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Nissan LEAF telematics system wins GSMA Award 2011 for “Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport”

Press release   •   Feb 16, 2011 07:47 UTC

The CARWINGS telematics system, of which Telenor Connexion is part, won the award that honours excellence and innovation in mobile communications.

The GSMA today announced the winners for the 16th Annual Global Mobile Awards at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Nissan LEAF was awarded “Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport” for its connected telematics services CARWINGS.

This Information and Communication Technology system (ICT) for electric vehicles (EV) helps deliver greater convenience, comfort and security for Nissan LEAF owners, as well as provides real-world data that is important to realising a low-carbon society in the future.

With the ICT system, Nissan LEAF owners are constantly connected to the data and information they need to optimize their EV experience. This is made possible by seamless communication via mobile networks and PCs using a Telenor Connexion embedded SIM.

Unique features of the Nissan LEAF’s CARWINGS system include electric vehicle battery state monitoring, usage history and air-conditioning remote control.

The GSMA judges stated when presenting the awards:
“A truly innovative solution using smartphones for remote control and diagnostics for electric vehicles, allowing drivers to monitor and reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The ability for drivers to compare performance characteristics with other drivers is highly relevant, adding a social dimension to the solution. It sets the standard for others to follow.”

− We warmly congratulate Nissan on the award and the delivery of this top quality solution, which is sure to play a major role in setting a standard for the whole EV industry. To have won in such a highly competitive and innovative field is a great achievement and we look forward to our continued cooperation with Nissan, says Per Simonsen, CEO of Telenor Connexion.  

The telematics service is installed in the all-new Nissan LEAF, which will go on sale in Europe this quarter.

The GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards offer organisations across the global mobile ecosystem the opportunity to showcase the latest and best mobile products, services and initiatives to the world.

The winners were announced during an afternoon awards ceremony at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

(Picture byline: At the GSMA Awards 2011. Telenor Connexion’s Fredric Lileström flanked by (from left) the awards host, British tv and radio star Jonathan Ross, GSMA and Nissan representatives and (to the right) representatives from AT&T and NTT Docomo.)

For more information, please contact:
Kristina Grandin, PR and Communications, Telenor Connexion, +46 734 25 26 21

For Nissan LEAF photos or in-depth explanation on EV-unique IT system, please use below URL.


The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media & entertainment organizations.

About Nissan in Europe
Nissan employs 12,500 people in its European design, research and development, manufacturing, logistics, and sales and marketing operations. In calendar year 2009, the company sold 498,027 vehicles across 40 markets in Western and Eastern Europe including Russia. Furthermore, the company produced a total of 390,727 vehicles in its Spanish and British plants.

About Telenor Connexion
Telenor Connexion is a leading global provider of embedded connectivity for business and life critical applications. Companies in industries as diverse as automotive, security, utilities and fleet management are implementing embedded connectivity solutions to achieve productivity gains, cost management, environmental improvement and expand customer services. With more than 10 years of experience, Telenor Connexion is a reliable partner, understanding and dedicated our customers’ business.
Telenor Connexion provides international, cost-effective M2M (machine-to-machine) communication solutions to a number of global customers such as Volvo, Daimler and Securitas Direct.
According to leading industry analyst Berg Insight Telenor is “the most advanced mobile operator in the area of M2M” and also “the dominant provider of wireless M2M connectivity”.
Telenor Connexion is wholly owned by Telenor Group, the world’s sixth largest mobile operator. Telenor Group is an international provider of high quality tele, data and media communication services with mobile operations in 13 markets across the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia.
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