Benefon Track for Matrix's Safety and Security Service in South Africa

Mar 22, 2001, 00:00 ET from Benefon

    SALO, Finland, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Benefon of Salo, Finland and
 Matrix of Johannesburg, South Africa, have signed an important contract for
 the adaptation and supply of "Benefon Track" GSM/GPS telematics phone for
 Matrix's safety and security services.  The deliveries of the contract will
 begin in April and continue until early 2003.  The total value of the contract
 is expected to exceed 20 M euros.
     The MATRIX safety and security services in RSA have been running since
 1996, utilizing fixed car installed systems.  Introduction of Benefon Track
 will provide new flexibility, possibilities and solutions for the customers of
     The MATRIX system currently offers total service to vehicle owners in
 South Africa and its 28,000 subscribers include private motorists, courier
 companies and large fleet operators.  Matrix's services include tracking and
 recovery of stolen vehicles and general fleet management applications.
     "Until recently, Matrix's services have been limited to vehicle-related
 offerings but our software platform and expertise can just as easily be
 applied to offer 'people services'.  The Benefon Track is a fantastic
 innovation and an ideal hardware platform for extending the Matrix services
 into the 'people' market and touch-of-a-button mobile armed response,
 navigation assistance, medical emergency response and tourist-friendly
 services will all be packaged and marketed.  Beyond the consumer requirements,
 corporate applications such as personnel management are also exiting markets
 for the Benefon/Matrix alliance," says Mr. Stefan Joss, President of MATRIX.
     Benefon is a leading specialist in providing GSM/GPS products and
 solutions for location based services and personal navigation.  Benefon Track
 telematics phone and Benefon Esc! personal navigation phone are unique
 instruments for these purposes.
     "Matrix is an established major and very professional player in the fast
 growing South African security services market.  Benefon Track is a unique
 wireless instrument enabling a service provider to offer a totally new
 category of personal and vehicular security services.  I believe this is all
 that is needed for successful business and, therefore, I am very optimistic
 about the co-operation with Matrix," said Mr. Jorma Nieminen, president of
     About Benefon:
     Benefon is a leader in innovative wireless communication instruments,
 renowned for their performance, professional quality and new Finnish design.
 Benefon's mission is to be the wireless instrument partner of choice for
 providers of specific solutions and services for mobile people.  Headquartered
 in Salo, the wireless industry center of Finland, Benefon has designed and
 manufactured wireless terminals for GSM and NMT networks since 1988.  Benefon
 is listed in Helsinki Stock Exchange (HEX).
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