FDA plans oversight on mobile medical apps used for telehealth

Reuters

A fast-growing number of software applications offer doctors the chance to view X-rays or monitor heart rates from iPads or smartphones, prompting U.S. health officials on Tuesday to propose government oversight for some of the more complex health applications.

A portion of the apps perform tasks that mimic the work of medical devices and could cause harm if they failed to perform as promised, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said.

Report: M2M market in utilities sector to reach 1.5 billion in 2020

In a new report released on Tuesday by researching firm Market Research (Rockville, Md., U.S.A.), it was predicted the M2M market in the utilities sector will see major growth in terms of numbers of connections, from 100 million in 2010 to 1.5 billion in 2020. According to Market Research, this opportunity is dominated by one application: smart metering.

Smart metering represented 97% of connections in 2010, predicted to rise to 99% by 2020. It also accounts for more than 95% of revenue throughout the forecast period, according to Marker Research.

KORE Telematics, Agnik partner in automobile insurance application

KORE Telematics (Alpharetta, Ga., U.S.A.), an MUNO, on Tuesday announced that Agnik LLC (Columbia, Md., U.S.A.), a data analytics company, has selected the KORE network to power its usage-based automobile insurance application, enabling the transmission of driving patterns back to insurance companies for risk management.

Siemens introduces EV charging stations for homes and businesses

Siemens Industry, Inc., the U.S. affiliate of Siemens (Munich, Germany), an electrical engineering company, announced on Monday a new line of electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations designed for home and business owners.

Intended to be part of a smart home environment, Siemens VersiCharge charging stations are Level 2, meaning it can recharge an electric vehicle in two to six hours, and uses 240 volts of power. According to Siemens, there are two models, the VersiCharge and VersiCharge SG.

Green Charge Networks launches smart energy storage device

Green Charge Networks (New York), a smart grid engineering company, on Monday announced the launch of an energy storage and management device that stores energy locally during periods of low use, and augments grid power with stored energy during peak demand.

Vodafone says femtocell safe, despite hacker claims

Last week The Hacker’s Choice (THC), an independent security research group, claimed that Vodafone’s (London, England) mobile network was not secure from hackers.

According to THC’s blog, there is a problem with Vodafone’s Sure Signal femtocell, which uses broadband to give 3G mobile phones better coverage when indoors. THC claims that it can turn the femtocell into an interception device to listen to, and record conversations, as long as the femtocell is within 50 meters of the mobile phone.

ATA calls FCC effort in Rural Healthcare 'disturbing'

Last week the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) submitted a letter to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regarding the “poor administration of the Rural Healthcare program.”

The Rural Health Care Program is designed to provide discounts to eligible rural healthcare providers for telecommunication services and monthly internet service charges. It also aims to deploy telehealth services where immediate health services are not readily available.

Quake Global, BIGmate announce telematic modem for asset tracking

Quake Global, Inc. (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of M2M communicators for asset tracking, and BIGmate Monitoring Services Pty Ltd (West Mackay, Australia), a provider of telematics software, have announced their partnership to bring BIGmate’s telematics application to Quake’s new line of M2M satellite and dual mode modems.

Designed for fixed and mobile use, the Q4000 and Q-Pro modems aim to provide global M2M communications with land, marine or aviation based assets and equipment such as heavy machinery, fleets, ships and containers.

France Telecom makes bid on DR Congo mobile operator

Reuters

France Telecom is weighing a bid for the fourth-largest mobile operator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as part of its effort to expand in fast-growing markets in the Middle East and Africa.

A deal for Congo-China Telecom (CCT), still being negotiated, would involve buying a 51% stake owned by Chinese telecom vendor ZTE , and the 49% that the national government has put up for sale.

Apple tests new chips with TSMC, moves away from Samsung

Reuters

On Friday a source close to the matter reported that TSMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a semiconductor manufacturer, has begun trial manufacturing of next generation chips for Apple Inc's (Cupertino, Calif., U.S.A.) mobile devices, a sign that Apple is moving away from its long-time chip supplier, Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea).

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