Nokia and Microsoft announce broad strategic partnership

Will take on Apple and Google

Nokia (Espoo, Finland) will join with Microsoft (Redmond, WA, USA) to challenge Apple and Google's grip on the smartphone market in a bold move by the Finnish manufacturer.

Nokia will use Windows Phone as its software platform for all forthcoming smartphones as part of a sweeping overhaul announced by CEO Stephen Elop.

South Korea's KT launches nationwide WiMax network

Series of smartphones to be announced

Reuters

KT, South Korea's No.2 mobile operator, said on Wednesday that it had rolled out a nationwide high-speed WiMax service to help meet surging data demand from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The move comes as KT, which is also the country' top fixed-line carrier, seeks to further sharpen its competitive edge to counter threats from bigger rival SK Telecom, which will join KT in offering Apple Inc.'s iPhone.

CeBIT 2011: Connected Living exhibits smart home technologies

Smart living for any lifestyle

Connected Living, an association of 40 smart service manufacturers and service providers, is exhibiting a mock smart home at this year's CeBIT. The "house" is divided into three rooms: one for the whole family, one for just kids, and one for those who are maritally single.

Royal Academy of Engineering report warns of GPS over-reliance

Claims UK could be dismantled by cyber-terrorism

Society may already be dangerously over-reliant on satellite radio navigation systems like GPS, the Royal Academy of Engineering (London) warns in a report published today. The range of applications using the technology is now so broad that, without adequate independent backup, signal failure or interference could potentially affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy.

IDC Energy Insights projects smart meter growth of 13% to 2015

Launches new analysis and tracking tool

IDC Energy Insights

IDC Energy Insights (Framingham, MA, USA) released a new analysis tool today called the "Worldwide Quarterly Smart Meter Tracker," which is forecasting worldwide growth of 13% in smart meter unit shipments by 2015, with a total of over 460 million meters shipped through the forecast period.

Ambient Energy Harvesting may power M2M devices

New research from ABI

ABI Research

"Energy harvesting" is the capture of ambient energy, its conversion into a usable form, and its storage for immediate or future use. The types of ambient power that can be harvested include light, heat, motion, vibration, and RF. According to the latest ABI Research report, this type of energy is viable for M2M applications.

Examples of energy harvesting that have been around for decades include solar-powered calculators, wristwatches powered by body motion, and bicycle lights powered by a generator or dynamo run by friction with the wheel.

Korea Electric Power Corp. to build smart grid

$1.8 billion investment by 2015

Korea Electric Power Corp. (Seoul), South Korea's number 1 electricity producer, has announced it plans to invest $1.8 billion (2 trillion won) over the next five years in a smart grid. The project is part of a larger government initiative to reduce carbon emission. The South Korean government has previously mentioned that state and private spending on smart grid infrastructure could reach nearly $21 billion by 2030.

Vodafone announces two new M2M relationships

Signs agreements with Hyundai and Bosch Group

Hyundai Motor Group (Seoul, South Korea) has signed an agreement with Vodafone Global Enterprise, the business within Vodafone (London) which manages the communications needs of its largest customers, to explore business opportunities in telematics services in Europe. The initial agreement, which was signed last week, is designed to boost Hyundai’s competitiveness in vehicle IT systems and reach out to a wider customer base in Europe.

Honeywell to implement smart grid pilot project in China

Country's first efforts to manage building energy use

Honeywell (Morristown, NJ, USA) has announced it will develop and implement China's first smart grid pilot project and feasibility study for managing energy use in commercial buildings. The project is part of a grant agreement signed today between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and State Grid Electric Power Research Institute, sponsor of the project and a subsidiary of State Grid Corp. of China.

CeBIT 2011: Pacific Controls CEO details M2M activity in Dubai

Smart city is far ahead of most

Dilip Rahulan, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Controls (Dubai, UAE), offered a number of key insights during an M2M Zone panel discussion yesterday at CeBIT. The company's home territory is a leader in the uptake of machine-to-machine connectivity.

Already, Pacific Controls has connected a whopping 60,000 buildings with M2M services, at an explosive rate of 120 buildings per day, according to Mr. Rahulan. He believes the overall infrastructure boom in Dubai is largely to thank for the echo-boom in M2M. As a result, projections for 2015 uptake have already been exceeded today.

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