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HunterPro Company Profile (1970-2008):

In the past 38 years there is history of hardware development related to vehicle, security and illumination. Our company sold locally these products and there was a market for them.

Formerly the company name was Positron, then it was changed to Hunter, and when internet came up it was changed to HunterPro.

In the past 10 years the market has broadened and there is a lot of competition, being the GPS an entire new unexplored market for Latin America and several countries in the world.

The company has created its own PCB, with its own circuitry and power switching, and is upgrading them as necessary, and has created its own solution in every aspects, from scratch, implementing hardware ICs as necessary and programming its own microprocessors (firmware).

The advantage is that we have a small workgroup with experts with plenty background experience on system integration and R&D. The cost to contract R&D from our company is not too high, and is reasonable depending on the final product to be developed.

As a brief, our company started RISC microprocessor programming and system integration in the 90's beginning with the creation of a complete featured car alarm. It was introduced and superseded previous models which were hardware based. This was called the Hunter Pro Alarm H-300 (1996). All components involved and the features, functions, RF transceivers, firmware, etc, were created entirely by HunterPro. Main functionality were driven by the firmware and this created a previous experience in Alarms and Events storage in EEPROM and I2C routines management (non-volatile memory).

In 1996 a complete Caller ID product was created which was able to store and display up to 80 numbers of 15 digits each. This involved the creation of a 'list' in EEPROM, and management of it. A delete option was available.

In 1997 a complete group of add-ons were created so the alarm could use this modules also manufactured by HunterPro: e.g. door locking module, glass raise module, motorcycle alarm, anti-thief module, gas module, and a microwave sensor which was also manufactured completely and designed by this company.

In 1998, we started to explore different technologies, such as wireless alarm transceivers, remote dialing using a standard line, cellular data transmission, remote control (RF), solar panels, automatic-PC-driver driller, home alarm report detection (DTMF), DTMF-driven functionality, remote blocker (RF), and finally GPS with remote data transmission.

In 1999, a Caller ID with blocking function was added but without LCD. This was called PROTEL 3000, and blocked certain incoming numbers from accessing the home of the user. Thus keeping unwanted calls out: the phone would never ring, it would go automatically off-hook and hang-up.

Later in 1999, a preliminary release of a GPS vehicle unit was released, including a cellular transceiver (AMPS) capable of remote data transmission and reception, and several commands for remote interaction with the vehicle unit's sensors and status flags. The Base Station software was also created this year. SIMTEL 2000 was born (phone line simulator which uses a cellular transceiver). CELLPAGER was born (car alarm with cellular transceiver, capable of reporting remotely to its owner).

In 2000, we were contracted by a Canadian company (PowerLOC) for R&D of a miniature GPS module which was called MML (miniature mobile location). This project was made with an AMPS handset and a very small miniature GPS which was inserted on it. A prototype was made then the project was stopped there.

2000-2001 - Upgrade, debug, new ideas, and added functionality for: HP GPS, SIMTEL 2000 and CELLPAGER. HP GPS now can be integrated with a CDPD module for reliable remote data transmission without loss. CDPD can be operated in either UDP or TCP mode, and it has a very good response time (1 second) to data polling.

Later in 2001, a redesign of the HP-GPS product redefines the features. A new product has emerged which is called XP-GPS. It has extended capabilities, more Flash memory, and a virtual geographic fence which allows the base station to be notified when the vehicle unit leaves the 'geofence zone' (thus preventing robbery by taking cars into other countries through the country limits).

In 2002, another version of CELLPAGER was created, using user-friendly status messages delivered directly to the owners' handset using SMS.

Later in 2002, an exploration of the cheapest cellular technology available was made, which offered the possibility to use existing TDMA handsets for data transmission by putting the handset into analogue mode over TDMA.

In 2003, wireless data modules such as TDMA (SMS) and GSM (SMS/GPRS), are being integrated into the existing products, which add new exciting functionality, at the expense of cost. Also power consumption is an issue which will be lowered dramatically by the use of these new technologies and the emerging power-saving GPS boards (using SiRF latest firmware).

In the present, HunterPro is expanding its activities into new markets such as Middle East and North Africa Countries, and is growing its presence in the Americas through master dealers.