Verizon Wireless should see an increase in date revenue after it offers new shared data plans this summer, according to a top executive for parent company Verizon Communications Inc.
Verizon's (New York) intends to allow customers to share their data allowance among different devices, unlike their current offerings, where they have to sign up for a separate data plan for every device connected to the wireless operator's network.
According to a new survey of more than 500 mobile consumers, conducted by uSamp, a market research firm, and commissioned by wireless and mobility solutions provider Smith Micro Software, Inc., 95% of smartphone users would leverage Wi-Fi if it enabled better mobile data performance; 88% would prefer to access Wi-Fi networks if it reduced their monthly phone bill.
Rogers Communications and Axeda Corporation on Tuesday announced an alliance that will accelerate the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions in Canada. As of Thursday, businesses and developers across Canada will have access Axeda’s M2M Platform to build and roll-out enterprise M2M applications for connected products in Canada.
Taoglas USA, Inc, a provider of antennas for the M2M market, last week announced a new Near Field Communications (NFC) antenna and tag service for M2M devices. The FXT.01 NFC tag antenna and FXR.01 NFC reader antenna operate at 13.56MHz and provide a well-matched solution (50ohms) for NFC readers, says the company.
Even as deployments of smart grid infrastructure have accelerated in recent years, the home energy management (HEM) market has struggled to gain traction. Numerous trials have led to only a few cases of industry deployments and to anemic rates of consumer adoption. According to Pike Research, that is starting to change, and over the remainder of the decade momentum will build in this nascent market.
Delta Products Corporation, a Delta Group company, has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), for the development and demonstration of a residential electric vehicle charging system with smart grid communication capabilities. The smart-charging system will allow utilities to reduce infrastructure costs and manage load during peak hours.
SkyWave Mobile Communications, a provider of wireless data communications for the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, last week announced the introduction of the new IDP-780 series of terminals with dual mode satellite-cellular capability.
On Monday, Spectrum Bridge, Inc., a developer of technology for vitalizing spectrum, announced a partnership with Neul, a mobile wireless data service provider, to expand the global deployment of TV White Spaces (TVWS) networks for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
Last week, Trimble, a provider of positioning services, introduced the Aardvark DR+GPS module that combines Dead Reckoning (DR) with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology on a single, compact board. The Trimble Aardvark DR+GPS module provides accurate positioning information when GPS signals are limited or not available, such as in urban canyons and tunnels.
As many new LTE networks are deployed globally, some mobile users are starting to enjoy higher access speeds and a better overall user experience. Drive testing has demonstrated the capabilities of these networks to deliver up to 100 Mbps per user – at least while there are not many users. While the availability of devices capable of taking advantage of these higher capacity networks has been scarce, and hence the tele-density of LTE users low, operators have generally managed to boost existing backhaul networks to handle the added capacity.