Directed Technologies has opened its AUD $15 million Connected Mobility Innovation Centre to fuel the rapid growth of connected vehicle technology and sustainable IoT solutions.
The Centre aims to advance Australia's next-generation fleet vehicle digitisation and electrification capabilities while providing a foundation for Directed Technologies to scale its APAC solutions to global markets.
The Victorian-owned and operated company is known for its factory-fit connected resolutions for various fleet and passenger vehicles, including trucks, trailers, cars, motorbikes, and electric delivery vehicles.
Directed technology says its solutions are designed to save lives, reduce emissions, and enhance productivity, made viable with the Connected Mobility Innovation Centre.
The Connected Mobility Innovation Centre manages 200 terabytes of data, processing 20 billion probe data points daily, including live video feeds, vehicle and driver behaviour alerts and efficiency measures, and vehicle fault codes.
It provides customers a live view and advanced analytical insights into people, vehicles, and assets across the global road network to support fleet optimisation and driver assistance programs.
The new Connected Mobility Innovation Centre will double Directed Technologies' local manufacturing capabilities in telematics and IoT, allowing it to meet the demand for its products.
Backed in part by the Victorian Jobs and Investment Fund, the AUD $15 million Centre will drive the growth of Victoria's digital skills and manufacturing capability by providing jobs for workers across design, production, engineering and manufacturing.
Steve Siolis, CEO of the Directed Group, says: "You don't need to look to Silicon Valley or Europe for cutting-edge automotive technology."
"The idea that we don't make great technology products in Australia is simply not true."
"We've built a world-class facility and developed innovative solutions for the world's biggest transport companies, allowing us to compete against global competitors and win."
"This facility is the only one of its kind nationally and one of the few full-stack solution centres of its kind globally."
"With all telematics solutions designed and built right here on-site, there will be significant local employment opportunities as we scale around the globe," says Siolis.
The company's telematics devices, manufactured locally, are already used in over 2,500 vehicle fleets globally, including Australia Post and Ambulance Victoria, as well as truck brands like HINO, Mercedes-Benz, Kenworth, DAF, and IVECO.
Directed Technologies has also been selected by Ford to export locally designed hardware solutions for the global passenger vehicle market.
Brent Stafford, Executive Director of Directed Technologies, says: "The reinvigoration of the automotive industry in Victoria is accelerating with data-driven solutions along with innovations in electric and hydrogen vehicle development and advanced materials manufacturing."
"The opportunities in connectivity, data analytics and machine learning are right here on our doorstep and will help to diversify the economy but will also solidify Victoria's position as the Centre of automotive manufacturing in Australia."