* Tallinn, Estonia-based Oskando, a 14-person telematics company, codeveloped a fleet management technology platform with Connecty called the SeeMe platform. Ülle Kivirähk, Oskando's CEO, says SeeMe is hardware, software, and middleware that provides online tracking of vehicles and a history of their movements. For example, a dispatcher at a small pizza delivery or taxi fleet can far more efficiently route cars to the next task and monitor drivers.
The platform is undergoing trials in Estonia, a country that often serves as a testing ground for new technologies. "If the technology is made reliable here, then it's taken abroad," Kivirähk says.
Both Oskando and Connecty are in the portfolio of Estonia-based venture capital firm Ambient Sound Investments. Kivirähk says more such partnerships are necessary in telematics. "The market is young and fragmented, and many small companies are working in telematics," she explains. "But the technology is complicated, and it's difficult to succeed if you are too small."