The UK’s Plastic Logic has formed a partnership with US-headquartered Solvay Specialty Polymers aimed at developing low-power flexible electronics for sensors, mobile displays and wearable devices.
The two companies say they have committed to a joint development program that will demonstrate and industrialize low-power variants of such devices within two years.
Plastic Logic (Cambridge, UK) is regarded as a leader in the development of organic thin-film transistors, while Solvay (Alpharetta, GA, USA) produces high-performance polymers.
Hardware players Advantech and Linear Technology have joined forces with the aim of developing new smart-city and Internet of Things (IoT) technology based on embedded wireless sensor networks.
In a statement, Advantech (Taipei, Taiwan) said it would develop, make and sell a variety of IoT gateways, wireless sensors and solutions incorporating the SmartMesh IP technology developed by Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA, USA) Dust Networks product group.
GE Healthcare is to acquire analytics provider CHCA in a move it claims will lead to better outcomes for patients in operating rooms and further aid the development of its industrial internet strategy.
The company – a subsidiary of industrial giant GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) – did not disclose how much it is to pay for CHCA but said it expected to close the deal in the second quarter of the year.
Healthcare IT players CloudVisit Telemedicine and I Do App have formed a new mobile health partnership aimed at developing new “all-in-one” telemedicine and home health devices.
CloudVisit (Cold Spring, NY, USA) provides real-time videoconferencing technology for use by healthcare providers and patients, while I Do App (Manhattan Beach, CA, USA) has developed a range of mobile health monitoring devices allowing patients to track weight, wellness and other key biometrics from their homes.
M2M chipmaker Ineda Systems has secured $17 million in funding from a number of investors, including Walden-Riverwood, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Qualcomm and IndusAge Partners.
The company says it will use the money to accelerate the development of its wearable processor unit, which is aimed at devices such as smartwatches and health and fitness trackers.
Dutch tech giant Royal Philips has launched a new medical alert service in the US that will notify emergency services if a user has fallen within his or her home.
The technology is aimed at elderly healthcare patients who may be too incapacitated to push a button on a standard remote-monitoring device, or use a phone, in the event of an accident at home.
It is also designed to eliminate the need for a landline, with more than a quarter of US households having already taken this step, according to data from the latest US Census Bureau.
Digital health player InfoBionic says it has raised a total of $17 million in a financing round led by Safeguard Scientifics, which will acquire “20% primary ownership” of InfoBionic as a result of the transaction.
InfoBionic (Lowell, MA, USA) is focused on developing patient monitoring services for chronic disease management and says the financing marks a “significant milestone” in its development, expansion and commercialization.
Healthcare insurance provider Humana has launched a trial of remote-monitoring technology for diabetes patients in partnership with tech player Pharos Innovations.
The trial is to last for a six-month period and involve some 500 Humana Medicare members in Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
In a statement, Humana (Louisville, KY, USA) said it aimed to improve self-care management and reduce hospital admissions and in-patient costs through use of remote-monitoring technology.
A recently formed company calling itself M2M Spectrum Networks has unveiled plans to build and operate what it says will be the first licensed dedicated M2M network across the US.
Founded last year by entrepreneurs Barclay Knapp and Carole Downs, M2M Spectrum Networks (Phoenix, AZ, USA) says the rollout of its network will occur in “multiple phases”, with trials scheduled to begin in the second quarter of the year.
However, Knapp and Downs expect the network to cover 75% of the US population by the end of 2015 and 95% by the end of 2016.
Telit has launched a new automotive business unit following its takeover of a platform business from Dutch company NXP Semiconductors.
The UK-headquartered hardware player says it has now completed the acquisition of NXP’s (Eindhoven, Netherlands) automotive telematics on-board unit platform (ATOP) business, which develops technology allowing vehicle makers to implement eCall or similar functionality in a straightforward and cost-efficient way.