Dear Reader,Imagine driving in a vehicle with the Internet, text messaging, and entertainment of all varieties accessible… perhaps by simply using your voice. Cross-town rides would become near-luxury escapes and text messages dictated from traffic jams would turn time wasted into productivity events.
And parents can only imagine the serenity of kids and teens placated in the backseat by a plethora of entertainment choices.
Today’s featured company, USTelematics, Inc. (OTCBB: UTLM) has one of the most compelling business plans we’ve had the good fortune to cover in years. We can see the opportunity instantly as we know the market fervently awaits such innovation.
Take a moment to review the profile below… and to catch a glimpse into the future of a “Wired Car.”
About USTelematics, Inc.
* USTelematics is delivering the dream of the “wired car” concept to market – today
* Voyager Automotive Mobile IPTV™ and Vivee™ products are capitalizing on the $58 billion global telematics market
* Proven technology validated by revenue-sharing contracts with Dish Network and Verizon Wireless
US Telematics, Inc. (“USTelematics” or the “Company”) is engaged in the development and commercialization of next-generation, proprietary technologies to revolutionize the “wired car,” delivering high speed data and entertainment content to private and commercial vehicles. The Company has developed innovative, patent-protected products that enable the conveyance of advanced voice-driven, hands-free text and email communications, entertainment and Internet data with broad additional commercial applications for safety and navigation.
The Company is addressing high-growth opportunities in the projected $58 billion global telematics marketplace with proprietary technologies that enable a full range of voice-driven handheld and automotive mobile communications, full internet connectivity and rich infotainment options. All of USTelematics’ products are designed to enhance the most important element of all: road safety.
Recognizing the sharp global increase in text messaging and mobile email, USTelematics has developed technologies and products that enable drivers to send and receive written messages – without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel. The Company’s proprietary Vivee.com online service and associated Vivee™ (Voice Interactive Voice Enhanced Email) client hardware and software products, “speaks” email and SMS messages through a human-like animated avatar character, unifies mobile messaging and provides safer communication while driving.
USTelematics is also commercializing technology and products that provide unparalleled functionality and entertainment options for families on the road. The Company’s Voyager™ product line is a series of mobile IPTV products for rear seat entertainment, gaming and fully-enabled Internet browsing. Where most pre-existing mobile devices offer “mobile Web” services that are quite disabled with respect to Web browsing, Voyager provides standard full-screen browsing experience including streaming video — just as one encounters while using a laptop or desktop PC. This internet service enables non-driving adults and passengers to conduct work, correspondence or browse the web during otherwise unproductive road trips.
With products that provide a full range of next-generation rear seat infotainment, USTelematics is offering an advance over the old DVD-only systems that still represent the current standard in the rear seat entertainment industry. In addition to enabling access to live automotive mobile IPTV through top satellite TV providers, entertainment options include connection to Apple iTunes for music, movies, audio books, TV shows and other content and access to downloadable films via MovieLink.com, CinemaNow, Amazon Unbox and others.
“USTelematics is firmly committed to building shareholder value through the deployment of advanced technologies and products that capitalize on the ‘wired car’ revolution.” -Howard Leventhal, President
- Company delivers industry-first, proprietary products
- Company poised for growth in global $58 billion telematics industry
- Management is committed to augmenting core operations and assets by actively seeking strategic acquisitions
* Global infotainment vehicle telematics market expected to reach $34 billion by 2010, up from $19 billion in 2003, according to industry estimates.
* In 2004 Strategy Analytics projected Total Market for In-Vehicle Display-Based Entertainment: North America 2004: 1.4 million units; 2010: 3.6 million units. World Total 2004: 3.2 million units; 2010: 9.1 million units. The 2010 forecast has already been exceeded by 5 times.
* Success of On-Star, GPS, Sirius & XM shows automakers high demand for entertainment and connected-car services such as navigation, emergency communications and location-based commercial services.
* Export to Western Europe presents rich opportunity given high level of acceptance of telematics products and services far exceeding U.S.
* Enriched GPS location-based services are coming and made easier to use by USTelematics’ products
* Mobile texting on the rise: in 2006, mobile texters in the United States sent 158 billion messages, up 95 percent from 2005.
* Texting rises as consumers purchase increasing numbers of text- and email-ready cell phones.
* Dangerous trend of driving while texting reaching epidemic levels linked to accidents and near-accidents.
* Increasing municipal regulation of cell phone voice and text-message usage while driving automobiles creating demand for in-car communications solution.
During the past year, USTelematics solidified agreements with a number of partners to enable the launch of its products including Verizon Wireless (partnership of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodaphone (NYSE: VOD)) and EchoStar/Dish Network (NASDAQGS: DISH). USTelematics also became a marketing affiliate of CinemaNow in an agreement that pays commissions to USTelematics for re-selling CinemaNow’s downloaded digital movie content. Founded in 1999, CinemaNow counts EchoStar, Index Holdings, Menlo Ventures, Transcosmos, Microsoft Nasdaq: MSFT), Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) as investors. USTelematics additionally entered into agreements with TechData (Nasdaq: TECD) and Computer Discount Warehouse (Nasdaq: CDWC) to provide data center components, product components, and related services.
Other Companies in the Broadband Telecommunications industries include: Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), Vodafone (NYSE:VOD)
Other Companies in the Electronic Entertainment industry include:
Electronic Arts (NasdaqGS:ERTS), Activision Inc. (NasdaqGS:ATVI), Take-Two Interactive (NasdaqGS:TTWO), Konami Corp.(NYSE:KNM), Blackboard Inc. (NasdaqGS:BBBB), THQ Inc. (NasdaqGS:THQI)
USTelematics Products and Services
Now you and your family can literally take your home TV experience with you, live, with Voyager. Hundreds of channels of live and stored TV, in your car, while it’s moving. From cartoons to live sports and news plus pay per view and premium channels – it’s all available with Voyager.
CarPC, Mobile Internet & GPS
USTelematics offers an exciting new range of Automotive Mobile Windows Embedded multimedia personal computers, designed to deliver information and entertainment into moving vehicles. These exciting products are built tough for in-vehicle use accommodating for the power, operating and extreme temperature environments of mobile vehicles. They are for use with any moving vehicle from mini-subcompact cars all the way up through RVs. Over-the-road semi tractor-trailers, trains and boats are ideal places for Mobile PCs too.
All USTelematics CarPCs are pre-configured for the Vivee service and wireless connectivity via Verizon Wireless EVDO service.2
We can even build a CarPC into any brand new car and enable you to lease the whole thing from a leasing company.
Use your home video game console and all of its software, in your car! Gamezone 1 includes a 7 inch monitor that slings over back of seat. Gamezone 2 includes a 7 inch pedestal monitor that mounts almost anywhere – permanently or temporarily. Gamezone 3 is our most popular package which includes a 10 inch flipdown monitor that has a switch which selects between video game, DVD player and any other device in car with video output.
What is Vivee?
Vivee™ is an online service for many different digital devices. Its animated character “speaks” your email & SMS text* messages to you, as if a little person inside your device were acting as a secretary. The service is available through software loaded on your existing Windows or Windows Mobile device, with more compatibilities coming soon, including iPhone. Vivee’s many benefits including safer communicating while driving. It is no longer necessary to take your eyes off the road when anticipating a new message.
Our online store offers Vivee software for pre-existing devices and also a selection of new hardware devices including Vivee2go a multipurpose Windows Mobile OS PocketPC handheld with GPS navigation built in, made by Hewlett-Packard. Think of Vivee2go as a GPS that reads your email to you. Vivee software for pre-existing devices costs $29.99 and is available HERE. Vivee service is free to try for 90 days and then costs $4.99 per month.
Howard Leventhal has been the President and a Directors since inception in October 2005. In the early 1980s Mr. Leventhal founded a company called Suncom, Inc., which developed a technological advancement in hand controllers for Atari games. After divesting Suncom, Mr. Leventhal commercialized numerous products of his own design; manufacturing them in Asia and producing under private label for major brands including RadioShack, Packard Bell and IBM’s Easy Options accessories division. In 1998, Mr. Leventhal created a CD ROM software product called QuickSite, the first product enabling small business operators to set up their own e-commerce websites in one day or less. QuickSite was also the first widely distributed software product that cross-linked a computer-resident application with an Internet-served application. Since October 2002, Mr. Leventhal has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Stealth MediaLabs, Inc., a Chicago based technology incubator and developer of proprietary software and services for professional media content owners. Prior thereto, Mr. Leventhal was the Chief Executive Officer of Bitzmart, Inc., a software developer from August 2000. He attended the Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Leventhal holds a U.S. patent for covert data channel masking in modulation of a radio signal.
Michael Slotky has been a Director since March 2006. Mr. Slotky has also been the Chief Executive Officer of The Bureaus, Inc. a buyer of consumer debt portfolios from large national commercial banks since 1998. He attended the University of Arizona.
Anan Yaagoub, Chief Technology Officer, is a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University in Advanced Systems Theory. Mr. Yaagoub created all of the back office server programming and original proprietary ActiveX coding for QuickSite.
Breffni Baggot is an Intellectual Property Security Officer. He is a licensed patent attorney and has worked on a range of intellectual property, patent, copyright, trade mark, and trade secret matters from prosecution to licensing to litigation. A University of Chicago graduate, Breffni is a JD/MBA with a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in BioChemistry. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
Wayne Openlander, Technical Advisor, has been Vice President Engineering of Resonance Instruments, Inc., Skokie, Illinois, since March 2000; where he developed and filed a patent application for a PC controlled microwave system for microwave-enhanced-chemistry applications. From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Openlander was Chief Technology Officer of Direct Conversion Technique, Inc., Des Plaines, Illinois. He is the holder of six antenna-related patents.
Gregory Borucki, Director of Industrial Design, is founder and president of Designcraft Corporation, an Industrial Design and Product Engineering firm. Mr. Borucki created the original three-dimensional models for many widely distributed Motorola products, including but not limited to the original Motorola handheld cellular telephone and compact satellite antennas for the Iridium telephone system. Mr. Borucki earned a Masters of Science in Industrial Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1976.
Charlene Montalbano, is the Director of Product Management. Ms Montalbano has been key in the development of the Vivee and Voyager projects. She is also one of the spokespeople in support of the product in the media. Formerly the Purchasing, Sourcing, Inventory Manager at LG Electronics ; Zenith Electronics in the Accessories Division, she has traveled extensively to Asia and Mexico to establish and maintain vendor relationships. Prior to that she worked for ZF Industries, an International Fortune 100 company (Automotive Industry), as an Inventory and Production Manager and coordinated with factories in Italy, Germany and stateside.. Ms Montalbano earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude in International Business from Dominican University, 1992.
Ronnie Goldfinger, VP Sales and Marketing. Mr. Goldfinger led the sales team that brought the original Sony Playstation video game console into national distribution in a matter of weeks after its introduction and to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues in its first 12 months. His longstanding personal relationships with the most major of national mass merchants includes BestBuy, Circuit City, RadioShack, Target and a virtual who’s who of electronics distribution throughout North America
Recent News From USTelematics, Inc.
Press Release Source: USTelematics, Inc.
USTelematics, Inc. Reports on Year-End Achievements and Issues Corporate Update
Company Nears Commercial Launch of Vivee and Voyager, In-Car Communication and Entertainment Products
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–USTelematics, Inc. (OTC: UTLM.OB – News), reports its year-end results and other corporate achievements. The Company filed its first Annual Report as a public company on Form 10KSB with the SEC on September 12, 2007, for the period ending June 30, 2007.
“This has been a significant year for USTelematics,” says USTelematics’ Chief Executive Officer, Howard Leventhal. “After years of research and development, we are now at the cusp of commercially launching our first products, Vivee(TM) and Voyager(TM). In addition to the considerable work preparing to launch our lead products, we also fully executed upon our stated commitments for a Direct Public Offering, public registration, and trading of our Company’s common stock.”
Vivee “speaks” e-mail and Short Messaging Service (SMS) text messages through animated avatar characters, and provides drivers with safer communication. Vivee software is now available for pre-existing devices working with most Windows operating systems, including Windows Mobile and Pocket PC edition, through the Company’s online store (www.ustelematics.com). Vivee is also pre-loaded on a selection of the new hardware being offered at ustelematics.com.
“Vivee2go(TM)” is a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) device that speaks e-mail and text messages to the user and includes cutting edge 3D moving map navigation and voice synthesis. The device is made and warranted by Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ – News) and is the subject of the Vivee bundle launching in direct response advertising. Vivee2go also includes a mobile version of Microsoft Office software, digital movie playback, digital music play, digital photo viewing, and games. The Vivee2go bundle is offered at a one-time cost of $299.99 plus monthly service. “The most popular devices delivering only GPS capabilities are commonly sold for approximately the same $299 retail price, making Vivee2go an extraordinary consumer value versus GPS-only devices,” says Leventhal.
Voyager, the Company’s earliest-developed product line, provides automotive mobile digital Television and Internet programming for family-oriented rear-seat entertainment. The Company has entered into an agreement with a major direct broadcast satellite (DBS) content provider to enroll consumers in new and upgraded satellite TV subscriptions. The agreement also provides for commissions to be paid to USTelematics for acting as the source of new subscribers.
During the past year, the Company solidified agreements with a number of partners to enable the launch of its products including Verizon Wireless (partnership of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ – News) and Vodaphone (NYSE: VOD – News)) and EchoStar/Dish Network (NASDAQGS: DISH – News). USTelematics also became a marketing affiliate of CinemaNow in an agreement that pays commissions to USTelematics for re-selling CinemaNow’s downloaded digital movie content. Founded in 1999, CinemaNow counts EchoStar, Index Holdings, Menlo Ventures, Transcosmos, Microsoft, Lionsgate, Cisco Systems, and Blockbuster as investors. USTelematics additionally entered into agreements with TechData (NASDAQ: TECD – News) and Computer Discount Warehouse (NASDAQ: CDWC – News) to provide data center components, product components, and related services. Also over the last twelve months, the Company secured numerous manufacturing sources for its products, domestically and overseas in Asia.
Mr. Leventhal concludes, “We have successfully transitioned from R&D into a commercial-stage Company, and we are quite optimistic about the Vivee and Voyager product launches. We believe the Company’s publicly-traded status will provide us with increased visibility in the marketplace, and we look forward to updating the investment community on our continued progress.”
You May View The Entire News Release HERE
* Portfolio of proprietary technologies cover Vivee™ voice enhanced unified messaging product lines, and Voyager™ Automotive Mobile IPTV entertainment and internet product lines, with patents pending.
* Competitively advantageous price/feature product lines.
* Vivee voice-activated texting system enhances road safety for drivers and families by enabling drivers to keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
* Works with both cell phone SMS text messages as well as computer email.
* Adds new and more efficient productive time for commuters and business travelers
* Vivee2go handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) device, made by Hewlett-Packard, speaks e-mail and text messages – and includes cutting-edge 3D moving map navigation and voice synthesis.
* Provides cutting-edge proprietary integrated, advanced global positioning services.
* Voyager product line provides range of film and TV entertainment, with computer internet based services
* Enables adults to work efficiently during road trips
* Creates mobile Wi-Fi hot spot in any vehicle
* Runs virtually all MS-Windows® software including Office
* Works with all popular online games, including Xbox Live
* Standard DVD Movie and CD Audio player built in
* Movie download through iTunes, Amazon, CinemaNow, Movielink
* Storage for up to 40 movies
* Satellite television from Dish Network
* Music download via Apple iTunes
* Most of same functions as iPod
* Storage capacity for tens of thousands of songs
* Wide geographical reach covers 168 major US metropolitan areas.
* Compatible with current EVDO Rev A services and coming WiMax
To Contact USTelematics, Inc.:
335 Richert Drive
Wood Dale, IL 60191
Howard Leventhal – 630-595-0049
Trilogy Capital Partners
Ryon Harms, 800-592-6067 (toll-free)
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