|In the past 38 years there is history of
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
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
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introduced and superseded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
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
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.