Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) last Monday announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Quantenna Communications (Fremont, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of Wi-Fi networking for home entertainment, including connected devices. Through the partnership, Telefonica looks to make a strategic equity investment in Quantenna, which will give it access to the latest Quantenna technology for the deployment of high performance video services to the home.
Telefonica will invest roughly $3 million in Quantenna, which brings the total investment up to $90 million to date, says Quantenna.
On Tuesday, Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a supplier of wireless modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, announced the launch of a high-speed automotive M2M module with a triple-diversity antenna design. According to Cinterion, the AH3 delivers communications across global 2G and 3G cellular networks for applications such as, onboard vehicle computing, internet access, fleet management as well as automatic eCall and emergency roadside assistance and integrated hands free calling.
Iridium Communications Inc. (McLean, Va., U.S.A.) on Tuesday reported financial results for the third quarter of 2011 and raised its outlook for 2011. Iridium reported third-quarter total revenue of $102.1 million, which consisted of $69.4 million of service revenue and $32.8 million of equipment, engineering and support revenue. Total revenue grew 8% versus the comparable period of 2010, while service revenue increased 11% from the year-ago period.
Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) last week announced they are collaborating to help application developers, product manufacturers, and machine-to-machine (M2M) service providers deploy new services. The two companies will co-market Sierra Wireless’ M2M Cloud Platform and Sierra Wireless will support Sprint modules pre-certified on its network.
U.S. smart metering company Sensus (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.) is exploring a potential sale of the company and has hired bankers to advise the company on a deal that could potentially cost up to $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said.
Privately held Sensus, which makes smart meters, software and communication systems for the electric, gas, and water industries, is preparing to launch a sale and is being advised by financial service company Credit Suisse (Zurich, Switzerland) on the process, these sources said.
The distribution arm of Italy's biggest utility, Enel (Rome, Italy), has started installing smart grids in Italy, part of its push to develop the technology needed to handle electricity flows from decentralized, fluctuating renewable power sources. Several thousand customers will take part in the $13.7 million pilot project in the southern region of Molise, Enel said in a statement.
The need to develop smart grid technology has been spurred by a rapid growth of renewable energy which is dependent on weather conditions and alternating of day and night.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and American Well (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a telehealth software company, on Friday announced an initiative to bring telehealth services to U.S. war veterans in their homes and workplaces. The initiative will use American Well's Online Care system to provide care for veterans, particularly those remotely located from VA medical centers, says American Well.
TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) on Tuesday launched a smartphone application designed to provide customers with information about their vehicle fleet. The smartphone application, WEBFLEET Mobile, includes a detailed map which provides a view of the current traffic situation using TomTom’s real-time traffic technology, the TomTom HD Traffic.
The technology allows customers to pinpoint the location of their fleet, obtain information on each vehicle's destination and estimated time of arrival, and gain trip data information such as mileage and timestamps, according to TomTom.
An estimated $590 million was spent on smart grid security technologies in 2010 and by 2016 that number is projected to surpass $2 billion, according to a report by ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.). However, despite this, cyber security challenges are nowhere close to being resolved, and the industry will continue to face a number of serious hurdles in the coming years, says Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.).
Once a largely overlooked sector of wireless, the machine-to-machine (M2M) market is fast becoming the darling of the wireless world, and a wide variety of new M2M applications are beginning to emerge.
In fact, a recent study from Pyramid Research (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.) titled, “The Machine-to-Machine Market: A high-growth opportunity for MNOs,” predicts that the volume of cellular M2M subscriptions will increase almost fourfold between 2010 and 2016, from 72 million to 282 million.