Standards bodies moving too slowly for M2M industry

Standards bodies were urged to speed up their activities by M2M players gathered at last week’s M2M World Congress in London.

Although a number of speakers argued that standardization was needed to fuel the growth of M2M services in sectors such as energy, automotive and healthcare, Deutsche Telekom’s (Bonn, Germany) Juergen Hase said that standards bodies were not keeping pace with the fast development of the M2M market.

“At the end of the day do we come up with a de facto standard to be more agile?” said the head of operator’s M2M Competence Center.

iGen Networks agrees takeover of Nimbo

iGen Networks has agreed a takeover of asset-tracking player Nimbo it says is aimed at extending its leadership position in M2M markets.

The cloud-computing company plans to issue 2.5 million shares of its common stock to secure full ownership of Nimbo (Murrieta, CA, USA), and is aiming to close the deal by the end of this month.

Nimbo offers what it calls consumer-safety solutions for the automotive and power sport industries and claims to have more than 10,000 asset activations to date.

Orbcomm, Savi win five-year Dept of Defense contract

Satellite player Orbcomm and analytics specialist Savi have won a five-year US Department of Defense contract as the sole providers to the $204 million RFID-IV program.

Under the deal, the two companies will provide satellite and RFID tags as well as other sensor technologies using Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) global communications network.

The technologies will allow government customers to monitor the location of their cargo and send real-time alerts if there is a security breach or other anomaly.

SkyWave launches satellite-cellular device for vehicle tracking

Satellite company SkyWave Mobile Communications has launched a new dual satellite-cellular HSPA device to support M2M services.

The company says the device’s functionality will allow customers to access the most cost-effective communications network without sacrificing coverage or connectivity to essential data.

The IDP 700 series terminals are designed to provide a “quick and smart way” to connect people and assets anywhere in the world, says SkyWave (Ottawa, Canada).

Logic PD, SeeControl team up to spur M2M development

Systems integrator Logic PD and M2M specialist SeeControl have formed a partnership aimed at speeding up the development of Internet of Things (IoT) services.

Through the tie-up, SeeControl (Redwood City, CA, USA) will provide an IoT platform and associated integration methodology to support Logic PD’s (Minneapolis, MN, USA) Adrenaline series – a service designed to let customers test M2M concepts they intend to bring to market.

Amdocs joins IMC to drive M2M profitability

Software player Amdocs has become the latest member of the International M2M Council (IMC) – a trade group that defines its mission as proving there is a compelling business case for investing in M2M technologies.

The membership deal will see Yuval Mayron, the general manager for Amdocs (Chesterfield, MO, USA) Product Group, join the IMC’s board of governors.

AT&T wins connected-cars deal with Volvo

US telecoms giant AT&T continues to set the pace in the connected-cars industry, having just announced a deal with Volvo to provide wireless connectivity services in vehicles sold in the US and Canadian markets.

The multi-year agreement will see AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) equip Volvo’s (Gothenburg, Sweden) US 2015 model year with its Sensus Connect embedded infotainment service, while Volvo customers in the US and Canada will also have access to Volvo On Call – which allows car functions to be accessed remotely and also notifies emergency services in the event of a crash.

VimpelCom sells Djezzy stake to Algerian govt to settle dispute

VimpelCom has agreed the $2.64 billion sale of a 51% stake in its Algerian phone business to the country’s government, bringing to an end a protracted dispute between the two parties.

The deal to sell a majority stake in Djezzy (Algiers, Algeria) to the Algerian government will also allow VimpelCom (Moscow, Russia) to slash debt while retaining a substantial stake in the emerging-markets player.

Vodafone in partnership talks with Netflix: report

UK-headquartered Vodafone is reported to be in discussions with movie-streaming player Netflix about a tie-up that would allow the operator’s customers to watch films and TV shows on smartphones as part of their monthly tariff.

According to Bloomberg, the arrangement would allow customers to stream content without paying a separate fee to Netflix (Scotts Valley, CA, USA) for a set period of time.

Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen: WSJ

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Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company spoke to Google Inc (Mountain View, CA, USA) earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing.

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