Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, which has its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park, and Chapman Technologies are collaborating to develop an in-vehicle services platform for both vehicle security and communications applications.

The companies value the contract at $142 million.

Chapman Technologies is a privately-held company located in Boca Raton, FL, that was founded in 1991. By combining the location tracking capabilities of the Global Position Satellite System (GPS) with wireless technologies, Chapman has developed a line of products for the growing security concerns of consumers and the mobile workforce.

Under the deal, the companies will market a platform based on Sony
Ericsson’s CDMA2000 1x module and Chapman’s Safeguard Security Systems
digital applications under the Chapman Vehicle Locator brand. Included in the product will be wireless communications, a GPS and a security system, enabling stolen vehicles to be tracked and recovered.

Chapman also will provide all subscribers with access to emergency services personnel, roadside assistance and location-based concierge services. The companies expect to begin shipping the product at the end of this year.

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