Novatel module wins Verizon Wireless backing

Mobile operator Verizon Wireless has given a boost to M2M module maker Novatel Wireless, approving a new module for use on its network.

The MT 3050 device that has received Verizon’s (New York, USA) technical approval is a tracking device aimed at reducing upfront costs for insurance telematics and fleet-management applications.

Novatel (San Diego, USA) says it is ideal for insurance telematics and fleet-management providers looking for information on the vehicle, vehicle location or driver behavior.

Telekom Austria seeks to "Unlock M2M" in CEE

Telekom Austria is reaching out to enterprise customers in central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with a new initiative aimed at spurring the adoption of M2M services.

Called ‘Unlock M2M’, the program is intended to facilitate the take-up of M2M technology by making it more accessible and affordable.

B3IT and Tele2 launch intelligent-parking service

B3IT has partnered with Swedish mobile operator Tele2 on the launch of an intelligent-parking service designed to help drivers find, reserve and pay for parking spaces in advance.

The Swedish IT consulting company says teaming up with Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) to provide its dynamiIQ parking technology will minimize the problems related to parking in busy urban areas.

"Internet of things" to give $10-15 trillion boost to global economy: GE

Productivity gains resulting from the “internet of things” could add between $10 trillion and $15 trillion to global GDP over the next 20 years, according to a new study from General Electric (GE).

The manufacturing giant reckons the “industrial internet”, as it terms the phenomenon, could find direct application in sectors accounting for more than $32.3 trillion in global economic activity, but expects this figure to reach about $82 trillion – one half of global economic output – by 2025.

Blue Sky Networks partners with Southeast Aerospace

Fleet-management specialist Blue Sky Network has teamed up with Southeast Aerospace to equip civilian and military aircraft with satellite-based tracking technology.

The partnership, say the companies, will create a one-stop shop for advanced satellite tracking, professional installation and certification for aerospace applications.

Blue Sky Network (La Jolla, USA) says the incorporation of its fleet management technology into Southeast Aerospace installations will facilitate easy access to the technology and certification in aviation applications.

MiX Telematics sales up 20% on contract extensions, new deals

South Africa’s MiX Telematics has reported impressive results for the first half of the year, boosted by the extension of existing contracts and new deals in Europe and Australasia.

The telematics vendor, which specializes in driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management, said revenues were up 20.3%, year on year, to 564 million rand ($64 million), while operating profits soared 60.8% to 76 million rand.

Telefonica launches integrated Smart Cities M2M offer

Spanish telecoms incumbent Telefonica unveiled an integrated Smart Cities M2M offering at this week’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The operator says the service will help town councils and other bodies to supervise and manage the installation and maintenance of connected devices and the collection and analysis of data.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) claims entrepreneurs will be able to develop applications on top of the Smart City platform, while cities can use it to improve the services they provide to citizens.

GM beats Ford and Toyota in new ranking of telematics vendors

General Motors has topped a new ranking of OEM safety and security telematics vendors, beating Ford into second place and Toyota into third.

The company’s OnStar solution was ranked number one in a Competitive Assessment carried out by ABI Research.

ABI scored General Motors (Detroit, USA) highly for the range of OnStar features as well as its market share, quality and reliability.

Orange Business Services partners with Openmatics

Orange Business Services (Paris, France) has teamed up with telematics specialist Openmatics (Friedrichshafen, Germany) to provide M2M services that can be used on trucks and buses.

The France Telecom-owned company has signed what it calls a strategic partnership with Openmatics, which is in the process of developing its offer by adding more applications to its platform.

inthinc teams up with Orbcomm on telematics

inthinc Technology Solutions (Salt Lake City, USA) has announced that satellite operator Orbcomm (Fort Lee, USA) will support its telematics and fleet-management applications.

The telematics company serves fleet industries in the US heavy equipment and oil and gas sectors, among others.

Its products provide alerts and information to drivers and fleet managers that inthinc claims can improve driver behavior, reduce crashes, increase fleet productivity and reduce emissions.

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