Novatel module wins Verizon Wireless backing

Mobile operator Verizon Wireless has given a boost to M2M module maker Novatel Wireless, approving a new module for use on its network.

The MT 3050 device that has received Verizon’s (New York, USA) technical approval is a tracking device aimed at reducing upfront costs for insurance telematics and fleet-management applications.

Novatel (San Diego, USA) says it is ideal for insurance telematics and fleet-management providers looking for information on the vehicle, vehicle location or driver behavior.

Mobile operator Verizon Wireless has given a boost to M2M module maker Novatel Wireless, approving a new module for use on its network.

The MT 3050 device that has received Verizon’s (New York, USA) technical approval is a tracking device aimed at reducing upfront costs for insurance telematics and fleet-management applications.

Novatel (San Diego, USA) says it is ideal for insurance telematics and fleet-management providers looking for information on the vehicle, vehicle location or driver behavior.

The module’s plug-and-play functionality sets it apart from wired telematics devices, says Novatel, removing vehicle installation costs and associated vehicle out-of-service time.

“Regardless of application, our customers are realizing productivity improvements and cost reductions with fast time-to-market and easy deployments,” said Joe Peterson, the global sales vice president of Novatel Wireless’ M2M business. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers this sophisticated … device — now on the Verizon Wireless network.”

Novatel says the MT 3050 will capture metrics critical to effective fleet and insurance monitoring, such as excessive engine speed, rapid acceleration, harsh braking, speed violations, and excessive idling.

It can also be combined with the module maker’s communications and management software platform to monitor, manage and reconfigure devices remotely from almost anywhere in the world.

Novatel has revealed that fleet-tracking company NexTraq (Atlanta, USA) is already a customer.

“We are pleased to partner with both Novatel Wireless and Verizon Wireless to continue to offer our customers the most comprehensive hardware offering in the telematics space,” said Mike Scarborough, the chief executive of NexTraq. “As a first-to-market GPS fleet tracking company, it’s important to partner with companies that provide the most innovative solutions.”