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Several prominent vendors in the M2M industry have reported quarterly earnings during April and May. M2M earnings were mostly up for the first quarter of 2011 for vendors mentioned in this roundup, although Sierra Wireless reported a loss which the company's President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, called a "short-term situation" in a press release.
Sprint today announced that it is teaming with Trimble, a provider of location-based technology solutions, to provide U.S. government agencies a broad range of fleet management capabilities and solutions as part of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
The BPA will be administered by GSA Fleet, which provides fleet management services to more than 75 participating federal agencies. With more than 217,000 vehicles, GSA Fleet manages one of the largest non-tactical federal fleets in the U.S. government.
Verizon Wireless and USA Technologies, Inc. announced in April a collaboration that further accelerates the adoption of wireless cash payment services and machine-to-machine applications via USA Technologies' patented ePort Connect Service. USA Technologies solution will now include the Verizon Wireless network for connectivity that enables wireless point-of-sale payments at vending machines via credit and debit cards.
ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has agreed to acquire Mincom to broaden its software portfolio and establish the Group as a market leader in enterprise asset management (EAM) software and services.
ABB is acquiring the Brisbane, Australia-based company from Francisco Partners, a private equity group that invests in technology businesses, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Increased industry interest in mobile payments has resulted in membership numbers continuing to rise at Mobey Forum. The not-for-profit global leader in defining a sustainable and prosperous mobile financial services ecosystem has welcomed six new members since the beginning of the year.
Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.
The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made a statement in support of telemedicine by streamlining the credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers delivering services to Medicare hospitals. By simplifying how hospitals and non-hospital providers privilege doctors who remotely treat patients, CMS has lowered the administrative burden of delivering telehealth and telemedicine services.
M2M specialist Telit Wireless Solutions last week announced the release of the GE864-GPS. The new quad band module is the smallest, and most efficient GSM/GPRS M2M module on the market with embedded GPS receiver in a compact BGA form factor, according to Telit's press release. The combined solution is especially suited for highly integrated positioning solutions in automotive, tracking or security applications requiring 2G network connectivity in a very small footprint.
Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications solutions provider Multi-Tech Systems today announced a partnership with Sprint to offer a 90 day data plan with its Cellular Development Platform (CDP), an all-in-one hardware and OpenEmbedded Linux development environment. This is intended to simplify the development process while significantly reducing costs and time to market. For a limited time, the Sprint models of the Multi-Tech CDP Developer Kits are available for $299 and include 90 days of Sprint network access.