Subsea power grids to help oil and gas companies

As the demand for oil and gas rises, resources for on land drilling are depleting. As a result, many oil and gas companies have moved to offshore drilling fields, and with that move comes its own set of problems, including enormous hydrostatic pressure and the costly and dangerous recovering of oil and gas from the bottom of the ocean to land.

Nokia Siemens Networks promotes GSM for M2M applications

Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland), a telecommunications equipment provider, on Friday announced that it would promote GSM for its M2M applications.

“It’s not a promotion of GSM at the expense of another technology,” said Johanna Harjula, a Nokia Siemens Networks spokesperson. “GSM is the dominant carrier of M2M applications and is expected to remain as such for quite some time.”

According to Harjula, Nokia Siemens Networks expects GSM subscriptions supporting M2M applications to reach 1 billion by 2015.

Telit Communications acquires GlobalConect for $2.9 million

Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a vendor of M2M technology, on Thursday announced that it has completed the acquisition of GlobalConect Ltd, a provider of cellular connectivity for M2M applications, for $2.9 million.

According to Telit, the acquisition will allow it to offer its customers wireless connectivity for its M2M produces. Dan Amir, CEO and founder of GlobalConect, is joining Telit to lead the Company's connectivity activities.

Ford uses live operator assistance for SYNC services

Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Mich., U.S.A) on Monday announced that it has chosen MyAssist (Stevens Point, Wis.), a company providing live-agent personal assistant for telematics services, to provide a live operator for its SYNC services registered users.

The new service, called Operator Assist, uses voice commands to connect customers to a live person who can answer questions, send directions directly to the vehicle and access information databases to help drivers get where they are going, according to MyAssist.

TeliaSonera joins Orange-Deutsche Telekom M2M alliance

TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden), a mobile network operator, has signed an M2M agreement with France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany). The agreement, which initially was signed by France Telecom-Orange and Deutsche Telekom in February 2011 to cover France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, has since then added the Netherlands (Deutsche Telekom) and most recently the UK. The M2M service will now extend to cover TeliaSonera’s geographical reach, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania.

Report: utility security a concern among U.S. smart grid

IDC Energy Insights (Framingham, Mass., U.S.A.), a market research firm, announced on Tuesday a new report analysis of the security initiatives among North American utility companies. According to the report, of the 150 U.S. utility companies surveyed, 75% deemed security investments to be of the highest importance, while 38% depicted security to be one of the top IT initiatives this year.

Western Australia puts $36.5 million into telehealth

The Western Australia government last week announced it will spend $36.5 million on telehealth services in six country hospitals located in inland Western Australia.

The initiative, funded under the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions Program, is the centerpiece of the State Government’s spending on health in the 2011-2012 State Budget and aims to reform and improve access to healthcare, according to a government statement.

BVS releases portable M2M 3G cell tower testing

Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc. (BVS) (Metuchen, N.J., U.S.A), a provider of security products for the telecommunications industry, released the Squid M2M 3G Cell Tower Tester.

The Squid 3G Cell Tower Tester is a handheld receiver that provides installers and electrical engineers a real time display of local 3G carriers’ base stations and their respective signal strength or Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI).

Voicemail pins major factor in phone hackings

With new phone hacking allegations against News of the World employees coming to light, questions over who is susceptible to voicemail hackings and what is being done to prevent future attacks are becoming increasingly important.

According to Sahba Kazerooni, the director of professional services at Security Compass, an information security firm, hackers are taking advantage of weak forgotten password questions.

Ericsson M2M Roundtable Unveiled: Mobile operators agree on stronger role

Broad consensus for the M2M sector was reached concerning the role of mobile network operators (MNO’s), standard definitions, subscription portability, and the desirability of open standards at a meeting that included some of the most influential MNO’s in M2M – as well as Ericsson, Intel, and IBM. The meeting was organized by Ericsson and held behind closed doors at the CTIA show in Orlando, Fla., (USA) in March, and the M2M Zone’s Newsdesk has gained exclusive first access to notes of the discussion.

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