Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN is teaming up with Fast Track Company and Air France/KLM/Delta Airlines on the development of new M2M tracking services designed to ensure air passengers do not lose their luggage.
In a statement, the operator said it was collaborating with its partners on two innovations for easier tracking and tracing of luggage.
eTrack, the first of those innovations, is described as a compact device that will track the location of a suitcase or travel bag using GPS and cellular technology.
Navigation technology player TomTom has changed the name of its Business Solutions unit to TomTom Telematics.
The name change has been made to reflect the strong position the company enjoys in the telematics market thanks to its WEBFLEET product, a software-as-a-service platform designed to help fleet businesses improve vehicle performance, save fuel, support drivers and increase efficiency.
In a statement, TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) said WEBFLEET would henceforth be positioned as its leading product brand for the fleet-management market.
FreeWave Technologies has released a new M2M platform it says will lower costs and speed up service deployments for customers in the industry and government sectors.
Branded WavePoint, the platform is designed to provide secure wireless connections for industrial data travelling over long distances, supporting a variety of M2M applications.
Maintenance analytics technologies are set to generate $24.7 billion in revenue in 2019, up from $9.1 billion this year, driven by the adoption of predictive analytics and M2M connectivity, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company also believes that more advanced forms of maintenance – including predictive and prescriptive – will account for more than 60% of all revenues by the end of the forecast period, up from just 23% today.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.