Sprint Communications is to build and distribute to its own dealer channel with the launch of its lone-worker tracking solution. Sprint Telematics has been trialled by Sprint’s 12 franchise resellers, and is to launch to the broader independent channel.
The telematics system, which Sprint is licensing as a white-label solution on a revenue-share scheme, has been approved by the AA breakdown service. Sprint has also been named “preferred partner” for tracking solutions by BT. It claims to have had discussions with a number of government bodies and charity organisations also. It claimed interest from network operators too.
Its tracking products offer a number of services, viewable on a PC, including details of driver names, vehicle registrations, locations, routes, average speeds and stop-offs. It includes an emergency button to alert police or emergency units.
Employers can access information using the Sprint Assist website, which displays vehicle locations, movements and information on UK and EU maps. Each device uses a combination of GPS and SIM card to pass relevant data, supplied across Vodafone and Orange networks.
Sprint said dealers have been put off selling lone worker and tracking solutions because of price. It said its products remove such concerns, and represent good new revenue streams. Packages start at £4.99 per vehicle.
Sprint managing director Paul Leonard said: “It’s a low cost solution and one which this industry has been crying out for. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us and the dealer channel.”