Green Charge Networks launches smart energy storage device

Green Charge Networks (New York), a smart grid engineering company, on Monday announced the launch of an energy storage and management device that stores energy locally during periods of low use, and augments grid power with stored energy during peak demand.

ATA calls FCC effort in Rural Healthcare 'disturbing'

Last week the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) submitted a letter to Julius Genachowski, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regarding the “poor administration of the Rural Healthcare program.”

The Rural Health Care Program is designed to provide discounts to eligible rural healthcare providers for telecommunication services and monthly internet service charges. It also aims to deploy telehealth services where immediate health services are not readily available.

Quake Global, BIGmate announce telematic modem for asset tracking

Quake Global, Inc. (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of M2M communicators for asset tracking, and BIGmate Monitoring Services Pty Ltd (West Mackay, Australia), a provider of telematics software, have announced their partnership to bring BIGmate’s telematics application to Quake’s new line of M2M satellite and dual mode modems.

Designed for fixed and mobile use, the Q4000 and Q-Pro modems aim to provide global M2M communications with land, marine or aviation based assets and equipment such as heavy machinery, fleets, ships and containers.

Taoglas launches LTE SMT antenna with 70% efficiency

Taoglas Limited (Wexford, Ireland), an M2M antenna provider, on Thursday launched an LTE, septa-band, surface mount antenna (SMT), which is said to deliver 70 % more efficiency in a design that is smaller than current market wide-band antennas.

According to Taoglas, this PA.700.A Viking antenna covers all worldwide cellular bands from 700 MHz to 960 MHz and 1710 MHz to 2170 MHz for GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, DCS, PCS, UMTS, HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE and LTE. The PA.700.A Viking is an off-the-shelf LTE antenna that can be used with any M2M product manufacturer for 4G/3G/2G capabilities in small devices.

Subsea power grids to help oil and gas companies

As the demand for oil and gas rises, resources for on land drilling are depleting. As a result, many oil and gas companies have moved to offshore drilling fields, and with that move comes its own set of problems, including enormous hydrostatic pressure and the costly and dangerous recovering of oil and gas from the bottom of the ocean to land.

Nokia Siemens Networks promotes GSM for M2M applications

Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland), a telecommunications equipment provider, on Friday announced that it would promote GSM for its M2M applications.

“It’s not a promotion of GSM at the expense of another technology,” said Johanna Harjula, a Nokia Siemens Networks spokesperson. “GSM is the dominant carrier of M2M applications and is expected to remain as such for quite some time.”

According to Harjula, Nokia Siemens Networks expects GSM subscriptions supporting M2M applications to reach 1 billion by 2015.

Telit Communications acquires GlobalConect for $2.9 million

Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a vendor of M2M technology, on Thursday announced that it has completed the acquisition of GlobalConect Ltd, a provider of cellular connectivity for M2M applications, for $2.9 million.

According to Telit, the acquisition will allow it to offer its customers wireless connectivity for its M2M produces. Dan Amir, CEO and founder of GlobalConect, is joining Telit to lead the Company's connectivity activities.

Ford uses live operator assistance for SYNC services

Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Mich., U.S.A) on Monday announced that it has chosen MyAssist (Stevens Point, Wis.), a company providing live-agent personal assistant for telematics services, to provide a live operator for its SYNC services registered users.

The new service, called Operator Assist, uses voice commands to connect customers to a live person who can answer questions, send directions directly to the vehicle and access information databases to help drivers get where they are going, according to MyAssist.

TeliaSonera joins Orange-Deutsche Telekom M2M alliance

TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden), a mobile network operator, has signed an M2M agreement with France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany). The agreement, which initially was signed by France Telecom-Orange and Deutsche Telekom in February 2011 to cover France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, has since then added the Netherlands (Deutsche Telekom) and most recently the UK. The M2M service will now extend to cover TeliaSonera’s geographical reach, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania.

Report: utility security a concern among U.S. smart grid

IDC Energy Insights (Framingham, Mass., U.S.A.), a market research firm, announced on Tuesday a new report analysis of the security initiatives among North American utility companies. According to the report, of the 150 U.S. utility companies surveyed, 75% deemed security investments to be of the highest importance, while 38% depicted security to be one of the top IT initiatives this year.

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