Twenty Years of Partnership

Twenty years of partnership

This year Aplicom is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. In this time we have seen many changes in a rapidly developing market. Twenty years ago we talked about mobile data terminals and fleet management systems. We did not have the internet, digital mobile data networks (GPRS, 3G/4G) or cloud services. Today, we are talking about our changing environment with terms such as IoT, connected vehicles, digitalisation of traffic and Mobile as a Service concept in traffic.

Aplicom has provided hundreds of thousands of telematics units for heavy trucks, cranes, busses, various service vans and passenger cars. The key to Aplicom’s success has been its way of developing partnerships, its quality approach, the flexibility of its software functionalities and services as well as its values for open communications between people.

One of the biggest changes that has been taking place in general is the increased importance of services. Digitalisation and rapid connectivity technology development have affected the introduction of mobile apps with new services.

Today we can see a new approach with service dominant logic – services define how the market moves. However, quality hardware platforms and devices are a must for good and reliable telematics services. Customer requirements are looked at from the service point of view. At the same time, the role of our telematics value networks are developing and changing.

Within a rapidly changing world, Aplicom is changing as well. This year is not only an anniversary for Aplicom, it is also a year for Aplicom to take a major step forwards in enhancing our service approach. Telematics devices remain as our core offering and competence, but we are looking to bring our customers and partners continuously new and improving services – and better integration of our products for the end customer’s service offering.

Aplicom offered its first cloud service for the remote download of the digital tachograph service with the A1 MAX RDL unit three years ago. New services and software functionalities related to our hardware will follow. With devices like A9 we will bring more capacity to functionalities and services along with a lower cost structure. New services will help remote diagnostics with OBD connectors among other things. This will enable us to enlarge our markets through new connected car applications that will allow closer ties with passenger car related customers.

All this will be achieved with Aplicom’s partners, some of which, like Skycom from Luxemburg, have been working with us already for the whole 20-year period.

We wish dearly to thank all our partners, customers and employees in bringing us this far. We will have new and interesting challenges ahead.

 

Vesa Helkkula

CEO, Aplicom Oy

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Aplicom, a leading European manufacturer of vehicle telematics units, together with Autoasi vehicle repair chain, driving-related data operator Helpten and telecommunications company Elisa introduced to the market the world's first smart car service. The smart car service combines the driver, car, maintenance and driving data services seamlessly in one application.

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Aplicom website now also in Russian

The Aplicom website is now available in four languages, including English, German, Finnish and now Russian.

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A new keypad, the 3PAD available

Aplicom is replacing the current mini-keypad, the Driver Log Keypad (DLKP), with a new three-button device, the 3PAD. The 3PAD offers all the same functionalities as the DLKP plus some additional features. It has 5 LEDs which can be used for the A1 or the A9 unit inside the vehicle to give direct feedback to the driver of e.g. driving style.

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