The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
Healthcare IT players CloudVisit Telemedicine and I Do App have formed a new mobile health partnership aimed at developing new “all-in-one” telemedicine and home health devices.
CloudVisit (Cold Spring, NY, USA) provides real-time videoconferencing technology for use by healthcare providers and patients, while I Do App (Manhattan Beach, CA, USA) has developed a range of mobile health monitoring devices allowing patients to track weight, wellness and other key biometrics from their homes.
M2M chipmaker Ineda Systems has secured $17 million in funding from a number of investors, including Walden-Riverwood, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Qualcomm and IndusAge Partners.
The company says it will use the money to accelerate the development of its wearable processor unit, which is aimed at devices such as smartwatches and health and fitness trackers.
Dutch tech giant Royal Philips has launched a new medical alert service in the US that will notify emergency services if a user has fallen within his or her home.
The technology is aimed at elderly healthcare patients who may be too incapacitated to push a button on a standard remote-monitoring device, or use a phone, in the event of an accident at home.
It is also designed to eliminate the need for a landline, with more than a quarter of US households having already taken this step, according to data from the latest US Census Bureau.