Wavecom joins ERTICO

European Partnership for improved Transport Systems
Issy-les-Moulineaux (France) -February 01, 2007

Wavecom announced it has become a member in the ERTICO alliance.

ERTICO is a partnership of companies involved in the European transport system whose goal is to reinforce a future European transport system that is safer, more efficient, more sustainable and more secure than today. Through Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Services technology, combined with the appropriate investment in infrastructure, the partnership efforts will result in reducing the number of accidents and congestion, while making transport networks more secure and minimizing their impact on the environment.

As the world's leading supplier of wireless communications solutions to the automotive industry, Wavecom is pleased to now be a member of ERTICO. Pierre Piver, Wavecom Vice President, Automotive, commented, "ERTICO represents the best in cooperation among a wide variety of players in the transport industry who are working together to improve all aspects of the industry here in Europe," he went on to say, "to date, the results coming from ERTICO demonstrate true world leadership and we are looking to bring our experience and our solutions in order to help improve transport systems not only in Europe but around the world."

ERTICO Director of Development & Deployment Michael Nielsen stated, "Having industry-leading partners such as Wavecom in our organization is critical for success in ITS deployment. Wavecom has a technological portfolio and expertise that complements our initiatives. Together with the other ERTICO partners, Wavecom plays an important role to create solutions that solve the problems we see in European mobility systems today."

Membership in ERTICO is a natural extension to the contribution Wavecom is already making to the European Commission's eSafety Forum. The European Commission's major initiative, eCall (standing for emergency call) is implementing an action plan to promote pan-European in-vehicle emergency call initiatives by using combined information and communications technologies of which Wavecom is the world-leading supplier. The European Commission recognizes the potential that in-vehicle communications can have on reducing the number of fatalities, the severity of injuries and the stress in post-crash situations, by speeding up the response time of emergency services.