California school district uses GPS tracking to combat truancy

Controversial technique attracts national attention

Frustrated school officials have turned to GPS tracking in an attempt to curb truancy, as reported in a local California, USA newspaper. The six week pilot program is aimed at habitually truant seventh- and eighth-grade students with four or more unexcused absences.

CINTERION introduces the world's smallest LGA module

The BGS2 is ideal for personal tracking, medical applications

CINTERION (Munich, Germany) today introduced BGS2, the world’s smallest LGA (Land Grid Array) module for M2M solutions requiring voice and high speed GPRS data. Designed for high volume production, this ultra compact module is ideal for small M2M devices like personal tracking units and portable medical devices.

Smart Grid interoperability standard nears voting phase

IEEE Working Group aims for ballot-ready draft by March

IEEE has announced that IEEE P2030, a proposed standard for smart grid communications, is nearing sponsor ballot within IEEE, a major milestone toward ratification as a standard. Work will continue at the IEEE P2030 Working Group meeting, today and tomorrow in New Orleans, LA, USA.

IEEE P2030 is being developed for use by the power engineering, communications and information technology industries worldwide as a foundational, system-of-systems guide for Smart Grid interoperability. IEEE is the first standards development organization to address Smart Grid interoperability.

Printed and chipless RFID research predicts huge growth by 2019

Printed ID tags will cost less than one cent

IDTechEx (Cambridge, MA, USA), an M2M-sector analyst firm, has released their "Printed and Chipless RFID Forecasts, Technologies & Players 2011-2021" report, which predicts a spike in this market to $3.93 billion by 2019.

Sprint partners with IDEAL LIFE Inc. for wireless telehealth

Companies will develop devices for use on Sprint's network

Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) is partnering with IDEAL LIFE Inc. (Toronto, Canada) to expand IDEAL LIFE's product portfolio to include embedded wireless devices. The companies will develop, certify and co-market a version of the IDEAL LIFE hub to transmit health data over the Sprint network.

Numerex and Cinterion to collaborate, expand M2M activities in North America

Distribution agreement could result in bundled products

Numerex Corp (Atlanta, GA, USA), a provider of machine-to-machine products and services, today announced that it will collaborate with Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a specialist in cellular machine-to-machine communication modules to distribute and integrate Cinterion modules.

Both companies are influential in their respective fields. Numerex is the first M2M service provider in North America to be ISO 27001 certified for information security. Cinterion was acquired by Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) in June 2010.

Sierra introduces platform improvements at MWC

AirPrime now supports third-party library, debugger, and remote management

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week, Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) is exhibiting several new features of its platform for embedded machine-to-machine application development, including a new third-party library, an integrated debugger, and a new user interface for remote device management.

Sierra "AirPrime" modules are designed to support a complete embedded application framework for M2M application development. Remote management is also supported thanks to AirPrime Management Services, a set of device management capabilities.

Vodafone and Intel partner for new M2M development kit

Designed around Atom-based architecture

Vodafone (London) and Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) will co-develop a new kit that will allow companies to embed M2M functionality into products. The kit will be built around Intel's "Atom" class processor, and supported by service from Vodafone's network.

Target applications include smart meters, connected vehicles, or even entire smart buildings, according to a joint statement.

The news arrives only a day after Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom announced a cross-border cooperative M2M initiative.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom cooperate for M2M

Cross-border services to be a primary focus

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris) will explore the potential of cooperation in a number of technology fields, including machine-to-machine communication, the companies announced in a joint press release this morning. Other areas of interest include radio access network sharing in Europe, WiFi roaming QoS, and equipment standardization.

KT to become top owner of BC Card, bets on mobile payment

Board approves purchase of 33.85% stake

Reuters

KT Corp, South Korea's No.2 mobile carrier, said on Thursday that it plans to become the top shareholder of credit card processing firm BC Card, betting on mobile payment services to generate new revenue.

KT (Seoul) said in a statement that its board had approved its planned purchase of a combined 33.85 percent stake in BC Card from Woori Bank and Shinhan Card.

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