Carmakers will need to ensure their vehicles can connect to mobile devices and the internet if they are to survive, Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday.
His comments came after Daimler's (Stuttgart, Germany) Mercedes-Benz said it would make cars compatible with new software developed by Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA), known as CarPlay.
Daimler will also be offering compatibility to Android-based devices, the company added.
The global market for mobile health services is expected to generate more than $49 billion in revenues by 2020, up from just $2 billion in 2012, according to a new study from Grand View Research.
The research indicates that monitoring will remain the dominant and fastest-growing market segment.
Monitoring generated revenues of $1.2 billion in 2012 and sales are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 49.7% between 2014 and 2020.
M2M player Gemalto has revealed it is providing wireless connectivity for a next-generation “smart health and wellness” hub developed by Vignet.
The hub works by consolidating information from medical sensors – using a cloud-based server that converts the data into “easy-to-understand insights”.
Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) is supplying 3G and 4G modules for the hub, allowing data to be sent over cellular networks so that healthcare providers can deliver remote care to patients.
Telehealth player AMC Health is ramping up its offerings with the launch of a new mobile platform and telehealth conferencing system, aimed at allowing healthcare providers to offer services to patients in the home.
The company has also announced an extension of its cloud strategy, designed to improve the patient experience.
Healthcare providers rate increased access to patient information and the ability to view data from a remote location as the top benefits of mobile health technology, according to a new survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics.
Funding limitations came top of the list of barriers to the use of mobile health, while many providers indicated they were at an early stage of adopting and implementing the technology.
Some 69% said they used a mobile device to view patient information, for instance, but just 36% used mobile technologies to collect data at the bedside.
Swiss telemedicine player Medgate is to launch a new mobile health service in partnership with telecoms incumbent Swisscom.
The Medgate (Basel, Switzerland) service provides users who download an app with access to medical care at anytime and from any location, offering round-the-clock access to doctors besides tools to assist with health management.
According to Medcare, the app will allow patients to contact their telemedical centre for advice and to send images of affected areas – in the case of skin and eye conditions – to experts for analysis.
Telehealth specialist AliveCor has expanded the availability of its electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis service into the UK and Ireland.
The service allows patients to share ECG recordings with UK-based cardiac physiologists and receive expert reviews via the use of AliveCor’s AliveECG app.
AliveCor (San Francisco, CA, USA) promises that recordings will be analyzed within 24 hours to provide users with a more complete picture of their heart health at any time.
Kore Telematics and B&B Electronics have unveiled a new M2M service that is aimed at allowing customers to develop fully connected industrial M2M applications more quickly and conveniently.
The networking player and MVNO have taken the wraps off an M2M-enabled cellular router that comes prepackaged with GSM or CDMA data connectivity options.
Branded Spectre, the router is being made available through a three-month promotional data plan from Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) and targeted at companies looking for industrial M2M monitoring and control applications.
Telit subsidiary ILS Technology is collaborating with SAP on integrating its M2M applications platform – branded deviceWISE M2M AEP – with HANA, the German software giant’s in-memory platform.
The development is aimed at opening up new opportunities in the area of big data and analytics, allowing companies to make improvements to the operations of their devices and machines.
M2M player Worldline has joined forces with Nokia’s HERE on the development of a new range of cloud-based M2M services for the connected-vehicle and connected-infrastructure markets.
The two companies are to develop fleet-management services allowing customers to track their operations in real-time, and improve their safety measures, through the use of real-time information and business analytics.
They are also teaming up on new connected-car services, including features that will facilitate parking, ease traffic congestion and improve driver safety.