Prestigious award recognizes technology advancements that shape the way we communicate as a society
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 19, 2013 - Sprint VelocitySM, an end-to-end mobile integration solution developed specifically for auto manufacturers by Sprint (NYSE: S), has received two prestigious awards from Pipeline magazine’s 2013 COMET Innovations Awards program. COMET awards call attention to technology advancements that shape the way we communicate.
Sprint was the service provider winner for Innovation in Connectivity and was runner-up in the Innovative Collaborations category. The Sprint Velocity solution is a pioneering capability that helps global automakers develop and market connected services for cars and passenger trucks. The solution combines wireless expertise, customer focus and a global ecosystem to provide a personal user experience to drivers around the world.
“With in-vehicle infotainment, security and convenience features fast becoming a ‘must have’ for many drivers, Sprint Velocity offers what we believe is the most technologically advanced and most comprehensive connected services platform for auto manufacturers, wherever they are located around the globe,” said Ben Vos, general manager-Sprint Velocity and M2M (Machine-to-Machine). “We are very proud of this honor especially because of the high level competition among this year’s finalists.”
Connected car services enabled by Sprint Velocity can include music, news, weather, sports and other infotainment features, Wi-Fi connections for mobile devices, security, navigation, emergency services and engine diagnostics. Built specifically for automakers, Sprint Velocity supports open and flexible customized solutions that integrate the complex components and ecosystem capabilities required for connected services. View Sprint Velocity video.
Introduced in November 2012, Sprint Velocity has become available to automakers at a time when growing familiarity with connected car services is fueling increased consumer demand. According to Analysys Mason, the automotive and transport sector will have the highest share of M2M connectivity-related revenue by 2021, at 43 percent, driven by increasing adoption of consumer connected car solutions.
Sprint Velocity capabilities include hands-free features designed to help drivers stay focused on the road. Sprint has a long-standing commitment to minimizing driver distraction through handset and in-vehicle solutions. For example, Drive First is a mobile application that helps keep families and especially teens safe by decreasing distractions from their smartphones while behind the wheel. Sprint is a sponsor of DoSomething.org’s Thumbwar Campaign to educate teens on the dangers of texting while driving. In addition, Sprint invites customers and employees to make a voluntary commitment to drive responsibly by taking the Don’t Drive Distracted pledge. Visit www.sprint.com/drive to learn more about these initiatives and sign the pledge.
About Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions
Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions provides platform solutions serving a broad range of industries and customers in more than 165 countries. These include M2M (Machine-to-Machine), connected transportation and traditional wholesale. Sprint’s M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation, including Connected World’s 2013 CW 100 list of the most important and influential providers of M2M services for the ninth straight year. The Sprint VelocitySM in-vehicle connected services solution received Pipeline magazine’s 2013 Innovation Award for Innovation in Connectivity and the 2013 Telematics Update Industry Newcomer of the Year Award. Sprint Integrated Insurance Solutions received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 North American Customer Value Enhancement Award in Usage-Based Insurance. To learn more about Sprint’s M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.