Telenor Connexion, the M2M subsidiary of Norwegian telecoms incumbent Telenor, says it will demonstrate how its connected-cars technology has made Volvo more competitive at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
Carmaker Volvo (Gothenburg, Sweden) is a long-term customer of Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) and the deal between the two companies is to be showcased at the Connected City feature of the MWC later this month.
Telenor Connexion says it supports and manages Volvo’s connected devices through the entire product lifecycle, from set-up to operations to future development.
“Having the flexibility of innovative billing and charging services will help [customers] capture new market segments,” said Per Simonsen, the chief executive of Telenor Connexion, in commenting on the company’s proposition more generally. “We’re not only here to support our customers daily operations, we are also here to push them forward.”
Volvo says that connected services are becoming a vital part of its products and improving the overall car experience.
“Our award winning On Call app is an excellent example of a connected service evolving over time,” said Robert Jagler, the director of MSS connectivity at Volvo Cars.
“Originally, it focused on direct access to a call center in the event of an accident or other emergency, along with location tracking if the vehicle was stolen. The service has since been extended with features like remote cabin-temperature control and door locking, vehicle-location devices and a fuel-economy tracker.”
Telenor Connexion says its Connected City stand will illustrate its “lifecycle view” of connected services.
The company intends to show delegates how its services can help customers to reduce communications costs, improve security and facilitate new business models for connected services.