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.

Towers Watson and Hughes partner on usage-based auto insurance

Professional services company Towers Watson (New York, USA) has announced a partnership with Verizon-owned Hughes Telematics (Atlanta, USA) to provide data services to US auto insurers for use with usage-based insurance (UBI) programs.

The deal will see the two companies combine their telematics capabilities to help insurers develop usage-based offers.

The DriveAbility technology from Towers Watson already helps insurers convert driving data into industry-applicable metrics, while Hughes provides data services and connectivity for telematics features.

M2M Summit (M2M Alliance)

Dusseldorf, Germany

Start Date: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
End Date: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The M2M Alliance can look back on a very successful conference and exhibition at the M2M Summit 2011, and the 2012 event at the Dusseldorf Convention Center should be even more dynamic! Main themes for the M2M Summit 2012 include: facility management, vending, industrial control, mobile payments, security, and electric transportation.

Japan's smart meter market opens doors to foreigners

Smart meter specialists worldwide are eyeing a potentially lucrative opportunity in Japan following the recent adoption of international standards by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), according to a report from Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

TEPCO had previously planned to introduce smart meters based on its own specifications, but critics said this would favor group companies and drive up prices.

Smart meter installation hits Texan resistance

The installation of smart meters is running into fierce resistance in the state of Texas, where homeowners are going to extreme lengths to prevent it from happening, according to a report from Associated Press.

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