Telehealth on Medicare in Australia

Patients in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas around Australia will benefit from an increase in telehealth services with greater access to Medicare funded medical specialist video consultations available starting July 1, 2011.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said that under the Gillard Government’s A$620 million ($664 million) telehealth initiative, patients will be able to ‘see’ their specialist close to home without the time and expense of travelling to major cities.

Smart grid scorecard will help ensure utility plans deliver promised benefits

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) (New York, N.Y.) on Monday released a framework to critically evaluate how effective California public utilities' plans to upgrade the state's outdated electricity network into a digital smart grid will be at delivering environmental and consumer benefits. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) approved a roadmap last June based on the provisions of state law SB 17. It requires that utility smart grid investments help California meet its climate change, demand-side management and renewable energy goals.

Echelon expands its Control Operating System Software for the smart grid

Echelon (San Jose, Calif.), an open-standard energy control networking company, announced on Tuesday its Edge Control Node (ECN) is Verizon 3G certified. According to Echelon, certifying the ECN product through Verizon Wireless’ (Basking Ridge, N.J.) Open Development program ensures that utilities can use Verizon’s network as the backhaul for their smart grid systems.

Telit and SemaConnect collaborate in powering electric vehicles

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc. (Rome, Italy), announced Tuesday that its CC865-DUAL and GC864-QUAD V2 M2M modules will provide cellular capabilities for SemaConnect’s (Annapolis, Md.) ChargePro, a compact charging unit that can be installed into existing parking environments.

Charging stations are being deployed throughout the state of Maryland according to a SemaConnect spokesperson.

Vehicles as smart mobile devices

Building adaptive ecosystems of connected things

Any picture of a "true connected car system" that works seamlessly is, by definition, incomplete. Much as a computer can accommodate a programmer's chosen software language and development process, so connected vehicles must be designed to adapt to changing consumer desire and incorporate their content, applications and services. An initial challenge is to consider the connected vehicle as a platform for content and service delivery, rather than a branded expression of content or application determinism.

Verizon to show 4G LTE automotive solutions at the Telematics 2011 Conference

Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J.) on Monday announced that they will be showcasing 4G LTE Telematics technology in conjunction with several companies at the Telematics 2011 Conference on June 8-9 in Detroit.

According to Verizon Wireless, its 4G LTE network covers multiple components of Telematics, such as GPS systems, maintenance indicators, wireless Web access, hands-free connectivity and roadside assistance, along with other technologies and applications.

Verizon Wireless will be sharing the booth with the following collaborators:

Weather Telematics creates 40 Million weather points in its first year

Weather Telematics (Nepean, Ontario), a company that designs and integrates mobile sensing systems for vehicles, created 40 million weather points it its first year. Weather Telematics used mobile assets to carry sensors along major Interstates throughout the United States, pulling readings every ten seconds. This means that weather data is pulled, on average, every 300 meters or 10 seconds at 60 MPH.

KORE Wireless Group Inc. announces completion of acquisition of Mach Communications Pty Ltd

KORE Wireless Group Inc. (Alpharetta, GA), a wireless services group focused on the global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications market, Wednesday announced the acquisition of Mach Communications Pty Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia), a wireless M2M network provider. The identity of Mach Communications Pty Ltd will transition to KORE Wireless Asia-Pacific in ensuing weeks. The acquisition, which was completed following unanimous approval of all shareholders, is now complete.

HomePlug Powerline Alliance announces support from global German auto manufacturers for HomePlug Technology

At its event at COMPUTEX Taipei Wednesday, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced support from Germany’s major car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen – for its HomePlug Technology.

Ford showcases vehicle-to-vehicle communication using LTE network

Ford Friday demonstrated its latest advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle communications at the final CoCarX (Co-operative Cars Extended) research project presentation, further highlighting the viability of improving road safety and traffic management through the use of intelligent vehicles.

According to Monika Wagener, head of external affairs & communications for Ford, Ericsson and Vodafone have partnered with Ford on this car-to-car communication project.

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