CalAmp announced it has licensed intellectual property from Katasi to develop network-based distracted driving avoidance technology as a key component of its expanding vehicle safety application suite.

The CalAmp distracted driving solution will be available as a standalone, over-the-top micro-service or as part of a bundle with other CalAmp services such as CrashBoxx, Lojack SecureDrive and CalAmp’s fleet management applications. The micro-services will enable CalAmp to deploy driver safety technology to a large percentage of its telematics device installed base.

Unlike other distracted driving products on the market, Katasi’s patented technology works in concert with CalAmp telematics products and paired mobile devices to block text messages at the source network level. This network-based blocking technology assures a more robust distracted driving avoidance solution for any customer whose telematics services are powered by CalAmp technology. It provides a user experience that is seamless to the driver and is automatically engaged while the vehicle is in motion.