After six years of testing, a new satellite communication for oceanic flights has been approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Iridium Communications Inc. (McLean, Va., U.S.A.), a satellite communications company, will provide satellite data services for air traffic control communications when flying across oceans and over the Polar Regions.
Last Thursday telecom operators Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, UAE) and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) announced that they have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to enter into a broad-based cooperation. The partnership will allow both companies to collaborate on a range of strategic areas, including the M2M and Cloud-based industries, according to Telefonica.
Telemedicine is technologically ready to meet the growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas around the world, say experts from IEEE (New York), a non-profit professional technical association. However, widespread use of telemedicine will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians according to the association.
Poland's state-owned utility Energa (Gdansk, Poland) plans to spend $2.16 billion by 2015 to extend its power distribution network and introduce smart grid technology, the company said in a statement on Monday.
The utility plans to build 8,200 kilometers of new grid and modernize an additional 4,200 kilometers.
inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.), a telematics company centered on fleet management, on Tuesday introduced technology that provides in-cab verbal mentoring that tells drivers if they are speeding, aren't wearing their seatbelt, or driving aggressively. The company showcased the technology to government agencies at FedFleet 2011 in Orlando, Florida.
Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a supplier of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules, and Digital Communications Technologies (DCT) (Miami, Fla., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of wireless communications hardware, on Thursday announced early deployments of a new intelligent tracking, tracing, and reporting device designed for the fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery.
Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, last week announced that Inteligistics (Pittsburgh, Penn. U.S.A.), a logistics provider, will use its Device Cloud, wireless gateways and ZigBee modules to wirelessly enable its asset tracking system. The system will be used by the U.S. Navy to track the contents of tens of thousands of shipping containers across the world as well as by the global logistics industry, according to Digi. The system provides security and real-time access to location, inventory, environmental data and other critical information.
The ZigBee Alliance (San Ramon, Calif., U.S.A.), a group of organizations providing wireless communication for energy management applications, last week announced that an update to ZigBee Smart Energy version 1, an Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is now available for product development and public download.
According to the Alliance, the ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard that will help create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to reduce their energy consumption.
One of the U.S.’s big two carriers, AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) posted better-than-expected subscriber growth for the second quarter, pushing its profits and sales past Wall Street estimates despite the loss of exclusive U.S. rights to sell the Apple Inc iPhone.
AT&T, which is seeking approval to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, added 331,000 net subscribers in the quarter, compared with the average expectation for 91,000 from seven analysts contacted by Reuters.
Acer Inc (New Taipei City, Taiwan), an electronics manufacturer, announced on Thursday it will buy cloud computing firm iGware Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A. ) for $320 million, in the fifth-largest Taiwanese buyout of a U.S. company.
Acer, who is the world's second largest PC maker, said it was also in initial talks with Japanese game firm Nintendo, a major client of iGware, over potential cooperation after the deal, but did not give details.