Deutsche Telekom flags smart-city pilot in Pisa

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom has announced details of a new pilot smart-city project in the Italian city of Pisa.

The pilot is aimed partly at helping motorists in Pisa to find parking spaces more easily.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has deployed a sensor-based parking management system in Piazza Carrara in the city center, while a big-data service analyzes historical traffic data to help improve the flow of traffic.

Philips supplies telemonitoring to Massachusetts healthcare provider

Royal Philips is to provide telemonitoring services to Partners HealthCare at Home, a home health provider in Massachusetts, with the aim of reducing readmissions and improving clinical oversight for newly discharged patients.

The technology means that nursing staff from Partners (Waltham, MA, USA) can remotely monitor a patient’s health by tracking vital signs.

GE completes API Healthcare acquisition

Industrial giant GE says it has completed the takeover of API Healthcare it announced it late January.

GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) believes the acquisition of API (Hartford, WI, USA) will help it expand its portfolio of Hospital Operations Management services, which are intended to provide hospitals with real-time access to operational data.

By allow hospitals to better manage the scheduling, flow and availability of staff, patients and assets, real-time monitoring is expected to lead to significant productivity gains.

Apple looking at cars, medical devices for growth: report

Reuters

Apple Inc is looking at cars and medical devices to diversify its sources of revenue as growth from iPhones and iPads slow, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

Apple's (Cupertino, CA, USA) head of mergers and acquisitions, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla Motors Inc (Palo Alto, CA, USA) founder Elon Musk at the company's headquarters last year around the same time analysts suggested that Apple acquire the Model S electric car maker, the newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a source.

Remote monitoring in cardiology has growing appeal: IHS

Remote cardiac event monitors are becoming an increasingly attractive means of cutting expenditure in cardiology, with spending on cardiovascular disease expected to increase from a figure of $273 billion in 2010, according to IHS Research.

The market-research company says that high healthcare expenditure is rooted in inefficient systems, with medical staff’s time taken by administrative tasks, and that healthcare IT could help to improve efficiency.

Wearable devices makers to increasingly target healthcare: ABI Research

Heart-rate and activity monitoring products dominated shipments of wearable wireless devices in 2013, according to a study from ABI Research.

According to the market-research player, heart-rate monitoring remains the post popular device functionality – more than 12 million devices allowing users to monitor their heart rate were shipped in 2013.

Most of these were what ABI Research calls “single function devices” that communicate with nearby hubs, such as smartphones or activity sports watches.

AlertWatch gains FDA approval for patient-monitoring software

A startup backed by the University of Michigan says it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin selling its patient-monitoring software to hospitals.

AlertWatch (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) – which says its goal is to help anesthesia providers monitor patients in the operating room – has developed software that aggregates data from physiological monitors, anesthesia records, lab results and medical history to produce a real-time display of a patient’s condition.

Telekom Austria ramps up telematics with industry-specific offers

Telekom Austria has expanded its portfolio of M2M offerings with the launch of six new telematics products aimed at specific industry sectors.

The products have been developed in partnership with Austrian telematics player CEplus (Timelkam, Austria) and will allow customers to monitor equipment through the use of sensors and a cloud-based software platform.

Octo Telematics launches operation in Canada

International telematics company Octo Telematics has expanded its operations into Canada with the launch of new usage-based insurance programs in Ontario and Quebec.

The company is well established in the US market as a provider of telematics systems and services to the auto and insurance industries, but has been looking for a new opportunity given the rising adoption of services by US auto insurers.

Digi International supports remote-monitoring for rail operators

M2M player Digi International is to support the rollout of new asset-tracking services for rail systems by long-standing partner OEM Technology Solutions.

Technology developed by OEM (Sydney, Australia) is used in more than 20,000 rail systems across 20 countries, but the company says that rail operators are still often faced with rail car downtime, leading to rising costs and falling revenues.

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