To increase awareness on smart meters on Monday it was announced that a new industry group, the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA), has been formed.
Smart-Meter makers, Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr and Sensus are the founding members and representatives from each company reside on the board, with a rotation in the presidency. According to SMMAA, meters from these manufacturers represent nearly 100 % of the installed base of electric meters currently deployed in the United States and Canada, and 35 million of which are considered “smart.”
Sprint (Overland Park, Kan.) on Tuesday announced the launch of Sprint Command Center, a centralized, self-service portal that controls M2M devices and services, as well as allows businesses to control provisioning, billing, management and application development of their own M2M devices.
Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden), an M2M service provider, on Tuesday announced the expansion of its business development team in Japan and Malaysia.
The Tokyo office established in 2010 is now expanded with a local team. Kentaro Ohshida has been appointed Account Liaison Director and contact point for the Japan office. Ohshida worked with a major Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer for almost a decade.
Option (Leuven, Belgium), a wireless technology company, on Tuesday announced the data certification of its wireless embedded modules by AT&T (Dallas, Texas). These embedded modules are designed for a variety of mobile devices including tablets, consumer electronic devices, netbooks, routers and notebooks; and fit a range of high bandwidth M2M applications such as digital signage, automotive and security cameras.
China's Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C) unveiled a new tablet computer called the MediaPad on Monday that it hopes could take on market leaders Apple (Cupertino, CA) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea).
The launch would be part of an aggressive push by Huawei, the world's second-biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment behind Ericsson, into the consumer space.
"With the Huawei MediaPad, we are demonstrating yet again that design, functionality and performance is within anyone's reach," Victor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei Device, said in a statement.
LightSquared (Reston, Va.), a wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network, on Monday outlined an alternative to the problem of interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.
Early test results with the GPS industry indicated that one of LightSquared’s 10MHz blocks of frequencies poses interference to many GPS receivers. This block was the specific set of frequencies that LightSquared planned to use for the initial launch of its network.
Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan.) reduced its voting rights in Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, WA) to 49.8 % from 54 %, potentially giving it more flexibility to raise new debt or refinance existing debt.
Under their previous ownership structure Sprint would have risked breaching its own debt agreements in the event of a default by Clearwire, which was viewed by debtholders as a Sprint subsidiary.
Actelis Networks (Fremont, Calif.), an Ethernet over copper provider, on Wednesday announced it has deployed broadband across a 440-thousand-square-mile region in the Northwest Territories of Canada, connecting a community of more than 40,000 people to schools, health care centers and other public services.
According to Actelis, the key to providing such a scattered population with these communications services was to establish a fast, reliable broadband communications network that leveraged the existing copper network.
Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif.), is seeking between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion in a patent lawsuit against Google (Mountain View, Calif.) over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.
Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes upon Oracle's Java patents.
Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.
Telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C) on Thursday rejected a U.S. government official's suggestion that its rapid growth was due to Chinese government financial aid.
"It is fundamentally and utterly incorrect," said Bill Plummer, vice president of external affairs for Huawei.
He was responding to a comment by U.S. Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg on Wednesday that one reason Huawei's "growth has been so dramatic is that it's backed by a $30 billion credit line from the Chinese Development Bank.