When The Plan B Company was challenged to develop Kia's connected car programme, they turned to Truphone to help solve one of the industry's biggest challenges.
What if your car could tell you when it needs a service, or an oil change, or could find parking and lets you pay for it without opening the door, or could even suggests special offers that were relevant to your journey?
Kia wanted a car that could give drivers a real-time car health information and location-based services anytime, anywhere in the world. They needed a future-proof solution that could eventually even integrate with other external services such as smart-home devices.
None of this would be possible without a smart device providing 24/7 reliable connectivity. But creating seamless connectivity for vehicles crossing country borders is a tremendous challenge. Automotive pioneers, The Plan B Company turned to Truphone because of its advanced multi-country connectivity offering. This, combined with The Plan B Company's leadership in data intelligence, a pioneering proposition emerged for KIA.
The combined solution intelligently connects the new car to new services anywhere in the world. This creates new possibilities for the driver and passengers. Truphone’s global IoT solution offered Kia access to a global network spanning 220 nations with local servicing and a simple tiered pricing structure based on an all-inclusive bundle.
In addition, Truphone's patented, fast-switching SIM was able to rapidly localise when switched on in a new country. This means that The Plan B Company can provision cars with the Truphone SIM anywhere in the world and future-proof its solution. Truphone’s IoT platform also provided life-cycle management while cloud-based management services enable an "install once, deploy anywhere" approach. The platform gives The Plan B Company a fully configurable dashboard for real-time reporting, a comprehensive rules engine, rapid deployment and over-the-air reconfiguration, plus REST API, an architecture that allows for open, secure integration with their existing systems.
Combining capabilities for a future-proof solution.
Multi-country connectivity, patented multi-IMSI SIM technology and its unique global network delivers an unparalleled local service with one all-inclusive bundle.
PLAN B DELIVERS:
Unique approach for harvesting data: Over-the-air (OTA) updates for operating systems - OTA updates for CANbus triggers Security and safety protocol (PWC compliant)
Award-winning IoT Platform
Award-winning IoT Platform, Truphone’s industry-leading platform, Io3, provides connectivity, automation and life-cycle management via a comprehensive rules engine and REST API. Cars can be provisioned with a Truphone SIM anywhere in the world, enabling rapid deployment.
Automotive grade hardware, out-of-the-box solution that can be installed in 10 minutes. Designed with one or two-way communication to the CANbus, direct to the CANbus and with no ODBD.
“Like us, Truphone is a leader in providing future-proof solutions. We chose them because they delivered the best quality connectivity with predictable costs across many countries.”
Patrick Ten Berge
Co-founder, The Plan B Company
A resounding success - over the coming year, The Plan B Company is currently deploying this solution to tens of thousands of Kia cars across Europe and beyond.
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