Digital license plate partnerships geared toward security, smart cities

Digital license plate partnerships geared toward security, smart cities


Reviver has been gaining attention with its creation of the Rplate, which it describes as the world’s first digital license plate platform. The company says Rplate transforms the 125-year-old stamped metal license plate into what it describes as “a sleek, digital, high-definition display.”

The company recently announced a strategic partnership with Harman, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics that focuses on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets. The partnership will advance domestic and global software development for the Rplate, including a safety and security platform.

Reviver also announced that it has entered a joint design and manufacturing agreement for the Rplate with Wistron NeWeb, a designer and developer of communication products.

Wistron NeWeb executive vice president and general manager Larry Lee said in a news release that his company will work with Reviver to further develop the Rplate in areas such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles and global expansion.

“(Wistron NeWeb) not only (has) the breadth, knowledge and expertise to scale volume as our footprint grows, they also have an innovation track record right in the heart of IoT and wireless, with a deep R&D and management infrastructure that will provide deep synergies and support as we expand the Rplate platform’s capabilities, as well as a nimbleness to enable rapid evolution,” Sean MacNeil, president and chief operating officer for Reviver, said in a news release.

Reviver and Harman made the joint announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the Rplate is showcased and demonstrated.

The new safety and security software that Harman Connected Services is developing for the Rplate app will enable various security features such as stolen vehicle and detached plate information, early theft warnings, real-time vehicle tampering/side swipe alerts, stolen vehicle recovery, crash detection, speeding alerts, and car location.

“Safety and security is a critical part of Rplate’s mission to improve daily life for consumers and businesses,” Reviver co-founder and chief executive officer Neville Boston said in a news release. “Having the industry’s best software development partner on board, will help us move forward this mission.” Boston added that Harman’s global reach will help Rplate continue expanding into international markets.

The Rplate is currently available in California and Arizona, with plans for expansion to additional states and countries in 2019. The Rplate can automate vehicle renewals, replacing stickers with digital decals, and add personalization to the license plate, in areas such as promoting charitable causes or a favorite sports team.

Other features include geofencing capabilities and measuring vehicle miles traveled for business. The company plans additional features such as Amber and weather alerts and automated parking and tolling.

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