CeBIT's M2M presence, interview with Frank Poerschmann

Tools for show-goers and a visitor breakdown by industry

The M2M sector is showing explosive growth this year, often pegged at a compound annual growth rate of over 20%. Our own M2M Zone Pavilion has more than doubled for this year's CeBIT, making it--in some ways--the largest M2M event in all of Europe. With that in mind, we spoke with Frank Poerschmann, Global Head of CeBIT, for his take on M2M's role at the show.

M2M Zone Pavilion round-up

The most important names in M2M

The CeBIT 2001 M2M Zone Pavilion, located at the center of Telematics Hall 7, has more than doubled in size since last year's show, reflecting the already strong growth of this potentially explosive industry. With 14 of the most influential M2M names exhibiting, the M2M Zone is home to the manufacturers and service providers of the latest and most advanced machine-to-machine technology in existence.

Intelligent Transport Systems CEO's predictions for CeBIT 2011

Norbert Handke reveals plans, expectations for the show

M2M applications that take advantage of LTE networks will dominate this year's CeBIT, said Norbert Handke, CEO of ITS Network Germany (Brussels, Belgium), in an exclusive interview earlier this month. Dr. Handke also let slip a few products and services that his company, Intelligent Communications Systems, will be exhibiting during the week.

LightSquared secures $586 million debt loan

UBS AG and JP Morgan will assist the network wholesaler

LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA), a wholesale-only wireless broadband and satellite network provider, has closed on $586 million of debt, led by UBS AG and JP Morgan. LightSquared will use the proceeds of the financing for general corporate purposes, which include constructing its 4G-LTE network. Over the last seven months, the financially troubled company has raised more than $2 billion in debt and equity.

Spotlight on Canada

Cooperation necessary in this tricky market

Just north of the US border lies the second largest country on earth. Canada’s population of 34 million is just over one tenth of the US population. In many ways, Canada is quite similar to the US. However, the mobile environment is quite different.

Canadians are still in the middle of the pack when it comes to mobile penetration. While the country was an early adopter of mobile technology, inexpensive land line phone services kept the growth of mobile at relatively modest levels throughout the 1990s. As of June 2010, Canadian wireless subscribers numbered 23.4 million.

Telecom Argentina posts 28% profit

Mobile phone and broadband drives spike

Telecom Argentina (Buenos Aires), one of Argentina's top telephone companies, said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter net profit jumped 28 percent as the company's mobile phone and broadband sales expanded.

The company -- controlled by Telecom Italia -- reported a net profit of 512 million pesos ($124.7 million) for the last quarter of 2010, up from 399 million pesos a year earlier, according to a statement sent to the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.

The figure came in a shade above the median forecast for a net profit of 500 million pesos, given in a Reuters poll of four analysts.

HP announces four telehealth strategic partnerships

Robust healthcare suite to appear on some forthcoming mobile workstations

HP (Palo Alto, CA, USA) introduced four new telehealth partnerships on Sunday at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference. "LifeBot," provider of a mobile telemedicine solution, "Canvys," a medical display company, "Medweb," a cloud-hosted image and data repository, and "Parental Health," a senior monitoring company.

California school district uses GPS tracking to combat truancy

Controversial technique attracts national attention

Frustrated school officials have turned to GPS tracking in an attempt to curb truancy, as reported in a local California, USA newspaper. The six week pilot program is aimed at habitually truant seventh- and eighth-grade students with four or more unexcused absences.

CINTERION introduces the world's smallest LGA module

The BGS2 is ideal for personal tracking, medical applications

CINTERION (Munich, Germany) today introduced BGS2, the world’s smallest LGA (Land Grid Array) module for M2M solutions requiring voice and high speed GPRS data. Designed for high volume production, this ultra compact module is ideal for small M2M devices like personal tracking units and portable medical devices.

Smart Grid interoperability standard nears voting phase

IEEE Working Group aims for ballot-ready draft by March

IEEE has announced that IEEE P2030, a proposed standard for smart grid communications, is nearing sponsor ballot within IEEE, a major milestone toward ratification as a standard. Work will continue at the IEEE P2030 Working Group meeting, today and tomorrow in New Orleans, LA, USA.

IEEE P2030 is being developed for use by the power engineering, communications and information technology industries worldwide as a foundational, system-of-systems guide for Smart Grid interoperability. IEEE is the first standards development organization to address Smart Grid interoperability.

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