iControl raises $50 Million to accelerate broadband management

iControl Networks (Palo Alto, Calif.), a broadband home management company, last Monday announced the close of over $50 million in Series D funding, bringing total investment in the company to more than $100 million.

iControl's Series D round was led by energy and clean tech investors. Other investors in this round of funding include Cisco, Comcast Ventures, Intel Capital, Charles River Ventures, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund, Rogers Communications and Tyco International, the parent company of ADT Security Services.

Survey: 75% of mobile operators to launch LTE networks

According to a study released on Monday by BroadSoft, Inc, VoIP communication provider, more than 42 % of global Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are currently deploying or trialing LTE, and an additional 34.2 % plan LTE network rollouts in the future. The survey, conducted by analyst firm MobileSQUARED on behalf of BroadSoft, identified strategies and perspectives of leading mobile operators worldwide about LTE, Unified Communications and Rich Communications Suite services in an all-IP environment.

Juniper provides Ethernet switching to large Chinese television company

Juniper Networks (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a networking systems provider, on Monday announced that Youku.com Inc, a Beijing-based Internet television company, has deployed a new Ethernet switching infrastructure running on Juniper’s operating system in its data center and Content Delivery Network.

Google abandons smart grid project

Last week Google Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) decided to discontinue its smart grid project due to lack of users. Google PowerMeter, a free energy monitoring tool, was launched by Google in 2009 by its philanthropic arm, Google.org.

On the Google PowerMeter website, all existing users are asked to export their data by September 16, 2011.

The smart grid project allowed customers to view their home’s energy consumption from an online service center. According to Google, having access to smart meter information helps consumers reduce their energy use by up to 15%.

39 million security apps to be connected to European cellular networks by 2015

According to a new research report from analyst firm Berg Insight (Gothenburg, Sweden), shipments of wireless M2M modules for security applications in Europe are forecasted to grow from 2.4 million in 2010 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55 % to reach 21.4 million in 2015. At the same time, the number of tracking devices and wireless alarm systems monitored from an alarm receiving center will grow from 7.0 million in 2010 at a CAGR of 41 % to reach 39.2 million by the end of 2015, according to Berg.

New report shows slower satellite growth in 2010

The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) last Monday released its 2011 State of the Satellite Industry Report, showing a 5% growth in overall world satellite industry revenues in 2010. Global 2010 revenues for the satellite industry totaled $168.1 billion, for an 11.2 % average annual industry growth rate over the past 5 years.

More than 80 satellite companies, both SIA members and non-members, were surveyed to assess the performance of four satellite industry sectors: satellite services, satellite manufacturing, launch, and ground equipment.

TomTom cut its 2011 outlook again, claims weak market

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TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Dutch technology company known for personal navigation devices (PNDs) used by car and truck drivers, cut its 2011 outlook for the second time on Monday citing weak electronics markets.

TomTom, which competes in the PND market with Garmin (Olathe, Kan.) and in the commercial digital map market with Google (Mountain View, Calif.) and Navteq (Chicago, Ill.) has been struggling to cope in an ever-tougher market.

Ford to expand in-vehicle smartphone connectivity

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Ford Motor Co (Dearborn, Mich.) will expand the use of its on-board smartphone applications for the 2012 model year, the automaker said last Tuesday at Forward with Ford, a safety and technology show.

Mark Fields, president of Ford Operations in North and South America, said a recent study showed that smartphones will eventually overtake feature phones in the United States, and that two-thirds of smartphone users want to use them in their vehicles.

3G in India projected to reach 50 million subscribers by 2012

Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland), a research firm, announced on Friday the addition of the “3G in India: Technology and Market Analysis” report to their offering. In the report it stated that by 2012, within three years of its launch, 3G services in India are projected to reach 50 million subscribers.

Hospital uses remote-controlled, robotic telemedicine system

A team of neonatologists at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles have published a research paper indicating that the use of a remote-controlled, robotic telemedicine system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is feasible and safe.

This study conducted considered 304 patient encounters on 46 premature and full-term newborns in a level IIIa NICU, the unit caring for the most critically ill infants. During each patient encounter, the infant was evaluated by both an onsite and an off-site neonatologist.

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