M2M module maker Telit is supporting the rollout of a new bicycle taillight featuring an embedded tracking device in Brazil.
Pioneered by local company Nastek Tecnologia (Campo Grande, Brazil), the Yon Bike Lamp – as it is branded – incorporates a GSM/GPS tracker in a bike taillight, allowing users to track a bike’s whereabouts and monitor riding statistics using smartphones.
The device features Telit’s (London, UK) GL865-QUAD module and is able to communicate over GSM and GPRS networks.
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.
Satellite player Orbcomm has secured an agreement with Telefonica that will allow it to make use of the Spanish operator’s GSM network when providing M2M applications.
Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) already has deals in place that allow customers to benefit from so-called dual-mode connectivity, but the deal with Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) could be significant given the operator’s global presence and particular strength in the Latin America region.
Cellular networks will generate nearly 60% of all M2M connectivity revenues by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company predicts that M2M connectivity will be embedded in more than two billion devices across nine key industries by that date, but reckons cellular will be the dominant technology in terms of revenues generated by M2M services.
The GSM Association (GSMA) has announced that Telenor’s Jon Fredrik Baksaas will serve as its chairman for the remainder of the current Board term, which is set to expire in December 2014.
Baksaas had been appointed as acting chairman following the resignation of Telecom Italia’s (Milan, Italy) Franco Bernabe, who quit his GSMA shortly after stepping down as boss of the Italian phone incumbent.
Global revenues from M2M services will more than double between 2012 and 2017, rising from just less than $15 billion to more than $31 billion, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.
The market-research company also expects the number of M2M connections to surpass four billion by 2017, up from around 1.4 billion in 2012.
However, Infonetics urges operators to think beyond cellular technology when envisaging their future M2M services.
Erstwhile Telecom Italia chief executive Franco Bernabe has resigned from his role as chairman of the GSM Association.
The move was expected, coming shortly after Bernabe stood down from his position as chairman and chief executive of Italian phone incumbent Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy).
Hardware company Telit has unveiled a device it describes as the market’s smallest cellular M2M module.
The so-called GE866-QUAD works in a variety of GSM spectrum bands and is targeted specifically at the “wearable” technology segment, which includes products such as Google Glass, the internet giant’s high-profile augmented-reality spectacles.
Network operator Sprint has struck a five-year agreement to support usage-based insurance (UBI) services and telematics solutions on behalf of Himex.
Himex (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) – which claims to offer “the fastest and most complete route in the industry to the implementation of UBI” – appears to have chosen Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) largely because of its ongoing commitment to support 2G services, in contrast with larger operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).
Cellular M2M connections are set to reach more than 450 million globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company says that Europe dragged down worldwide connection growth in 2011 and 2012 but that an improving world economy will help connections to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 26% between now and 2018.
Nevertheless, while connections appear to have been growing, average revenue per user (ARPU) has continued to decline, notes ABI.