The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
Middleware supplier HCC Embedded has launched a new smart-meter file system (SMFS) designed to reduce power consumption and lower costs.
The company says its technology cuts down on expenses because it allows the on-board capacitor to be as small as possible, and that its file-system features can result in savings of many “cents” for each meter.
That could lead to significant savings in high volume manufacture, says HCC Embedded.
Module maker Telit has teamed up with Parsec Technologies to create what they call “the world’s lowest-profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna”.
The organizations say the components can be made to fit a 6x16x8mm space – making the product suitable for a wide variety of uses.
Both companies say they are making available complete application notes to simplify the engineering effort for system integrators.
Australian M2M device maker M2M Connectivity has taken the wraps off a new satellite data modem aimed at the asset-tracking market.
Its Quake Q-Pro modem is designed to support tracking and data services on cellular and satellite technology, and operates on the Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation.
M2M Connectivity (Melbourne, Australia) says the Quake Q-Pro modem will support two-way data messaging over Inmarsat’s (London, UK) IsatData Pro network and using terrestrial cellular technology.
M2M device maker Novatel Wireless says US operator AT&T has approved a number of its products supporting vehicle telematics, telemetry and embedded solutions.
The approvals mean devices made by Novatel Wireless (San Diego, CA, USA) can be used on the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) network.
These include the manufacturer’s MiFi-powered SA2100, the MT 4100 mobile tracking device, the SA-G+ telemetry platform and the Enabler HS 3002 module.
M2M player Gemalto has released a new module supporting 4G connectivity and suitable for use across a range of vertical sectors, including the healthcare industry.
The module maker has already developed products specifically for the automotive market but says it is expanding LTE connectivity to the “industrial sector” with its new PLS8 solution.
Digital security player Gemalto and telematics specialist Hirschmann Solutions have unveiled details of a new partnership on the remote subscription management of advanced M2M applications.
The companies say their solution combines Hirschmann’s (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) global asset tracking solution with modules from Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) that support high-speed connectivity on a range of networks.
Engineering and electronics player Bosch has set up a new company whose purpose will be to develop new products and services for the M2M market.
The company says the new Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions will initially focus on developing sensor-based applications for intelligently networked homes – so-called ‘smart homes’ – as well as for activities in the fields of traffic, transportation and logistics.
Chip maker STMicroelectronics (ST) has become the latest member of the ARM mbed Project aimed at accelerating Internet of Things development.
Its involvement means that developers will be able to use ST’s (Geneva, Switzerland) STM32 range of microcontrollers with mbed software and development tools, giving them more freedom and flexibility when designing intelligent electronics products.
UK semiconductor player ARM (Cambridge, UK) established the mbed Project with a view to spurring the development of ARM-based devices for use with M2M services.
M2M specialist Numerex claims to have expanded its portfolio of offerings with the acquisition of “certain assets, products and technology used in the remote monitoring and management of bulk tanks”.
The company does not provide further details about the source of the acquisition, but says the move will allow it to expand both the scope and scale of its core supply chain and remote monitoring business.