UK-headquartered Fleetmatics has launched an office in Australia, hoping to capitalize on local demand for fleet-management services as fuel costs in the country continue to rise.
The move comes several months after Fleetmatics (Reading, UK) acquired an Australian company called Connect2Field (Sydney), which develops so-called “field service” software, and coincides with expansion activities in Europe.
Solar energy specialist Sol Chip is to partner with lithium-battery manufacturer Tadiran on the development and marketing of solar batteries suited to a variety of M2M uses.
Describing itself as an “energy-harvesting company”, Sol Chip (Haifa, Israel) claims to have developed a maintenance-free solar battery, allowing devices and systems in a range of vertical markets to operate autonomously.
Automotive supplier Continental has teamed up with HERE – a location-based services subsidiary of Nokia – on the development of new automated driving and intelligent transportation systems.
The companies say their collaboration will initially focus on developing precise map technology for Continental’s (Hannover, Germany) Electric Horizon platform, allowing a vehicle to accurately pinpoint its position on the road.
Using highly detailed maps, vehicles will be able to react automatically to shifting circumstances, such as changing speed limits, according to the companies.
Switzerland’s Sensogram has unveiled plans to introduce two new wearable tech devices for health and activity monitoring this year.
Sensogram (Biel/Bienne) says it hopes to change perceptions about preventive medicine and “physical activity efficiency” with the products, which will be offered to the medical and sports markets.
The sports device – branded SensoTRACK – is described as a smart monitor that can read and monitor activity parameters, advising users on the most efficient ways to exercise.
Google Inc said that it is testing a new method for diabetics to monitor their blood-sugar levels by wearing a contact lens equipped with tiny chips and an antenna.
Google said a prototype of its "smart contact lens" can generate a reading of a tear's glucose level every second, potentially replacing the need for people with diabetes to prick their fingers and test drops of blood throughout the day.
The global telehealth market is set to grow tenfold between 2013 and 2018, according to new research from IHS Technology, as medical providers increasingly look to remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve care quality.
According to the research, global revenue for telehealth devices and services will grow from $440.6 million in 2013 to $4.5 billion in 2018, with the number of patients using telehealth services rising from less than 350,000 to about seven million over the same period.
Telehealth player Alere says its new cellular connectivity hub has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use.
Branded Alere HomeLink, the hub is designed to connect patients with providers and can be used in conjunction with other Alere (Waltham, MA, USA) products, says the company.
The product has also been granted a type of certification (CE Mark) that allows it to be marketed in Europe as well as in the US.
RegionalCare Hospital Partners has revealed it will use technology from AirStrip as its standard for clinical mobility solutions at its eight hospitals across the US.
RegionalCare (Brentwood, TN, USA) – which manages a privately owned network of community hospitals – says it will introduce mobile healthcare applications from AirStrip (San Antonio, TX, USA) as it looks to drive “clinical transformation”.
A cybersecurity professional warned that the U.S. government failed to implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers at a congressional hearing that Democratic lawmakers claimed was politically motivated.
"HealthCare.gov is not secure today," David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, said at a Thursday hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Smart-meter specialist Landis+Gyr is to begin piloting what it calls “state-of-the-art” smart metering systems with German utility EnBW.
The two companies have signed an agreement that adheres to Germany’s strict data-protection requirements, with German consumers increasingly worried about data privacy following revelations about online snooping by US government agencies.
The companies say they signed the agreement at the end of 2013 and that it will see EnBW test the functionalities of the newly developed smart-metering systems in laboratories and a field setting.