RACO Wireless gets private-equity boost, forecasts M2M surge

Private-equity group Inverness Graham Investments (Newtown Square, USA) has taken a majority stake in RACO Wireless (Cincinnati, USA) as the M2M specialist reveals its acquisition intentions and predicts a “significant surge” in the growth of the market.

Telefonica targets retailers with street smart data

Reuters

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) is setting up a business to sell data it collects from millions of its mobile phone customers to retailers which could provide the company with a new source of income.

The Spanish telecoms group, owner of the O2 brand in Britain, Germany and other European markets, has created Telefonica Dynamic Insights to interpret, analyze and sell anonymous data from its phone subscribers.

Cinterion boasts first-ever global M2M module

M2M vendor Cinterion (Munich, Germany) has launched its first industrial-grade M2M module that works on networks around the world and can therefore be used to support voice and data roaming.

Owned by Gemalto (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), the company has developed its PXS8 module for use on the network of US operator Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), which is making a push into the M2M market.

The module could give rise to new business opportunities for global enterprises that want to launch M2M services on networks operated by Verizon and its roaming partners.

Intel: M2M data tsunami begs for analytics, security

Petabytes of data from entire cities or global deployments of sensors, boiled down into actionable metrics that can produce tangible results. That’s the future of M2M deployments according to Intel, and the chipmaker claims it’s not far away. Rick Lisa, the company’s director of M2M global business development, spoke to a gathering of M2M developers at the Telit DevCon event, held on the eve of the CTIA’s MobileCon show in San Diego.

Cisco launches smart-grid developer program

Cisco (San Jose, USA) is hoping to accelerate the development of smart-grid technology with the launch of a developer program that provides participants with access to tools, resources and go-to-market support.

Called the Connected Grid Cisco Developer Network (CDN), the program allows partners to develop services that can be integrated with Cisco’s GridBlocksTM architecture and Connected Grid solutions to support advanced smart-grid capabilities.

Digi sheds light on turnkey M2M deployment

An operator of coin-activated air compressors – used to inflate car tires at filling stations, general stores and other retailers – has successfully been able to retrofit its machines with embedded communications devices, providing the company with a real-time picture of its operations and revenue reconciliation for the first time.

The machine operator shares revenues with the retail hosts, and is convinced that it will be able to land more business by showing its retailers information about revenues and providing an improved service.

Vodafone to unveil new M2M innovations in Amsterdam

Vodafone (Newbury, UK) has announced it will unveil a range of new M2M products for smart meters and homes at this week’s Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 show being held in Amsterdam.

The UK operator plans to give practical demonstrations of solar panel remote monitoring, energy data management tools for business and its Global M2M Platform to show how smart metering can help businesses improve customer satisfaction, streamline operations and reduce energy costs.

US Starbucks stores get Square mobile pay in November

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Smartphone-wielding Starbucks (Seattle, USA) customers in the United States will get a new way to pay in early November when the world's biggest coffee chain begins accepting Square (San Francisco, USA) Wallet mobile payments at its roughly 7,000 company-operated U.S. stores.

Starbucks , which has embraced new technology ranging from social media to mobile payments, on Thursday said it also plans to add digital tipping next summer - something sure to thrill its baristas.

Sierra Wireless and Cinterion beat Chinese in M2M rankings: report

Chinese manufacturers have cornered much of the technology sector, but when it comes to M2M modules they are being outpaced by their Western rivals, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) and Cinterion (Munich, Germany) claim the top spots in a new ranking of M2M vendors published by ABI Research, while Huawei (Shenzhen, China) and ZTE (Shenzhen, China) come sixth and seventh.

The methodology assesses companies on the basis of unit shipments and revenues.

Bank of America tests technology to pay with phones

Reuters

Bank of America Corp (Charlotte, USA) is testing a technology that allows a customer to pay at a store register by simply scanning an image with a smartphone, such as Apple Inc's iPhone or Google Inc's Android devices.

The pilot program is being tested in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the second-largest U.S. bank is headquartered, and marks the latest effort by a financial institution to come out on top in the race to determine how people will pay for things in the future.

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