Smart home monitoring devices to exceed half a billion by 2018: ABI Research

The number of wireless smart home monitoring devices is set to reach more than half a billion globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, up from just 17.23 million in 2013.

Those devices include contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs, all of which will become increasingly popular as users adopt smart-home technologies and extend existing systems, says the market-research company.

Asia Pacific to invest $63 billion in smart cities to 2023: Navigant Research

Smart-city technology investments in the Asia Pacific will total $63 billion between 2014 and 2023, says a new paper from Navigant Research, as cities look to address a multitude of contemporary problems, including rising energy costs, congested transportation networks and climate change.

Wi-SUN Alliance, HomePlug form smart-grid pact

The Wi-SUN Alliance and the HomePlug Alliance have teamed up on the development of hybrid smart-grid networks that will support both wireless and powerline-wired connectivity.

The organizations say the collaboration will allow their members to share requirements and specifications for Media Access Control and transport layer profiles, facilitating interoperability between various IP-based smart-grid applications.

Phil Beecher, chairman of the Wi-SUN Alliance, heralded the deal as a “shining model of cooperation” for industry alliances and standards bodies.

Orbcomm completes takeover of Euroscan Holdings

Satellite and M2M specialist Orbcomm has acquired Euroscan Holdings in a bid to boost its presence in Europe’s transportation and heavy equipment sectors.

Euroscan (Hoensbroek, Netherlands) develops systems to monitor compliance with regulations on refrigerated transportation temperatures and serves customers in the global food and pharmaceuticals industries.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) said the terms of the acquisition would be made available in forthcoming public filings, but it expects the takeover will strengthen its portfolio of services.

Kore strengthens 2G capability with Jazz takeover

Kore Telematics has taken over Jazz Wireless Data to expand its footprint and expertise in the M2M connectivity area.

Under the deal, whose terms were not disclosed, Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) will acquire a “six-figure” subscriber base from Jazz (Raleigh, NC, USA), which provides M2M networking services in North America.

CSL Dualcom partners with Tele2 in European push

Scandinavia’s Tele2 has announced a deal with CSL Dualcom under which it will provide connectivity services for security, healthcare and general M2M applications in the European region.

CSL Dualcom (Harefield, UK) has developed a platform that allows alarm signals to be delivered securely and reliably to control centers, and claims to have pioneered the move from wired to wireless technology in this area.

The tie-up with Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) will allow it to improve the process of deploying and managing connectivity solutions from start to finish.

CeBIT 2014: M2M Zone roundup

M2M Zone exhibitors gathered at this week’s CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany unveiled details of some exciting new products and services, while others provided updates on their strategies for addressing the ever-expanding M2M opportunity. Below we provide summaries of the main announcements.

Digi signs global distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics

Managed services player Digi International has expanded its distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics to cover the global market.

The companies had previously had an agreement addressing the North American region but will now be able to service large multinational projects.

Telit wins PBX deal with Brazil's Intelbras

Telit is to begin providing M2M modules to Brazil’s Intelbras for use in a PBX system that integrates different types of IP, digital, analog and GSM technologies.

In a statement, the module maker said its GL865 QUAD would handle GSM communications functionality for the PBX Impacta Line system, allowing callers to place landline calls over the mobile network.

The company also said it had developed an accessory board with GSM trunks for the PBX Inpacta Line.

Proteus picks UK for 'smart pill' production and testing

Reuters

A U.S. biotech company pioneering tablets containing edible embedded microchips that can tell if patients have taken their medication is to establish its first international manufacturing site in Britain.

Privately held Proteus Digital Health (Redwood City, CA, USA), which is working with drugmakers including Novartis and Otsuka, said on Monday the new site would employ some 200 skilled staff and serve as a hub for the emerging digital medicine industry.

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