US looks into claims of security flaw in Siemens gear

Reuters

The U.S. government is looking into claims by a cyber security researcher that flaws in software for specialized networking equipment from Siemens could enable hackers to attack power plants and other critical systems.

Justin W. Clarke, an expert in securing industrial control systems, disclosed at a conference in Los Angeles on Friday that he had figured out a way to spy on traffic moving through networking equipment manufactured by Siemens' RuggedCom division.

Liberty Media unit mobile phone lawsuit can proceed: judge

Reuters

A unit of Liberty Media Corp can proceed with its lawsuit against Ericsson , Qualcomm Inc and Alcatel-Lucent SA that accuses the three manufacturers of conspiring to exclude Liberty's positioning technology from being adopted in 4G mobile phones, a judge decided on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly in Philadelphia wrote that TruePosition Inc's allegations of an illegal conspiracy "are plausible when viewed in context and as a whole".

US Senator champions Vermont smart grid

US Senator Bernie Sanders has joined with utility and environmental groups at a news conference in Vermont to laud the benefits of the smart grid being rolled out in the state.

Vermont received some $69 million in federal stimulus funds as part of the $4 billion national investment in smart grid technology. Supporters claim the upgrade to the analog electric system has already paid dividends in Vermont, helping to cut the outage response time in half after Tropical Storm Irene struck the state a year ago.

Denmark picks Continua for telemedicine action plan

Denmark has revealed its intention to base its new national action plan for telemedicine on guidelines created by the Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Oregon, USA that focuses on establishing industry standards for the interoperability of plug-and-play personal health devices.

Insight: Experts hope to shield cars from computer viruses

Reuters

A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable to lethal computer viruses.

Intel's McAfee unit, which is best known for software that fights PC viruses, is one of a handful of firms that are looking to protect the dozens of tiny computers and electronic communications systems that are built into every modern car.

Elektrilevi selects Ericsson for smart metering in Estonia

Estonian electricity utility Elektrilevi has signed an eight-year contract with Ericsson under which the network manufacturer will supply, deploy, systems integrate and run a smart-metering network.

Estonia is one of a number of European countries that are installing smart meters to help meet the EU target of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. Elektrilevi has nearly half a million subscribers on its network.

AT&T refarming to have little impact on M2M growth: analyst

A leading analyst company has called into question the claims that AT&T’s shutdown of its 2G network could leave M2M customers stranded.

The US operator recently announced plans to gradually phase out its 2G network, shifting customers and spectrum over to 3G and 4G technologies, and that a full transition would be finalized by 2017.

The news was met with a chorus of criticism that M2M customers would be left out in the cold, forced to change providers or pay AT&T higher rates for 3G or 4G connections.

TNS and Telstra form wireless payments partnership

Australian telecoms operator Telstra has formed a partnership with Transaction Network Services (TNS), a data communications company, aimed at providing services to Australian organizations that operate wireless payment devices.

Under the agreement, TNS is to use Telstra’s M2M Wireless Control Center to improve its managed wireless service. The partnership should allow TNS to expand its network reach in Australia as well as streamline its operations through the use of a single web-based interface for SIM card ordering, provisioning, activation and management.

Tracker invests in M2M technology

UK vehicle-monitoring company Tracker has announced a new partnership with Wireless Logic, an M2M managed services specialist.

The partnership will give Tracker a number of mobile connectivity services, providing specialist M2M SIMs from multiple networks.

Tracker’s SVR and fleet telematic solutions will be further enhanced using Wireless Logic’s ‘SIMpro3’ platform-as-a-service (PaaS), giving Tracker complete real-time visibility across its growing SIM estate.

AT&T to allow FaceTime on cellular

AT&T has announced that iPhone customers will be able to use Apple’s popular FaceTime app if they sign up to one of the operator’s data-sharing plans, according to a story published by Dow Jones Newswires.

iPhone users have already been able to use FaceTime over WiFi connections but software developers had blocked cellular access to FaceTime on a prerelease version of the iOS 6 operating system, due to be released in the autumn.

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