Smart metering industry group praises commission's smart grid statement, but says action must follow words

The European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG), representing the leading companies in the area of smart metering, welcomed the European Commission's Communication on Smart Grids, but says that efforts in the area of smart grids have to be expedited if the EU is going to meet its 20-20-20 goals.

Microsoft and Toyota announce strategic telematics partnership

Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. last week announced that they have forged a strategic partnership and plan to build a global platform for TMC's next-generation telematics services using the Windows Azure platform. Telematics is the fusing of telecommunications and information technologies in vehicles; it can encompass GPS systems, energy management and other multimedia technologies.

Cybit and Masternaut merge, create unified European telematics company

Cybit and Masternaut, both European telematics companies providing vehicle tracking, fleet and driver management solutions, Monday announced that they have combined to form a single, pan-European telematics company. The new organization, which retains the Masternaut name, will have more than 500 employees supporting a 10,000-strong customer base across 32 countries.

Mobile donations and the mGive Foundation: One-on-one with Jenifer Snyder

Jenifer Snyder

Mobile donations, also known as text giving, are a growing piece of the mobile payments ecosystem, according to Jenifer Snyder of the mGive Foundation. The mGive Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established to make it easy for non‐profits to quickly execute effective mobile giving campaigns and for mobile operators to support them. The foundation has partnered with more than 60 of the nation’s leading mobile carriers and has supported more than 7,000 mobile giving campaigns for more than 500 nonprofit clients and processes around 85 percent of all mobile donations made today.

TELUS to deploy Canadian 4G+ wireless LTE

Canadian telecom TELUS plans to launch its next generation, Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in early 2012, the company announced Wednesday. LTE technology supports manufacturers' rated peak download speeds of up to 150 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps. This initiative is made possible by the launch in 2009 of Canada's coast-to-coast HSPA+ wireless network, which today covers more than 95 per cent of the Canadian population.

Telehealth, collaboration, supported by worldwide health care leaders, says Cisco survey

Telehealth and collaboration technology could transform health care delivery, say senior health care leaders from around the world, according to a survey conducted by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Research & Economics Practice and Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) released Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C.

Sprint to provide wireline/wireless voice and data services to health care purchasing network

Sprint Wednesday announced that VHA, an Irving, Texas-based health care purchasing network, has agreed to a three-year contract extension with Sprint worth an estimated $1.2 billion. Sprint, a primary telecom carrier to VHA since 1997, will continue to provide wireless services -- including solutions and handsets -- as well as wireline and data capabilities to VHA and Provista members.

USDA announces rural electric smart grid funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that 10 rural electric cooperatives and utilities have been awarded funding to build or expand transmission and distribution lines and provide smart grid technology to benefit nearly 20,000 rural consumers, according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Google may gobble up Nortel patent portfolio for $900 million

Nortel Networks Corporation announced Monday that it and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into a stalking horse (the starting point against which others will bid prior to the auction) asset sale agreement with Google Inc. for the sale of all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications for a cash purchase price of US $900 million.

Cisco chief vows to restore 'flawed' company

Reuters

Cisco Systems Inc. chief John Chambers, in a remarkably candid memo to employees, admitted the one-time technology bellwether and Wall Street darling has lost its way and will need to change to restore its credibility.

Chambers, one of Silicon Valley's most respected corporate chieftains, confessed in an internal email that the networking giant had been slow to make decisions, fallen down on execution and lacked discipline in an aggressive expansion.

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