OpenADR, WI-SUN Alliances partner to support interoperability

The OpenADR Alliance and the WI-SUN Alliance have announced a partnership designed to speed up the rollout of energy-efficient program offerings.

The two standards bodies say they will work together on enabling interoperability between smart utility networks and utility demand response systems based on the OpenADR specification.

Silicon Labs launches SoC for smart energy, home automation

Semiconductor maker Silicon Labs has launched a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) family to meet the needs of more advanced smart energy and home automation products.

The company’s ARM-based EM358X SoC family provides additional flash and RAM memory options, while also offering USB connectivity and a local-storage bootloader aimed at helping developers to reduce bill of material costs and system complexity.

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX, USA) also said the SoC family was ideal as a mesh networking platform for “feature-rich, next-generation ZigBee applications.

HCC Embedded launches new smart-meter file system

Middleware supplier HCC Embedded has launched a new smart-meter file system (SMFS) designed to reduce power consumption and lower costs.

The company says its technology cuts down on expenses because it allows the on-board capacitor to be as small as possible, and that its file-system features can result in savings of many “cents” for each meter.

That could lead to significant savings in high volume manufacture, says HCC Embedded.

AT&T and IBM join forces on M2M

AT&T and IBM have come together with the aim of developing new products and services for the fast-growing M2M market.

The operator and IT services player are to combine their capabilities in the areas of analytics, cloud computing and security to “gain more insights” on the data that is being generated by machines across a variety of industries.

This push into the area of big data is to focus initially on creating new solutions for city governments and midsize utilities, say the companies.

T-Mobile launches roaming-free M2M service in new 'Un-carrier' move

US operator T-Mobile has unveiled a new service that eliminates roaming costs for M2M communications between the US and Canada, promising to extend the offer to additional markets this year.

Branded eSIM, the service means that M2M customers can enjoy local data rates when travelling from one country to the other.

T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) says the potential cost savings are enormous, giving the example of a trucking company whose vehicles make regular trips between the US and Canada.

Wyless agrees takeover of European M2M player Aspider

M2M managed-services player Wyless has agreed a takeover of Aspider M2M, a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) based in the Netherlands.

Aspider (Woerden, Netherlands) provides a range of M2M services to customers, mainly in the Benelux and German-speaking markets, and the acquisition by Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) – the terms of which were not disclosed – will give Wyless a stronger presence in Europe.

In a statement, Wyless said the Aspider business would be integrated with its UK division.

Telefonica launches Smart M2M in Argentina, Chile, Mexico

Telefonica has launched its Smart M2M Solution in Argentina, Chile and Mexico, allowing customers in those markets to connect and manage M2M services using local SIM cards.

The service was launched in Spain and Brazil about a year ago and has been developed by Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) in partnership with network equipment supplier Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden).

The Spanish operator says the solution allows companies in a range of sectors to deploy and manage M2M services such as real-time monitoring and advanced diagnostics.

M2M connections to hit 250 million in 2014: GSMA

The number of global M2M connections will reach a quarter of a billion this year, according to new research from the GSM Association (GSMA).

The lobby group said the increase proves that M2M has become a major growth area for mobile operators.

According to the GSMA, the number of global M2M connections reached 195 million in 2013, having grown by nearly 40% between 2010 and 2013, and accounted for 2.8% of all global mobile connections at the end of 2013 – up from 1.4% in 2010.

Deutsche Telekom flags smart-city pilot in Pisa

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom has announced details of a new pilot smart-city project in the Italian city of Pisa.

The pilot is aimed partly at helping motorists in Pisa to find parking spaces more easily.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has deployed a sensor-based parking management system in Piazza Carrara in the city center, while a big-data service analyzes historical traffic data to help improve the flow of traffic.

Philips supplies telemonitoring to Massachusetts healthcare provider

Royal Philips is to provide telemonitoring services to Partners HealthCare at Home, a home health provider in Massachusetts, with the aim of reducing readmissions and improving clinical oversight for newly discharged patients.

The technology means that nursing staff from Partners (Waltham, MA, USA) can remotely monitor a patient’s health by tracking vital signs.

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