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AUSTRALIAN connected vehicle company Intelematics is partnering with global IoT (internet of things) solutions provider Aeris to offer connected services to Australian and New Zealand vehicle manufacturers and distributors.

The partnership is Aeris’ first entry into the ANZ market. Its Aeris Mobility Suite (AMS) has features including stolen vehicle tracking, accident notifications (eCall) services, remote vehicle services (including lock/unlock and remote start), subscription and payment management, and vehicle software updates.

Intelematics, owned by the RACV, will provide support including interface design, application development and technology integration services for the AMS platform.

Aeris customers include Volkswagen and Mitsubishi who have integrated AMS into their vehicles. 

Intelematics CEO, Nick Marks, announced the partnership to coincide with Australia’s National Roads and Traffic Expo. 

“Connectivity is the future for vehicles in ANZ and our partnership with Aeris will help to ensure car manufacturers and distributors can provide the best possible experiences for drivers,” Mr Marks said.

Intelematics CEO, Nick Marks

“This technology exists in new cars sold today, but it remains mostly dormant in Australia and New Zealand as global platforms are too complicated or too expensive to operate in our region, limiting the ability to provide Australian-oriented service offerings and incorporate local partner service providers. 

“Using Aeris’ platform, we can help our customers switch these features on so our market and consumers can realise the benefits of connected vehicles.”

Aeris said that 50 per cent of new vehicles globally are connected. Quoting from a Mckinsey report of 2021, this is estimated to reach 95 per cent by 2030.

Aeris vice president and general manager of its automotive business unit, Raj Kanaya, said there was an increasing expectation from consumers of an integrated, digitised in-vehicle solution.

“Our partnership with Intelematics, will help ANZ OEMs and distributors meet these expectations and, in turn, will increase brand loyalty and revenue,” Mr Kanaya said.

“Intelematics has been at the forefront of telematics since 1999, and we are excited to be partnering with them to bring a more connected future to the auto industry.”

It is the second major announcement into connected services from Intelematics in the past four months.

In February, Intelematics appointed Dr Anthony Symons as its new head of technology and data to lead its connected vehicle push. 

Dr Symons joined Intelematics from Optus where he led the development of digital platforms for Optus Enterprise.

Intelematics started in 1999 and now has a presence in the telematics industry in Australia, North America and Europe.

It provides scalable, multi-tenanted solutions including connected transportation services such as real-time insights and predictive services, connected motoring applications on vehicle dashboards and specialist safety and security services.

Founded in 1996, Aeris is a global IoT solutions provider with a history of helping companies unlock the value of IoT. 

“For decades, we have powered critical projects for some of the most complex customers of IoT services,” it said.

“Aeris strives to fundamentally improve businesses by dramatically reducing costs, accelerating time-to-market, and enabling new revenue streams. 

“Built from the ground up for IoT and road tested at scale, Aeris’ offering is based on the broadest technology stack in the industry, spanning connectivity up to vertical applications.”

By Neil Dowling

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