World News: Telematics Update congratulates the 2007 International Telematics Awards winners

World News:  Telematics Update congratulates the 2007 International Telematics Awards winners

Following yet another successful Telematics Detroit event, the Telematics Update team formally congratulates all Telematics Update Awards winners and finalists, who were up against more competitors than ever before.

Judged by a selection of independent consultants and industry experts, the winners were selected from a shortlist of the top five companies in each category. Those finalists reflected the state of today’s telematics industry – large global companies competing head to head with relatively unknown start ups on an even footing.

The 2007 Telematics Awards winners are:

  • Dr. Michael Foley: Telematics Leadership Award (individual). Dr Foley is the executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group – an organisation involved in advancing the acceptance of Bluetooth technology in vehicles, and the development of future telematics applications.
  • Hughes Telematics: 2007 Newcomer Award
  • OnStar: Best Embedded Telematics Service Award, Best Embedded Telematics Navigation Product, Best Use of Telematics Technology for Safety, and People’s Choice Award for Best Telematics Company.
  • Navigon: Best Portable Device Application Award
  • TomTom: Best Portable Navigation System
  • Tracker Network UK: Best Aftermarket Device
  • Windows Automotive: Best Audio or Audio-Visual Entertainment Product
  • Freescale Semiconductor: Best Telematics Component Solution
  • Volvo Trucks: Telematics Service & Application: Best Commercial Vehicle Application
  • Bose Corp: Best Storage Solution for In-Car Environment
  • BMW of North America: Global Car Manufacturer Technology Deployment Award

After winning awards in four categories, OnStar president Chet Huber commented: “We appreciate Telematics Update’s recognition of the value we bring to our customers, and look forward to having our services standard on nearly all GM vehicles by the end of this year.”

Mike McCourt, vice president and general manager of Freescale's Microcontroller Division, said: “This Telematics Update award is a noteworthy endorsement of Freescale’s leadership and innovation in the telematics market.”.

“Winning the International Telematics Awards Best Aftermarket Device award is a terrific honour,” said Parita Patel, marketing manager for TRACKER. “The VHF and GPS technology we’ve developed means Tracker is by far the leader in its field, and clearly this has been recognised by authorities at the highest level.”

”As always the awards 2007 were a great success, proving that both big and small players have an equal chance of winning,” said Telematics Update editor Thomas Hallauer. “We will look very closely at how the categories can be defined next year to widen the opportunities even more, whilst retaining the neutrality and fairness of the judging process – which is the core of the awards’ longevity and credibility.”


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