NASA announces telehealth experiment

NASA last Friday announced an experiment titled “Advanced Diagnositic Ultrasound in Microgravity,” which involves crewmembers onboard a space shuttle conducting ultrasound exams on one another as they are instructed from a radiologist on the ground.

According to the announcement, “Crews traveling beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) need the telemedicine strategies this experiment investigates, should injury or illness occur in space. There are also widespread Earth applications for emergencies and rural care situations.”

M2M's Integral Role in Enterprise Efficiency Presentations

M2M Zone Conference at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 10:15am
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:30pm

San Diego Convention Center Room 29BC

FREE to all registered CTIA attendees

Moderator: Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO and Founder, Beecham Research

Our experts will provide a look into the innovations they have developed, as well as what the future holds. Sessions will include developer case studies as well as a workshop providing instructional lessons or methods for achieving device certification.

Google abandons smart grid project

Last week Google Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) decided to discontinue its smart grid project due to lack of users. Google PowerMeter, a free energy monitoring tool, was launched by Google in 2009 by its philanthropic arm, Google.org.

On the Google PowerMeter website, all existing users are asked to export their data by September 16, 2011.

The smart grid project allowed customers to view their home’s energy consumption from an online service center. According to Google, having access to smart meter information helps consumers reduce their energy use by up to 15%.

39 million security apps to be connected to European cellular networks by 2015

According to a new research report from analyst firm Berg Insight (Gothenburg, Sweden), shipments of wireless M2M modules for security applications in Europe are forecasted to grow from 2.4 million in 2010 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55 % to reach 21.4 million in 2015. At the same time, the number of tracking devices and wireless alarm systems monitored from an alarm receiving center will grow from 7.0 million in 2010 at a CAGR of 41 % to reach 39.2 million by the end of 2015, according to Berg.

New report shows slower satellite growth in 2010

The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) last Monday released its 2011 State of the Satellite Industry Report, showing a 5% growth in overall world satellite industry revenues in 2010. Global 2010 revenues for the satellite industry totaled $168.1 billion, for an 11.2 % average annual industry growth rate over the past 5 years.

More than 80 satellite companies, both SIA members and non-members, were surveyed to assess the performance of four satellite industry sectors: satellite services, satellite manufacturing, launch, and ground equipment.

TomTom cut its 2011 outlook again, claims weak market

Reuters

TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Dutch technology company known for personal navigation devices (PNDs) used by car and truck drivers, cut its 2011 outlook for the second time on Monday citing weak electronics markets.

TomTom, which competes in the PND market with Garmin (Olathe, Kan.) and in the commercial digital map market with Google (Mountain View, Calif.) and Navteq (Chicago, Ill.) has been struggling to cope in an ever-tougher market.

Ford to expand in-vehicle smartphone connectivity

Reuters

Ford Motor Co (Dearborn, Mich.) will expand the use of its on-board smartphone applications for the 2012 model year, the automaker said last Tuesday at Forward with Ford, a safety and technology show.

Mark Fields, president of Ford Operations in North and South America, said a recent study showed that smartphones will eventually overtake feature phones in the United States, and that two-thirds of smartphone users want to use them in their vehicles.

Smart Homes 2011

Event: 
Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
End Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Returning for 2011, Smart Homes 2011 provides the perfect setting delivering discussion and collaboration between utilities, telco's, appliance manufacturers and solution providers and place a variety of useful resources for planning, deploying and refining your smart home strategy right at your fingertips.

http://www.smarthomes2011.com

Metering Billing/CRM 2011

Event: 
Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
End Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Already in its 13th year, the Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2011 conference and exhibition is THE industry leading meeting place for smart utility professionals and your platform to discuss the latest developments, solutions and benchmarks in the utility industry.

Free Registration available at:
https://www.synergyregistrations.com/registrations/meteringeurope/2011/m...

Hospital uses remote-controlled, robotic telemedicine system

A team of neonatologists at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles have published a research paper indicating that the use of a remote-controlled, robotic telemedicine system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is feasible and safe.

This study conducted considered 304 patient encounters on 46 premature and full-term newborns in a level IIIa NICU, the unit caring for the most critically ill infants. During each patient encounter, the infant was evaluated by both an onsite and an off-site neonatologist.

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