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Cable Technology Feature Article

December 10, 2008

Wireless Matrix Partners with Trilithic

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Wireless Matrix Corporation has teamed up with Trilithic to provide integrated GPS fleet management and Radio Frequency (RF) leakage detection products. These products are expected to serve the cable television industry.
Since GPS has developed into a full-fledged market in the recent years, vehicle tracking has also picked up, providing accurate locations of the vehicles. Many systems also combine a communications component such as cellular or satellite transmitters to communicate the vehicle’s location to a remote user.
According to the agreement between Wireless Matrix and Trilithic, Wireless Matrix's FleetOutlook vehicle tracking solution will be integrated with Trilithic's Seeker series of leakage detection devices. This device is generally used by the cable companies to detect RF signal leakage from the cable plant.
“This alliance with Trilithic places another valuable tool in the hands of cable service providers," said J. Richard Carlson, president and CEO of Wireless Matrix. "Interoperability with other industry-standard applications used every day by cable technicians makes FleetOutlook the best choice for providers that want to increase profitability and achieve more with their fleet assets.”
Apart from tracking their mobile assets, cable operators will now be able to coordinate technicians and monitor RF leakage repair status with the help of an integrated platform of tools. Wireless Matrix believes that this solves the problem of high costs in the vehicle tracking function. Cable companies such as Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable have already adopted this integration provided by Wireless Matrix and Trilithic.
The addition of integrated GPS to leak detection capability allows fleet operations data to be easily shared, says Jim Harris, VP of Marketing at Trilithic. He says this allows the productivity to be increased without an increase in the complexity.
Recently, New Jersey-based Viking Termite and Pest Control has selected Wireless Matrix's FleetOutlook vehicle management solution to improve customer services and productivity. With the agreement, Viking is expected to get FleetOutlook Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and vehicle management services. Viking will also get Reporter 100, a full-featured GPS device that provides accurate, real-time vehicle location and status data in one of the smallest form factors in the industry.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray