Interesting. Their are strong ties between bell canada & SBC and now they will own Vantage Tracking and Vistar. Fallout for Trackware? Thoughts
I didn't see anything in the press release that
stated Aeris exclusivity with Telcel, it just happens to
be the first they are implementing. Many U.S.
cellular carriers are implementing both Cellemetry and
MicroBurst, and whoever got in the door first got implemented
first. So I don't think you can say that Cellemetry will
not have Mexico coverage at all, just not first.
wireless_cti, the word on the street is that the
VantageTracking ORBCOMM-based trailer tracking solution, which
QCOM is re-selling to the likes of Schneider, TIP, et.
al, is indeed having antenna problems; they're
falling off! Consequently, further installation of
Vantage units at the big announced contracts has been
Telcel, Telmex's cellular subsidiary chose
Aeris.net over Cellemetry for providing control channel
services. Good for Qualcomm's trailer tracking product, bad
for HighwayMaster and Trackware. I guess that leaves
Iusa for Cellemetry.
Didn't someone say SBC
was going to use their stake in Telmex to help
HighwayMaster acquire Mexican coverage? I guess it wasn't a
Aeris.net Extends MicroBurst(TM) Service to
Aeris.net's MicroBurst Data Messaging Service Now Extends
America - Canada, U.S. and
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb 24 /PRNewswire/ --
Aeris.net, the leading provider of short-packet data
messaging service, today announced an agreement with
Mexico's nationwide cellular carrier, Telcel, to deploy
Aeris's MicroBurst(TM) service. MicroBurst technology,
which uses the control channel of the cellular network,
enables web-to-wireless connectivity and control of
intelligent devices. Aeris's footprint now covers all of
Mexico's cellular service areas, as well as all of Canada
and the United States.
"The expansion of
MicroBurst service into Mexico provides seamless coverage
for mobile applications, with robust opportunities
for fixed telemetry service in Mexico," commented
Dick Gossen, president and chief executive officer of
Aeris.net. "Companies everywhere are recognizing the
benefits of machine-to-machine communications. By
partnering with Telcel, Aeris.net makes communicating with
intelligent devices a simple and inexpensive messaging
solution at the lowest possible cost."
with major carriers across North America, including
Bell Atlantic, Ameritech, AirTouch, Rogers AT&T, GTE
and now Telcel, MicroBurst service utilizes the
cellular telephone networks with the highest quality
service and network reliability.
"The decision to
partner with Aeris was made easy by Aeris's high standard
for enabling low-cost and reliable messaging
service," stated Telcel's Operation's Director, Luis Cosio
Prior. "Mexican and American companies in industries
such as alarm and security, utility meter reading and
asset tracking have been looking forward to the
competitive advantages and vast service area coverage. "Aeris
'best of breed' application developers include ADEMCO,
the world's largest security equipment manufacturer,
QUALCOMM's Wireless Business Solutions, the leader in
commercial vehicle tracking and monitoring, and ABB Metering
Systems, the world's largest manufacturer of solid state
utility meters. In addition, there are more than 100
applications commercially available or in development today.
We are considering purchasing another system that
I won't name here (it isn't qualcomm or
highwaymaster) for our fleet, and I had heard that Wal-Mart
might switch to this system. We have a lot of
warehouses and want to see what other similar operations are
I apologize for posting on this board. I will try
to get a hold of somone at Wal-Mart directly.