Finalists revealed for Telematics Awards 2009


Finalists for these awards stand out in an industry where innovation is expected as the norm, and companies clamour for publicity, platform and prestige.

"This is a very important year for the industry, as companies realise that in order to stand out and win market-share they need to produce and promote innovative products and solutions, and because of that we received nominations that were stronger than ever,” says Precksha Saksena, managing director / editor of Telematics Update. "The response has been fantastic and I want to thank each and every company that nominated themselves, as each and every entry made the competition even more intense. This year's winners will be celebrated as true leaders in a year that epitomises the strength of the telematics industry, as the industry has and will continue to pull together in order to innovate and lead despite the current global scenario.”

Duringthe past six months, hundreds of companies have nominated themselves or their partners and clients through the Telematics Awards website.

An independent panel of industry experts from the digital automotive, mobile and web industries have analysed the submissions and individually narrowed down each category to these finalists (in alphabetical order by company):

1. Telematics Leadership

  • Andrew Poliak, Director, QNX Software Systems
  • Bill Henry, CEO, Tele Atlas
  • Chet Huber, President, OnStar
  • Gerhard Nuessle, VP Speech, Telematics, Navigation, Harman/Becker
  • Francis J. Dance, Telematics Services Manager, BMW of North America, LLC
  • Jocelyn Vigreux, President, TomTom Inc.
  • John Horn, National Director M2M, T-Mobile
  • Joseph Berry, Director/Chief Architect – SYNC, Ford Motor Company
  • Kamyar Moinzadeh, President & CEO, Airbiquity
  • Kevin Link, Vice President of Marketing, Hughes Telematics
  • Per Waldemar Simonsen, CEO, Telenor Connexion
  • Sterling Pratz, CEO, Autonet Mobile

2. Industry newcomer

  • AutoLocator / Maga Communication Ltd.
  • Ford
  • GENIVI Alliance
  • Google
  • Navitime Japan Co., LTD.
  • QNX Software Systems
  • Sirius XM Radio Inc.
  • TeleNav Inc.
  • Telenor Connexion AB
  • TomTom Automotive

3. Best Embedded Telematic Service

  • AutoLocator / Maga Communication Ltd.
  • Ford SYNC
  • Hughes Telematics
  • OnStar
  • Trafficmaster plc
  • T-Mobile

4. Best Embedded Telematics Navigation Product

  • Azentek
  • BMW of North America, LLC
  • deCarta
  • Harman Becker Automotive Systems
  • infoUSA
  • Mercedes-Benz USA
  • OnStar
  • TomTom Automotive
  • Visteon Corporation
  • WebTech Wireless

5. Best Portable Telematics Solution

  • Airbiquity
  • AutoAlert Limited
  • Clear Channel
  • Global Mobile Alert Corporation
  • Networks in Motion
  • Tele Atlas
  • TeleNav, Inc.

6. Best Portable Navigation System

  • AvMap
  • TomTom

7. Best Aftermarket Device

  • AutoLocator / Maga Communication Ltd.
  • Autonet Mobile, Inc.
  • Azentek
  • DigiCore Ltd
  • Global Mobile Alert Corporation
  • Hughes Telematics
  • Laird Technologies & Enfotrace
  • Parrot
  • Wavecom Inc.

8. Best Telematics Component Solution

  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • Inrix Inc.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Intelematics Australia
  • Loquendo
  • Nokia
  • QUALCOMM, Incorporated
  • Squarell bv
  • Tele Atlas
  • Wavecom

9. Best Telematics Service & Application for Commercial Vehicles

  • Daimler Trucks
  • Garmin
  • GE
  • Global Mobile Alert Corporation
  • Navman Wireless
  • Networkfleet
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • SageQuest
  • TomTom
  • Volvo Trucks (European Division)
  • Wind River

10. Best use of Telematics Technology in the Public sector

  • Ford
  • Inrix Inc.
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • OnStar
  • ParkingCarma, Inc.
  • QUALCOMM, Incorporated
  • Trimble Navigation Limited

11. Car Manufacturer Innovation Award

  • BMW of North America, LLC
  • Ford
  • GM/OnStar

Commenting on making the cut in five categories, Jocelyn Vigreux, president of TomTom Inc. says, “TomTom is honoured to be recognised by Telematics Update as a finalist in five categories for our innovation and technology achievements in the portable navigation device industry. Our technology has positively impacted the way tens of millions of people navigate around the world.These nominations from Telematics Update further validate TomTom’s leadership in the industry and best-of-breed technology.”

“As we look forward to our launch of services with Chrysler and Mercedes Benz later this year, these three Telematics Update award nominations remind us how fortunate we are to have assembled an executive team capable of developing and delivering an award-winning embedded telematics solution and a world-class aftermarket product. I wish the best of luck to Kevin Link, the in-Drive team, NetworkFleet, and everyone at HUGHES Telematics, all of whom deserve recognition for this accomplishment.” Erik Goldman, President, HUGHES Telematics

“Tele Atlas is honored to be recognised among so many leading companies by Telematics Update for our leadership in using community input to help create the freshest digital maps, innovative new products and flexible solutions for the evolving in-vehicle environment to power the world’s leading navigation solutions,” said Tele Atlas CEO Bill Henry.

“Congratulations to all of the Telematics Update finalists for 2009, including Andrew Poliak, a well-respected leader not only at QNX but throughout the embedded and automotive industries," said Dan Dodge, CEO, QNX Software Systems. "QNX is also thrilled to have its QNX CAR program recognised as a finalist for redefining how automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers prototype, develop, and deploy telematics and infotainment systems.”

“I am honoured to be a finalist for the Telematics Leadership Award. This validates all we are doing at T-Mobile to be the easiest to do business with. The recent launch of our industry changing embedded SIM will help drive the most demanding telematics solutions to market and allows T-Mobile to focus innovation in the telematics space onto our robust nationwide GSM network. Thank you again for your consideration,” said John Horn, National Director for T-Mobile

Commenting on making the shortlist in both Industry Newcomer and Telematics Leadership Award, Telenor Connexion's CEO Per Simonsen says: "We are very honoured to be recognised by Telematics Update for our innovative approach within telematics and M2M communications. Following the launch of Telenor Connexion last October, this nomination further validates that we are on track to meet global M2M customers evolving needs and to help develop a healthy marketplace”.

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Telematics Update will reveal all the winners at an exclusive awards dinner on June 2, 2009 at Hotel Baronette (at the end of Day 1 of the 9th annual Telematics Detroit 2009 Conference & Exhibition, which takes place on June 2-3 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Michigan, Novi, USA.)

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