A fifth of cars in Europe, North America to be app-connected by 2017: Juniper Research

App-connected vehicles are set to account for 20% of all consumer cars in Western Europe and North America by 2017, according to a new connected-cars study from Juniper Research.

According to the analyst firm, advancements in entertainment head-units and higher smartphone penetration will be largely responsible for the increase in app-connected vehicles over the forecast period.

CeBIT: Satellite asset tracking goes dual mode and solar powered

CeBIT revealed fine points in satellite communications for asset-tracking development as two service providers introduced new dual-mode equipment. Dual-mode communication modules offer GSM connectivity to pure satellite communications, which is expensive and can have latency issues, and are quickly becoming standard in the logistics sector, especially when perishable cargo is involved.

LoJack becomes TomTom distributor in North America

Navigation technology company TomTom has signed a distribution agreement for the North American market with LoJack, a stolen-vehicle recovery specialist.

Under the terms of the arrangement, TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) range of fleet-management solutions will be marketed, sold and supported through LoJack’s (Canton, USA) North American dealership network.

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.

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