Hughes signs agreements with IBM and Oracle

Hughes signs agreements with IBM and Oracle

IBM has been working with Hughes to build its telematics operations centre, which is the hub of connectivity for all Hughes Telematics-equipped vehicles. This agreement formalises a long-standing relationship between Hughes and IBM, and is the springboard for the implementation phase of Hughes' telematics systems in Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler vehicles.

The agreement with Oracle will allow Hughes Telematics to provide a standards-based adaptable platform for future services and deliver a continuously exceptional customer experience.

Hughes Telematics will begin rolling out its telematics solution in Mercedes-Benz USA and Chrysler vehicles in 2009. The operations centre is designed to support telematics services using third party vehicle solutions as well as Hughes Telematics' equipment.

"Telematics and vehicle ICT are moving from the conceptual phase to strategic execution," said Thilo Koslowski, vice president, automotive at Gartner. "Partnerships between telematics providers and experienced IT leaders are a critical success factor in developing successful offerings and realizing the connected vehicle."

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