Apps in car dashboards aim to make vehicles smarter

Reuters

Searching for that elusive parking spot or a nearby attraction? Forget about consulting your smartphone, just look at the car dashboard.

Whether it is streaming music and listening to audio books, or even ordering a pizza, apps are being loaded into vehicle dashboards as more cars become connected to the Internet.

Only about 10 percent of vehicles have built-in connectivity today, but the number is expected to rise to more than 90 percent by 2020, according to the British consulting firm Machina Research.

Denmark's Kamstrup flags growth in sales, market share

Danish smart-metering specialist Kamstrup claims to have grown its share of the global market in 2013 while reporting an increase in sales.

The company did not reveal details of its market share but said its revenues grew by 3% last year, to €173 million ($238 million), with earnings after tax coming in at €20 million.

Kamstrup (Skanderborg, Denmark) described market conditions as “competitive and stagnant” but said its financial position remained “advantageous”.

That was despite an increase in R&D investments between 2012 and 2013.

Smart grid could save $16.6 billion for UK economy: EA Technology

UK networks and consumers could save as much as £10 billion ($16.6 billion) between now and 2050 by deploying smart-grid technology, according to new research from EA Technology.

The forecast is based on the use of EA’s (Chester, UK) Transform Model, which the company claims has already helped to lower the cost of deploying new electrical network infrastructure between 2015 and 2023 by around £200 million.

ABB to deploy smart-grid systems in Rome for ACEA

ABB is to help Italian utility Azienda Comunale Elettricita e Acque (ACEA) with the deployment of a smart grid across part of Rome’s electrical distribution network.

The automation-technology player will supply medium-voltage products to ACEA (Rome, Italy) as part of the smart-grid initiative, which forms one of eight pilot projects that have won approval and received financial support from the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas.

IEEE launches smart-cities initiative

Standards body IEEE has launched a new smart-cities initiative aimed at providing strategic and practical advice to municipalities hoping to address population- and resource-related challenges through the use of M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

The group says it will consider applications for advice from municipalities and has set up a dedicated team of IEEE (Piscataway, NJ, USA) experts to provide education and training.

Panasonic develops new wireless tech for sensor networks

Japan’s Panasonic claims to have developed a new wireless communications technology specifically intended for M2M sensor networks.

According to the company, the technology can detect multiple wireless standards that differ from one country to another or between applications.

By sharing software and reducing the amount of signal processing, the new technology integrates multiple communication modes, says Panasonic (Osaka, Japan) – meaning engineers can design and develop modules that are small but will operate for extended periods of time.

Sunrise unveils low-power radio core for IoT sensors

Sunrise Micro Devices has unveiled a new radio core product aimed specifically at meeting the growing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) sensors across a variety of industry sectors.

The CORDIO BT4 radio core is described as the company’s first radio core offering from Sunrise’s (Deerfield Beach, FL, USA) CORDIO family of sub-volt wireless products.

It incorporates Bluetooth technology and is said to be highly energy efficient, making it suitable for sensors that are expected to operate for years without human intervention.

Cisco plans network of clouds for Internet of Everything

Equipment giant Cisco has unveiled plans to develop a network of clouds that will be “architected” specifically for the Internet of Everything.

Calling the network of clouds Intercloud, Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) says it will invest $1 billion in building the expanded cloud business over the next two years and that it expects partners to stump up additional investments for the scheme.

Asia-Pac smart-home sector to get regulatory, R&D boost: Frost & Sullivan

Platform integration across various industries is set to hasten the arrival of smart-home technology in the Asia Pacific, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

The market-research company says that a number of major appliance manufacturers are now investing heavily in R&D to reduce energy consumption, and that continuous innovations in high energy-consuming home appliances will propel the smart-home industry forwards.

Telit, NImbeLink partner to speed up M2M systems design

M2M hardware players Telit and NimbeLink say they have formed a partnership to speed up the design of specialized systems for M2M applications.

Under the Skywire brand, NimbeLink (Plymouth, MN, USA) has launched a series of embedded modems that use Telit’s (London, UK) xE910 family of modules, allowing designers to incorporate cellular connectivity into their products.

The first Skywire module comes with an embedded 2G CDMA 1xRTT product that is described by the companies as the smallest embedded cellular modem on the market.

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