Mobile Resource Management Driving Growth in the $200B Subprime Auto Finance Market

CDMA technology provides strong network access and coverage, even in remote and rural areas

CDMA-enabled telematics solutions are delivering the business intelligence that both dealers and lenders need to monitor and manage their vehicle assets as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

B&B, SeeControl aim to extract value from M2M data

B&B Electronics has formed a partnership with SeeControl aimed at developing predictive monitoring solutions for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The network connectivity specialist said the partnership represented the first of several announcements it was due to make regarding strategic relationships with clod-based data analytics companies.

Orange teams up with Dacom on "smart agriculture" services

Orange Business Services has announced a new deal with Dacom under which it is to provide M2M connectivity services to improve the efficiency of arable farming in more than 30 countries.

The “smart agriculture” service will see Orange (Paris, France) provide connectivity for the range of devices and sensors that Dacom (Emmen, Netherlands) supplies to its agricultural customers around the world.

Telit supports global freight tracking service for Korea Telecom

M2M module maker Telit has revealed it is supplying devices to Korea Telecom for use with the operator’s global freight tracking business.

In a statement, Telit (London, UK) said its HE910 and UC864 modules are providing cellular connectivity for the KT service.

The modules are used with KT’s (Seoul, South Korea) ConTracer platform, which can track temperature and humidity inside a container, as well as impact and location information.

Kore and Robustel unveil M2M Starter Kit

Kore Wireless and Robustel Technologies have formed a partnership aimed at developing a new range of industrial M2M solutions.

Robustel (Guangzhou, China), which provides cellular and Wi-Fi gateways for M2M services, says the partnership with Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) – an MVNO – will allow it to include optional device connectivity for a range of products.

The companies plan to unveil an M2M Starter Kit combining their products later this month.

Recominte and Telit develop luggage-tracking service

Recominte and Telit have developed a new portable device capable of tracking luggage during transit.

The Brazilian company – which describes itself as a leader in the aeronautic industry – is using modules supplied by UK-headquartered Telit (London) in the so-called Tracer Tag device.

It says the technology is aimed at addressing a growing issue for airlines and their passengers, with delayed and lost luggage costing the airline industry more than $2 billion last year alone.

Schindler Elevators takes M2M service from Swisscom

Schindler Elevators has revealed it is using M2M technology from Swisscom to support maintenance and emergency call management in Switzerland.

“With M2M we can monitor emergency calls as well as data traffic in real time, and offer customers a one-stop solution for everything from commissioning to elevator maintenance", says Martin Huonder, the head of product management modernization at Schindler Elevators (Ebikon, Switzerland), which claims that a billion people worldwide use its elevators on a daily basis.

Raco and Queclink team up on asset tracking

Raco Wireless has teamed up with hardware player Queclink to provide an all-in-one M2M service for companies in the fleet and asset management industries.

The two M2M players say they can together provide everything customers need, from the SIM cards and development kits to the connectivity service courtesy of Raco’s (Cincinnati, OH, USA) deals with network operators around the world.

They argue their bundled service will help solutions providers launch products and services more quickly and easily, bringing together all the essentials needed for an M2M deployment.

Numerex provides new remote-monitoring tools to i3G

M2M specialist Numerex has begun providing new tools and services to i3G, a provider of bulk-liquid tank monitoring solutions.

Thanks to the “Optimizer” functionality, customers of i3G’s (Monroe, CT, USA) “i-tank” offering can now group orders within the application on the basis of product type, order number and shipment.

The “Optimizer” features supports the handoff of order details to loading and distribution operations personnel, bolstering the efficiency and productivity of the company’s operations – with related benefits for customers.

GE Healthcare to acquire CHCA in industrial internet push

GE Healthcare is to acquire analytics provider CHCA in a move it claims will lead to better outcomes for patients in operating rooms and further aid the development of its industrial internet strategy.

The company – a subsidiary of industrial giant GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) – did not disclose how much it is to pay for CHCA but said it expected to close the deal in the second quarter of the year.

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