Northeast Group, LLC (Washington, D.C.), a research and consulting firm, on Tuesday released its South America Smart Grid Market Forecast (2011-2020) which projects the smart meter market alone will reach 104.5 million meters and $25.1 billion by 2020.
Other smart grid technologies – including distribution automation – will also grow quickly in the region. According to Northeast Group, Brazil will be first to begin large-scale deployments. Chile and Argentina will be next to follow, with other countries set to launch deployments in the latter half of the decade.
On Tuesday it was announced that the New Zealand Telehealth Forum has been established to promote the use of telehealth in healthcare delivery and is timed to maximize the benefits of the Government’s broadband program.
The National Health IT Board has funded the establishment of the Forum. Members of board include practicing clinicians, senior DHB managers, researchers and consumer representatives. The CEOs of the Health IT Cluster and TUANZ (representing health ICT suppliers and telecommunications users) are also on the Forum Board.
inthinc Technology Solutions Inc.(Salt Lake City, Utah), a telematics company centered on fleet management, and Southwestern Nevada LLC (Mansfield, Texas), an oil transportation company, have recently worked together to disprove driver negligence in a string of rollover accidents. Using crash reconstruction technology capabilities included in the inthinc tiwiPro(TM) driver safety technology, Southwestern Nevada LLC avoided an insurance termination.
To increase awareness on smart meters on Monday it was announced that a new industry group, the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA), has been formed.
Smart-Meter makers, Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr and Sensus are the founding members and representatives from each company reside on the board, with a rotation in the presidency. According to SMMAA, meters from these manufacturers represent nearly 100 % of the installed base of electric meters currently deployed in the United States and Canada, and 35 million of which are considered “smart.”
Sprint (Overland Park, Kan.) on Tuesday announced the launch of Sprint Command Center, a centralized, self-service portal that controls M2M devices and services, as well as allows businesses to control provisioning, billing, management and application development of their own M2M devices.
Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden), an M2M service provider, on Tuesday announced the expansion of its business development team in Japan and Malaysia.
The Tokyo office established in 2010 is now expanded with a local team. Kentaro Ohshida has been appointed Account Liaison Director and contact point for the Japan office. Ohshida worked with a major Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer for almost a decade.
Option (Leuven, Belgium), a wireless technology company, on Tuesday announced the data certification of its wireless embedded modules by AT&T (Dallas, Texas). These embedded modules are designed for a variety of mobile devices including tablets, consumer electronic devices, netbooks, routers and notebooks; and fit a range of high bandwidth M2M applications such as digital signage, automotive and security cameras.
Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), announced on Wednesday the debut of the DE910-DUAL module, designed to let M2M developers use 3G CDMA networks for applications such as consumer electronics, mobile health devices, as well as telematics and mobile computing.
The explosion in developments in the Asian telecom landscape has resulted in huge developments in mobile broadband and LTE with analysts predicting M2M mobile connections worldwide will grow to 3.1% by 2014 and revenues from embedded mobile and M2M device revenues predicted to rise to almost $19 billion globally.
RACO Wireless (Cincinnati, Ohio), a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, announced on Wednesday that it will provide the M2M backbone for Securus Inc. (Cary, N.C.), a provider of GPS-based products and services, as well as provide an M2M service package for vertical market applications to Direct Communication Solutions (DCS) (Coral Spring, Fla.), a distributor of embedded modules for M2M developers.