Huawei launches M2M business in Europe

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) has announced the start of a major M2M push in Europe as it aims to become the dominant player in the nascent industry.

China’s largest networks vendor has spent the last few months signing distribution agreements for its embedded modules in Europe’s biggest markets.

It now counts m2m Germany, Simple Solutions (UK), Sagitron (Spain and Portugal), Matrix (Spain), BE Telecom (Belgium and Israel), Netcom (Poland) and Techship (Sweden) among its partners, and says further deals are in the pipeline this year.

M2M market to be worth $290 billion by 2017: report

The global M2M industry is expected to generate some $290 billion in revenues in 2017, up from just $44 billion this year, according to new research from MarketsandMarkets.

The research company predicts that revenues will grow at a compound annual rate of 30.1% over the next five years as companies take advantage of new M2M opportunities.

EU to clear mobile operators' e-wallet plan: source


European Union regulators will approve plans by British mobile operators Vodafone (Newbury, UK), O2 (London, UK) and Everything Everywhere (London, UK) to set up a joint venture to allow users to make payments and purchases with their phones, a person following the deal said on Tuesday.

Vodafone, Telefonica's 02 and Everything Everywhere, owned by France Telecom (Paris, France) and Deutsche Telekom (Berlin, Germany), aim to compete with similar mobile payment services from Google (Mountain View, USA), Apple (Cupertino, USA) and Facebook (Menlo Park, USA).

Satnav battle heats up as drivers look for new gadgets


Garmin Ltd (Olathe, USA) and TomTom NV (Amsterdam, Netherlands) are gearing up for battle as the world's two biggest navigation companies plan to lure customers back with new products offering extra features.

Satnav sales have been in decline since 2008 as rivals like Google (Mountain View, USA) and Nokia (Helsinki, Finland) gave away free navigation on smartphones.

Once the darlings of the stock market, TomTom and Garmin have seen the value of their shares drop by more than 90 percent since the end of 2007, when satnav's were the hottest Christmas gifts.

M2M member groups join forces, form one-stop shop

Europe’s premier vendor organization for machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and the world’s largest M2M event organizer have announced that their joint marketing agreement will expand into full-blown partnership. The M2M Alliance has been working with the M2M Zone in joint promotional activities since 2010, but now their cooperation will include the exchange of content, membership services, and strategic consultation for the first time, in addition to joint exhibition and conference activities.

Walmart tests iPhone "Scan & Go" feature


Walmart Stores Inc (Bentonville, USA) is testing a "Scan & Go" system that would allow shoppers to scan items using their iPhones and then quickly pay at a self-checkout counter.

If the test by the world's largest retailer is successful, it has the potential to change the way people shop and pay, making the process more personal and potentially faster.

Fleet management cuts UK hygiene company's emissions by 28%

The use of fleet-management technology has helped one of Vodafone’s UK enterprise clients to slash its CO2 emissions by 28% a year, according to a new study commissioned by the operator.

According to research carried out by Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Zenith Hygiene Group (Welham Green, UK) has been able to reduce CO2 emissions by almost 600 tonnes a year through the use of TomTom fleet management technology, which Vodafone (Newbury, UK) supports.

IBM and Vodafone team up on 'smarter home' initiative

IT giant IBM (New York, USA) and telecoms operator Vodafone (Newbury, UK) have announced plans to combine their expertise in cloud computing and mobile communications as part of a ‘smarter home’ initiative.

The companies hope to spur the development of ‘smart home’ appliances that can be managed remotely.

Verizon and Altair give boost to 4G M2M market

Mobile operator Verizon Wireless (New York, USA) has struck a deal that could fuel the adoption of M2M services using 4G LTE technology.

Marking what it describes as a “strategic milestone” for the company, Altair Semiconductor (Hod Hasharon, Israel) has revealed that its 4G chipsets have just been certified to run on Verizon’s LTE network.

Certification of the FourGee-3100/6200 chipset will be crucial for original equipment manufacturers in minimizing the time it takes for investments to start generating revenues.

Alstom and Toshiba sign MoU on smart grid business

Energy-management specialist Alstom Grid (Paris, France) and electronics company Toshiba (Tokyo, Japan) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which they will discuss a partnership in the smart grid business.

The companies say they want to look at ways in which they can combine their capabilities in smart grid technology. The ultimate goal, they say, is to develop a range of electricity management solutions that can be used in a variety of settings.

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