CeBIT 2014: M2M Zone roundup

M2M Zone exhibitors gathered at this week’s CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany unveiled details of some exciting new products and services, while others provided updates on their strategies for addressing the ever-expanding M2M opportunity. Below we provide summaries of the main announcements.

M2M Zone exhibitors gathered at this week’s CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany unveiled details of some exciting new products and services, while others provided updates on their strategies for addressing the ever-expanding M2M opportunity. Below we provide summaries of the main announcements.

Slovak antennae maker 2J is accelerating the pace of its activity in the 4G area, indicating it is preparing to launch a new range of LTE antennae with GPS capability. The company’s products are used across sectors including fleet management and maritime tracking but 2J (Badejov, Slovakia) believes there is also an opportunity to play a bigger role in catering to emergency-response services.

Matrix demonstrated the features of its recently released MTX gateway product at the CeBIT tradeshow. Matrix (Madrid, Spain) says the gateway includes a mix of different technologies supporting connectivity over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular connections and servers as a ‘concentrator’ for RF modules located in several different locations.

Wyless is preparing for a major push into the European region following its takeover of ASPIDER M2M (Woerden, Netherlands) and the recent appointment of Gilli Coston as Chief Strategy Officer. Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) believes the acquisition of ASPIDER will allow it to expand its footprint in continental Europe. Coston, meanwhile, brings valuable experience of working in the region from her time as head of Telefonica UK’s (Slough) M2M business, and will take charge of ensuring the merger with ASPIDER meets strategic objectives.

M2M platform player Device Insight has introduced a new feature that allows users to combine location data with operational information about mobile machines and vehicles. Promoting its services at the CeBIT tradeshow, Device Insight (Munich, Germany) said the modified CENTERSIGHT portal would allow customers to introduce new services like usage-based billing and usage-based insurance.

ASPIDER M2M is due to launch a multi-IMSI SIM that will allow multiple operators to use the same SIM, helping to overcome the challenge of rolling out international services. ASPIDER (Woerden, Netherlands) – which was recently acquired by US M2M player Wyless (Lawrence, MA) – also said it was planning to introduce a range of prepaid M2M services in April this year.

Eurotech subsidiary Dynatem has begun shipping a new high-performance module designed to operate in harsh environments, including extreme temperatures, The CPU-162-14 is ideal for industrial projects, says Eurotech (Udine, Italy), and can be direct mounted, providing extra resilience to vibrations, to satisfy the requirements of transportation applications.

Hungary’s Vemoco says it will launch its connected-cars service in April, allowing customers to monitor their driving habits and fuel consumption and notifying emergency services in the event of an accident. The hardware units that will fit inside vehicles will retail for €99 ($138) each, says Vemoco (Budapest, Hungary) and customers will be able to pay €5 a month for a basic package or €10 for one that includes call-center services as well.

Satellite operator Inmarsat flagged a tie-up with Hughes Network Systems on the development of a new terminal aimed at police forces and other government departments around the world. The terminal is being designed so it can be installed in a variety of outdoor settings and will support the streaming of real-time video, audio and data. It is also intended to be compatible with a wide range of surveillance hardware. Hughes (Germantown, MD, USA) said the collaboration would build on M2M work it has already carried out in partnership with Inmarsat (London, UK).