Global M2M subscriber base now exceeds 100 million

According to new a research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication increased by 37% in 2011 to reach 108.0 million.

Gemalto deploys M2M services in Saudi Arabia

Gemalto, a digital security provider, announced on Monday that Mobily, a mobile operators in Saudi Arabia, has selected its Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The devices will be installed for upcoming Saudi M2M projects in the power management and transportation industries such as smart grid metering and fleet tracking.


The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Regulation large obstacle in asset tracking

On Tuesday at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, the M2M Zone got a chance to speak with David Wigglesworth, vice president of data services at Iridum, on topics surrounding machine-to-machine (M2M) technology in satellite communication.  One major sector of M2M that Iridium is involved in is asset tracking, and according to Wigglesworth, the largest obstacle facing asset tracking today is regulation.

Iridium satellite now supports Digi cloud

On Tuesday, Digi International announced that the Iridium satellite network now supports the iDigi Device Cloud. Similar to cellular SMS, Digi devices with an Iridium data transceiver inside can now send and receive data via the iDigi Device Cloud over the Iridium network.

Beecham: M2M SES market to reach $2.2 billion by 2014

Service enablement services (SES), the software layer between the network and vertical applications, are set to become a key differentiator in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market and achieve a total market value of $2.2 billion worldwide by 2014, up from a modest $350 million in 2011, according to the latest study by analyst firm Beecham Research.

Delta Cargo enables GPS for air shipments

Last week, Delta Air Lines announced an exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking solutions, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location information on its web site at deltacargo.com.

TomTom LIVE subscribers doubled in 2011

At the end of the year 1.5 million people around the globe were actively using TomTom’s LIVE Services, including TomTom HD Traffic, compared to 690,000 at the start of the year.

Currently, over 90% of TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) automotive systems and 20% of its Portable Navigation Devices sold in Europe are equipped with LIVE Services.

Gemalto acquires M2M platform provider SensorLogic

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, today announced that it has acquired SensorLogic, a provider of cloud-based platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) application development. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Fleet management company SkyBitz acquired for $42 million

Telular Corporation (Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M provider, last week announced the acquisition of SkyBitz, Inc. (Sterling, Va., U.S.A.), a provider of asset tracking equipment, for $42 million.  The deal is comprised of $35 million in cash and $7 million in shares of common stock.

Fleet management expands to small business, consumers

Prova Systems (Carbondale, Pa., U.S.A.) a developer of wireless On-Board diagnostic systems, recently announced the availability of a fleet management system for small businesses, local governments and consumers.

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