Volvo Selects ORBCOMM to Provide Satellite Communications For its 'On Call Plus' System
25 September 2000Volvo Selects ORBCOMM to Provide Satellite Communications For its 'On Call Plus' System
Volvo Cars North America Offers Unique, Everywhere Service for its Safety And Security System Via ORBCOMM DULLES, Va., Sept 25 ORBCOMM Global, L.P. (ORBCOMM), the first commercial provider of global low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite data communication services, today announced that Volvo Cars of North America has selected the ORBCOMM network to extend the communications coverage of its "On Call Plus" auto safety and security system to virtually anywhere in the continental United States. Volvo On Call Plus, developed in partnership with ORBCOMM's value-added reseller, Cross Country Automotive Services (CCAC), combines Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation, mobile telephone technology and ubiquitous satellite communications coverage via the ORBCOMM network with Volvo's revolutionary computer management system. Volvo On Call Plus is the auto industry's first and only telematics product to use direct satellite communications to provide a safety and security link for drivers outside the range of cellular telephone coverage areas. The Volvo On Call Plus system enables the transmission of GPS position information and vital status messages, including collision notification, the need for roadside assistance or a personal emergency, from nearly anywhere in the continental United States -- via a unique combination of the ORBCOMM satellite network and cellular technology -- directly to CCAC's central monitoring center for assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Using this critical information, CCAS can quickly dispatch roadside assistance or emergency services, such as an ambulance, directly to the precise location of the vehicle. The versatile system also offers theft alarm, stolen vehicle tracking and remote door unlock capabilities. "Leveraging the ubiquity of ORBCOMM's data communications network, we are able to offer the auto industry an exciting telematics solution that is revolutionizing the way drivers can summon for help in the event of an emergency," said Klas-Eino Klaesson of Volvo Cars North America. "We are committed to working with ORBCOMM to provide our customers with everywhere service across the continental US and to meet the safety and security requirements of Volvo On Call Plus." "We are pleased to be working with Volvo to enhance the communications capability of the Volvo On Call Plus system," said Scott L. Webster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ORBCOMM. "Exploiting the ubiquitous coverage of ORBCOMM's satellite network, Volvo can provide its customers with unmatched geographic service availability in keeping with its strong commitment to driver safety and enhancing its competitive advantage in the marketplace." Volvo On Call Plus will debut as an option on the sporty 2001 Volvo S60 sedan and other selected models later this year. About ORBCOMM ORBCOMM provides two-way monitoring, tracking and messaging services through the world's first commercial low-Earth orbit satellite-based data communication system. ORBCOMM applications include tracking of mobile assets such as trailers, containers, locomotives, rail cars, heavy equipment, fishing vessels, barges and government assets; monitoring of fixed assets such as electric utility meters, oil and gas storage tanks, wells and pipelines and environmental projects; and messaging services for consumers and commercial and government entities. ORBCOMM is owned by Teleglobe Inc. and Orbital Sciences Corporation . Teleglobe Inc. is a leading global provider of broadband services with the most extensive global Internet network. Delivering advanced broadband applications to customers in more than 100 countries, Teleglobe is the premier communications architecture for the digital economy. Orbital is a space technology company that designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of space products and satellite-based services. About Volvo Cars of North America Volvo Cars of North America, Inc. is part of the Volvo Car Corporation of Goteborg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to 328 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The 2001 Volvo automobile line includes the flagship S80 luxury sedan, versatile V70 wagon and rugged Cross Country, sporty C70 coupe and convertible, sophisticated S60 sedan and compact S40 and V40 models. This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding ORBCOMM's expected commercial operations. These forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions and ORBCOMM's actual results and operations may be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. For a description of factors that may cause ORBCOMM's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward- looking statements, please consult the Securities and Exchange Act filings of ORBCOMM Global, L.P. For more information on ORBCOMM services, please call 1-800-ORBCOMM, or visit the ORBCOMM web site at http://www.orbcomm.com. For more information on Volvo Cars, please call 1-800-970-0888, or visit the Volvo Cars web site at http://www.volvocars.com.