Sierra Wireless, IBM, Eurotech, Eclipse Foundation establish M2M Working Group

On Tuesday, Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and the Eclipse Foundation (Ontario, Canada), a nonprofit vendor neutral corporation consisting of individuals across the software industry, announced the formation of a new Industry Working Group to define and implement an open standard platform for the software development tools used in developing machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Ireland to outpace U.S. in EV adoption

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Despite several years of economic woes and rapidly expanding debt, The Republic of Ireland has announced its commitment to Electric Vehicles (EVs) and an aggressive roll-out of charging infrastructure. The country is installing 1,500 public charging stations this year, which puts the country on pace to have a greater penetration per capita than the United States.

Digi Offers 3G system-on-module on Sprint network

Digi International (Minnstonka, Minn., U.S.A.) on Tuesday announced that its embedded 3G system-on-module has been certified by Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.), which allows M2M device manufacturers to add 3G connectivity to their devices without having to go through a certification process.

ConnectCore 3G -- the embedded 3G system-on-module with integrated application processing- also offers cloud connectivity with the iDigi Device Cloud.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons uses M2M tech for two-way communication

Fleet Management Solutions (San Luis Obispo, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of telematics systems, on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to equip its fleet vehicles and other mobile assets, with its vehicle tracking and mobile management system.

Sony buys Ericsson out of mobile phone venture

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Sony Corp (Tokyo, Japan) is to take over its mobile phone joint venture with Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) for $1.5 billion, as it seeks to exploit its music and video assets to help it catch smartphone leaders such as Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.).

The deal to buy out its Swedish partner will enable Sony to better integrate smartphones and other devices with its array of content, from its music label, movie studio and Playstation video games.

ZTE, China Unicom miss quarterly profit forecasts

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ZTE Corp (Shenxhen, P.R.C.) and China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.), China’s second largest telecommunications equipment maker and carrier respectively, reported third quarter net profit that missed expectations, with both companies grappling with pressured margins.


ZTE posted a second straight fall in quarterly profit mainly due to the weakness in the euro and a delay in value-added tax rebates, while China Unicom's profit was up by a worse-than-expected 21% as it doled out subsidies to attract more 3G users.

Samsung passes Apple in smartphone sales

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Samsung Electronics Co (Seoul, South Korea) overtook Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) as the world's top smartphone maker in the July-September period with a 44% jump in shipments, and forecast strong sales in the current quarter in a clear warning to its rivals.

SensorLogic partners with Sprint in M2M initiative

SensorLogic, Inc (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a provider of cloud-based platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) application development, on Tuesday announced that it is teaming with Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) to help enterprise customers build and deploy M2M applications and managed services.
 
The collaboration enables Sprint’s customers to leverage their company’s network infrastructure in combination with SensorLogic’s application enablement platform.

Telefonica, China Unicom make M2M development agreement

Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).

Report: telematics can reduce traffic accidents by 90%

According to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (New York), a technical professional association, nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error – up to 90% of all crashes – could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads. These include electronics and computing technologies such as in-vehicle machine vision and sensors to detect drowsy drivers, lane departure warning systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety applications.

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