Sprint, Sierra Wireless collaborate on deployment of connected devices

Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) last week announced they are collaborating to help application developers, product manufacturers, and machine-to-machine (M2M) service providers deploy new services. The two companies will co-market Sierra Wireless’ M2M Cloud Platform and Sierra Wireless will support Sprint modules pre-certified on its network.

Smart meter firm Sensus explores sale

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U.S. smart metering company Sensus (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.) is exploring a potential sale of the company and has hired bankers to advise the company on a deal that could potentially cost up to $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said.

Privately held Sensus, which makes smart meters, software and communication systems for the electric, gas, and water industries, is preparing to launch a sale and is being advised by financial service company Credit Suisse (Zurich, Switzerland) on the process, these sources said. 

Italy begins $13.7 million smart grid project

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The distribution arm of Italy's biggest utility, Enel (Rome, Italy), has started installing smart grids in Italy, part of its push to develop the technology needed to handle electricity flows from decentralized, fluctuating renewable power sources. Several thousand customers will take part in the $13.7 million pilot project in the southern region of Molise, Enel said in a statement.

The need to develop smart grid technology has been spurred by a rapid growth of renewable energy which is dependent on weather conditions and alternating of day and night.

U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs announces telehealth initiative

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and American Well (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a telehealth software company, on Friday announced an initiative to bring telehealth services to U.S. war veterans in their homes and workplaces. The initiative will use American Well's Online Care system to provide care for veterans, particularly those remotely located from VA medical centers, says American Well.

TomTom makes fleet management app for smartphone

TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) on Tuesday launched a smartphone application designed to provide customers with information about their vehicle fleet. The smartphone application, WEBFLEET Mobile, includes a detailed map which provides a view of the current traffic situation using TomTom’s real-time traffic technology, the TomTom HD Traffic. 

The technology allows customers to pinpoint the location of their fleet, obtain information on each vehicle's destination and estimated time of arrival, and gain trip data information such as mileage and timestamps, according to TomTom.

Smart grid security spending to exceed $2 billion by 2016, still major challenges

An estimated $590 million was spent on smart grid security technologies in 2010 and by 2016 that number is projected to surpass $2 billion, according to a report by ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.).  However, despite this, cyber security challenges are nowhere close to being resolved, and the industry will continue to face a number of serious hurdles in the coming years, says Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.).

Tekelec to be acquired for $780 million

Tekelec (Morrisville, N.C., U.S.A.), a mobile broadband solutions company, announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by a consortium led by Siris Capital Group, LLC (New York).  The transaction was valued at approximately $780 million. 

Alcatel-Lucent cuts profit goal, raises doubts

Reuters

Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) scaled back its profitability goal for the year, raising new doubts about Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen's ability to turn around the long-struggling telecom equipment maker.

Alcatel-Lucent, like rivals Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland), is suffering as telecom operators cut spending on their networks in reaction to macroeconomic uncertainty, especially in Europe.

Sprint may use debt to fund Clearwire

Reuters

Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) said it could use the proceeds from a private debt offer to fund Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.), sending shares in the cash-strapped high-speed wireless firm up 8% on Friday.

Sprint sold $4 billion in bonds on Friday, according to underwriters. The company had included Clearwire funding among possible uses for the debt proceeds when it announced the offering on Friday morning.

China Telecom signs mobile payment partnership

Trunkbow International Holdings Limited (Beijing, P.R.C.), a provider of mobile payment services, on Thursday announced that it has signed a formal strategic partnership agreement with Tianyi e-Commerce Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Telecom (Beijing, P.R.C.), for the development and marketing of China Telecom's Bestpay m-commerce payment application. Under the agreement, Trunkbow is to provide application development and support services for the mobile application, which was rolled-out to China Telecom's 3G subscribers across mainland China in August.

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