Japan's Briscola, IIJ form strategic M2M alliance

Japanese firms Briscola and Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) have teamed up to develop cloud-based M2M services, revealing that solar-power company Asahi Denshi has become their first customer.

Under the strategic alliance, Briscola (Tokyo, Japan) will contribute its expertise in developing sensor-driven cloud platforms, with IIJ (Tokyo, Japan) providing the necessary infrastructure to support M2M services.

Briscola and IIJ say they have already built a “proof-of-concept” environment for a solar-monitoring system on behalf of Asahi Denshi.

Telefonica forms smart wearables alliance with LG, Samsung, Sony Mobile

Spain’s Telefonica has announced a partnership with LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile to support the development of emerging smart wearables technology.

Under the agreement, announced at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) aims to integrate its services with smart wearables being developed by the three device makers.

Telefonica notes that it remains open to agreements with other market players, including manufacturers and content providers, aimed at ensuring devices are commercially successful.

Jasper Wireless unveils global SIM at MWC

M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless has launched a global SIM for M2M and IoT devices, allowing enterprises to manage and update mobile operator profiles and policies remotely.

The company said the SIM – announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow – would be integrated with its platform services and meet demand for more efficient and cost-effective M2M device activation.

Telenor Connexion strikes SDN deal with Asavie

Telenor Connexion aims to strengthen its M2M offering through a deal with software-defined networking player Asavie Technologies that will allow it to speed up the deployment of M2M services.

With Asavie’s (Dublin, Ireland) M2M Connect technology, Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) believes it will be able to activate more complicated M2M deployments in hours – even where bi-directional routing or firewalling are required.

Ericsson to supply smart metering to Italgas

Swedish networks vendor Ericsson has signed up another customer to its smart-metering services in the form of Italgas, a natural gas distributor in Italy.

Under the deal, Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) is to build an advanced meter management and reading system and integrate this with existing systems for some 150,000 large and industrial customers of Italgas (Turin, Italy).

The system will be the first in Italy’s gas market, allowing Italgas to gather data from gas meters and transfer it to its own internal IT environment.

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.

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