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.
Asset-tracking player Spireon has formed a strategic partnership with Sprint that will address opportunities in the fleet-management area.
The companies say they will collaborate on providing the Spireon (Irvine, CA, USA) FleetLocate-branded solution to fleet operators using the Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) network.
FleetLocate is designed to help fleet operators improve their productivity and operational efficiency through more effective management of assets.
M2M player Worldline has joined forces with Nokia’s HERE on the development of a new range of cloud-based M2M services for the connected-vehicle and connected-infrastructure markets.
The two companies are to develop fleet-management services allowing customers to track their operations in real-time, and improve their safety measures, through the use of real-time information and business analytics.
They are also teaming up on new connected-car services, including features that will facilitate parking, ease traffic congestion and improve driver safety.
Module maker Novatel Wireless is to support fleet-management applications for Vehicle Tracking Systems and help the telematics player with its migration from GPRS to CDMA technology.
Services developed by Vehicle Tracking Systems already incorporate Novatel Wireless (San Diego, CA, USA) technology, including an “on-board rules engine” that supports applications like geo-fencing and trip reporting, and so the module maker was a natural choice of partner for the further development of services.
Asset-tracking player AirIQ is to use M2M connectivity services from Kore Telematics to support services for customers in North America and Europe.
The agreement allows AirIQ – whose customers include commercial fleets and vehicle dealers targeting the consumer market – to offer customers access to GSM-, GPRS- and CDMA-based network services.
M2M player Raco Wireless is to distribute fleet-management services from satellite operator Inmarsat in the Latin American market.
The MVNO has announced that it will support Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro fleet-management services, allowing customers to benefit from both satellite and terrestrial connectivity.
Raco Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) says it will integrate the service into its Omega Management Suite (OMS) – a cloud-based dashboard that includes tools for device management.
US operator T-Mobile has unveiled a new service that eliminates roaming costs for M2M communications between the US and Canada, promising to extend the offer to additional markets this year.
Branded eSIM, the service means that M2M customers can enjoy local data rates when travelling from one country to the other.
T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) says the potential cost savings are enormous, giving the example of a trucking company whose vehicles make regular trips between the US and Canada.
M2M player Digi International is to support the rollout of new asset-tracking services for rail systems by long-standing partner OEM Technology Solutions.
Technology developed by OEM (Sydney, Australia) is used in more than 20,000 rail systems across 20 countries, but the company says that rail operators are still often faced with rail car downtime, leading to rising costs and falling revenues.
Asset-tracking specialist Infospectrum says it has teamed up with wireless operator T-Mobile US on the launch of a new set of location-based services that can be used globally without incurring roaming charges.
The partnership will allow users of Infospectrum’s (Agoura Hills, CA, USA) infoTRAK service to track asset movements across borders without being hit with roaming fees, but Infospectrum and T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) say they plan to market the improved service to asset owners and fleet operators worldwide.
Remote-monitoring specialist ID Systems says it has received a purchase order worth $935,000 from a Chinese customer that is one of the world’s biggest consumer packaged goods companies.
ID Systems (Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA) did not disclose the identity of the Chinese customer, but said the contract will see it deploy its PowerFleet wireless vehicle management system on fleets of industrial trucks at three of the company’s Chinese facilities.
It also indicated the company in question was a “long-time ID Systems customer”.