Visitors to the National Automobile Dealers Association's (NADA)85th Annual Convention and Exposition were among the first toexperience a new mobile communications tool developed specifically forautomotive use. According to Comworxx, Port-IT is an in-car telematics solution withvoice-activated telephone dialing, dynamic turn-by-turn navigation,and hands-free personalized information access; when combined with acommon Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), even more advanced servicesare available.
Following a launch at the 2002 Consumer ElectronicsShow, Port-IT is now available to retailers and automotive dealersnationwide.
"We were overwhelmed with the positive response from attendees andthe media at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas," saidMike Jonas, president and CEO of Comworxx, Inc., the Florida-basedtelematics company that developed Port-IT. "We think the automotivecommunity will be equally enthusiastic about Port-IT. It's the firsttime their customers will have the option to purchase the mostcomprehensive telematics solution available, and it can be installedin any vehicle, new or used."
According to Comworxx, Port-IT offers the only complete telematics solution available forthe aftermarket. This means that consumers can access Port-IT'sservices without having to buy one of the limited number of car modelsavailable with a pre-installed system.
Port-IT uses telematics technology - two-waycommunications that relay information to and from a vehicle, combiningthe latest advancements in GPS, mobile communications and Web-basedinformation systems. Port-IT gives drivers a hands-freeinformation source, phone, roadside assistance and emergency services.Adding a Windows CE-based PDA gives subscribers additionalservices, such as the ability to use their existing address book for aPDA-based phone dialer, and access to turn-by-turn navigationservices.
At MyPortIT.com, customers can personalize Port-IT services, suchas designating a default "starting point" for services such asdirections and local weather forecasts, or choosing a portfolio ofstocks for regular updates. The portal also containsdirections and voice commands for accessing a wide variety ofinformation - from local business listings to the latest movie plots.
Comworxx, Inc., headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., was initiallyfounded as the North American operating partner for ComRoad AG, a mobile telematics company with over 200,000subscribers internationally. Comworxx's mission is to bridge the gapthat exists between the telecommunications, computing and automotiveindustries by delivering a comprehensive telematics solution to theNorth American consumer. Formore information, please visit www.comworxx.com.