When is a mobile payment a “mobile payment”?
When it’s m-commerce. That’s one of the top-level findings of the MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index (MPRI). The Index rank orders 34 global economies in terms of their readiness to execute on mobile payments across all three configurations—mobile at point of sale (POS), person-to-person payments (P2P), and e-commerce conducted from a mobile device (m-commerce).
IMS Research, a market research firm recently acquired by IHS Inc., projects that medical devices utilized by the consumer to self-monitor their health, rather than those used in managed telehealth systems, will provide the largest opportunity for wireless technologies over the next five years. IMS Research forecasts that more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices will ship for consumer monitoring applications during the next five years, with a smaller number being used in managed telehealth systems.
The first quarter of the year produced stellar sales numbers for hybrids in general, as well as plug-in electric cars. More than 100,000 hybrids and plug-in cars — 113,457 — were sold in January, February, and March combined, against roughly 79,000 in the same period of 2011.
Last week, Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, announced the development of a complete Device-Network-Application (DNA) service for remote cellular monitoring of HeartAssist5 System, a heart pump monitoring technology.
South American vehicle sales are forecasted to reach 4.5 million units by 2014, with Brazil accounting for 60% of the total, according to Brazil’s car makers.
"In a macroeconomic sense, Brazil has greater stability, more per capita income, more jobs and more credit than before," says the National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers; Brazil (ANFAVE).
New subscription-based home automation offerings are rapidly transforming the way consumers will monitor, secure, and control their homes, according to a new report by ABI Research. Over the next five years the global managed home automation market will grow installments at a CAGR of 60% between 2012 and 2017, connecting 90 million homes with home automation technology.
Last week, nine Japanese companies launched a demonstration study for the Albuquerque Business District Smart Grid Demonstration Project, which is to be carried out as part of its Japan-U.S. Collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Project. The demonstration study will continue for two years.
On Monday, Sprint announced M2M agreements with Metrum Technologies, LLC, a developer of cellular-based communication for AMI and smart grid applications, and Tollgrade Communications Inc., a provider of network assurance services for the utility and telecom industries.
Mobile operator Vodafone made a writedown of $6.3 billion and cut its medium-term sales target as the debt crisis squeezed customers in southern Europe, forcing them to save money on phone calls.
ZTE Corp, the world's fourth largest handset vendor and one of two Chinese companies under U.S. scrutiny over security concerns, said one of its mobile phone models sold in the United States contains a vulnerability that researchers say could allow others to control the device.