Last week, GE (Fairfield, Conn., U.S.A.) and Nissan (Yokohama, Japan) signed a two-year research collaboration to speed up the development of smart charging infrastructure to fuel mass market adoption of electric cars.
Both companies have identified two key focus areas for the research efforts. The first relates to the integration of electric vehicles with homes and buildings. The second looks at electric vehicle charging dynamics and the future impact on the grid once millions of electric cars are on the road.
Last week, NexTraq (Roswell, Ga., U.S.A.), a GPS fleet tracking and vehicle management company, announced fleet tracking capabilities for the oil and gas industry. Through its Web Services offering, an open platform that enables integration of fleet data with third party applications, oil and gas customers can align their geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology with fleet tracking technology. As a result, fleet managers can protect and leverage assets remotely with real-time data and reporting, according to the company.
Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology company, announced on Tuesday the launch of its new module featuring Wireless M-Bus transfer technology. The new ME50-169 module features 169 MHz and is designed for smart gas, water, heating or electricity meters. These smart meters automatically transmit consumption data to the utility companies, which can increases the accuracy and transparency of bills and helps improve energy efficiency, according to the company.
According to a new report from Lux Research (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a research and advisory firm, merger and acquisition (M&A) deals -- just in the first six months of 2011 -- have already totaled twice those made during all of 2010, and many more cash-starved smart grid, energy storage, and electric vehicle (EV) start-ups are considering future deals. After reaching an all-time six-month high of $1.79 billion in the first half of 2010, venture funding for these start-ups had all but dried up in the subsequent twelve months.
Last week, the GSMA, an association that supports the deployment of the GSM mobile telephone system, announced the results of a study of more than 4,000 mobile phone users in Singapore, Spain and the UK, which sheds light on privacy issues, particularly relating to the use of the mobile Internet and mobile applications.
Telecom operators hit out at a new European Union proposal that aims to spur investment in faster fiber optics networks by reducing profits generated on copper-based networks, saying it was wrongheaded and would actually stunt progress.
Executives from nearly a dozen companies, including France Telecom (Paris, France), Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) and Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy), came out against the proposal only minutes after EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes laid it out in a speech at an industry conference in Brussels on Monday.
Market research firm Infonetics Research (Campbell, Calif., U.S.A.) on Friday released excerpts from its latest Policy Management market size, market share, and forecast report, which stated that Infonetics expects the global policy management software market to jump 49% in 2011 over 2010, and to hit $1.61 billion in 2015.
Chipmaker Intel Corp (Santa Clara, Calif., U.S.A.) has agreed to acquire mobile navigation software maker Telmap (Herzliya, Israel), the chief executive of the Israel-based company said on Sunday. Details of the deal were not disclosed but Israeli media said Intel is paying about $300 million to $350 million.
Europe's rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks is trailing major operators in the United States and parts of Asia, which are already offering the service to millions of customers.
According to the recent report "Mobile Backhaul for Small Cells" by research firm ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), by 2016 an estimated 58% of outdoor small cells will be backhauled using wireless techniques.