Wavecom Introduces Bluetooth-Enabled Wireless Module For Automotive Applications

New Feature Facilitates Safe In-Car Telephony and Reduces Development Cost.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France-June 16, 2004
Wavecom SA (NASDAQ: WVCM; Euronext: AVM; ISIN: FR0000073066) today announced that its wireless modules for automotive applications, the WISMO Quik Q2406 and Q2501, can now be enhanced with Bluetooth® capability in order to respond to the increasing demand for this feature from its customers in the automotive sector. A Bluetooth-enabled Q2501 module will be demonstrated at the Telematics Update exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on June 22-23, 2004.

Wavecom has licensed Ericsson’s Bluetooth software stack and associated profiles, including a unique feature for the automotive industry: the SIM Access Profile (SAP). The SAP utilizes a Bluetooth link between a mobile phone’s SIM card and an external GSM/GPRS device, enabling seamless transfer and operation of SIM information. This means that a built-in car phone can connect to the GSM/GPRS network via the driver’s (or another user’s) mobile phone, using the external roof GSM/GPRS antenna, thereby providing safe hands-free telephony without the need to switch the SIM card from the mobile phone to the car phone. For the car maker, the SAP eliminates the need to provide holders for different mobile phone models, enabling significant cost savings.

The WISMO Quik Q2501 is the only available product to combine dual band GSM/GPRS with 16 channels GPS capabilities in a single fully integrated module (58 x 32 x 6 mm). This module has been designed to meet full automotive environmental qualification (temperature, humidity, vibration etc) approval, is GCF and R&TTE compliant, and ready for dead reckoning applications. Available software options include IP connectivity protocols (TCP/IP, POP3/SMTP and FTP), as well as MQTT (Websphere) or Orange M2M Connect protocols.

Olivier Beaujard, Vertical Applications Marketing Director from Wavecom commented: “After a longer than expected start, automotive telematics is starting to realise its full potential and the technology is quickly becoming very sophisticated. The introduction of solutions that combine GSM/GPRS with short-range communications technologies such as Bluetooth, illustrates how the automotive industry is making innovative use of all available technologies in order to continually improve security and comfort for their end users. For Wavecom, this very demanding industry is one of our main target markets, and thanks to our dedicated automotive engineering team, we will continue to propose state-of-the-art wireless technology solutions adapted to its specific needs.”