Younivate, Innovating Wireless Devices
Among what we do at ArabCrunch is profile Arab startups and technology companies and review them. As we said before ArabCrunch mission is to help entrepreneurs and help drive technology innovation and entrepreneurship in the Arab region while maintaining an objective coverage. Though most of the startups that we covered until now where from the Internet and software space. What about Arab hardware startups? Today we start exploring and uncover that hidden world.
Entering the Hardware and Telecom industry is not an easy task, it is not like PHP coding or online content that can reach the mass virally. Hardware products need special care, they need among other things, smart engineers capable of chip design and low level programming not to mention the manufacturing costs that is mostly outsourced to China or Taiwan and the branding investments they need plus the difficulties in dealing with the closed mind set of mobile operators such as what we see in the USA.
Younivate, from Amman, Jordan took that difficult route upon itself. The startup which was founded by the Jordanian Engineer Dr. Saed Younis has been around since 2004 and specializes in telecommunication and industrial engineering product and solutions.
It business is a mixture of end products tailored to the end consumers and Telecom operators and designing custom solutions to other clients per order.
In its product line Younivate has an array of USB modems and one PCI card under LinkVu brand (connecting your PC to the internet via your mobile operator), Fixed wireless Terminals under the ConnectVu brand. These products support the following networks: CDMA2000, 3G UMTS/HSPA+, 4G WiMAX and 4G LTE networks. (If you are not familiar with these terms they are data, voice and video wireless networks used by many operators worldwide, LTE is the latest one).
One of Younivate devices I liked from looking at its features set is the innovative LinkVu 3G EVDO USB Modem which allows you to connect the Internet via 3G network to your PC or laptop. Running on QUALCOMM Chipset the device has some nice features that turns it into multi purpose device with an FM Radio, microSD memory, 2.5 mm headset audio jack, SMS, softphone, and GPS. The device can also be used as a mobile audio player, FM radio receiver, mass storage of files which enables you to share your exact location with your friends via Google Latitude and turns your PC into a mobile where you can send and receive SMS messages and make phone calls.
On its GPS Tracking and GPS Monitoring product line, Younivate has YouniVu Live Fleet Management System and YouniVu Fleet Management System. For mobile operators Younivate has CoverVu Network Monitoring System a software that helps them to monitor their network with ease. It detects things such the network strength and power with no need for equipment or out-door engineers to go the location.
In the marketing front, Younivate aims to reach major markets all over the world. However, currently some devices are sold in Iraq and Kuwait with some operators via OEM agreement. The company current distribution channel is based on reselling agreements with telecom operators with an ambition of direct sales in the future.
The company has competitions from China and Korea but differs itself with better performance, local support, and a competitive price as Mojahed Qashoa ,Younivate VP Sales and Marketing, told ArabCrunch.