SeeControl, Western Power partner on farm-equipment monitoring

SeeControl and Western Power have announced the availability of a new farm equipment monitoring service allowing farmers to track deployed assets.

Branded AgTracr, the service combines SeeControl’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) M2M cloud-platform capabilities with Western Power’s (Bakersfield, CA, USA) expertise in the farm-equipment sector.

Described as a “plug-n-play” solution, AgTracr is intended to support location tracking, event monitoring and fault reporting functionality.

Catena to provide M2M service for cold chain transportation

Businessman Alberto Marzan has launched a new company called Catena whose professed goal is to “solve logistical pain points throughout the $90 billion cold chain transportation industry”.

Marzan appears to be something of a newcomer to the M2M space, having previously worked as chief executive for organizations including the International Children’s Heart Foundation and Dominican Gold Coffee.

He is now to serve as chief executive and chair of Catena (Minneapolis, MN, USA).

Smart thermostat revenues to hit $1.4 billion in 2020

Revenues from the sale of smart thermostats are set to grow from $86 million in 2013 to nearly $1.4 billion in 2020, according to a new study from Navigant Research.

Smart thermostats allow users greater control over energy usage, and have attracted considerable interest since the recent announcement that Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) would acquire smart thermostat maker Nest Labs (Palo Alto, CA, USA) for a fee of $3.2 billion.

Telekom Slovenije launches $6.6 million smart-grid project

Telekom Slovenije has kicked off work on a new European Commission (EC) smart-grid project aimed at establishing the most efficient use of communications technology in future smart-grid rollouts.

Tele2 Netherlands to provide remote-monitoring service to Feenstra

Dutch telecoms operator Tele2 Netherlands says it has signed an agreement with energy services provider Feenstra that includes the provision of remote-monitoring services for security and alarm systems.

Among other things, Feenstra (Lelystad, Netherlands) installs gas-powered boilers in customer homes and the Tele2 service will ensure these systems can be read remotely by Feenstra employees.

Oberthur, in1SIM to trial M2M service with European energy firms

Digital security specialist Oberthur Technologies says its M-Connect solution is to support M2M connectivity services being offered by in1SIM.

Under a deal between the two players, market trials are planned for this year with energy distribution companies based in Northern Europe.

Oberthur (Levallois-Perret, France) says a combination of its technology with that of in1SIM will answer a need for a “global and reliable” solution for connecting smart objects to mobile networks.

Landis+Gyr extends smart-grid agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities

Smart-meter maker Landis+Gyr has flagged an extension of its agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities under which it will provide load-management expertise to the utility.

The companies first teamed up on smart grids in 2005, when Colorado Springs Utilities deployed Landis+Gyr’s (Zug, Switzerland) Gridstream advanced metering network for communicating with electric, water and gas meters.

Glendale to expand smart-meter trials, include smart thermostats

Local utility company Glendale Water & Power says it is expanding its smart-meter program with CEIVA Energy to include more than six times as many customers as the initial deployment.

The extension will also provide additional services to customers, including the use of smart thermostats.

Since 2011, Glendale – which serves the Californian city of the same name – has been trialling the use of smart meters on 72 customers, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Telefonica extends M2M partner program to Europe

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is extending its M2M partnership program into Europe as it looks to stamp its authority on the burgeoning Internet of Things market.

The program has already been launched in the US and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) said it would be introduced to other markets following the European rollout.

Telefonica aims to attract new M2M partners from among device manufacturers, systems integrators and distributors, believing it can extend the reach of its offering through a partnership approach.

Aeris launches M2M service platform for mobile operators

Aeris Communications maintained its M2M momentum with the launch of a new global service platform (GSP) aimed at helping mobile network operators to address the M2M opportunity.

The company is offering its GSP as a standalone service or part of a package and says it will allow operators to deploy M2M services without incurring the expense of developing purpose-built systems.

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