision, manage and support thousands of remote, internet-connected eco-navigation devices, on a global basis, and to ensure reliable capture and presentation of critical data, and make immediate notification of any vehicle faults or problems. This capability is provided through Telenor Connexion's comprehensive global telematics connectivity solution.
"We are very excited to be working with Telenor Connexion, a world leader in global M2M connectivity solutions with a distinguished reputation," says Jim DiSanto, President of Earthrise and a Digisec board member.
"Oil prices are again heading up as the world economy transitions from recession to a new growth cycle. Fuel costs are the number one concern of fleet operators world-wide, followed closely by the cost of emissions. Transportation is now the number one man-made producer of green house gases, and pressure is being brought upon fleet operators to reduce their emissions. Using innovative telematics technology like Eco-Way coupled with Telenor Connexion connectivity services can reduce transportation emissions in most fleets by 30-40%," Jim DiSanto continues.
"We are pleased to work with such a pioneering company like Digisec. The product is built and launched towards the professional fleet and transportation vertical in an innovative way, and in view of the environmental focus and consideration arising all around the world. It is with great enthusiasm we contribute with our global M2M connectivity solution," says Niclas Andersson, Global Business Development Executive, Telenor Connexion.
About Earthrise Technologies and Digisec Group
Earthrise Technologies is a wholly owned division of Digisec Group, a Caymans Corp. In addition to Earthrise, Digisec owns and operates CCYamei Electronics, the leading after-market manufacturer of automotive security and safety products in China. Products include EZ-GO smart key system, All-Way GPS/GSM tracking and security system, and the new Eco-Way connected navigation system with Eco-Driving and vehicle diagnostics.
About Telenor Connexion
Telenor Connexion is a leading global provider of embedded connectivity for business and life critical applications. Companies in industries as diverse as automotive, security, utilities and fleet management are implementing embedded connectivity solutions to achieve productivity gains, cost management, environmental improvement and expand customer services. With more than 10 years of experience, Telenor Connexion is a reliable partner, understanding and dedicated our customers' business. According to leading industry analyst Berg Insight, Telenor is "the most advanced mobile operator in the area of M2M" and "the dominant provider of wireless M2M connectivity".