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Saft batteries to power emergency signals for Actia Automotive's eCall units
* Primary lithium batteries selected for their ability to provide reliable
power after many years on standby and withstand extreme conditions
Paris, September 26, 2013 - Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer
of advanced technology batteries for industry, has won a contract to supply
batteries to Actia, the major player in automotive electronics. The batteries
will provide emergency power for Actia's ACU-II (second generation Automotive
Communications Unit), a device that will be installed in new vehicles for
Actia's high-end European car manufacturer customers.
The ACU-II provides services that improve the connectivity of motor vehicles,
with the main application being for eCall, the new safety system that will be
mandatory for all new European vehicles from 2015.
The EU is introducing eCall to reduce injury and fatalities in the event of
car accidents, with eCall devices detecting when a car has experienced a
serious accident. The device then automatically contacts the emergency
services with the car's exact location, direction of travel and number of
passengers. This enables the emergency services to cut their response times
and save lives. As well as eCall functionality, the ACU-II will also provide
drivers with the ability to track their car and control aspects of their
vehicle through a smartphone application, for example locking or unlocking
doors, or turning on the heater.
The batteries selected will power the ACU-II in emergency situations and have
been specially designed to cope with this demanding automotive application.
Although most vehicles do not experience a serious accident, for those that do,
the ACU-II units need to perform with unquestionable reliability, meaning the
batteries need to remain on standby and hold their charge for many years before
powering the emergency signal with absolute reliability in an emergency.
The cells selected for this application are lithium chemistry with the
capability to store energy for more than 10 years in driving conditions that
might include extreme heat and cold as well as mechanical shocks before
providing reliable energy when it is needed.
"Many thousands of drivers and passengers will benefit from the ability of
Saft's lithium metal oxide batteries to hold a charge for many years." said
Ralf Sauer, European Sales and Marketing Manager for Saft's Tadiran brand.
"The Saft group's AA sized batteries have a long shelf life, very low rate
self discharge and a wide operating temperature range, making them ideal
for pro viding reliable emergency power for in-vehicle electronic systems."
About SaftSaft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world's leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defence batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft's 3,800 employees
present in 18 countries, its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive sales
network all contribute to accelerating the Group's growth for the future.
For more information, visit Saft at www.saftbatteries.com
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