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Telit Company Profile

Telit is an enabler of the global machine-to-machine (m2m) movement. The company views m2m as the space intersected by the following three technology pillars

  1. Long-range cellular connection of devices to each-other and the Internet of Things (IoT);
  2. Short-to-long range license free wireless connection of devices to their peripherals, to each other, and to long-range gateways;
  3. Position awareness for all connected devices.

In fulfilling the role of enabler of this space, exclusively, and for over 12 years, the company advances its technology leadership from eight R&D centers around the globe. Furthermore Telit streamlines adoption and integration of long-range cellular technology by enhancing it with necessary services and end-to-end connectivity to transform the cellular m2m module from a component to a solution, connecting your assets to the enterprise systems they feed into.  IoT Connectivity is the company's business unit delivering these value added services with wireless connectivity, cloud solutions and an intuitive, easy to use application enablement platform (AEP).

Telit delivers its extensive portfolio of cellular, short-range, and positioning products in over 80 countries. By making these products business scalable, interchangeable across families, technologies, and generations, and with high quality standards, Telit keeps development cycles short and cost optimized, protects customer design investments, and removes technology risk.

IoT Connectivity delivers effortless m2m service enablement with module, SIM, and subscription management tools and resources plus connectivity tailored for this space, adding business value through enhanced network performance, cost control, security, and troubleshooting. The deviceWISE powered AEP enables seamless and secure connectivity and integration of remote assets in the field with enterprise systems and databases in the back office. The platform reduces the risk, time-to-market, complexity and cost of deploying complete end-to-end M2M solutions for remote monitoring and control, industrial automation, asset tracking and field service operations across virtually all industries and market segments around the world.

Two solution Business Units integrate the Telit group.They were conceived to address fundamentally different business models of their target markets and to ensure the sharpest focus on their go-to-market. Telit Automotive Solutions with automotive-grade cellular modules, the ATOP on-board unit, and open software development platform; and Telit GNSS Solutions with award winning ready-to-use positioning receivers add value to the company’s delivery model.

Telit envelops its offerings with customer support and design-in expertise from 35 sales and support offices, and a global distributor network of wireless experts in over 30 Telit-designated Competence Centers. The Technical Support Forum is a first-of-kind initiative where not only customers but the entire m2m community can exchange opinions and ideas.

Telit Wireless Solutions and m2mAÍR are brands of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM).

Telit History

Two decades of experience across the globe have helped the company establish strong channels and unfettered access to key players in all major world markets. From its beginnings in 1986 as Telital and Telital automotive, an engineering company providing research and development services to multinational telecoms, Telit emerged as one of the leading names in innovative cellular technology. In 1997, the company began manufacturing and marketing products under the Telit brand. Since then, millions of cellular handsets and other mobile communications devices such as the first Globalstar satellite mobile phone have been supplied to users and operators worldwide.

Telit recognized early on the potential of cellular m2m solutions and launched its first m2m module called Datablock in 1998. Allowing real-time monitoring and control, minimizing or dispensing with human intervention, m2m is gaining significant market traction as it addresses the ever-increasing demands, e.g. in terms of speed, savings, safety, environmental protection, localization, remote control, accuracy and many others in the business world.

On March 1st 2011, Telit completed the acquisition of Motorola m2m from Motorola Israel Ltd., a subsidiary of Motorola Solutions Inc. The integration of Motorola m2m into the existing Telit business, mainly in Israel but also in the US, England and APAC, was fully and successfully completed during 2011.

On July 11th 2011, the company acquired GlobalConect Ltd. to establish a services business, with the goal of having recurring revenues. Thanks to this acquisition and the strategic partnership Telit entered in with Telefonica Espana S.A.U on February 22nd 2012 Telit is today the only company in the market that provides a value added services bundle including connectivity to its customers.

Navman Wireless OEM Solutions LP was acquired on January 3rd 2012 which strengthens Telit's position as the premier product and consultative partner in the m2m industry. The acquisition of Navman's technology and the engagement of its US based executive engineering and sales staff will make Telit a major contender in the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) market while providing an enhanced product portfolio for its m2m customers and providing Telit access to new GPS customers and products beyond the traditional m2m industry.

At the beginning of 2013, Telit acquired CrossBridge Solutions expanding its IoT Connectivity offering to small/medium m2m customers in the U.S. The acquired company has a long 22-year history in the North American market adding to Telit's 20+ years' experience in cellular hardware technology.

In September 2013, Telit acquired IoT Portal, a U.S.-based provider of cloud services and application enablement platform (AEP). The acquisition was another important step to continue building a company to offer end-to-end solutions to its customers.

In 2012 Telit added the value added and connectivity services to deliver essential connectivity solutions on the mobile network side of connected devices. With the IoT Portal acquisition its cloud-based services and AEP, Telit completes the set of solutions to provide customers a comprehensive Internet-side services offering including Application Enablement.

In April 2014, Telit concluded the acquisition of the Automotive Telematics On-board unit Platform (ATOP) business from Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors (Nasdaq NXPI). With the conclusion, Telit Automotive Solutions was launched as a new business unit conceived to focus exclusively on the Automotive OEM and Tier-one markets.


Company Strategy

Having successfully integrated the most recent businesses acquired by Telit (Motorola m2m, GlobalConect and Navman) into the Company's global organization, and with significant market share, Telit is confident in its position as a leading global company in the m2m industry. The company is implementing now the next stage of its strategy which is to grow through a three-pronged approach:

  • organically along with general growth in the m2m industry;
  • via recurring income through our valued added services unit which will leverage the long-standing relationships with our customers and
  • via appropriate acquisition opportunities to the extent that these become available.

m2m Is About Enabling - It Enables Other Segments And Applications

m2m is a technology that has evolved over the course of just a few years and yet has become indispensable for many industries. According to Beecham Research, the market had reached a volume of more than 50 billion US Dollar even by 2008. And the prospects for growth are excellent: In 2012, the market volume is set to rise five-fold to 250 billion US Dollar.

The chief value of m2m is to enable applications that allow businesses to enhance productivity and competitiveness through increased efficiencies, cost-savings, and improved levels of service.

  • Connecting machines to other machines - e.g. remote production environments.
  • Connecting machines to service centers - e.g. vehicles that automatically notify service centers of maintenance issues.
  • Connecting service centers to machines - e.g. vending machines that report the stock status to a central inventory system.
  • Connecting individuals or vehicles to machines - e.g. indicating their geographical position for enhanced personal security.

m2m applications can be found in a wide range of industries and sectors including vending machines, automated meter reading (AMR), point-of-sales (POS)-terminals, transport and logistics, pay-as-you-drive, telematics, healthcare, security technology and a wealth of other vertical segments.

A fair number of vendors presently offer m2m modules or industry-specific solutions. Additionally, the demands on m2m modules are steadily increasing - requiring substantial added versatility in use. The integration of complementary technologies such as GPS and ZigBee at module level is constantly gaining increasing importance while the demand for small and compact modules for terminals geared towards the consumer market are also steadily growing (e.g. vital-sign monitoring, localization and alerts for people with health conditions, and personal navigation).

Telit's Core Values:
Reliability, Quality and Customer Orientation

Telit Wireless Solutions is famous for its four core values that play a key role in ensuring the customer's success: business scalability, ease of integration, investment protection, and world class quality.

These key competencies are represented by a wide range of advantages and services that Telit offers to its customers. One example embodying these principles is the unique family concept which provides customers with maximum compatibility with all cellular wireless tec.

Telit's Unique Product Family Concept

Telit offers to its customers a form factor and family concept. The product families are tailored to different levels of integration and volumes according to application size and production scale. All modules of one family have the same size and shape, the same connectors and the same software interface so that that they can be integrated and exchanged easily into existing customer designs with only minimal adaptation. As a result, customers benefit from modules that can be used for years in their applications. They avoid additional development outlay and thus protect their previous development investments.

Cellular and Short-Range Solutions From a Single Source

In 2008, Telit made a strategic move from a "cellular M2M" solutions provider to a "wireless m2m" solutions provider, including both Satellite and Short Range RF technologies in its product offering. Being the only m2m supplier worldwide to offer all relevant wireless technologies in its product portfolio, Telit provides its customers with tailored single source solutions. The company develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of enterprise communication modules: 

Cellular Technologies

  • GSM/GPRS modules
  • EDGE modules
  • UMTS/WEDGE/HSPA/HSPA+ modules and datacards
  • CDMA/EV-DO modules and datacards
  • LTE modules and datacards

Satellite Technologies

  • GPS-only 
  • GPS + Glonass 
  • GPS + Galileo
  • GPS +  Compass\Beidou

Short-Range Technologies

  • ZigBee
  • Short Range RF (proprietary mesh/point-to-point for unlicensed frequency bands)
  • Short Range to GSM/GPRS
  • Wireless MBus
  • SIGFOX gateway

Telit's R&D Competence

Another plus for Telit customers is the access to a gamut of lab resources for testing their end products, preparing them for official certification procedures. As a former manufacturer of mobile telephones, Telit has extensive knowledge and equipment for preparation of virtually all common international testing procedures such as R&TTE/FCC, CE/UL and GCF/PTCRB. This increases the probability of a successful certification process, done right the first time. Telit's R&D centers are located in:

Trieste (Italy): Telit's Trieste R&D facility is the company's main engineering, design & development facility, and headquarters for the global R&D function. Trieste focuses its braintrust in the advancement of GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and GPS technologies.
A team focused on the automotive specific products has been created with the purpose of enhancing support and services for this market.

Cagliari (Italy): This R&D center is the primary competence center for other wireless technologies and special projects. This facility investigates short-range wireless, satellite, and other emerging technologies for integration into the corporate portfolio roadmap.

Seoul (Korea): Telit's APAC R&D center is located in Seoul, South Korea, and is the main development site for the company's CDMA, WCDMA, and UMTS projects. It is also Telit's center of competence for automotive specific products and rugged design technologies.

Tel Aviv (Israel): The acquisition of Motorola M2M enabled Telit to open a fifth R&D center located in Tel Aviv. The team in Israel supports the other centers worldwide in the cellular sector.

California (USA): Another R&D centre is located in Foothill Ranch, California, and is the main development site for the company's GPS/Glonass and Location projects.

Chicago (USA): Telit's sixth R&D Center is located in Chicago, Illinois. This team is responsible for product development for IoT Connectivity North America.

Boca Raton (USA): This is the world headquarter site for IoT Portal acquired in September 2013 and housing engineering and R&D in charge of advancing cloud technology and the company's application enablement platform (AEP).

All in all, customers benefit from minimized technical risk while at the same time enjoying a reduced total cost of ownership and time-to-market. Telit modules are priced to make them attractive for a wide variety of business cases. Every module addresses distinct application groups such as telematics, fleet management and AMR, security, POS, and others.

Caen/Leuven R&D Center (France/Belgium): Distributed between two R&D facilities of Telit acquired NXP-ATOP, Caen (France) and Leuven (Belgium) sites house 30+ engineers dedicated to the research and development effort for the company's Automotive Solutions business unit.


The Telit Technical Support Forum

Telit expanded its support service and launched the world's first open communication platform for m2m topics, the Telit Technical Support Forum. The forum was developed for Telit customers but also grants access to the entire m2m community. System integrators, developers and partner companies can exchange opinions and ideas amongst themselves and receive valuable assistance for their daily work, at any time, from the Telit technical support teams around the world. The support team consists of employees from Telit's four research and development centers in Trieste (Italy), Sardinia (Italy),  and Seoul (Korea).

Unlike many of its competitors, Telit developed its own protocol stack both with GSM/GPRS and short-range network protocols. Telit has invested a total of over 400 man-years in the ongoing development of this software platform. As the sole proprietor of its module software, Telit can work with its customers to align modules with the requirements of individual applications or markets in the shortest possible time. The flexibility afforded by total control over the protocol stack, the most critical software component in the makeup of the module architecture, allows Telit to respond quickly to individual needs, while customers benefit from being able to quickly launch their products into their target markets.