CeBIT 2014: Cameron to double UK funding for M2M

British prime minister David Cameron has announced a £45 million ($75 million) funding boost for the development of M2M technologies, including services aimed at reducing energy consumption, according to press reports.

Speaking at this week’s CeBIT IT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, Cameron is reported to have said the UK government will double public-sector funding for companies addressing opportunities in the fast-growing M2M sector.

EDMI wins smart-meter contract with UK's Arqiva

EDMI has signed a contract with the UK’s Arqiva to provide the communications hub that will be used to support the rollout of smart meters in Scotland and the north of England.

Under their smart-grid program, UK authorities are aiming to install 53 million meters in 30 homes and small businesses throughout Britain by 2020.

The contract win for EDMI (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) will see the technology player design, make and supply the communications hubs being used in the northern region.

Silver Spring to support connected street lighting in Florida

Silver Spring Networks has been chosen by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to support what it claims will be North America’s largest networked street-lighting deployment.

Under the deal, the company will connect some 75,000 street lights across south Florida using its wireless IPv6 mesh networking technology.

It will also provide management and control software for connecting and controlling street lights in the Miami-Dade Country region.

Itron, Tantalus secure smart-meter business in US Virgin Islands

Smart-grid players Itron and Tantalus have been selected to provide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in the US Virgin Islands as part of the territory’s rollout of more energy-efficient infrastructure.

According to a statement from the companies, the US Virgin Islands Water and Power authority (VIWAPA) has chosen a joint solution from Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) and Tantalus (Raleigh, NC, USA) for the AMI deployment.

Utility spending on grid monitoring to hit $50 billion by 2023: Navigant Research

Utility spending on asset management and grid monitoring technology is to hit almost $50 billion by 2023, according to a new study from Navigant Research.

The market-research company says that with the advent of the smart grid the inclusion of sensing and monitoring system is beginning to make “economic sense” for utilities, with the result that cumulative spending on these technologies will amount to $49.2 billion between 2014 and 2023.

Actility and Semtech team up on low-cost M2M radio technology

Actility and Semtech have teamed up on the launch of a new low-cost and long-range radio solution for M2M applications.

Branded ThingPark Wireless, the service is designed to help original equipment manufacturers and integrators to connect end points to the cloud for smart building, smart factory and smart city deployments.

The technology is based on radio transceivers developed by Semtech (Camarillo, CA, USA) and Actility’s (Lannion, France) wireless M2M gateway and includes and open cloud-based platform for application development.

Sierra Wireless completes $21 million takeover of In Motion

M2M player Sierra Wireless says it has completed its $21 million takeover of Canada’s In Motion Technology.

The deal was announced as recently as January and is aimed at bolstering the position of Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) in the transit and commercial fleet markets.

In Motion (New Westminster, Canada) provides so-called ‘rugged’ in-vehicle mobile routers that can be tightly integrated with security systems and management and application platforms.

Spireon forms fleet-management alliance with Sprint

Asset-tracking player Spireon has formed a strategic partnership with Sprint that will address opportunities in the fleet-management area.

The companies say they will collaborate on providing the Spireon (Irvine, CA, USA) FleetLocate-branded solution to fleet operators using the Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) network.

FleetLocate is designed to help fleet operators improve their productivity and operational efficiency through more effective management of assets.

Australia's Pivotel becomes Inmarsat distributor

Australia’s Pivotel Group has become a partner of Inmarsat for the distribution of satellite-based M2M services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the tie-up, Pivotel (Southport, Australia) will begin to offer Inmarsat’s (London, UK) L-band M2M services – including IsatData Pro and BGAN M2M – to its customers in the Asia-Pacific.

ThingWorx expands EMEA leadership in response to rising M2M demand

Application platform developer ThingWorx has expanded its leadership team in EMEA in response to what it describes as rising demand for Internet of Things services in the region.

The shake-up has seen the appointment of Thomas Svensson as senior vice president of EMEA, with Larry Terwey taking up the position of vice president.

Svensson will be responsible for driving the direct and indirect sales channel strategies and overall business development, with Terwey to support him in these efforts.

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