Denmark picks Continua for telemedicine action plan

Denmark has revealed its intention to base its new national action plan for telemedicine on guidelines created by the Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Oregon, USA that focuses on establishing industry standards for the interoperability of plug-and-play personal health devices.

Insight: Experts hope to shield cars from computer viruses

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A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable to lethal computer viruses.

Intel's McAfee unit, which is best known for software that fights PC viruses, is one of a handful of firms that are looking to protect the dozens of tiny computers and electronic communications systems that are built into every modern car.

Elektrilevi selects Ericsson for smart metering in Estonia

Estonian electricity utility Elektrilevi has signed an eight-year contract with Ericsson under which the network manufacturer will supply, deploy, systems integrate and run a smart-metering network.

Estonia is one of a number of European countries that are installing smart meters to help meet the EU target of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. Elektrilevi has nearly half a million subscribers on its network.

AT&T refarming to have little impact on M2M growth: analyst

A leading analyst company has called into question the claims that AT&T’s shutdown of its 2G network could leave M2M customers stranded.

The US operator recently announced plans to gradually phase out its 2G network, shifting customers and spectrum over to 3G and 4G technologies, and that a full transition would be finalized by 2017.

The news was met with a chorus of criticism that M2M customers would be left out in the cold, forced to change providers or pay AT&T higher rates for 3G or 4G connections.

TNS and Telstra form wireless payments partnership

Australian telecoms operator Telstra has formed a partnership with Transaction Network Services (TNS), a data communications company, aimed at providing services to Australian organizations that operate wireless payment devices.

Under the agreement, TNS is to use Telstra’s M2M Wireless Control Center to improve its managed wireless service. The partnership should allow TNS to expand its network reach in Australia as well as streamline its operations through the use of a single web-based interface for SIM card ordering, provisioning, activation and management.

Tracker invests in M2M technology

UK vehicle-monitoring company Tracker has announced a new partnership with Wireless Logic, an M2M managed services specialist.

The partnership will give Tracker a number of mobile connectivity services, providing specialist M2M SIMs from multiple networks.

Tracker’s SVR and fleet telematic solutions will be further enhanced using Wireless Logic’s ‘SIMpro3’ platform-as-a-service (PaaS), giving Tracker complete real-time visibility across its growing SIM estate.

PayPal could heat up mobile payments race if McDonald's test pays off

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PayPal is in the early stages of what may be a blockbuster mobile payments deal with McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest hamburger chain.

McDonald's is testing a mobile payments service featuring PayPal at 30 of its restaurants in France.

Earlier this year, McDonald's ran demonstrations of a broader PayPal mobile payments service at its franchisee conference in Orlando, Florida.

A McDonald's spokeswoman confirmed the France tests and said the PayPal demonstration at its conference was part of a booth that features "technology coming within the next 24 months or so."

Big retailers to take to mobile payments: WSJ

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Big retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores, Target Corp and Japan's 7-Eleven are planning to develop a mobile payment network, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people involved in the initiative.

The Merchant Customers Exchange (MCX) is an initiative taken by these retailers to match similar services from Google, which began operating it last year on its Android devices, the WSJ said.

It was unclear how much each merchant would contribute to the network's development, the paper said.

Smart meter industry left disappointed by Brazil ruling

Brazil’s energy regulator has stunned the industry by announcing that smart meters will be installed at existing premises only if customers request them.

The National Agency of Electrical Energy (ANEEL) has given suppliers 18 months to offer consumers electronic meters under two separate schemes. Suppliers must install meters at no cost if consumers opt simply for time-of-usage tariffs, but can charge installation fees if customers choose plans that provide specific details about the service.

RIM attracting interest from healthcare, smart grid sectors

BB10, the operating system set to replace QNX on Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices, is attracting interest from companies in the healthcare and smart grid industries, according to a story published earlier this week on CNET.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is reported to have told CNET that healthcare and smart grid businesses have already shown interest in the new operating system and that BB10 could ultimately support devices used across a range of industries.

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