Sierra Wireless, Tech Mahindra to provide end-to-end M2M

M2M player Sierra Wireless has teamed up with India’s Tech Mahindra to provide what they claim will be a fully managed service for M2M customers in the energy, transportation, industrial and healthcare sectors.

The partnership will make use of Sierra’s (Richmond, Canada) device-to-cloud offerings as well as Tech Mahindra’s system integration and application development expertise.

Exclusive: Google sets roadblocks to stop distracted driver legislation

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Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology.

Some eight U.S. states are considering regulation of Google Glass, a tiny computer screen mounted in the corner of an eyeglass frame. Law enforcement and other groups are concerned that drivers wearing the devices will pay more attention to their email than the road, causing serious accidents.

Deutsche Telekom launches cloud-based M2M service for machinery operators

Deutsche Telekom is launching a new cloud-based service allowing companies to manage and monitor M2M devices with greater ease.

The service appears aimed primarily at helping machinery operators to track the performance of their equipment – allowing sensor data to be processed using ERP or other systems.

Kore to provide M2M connectivity for AirIQ

Asset-tracking player AirIQ is to use M2M connectivity services from Kore Telematics to support services for customers in North America and Europe.

The agreement allows AirIQ – whose customers include commercial fleets and vehicle dealers targeting the consumer market – to offer customers access to GSM-, GPRS- and CDMA-based network services.

Raco, Inmarsat partner on fleet management

M2M player Raco Wireless is to distribute fleet-management services from satellite operator Inmarsat in the Latin American market.

The MVNO has announced that it will support Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro fleet-management services, allowing customers to benefit from both satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

Raco Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) says it will integrate the service into its Omega Management Suite (OMS) – a cloud-based dashboard that includes tools for device management.

DCN, Oberthur team up on remote monitoring

M2M player Device Cloud Networks (DCN) is partnering with Oberthur Technologies (OT) to support the remote-monitoring services it provides to OEMs and enterprise customers.

DCN (Rockville, MD, USA) will introduce OT’s (Paris, France) M-Connect service into its offering, allowing it to securely manage device connections on its M2M network.

Once integrated with its M2M service, M-Connect will help DCN to support customers including carmakers and smart meter manufacturers, which use DCN’s services to help them manage their manufacturing and distribution processes.

Telematics-equipped service vehicles to number 25 million by 2019: ABI Research

The number of service vehicles equipped with telematics technology will rise to 25 million globally by the end of 2019, representing a penetration rate of 30%, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company says take-up is being driven by regulatory and service compliance demands and as companies look to preserve their shrinking profit margins.

Lockheed Martin introduces tracking for munitions, sensitive assets

Lockheed Martin has introduced a wireless automatic identity technology allowing its customers to track munitions and other assets in harsh and sensitive environments.

The technology – developed in collaboration with Visible Assets – uses magnetic fields to track assets in locations that are unsuitable for traditional radio frequency technologies.

Samsung debuts wearables and latest Galaxy smartphone

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Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smartwatch and fitness band along with the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.

The world's biggest smartphone maker set a trend less than six months ago for wearable devices that link to mobile handsets with its Galaxy Gear watch, which has seen rivals like Sony (Tokyo, Japan) and Huawei (Shenzhen, China) follow in its wake.

Qualcomm Life announces new mobile health partners

Qualcomm’s mobile health subsidiary Qualcomm Life has unveiled details of new technology partners as it looks to develop an ecosystem for the emerging mobile health market.

Mobile health players Medixine (Espoo, Finland), Next Step Citizen (Esbjerg, Denmark) and PARI (Starnberg, Germany) have all joined its 2net platform, aimed at broadening the availability of mobile health services.

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