Globalstar launches low-power chipset for remote monitoring

Satellite player Globalstar claims to have introduced the world’s lowest power-consuming satellite network chipset, saying the technology is ideally suited to a broad range of M2M devices and applications, including remote monitoring and tracking.

Because it is so energy-efficient, the STX3 – as it is called – is likely to be in demand among customers whose monitoring devices are used in remote and harsh environments.

ID Systems wins $935,000 remote-monitoring contract in China

Remote-monitoring specialist ID Systems says it has received a purchase order worth $935,000 from a Chinese customer that is one of the world’s biggest consumer packaged goods companies.

ID Systems (Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA) did not disclose the identity of the Chinese customer, but said the contract will see it deploy its PowerFleet wireless vehicle management system on fleets of industrial trucks at three of the company’s Chinese facilities.

It also indicated the company in question was a “long-time ID Systems customer”.

Japan's IIJ to launch new M2M offers

Japanese M2M operator Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) says it will strengthen its service line-up with the launch of two new M2M data communications services on 17 February.

IIJ (Tokyo, Japan) Mobile M2M Access Service is described by the company as a less-expensive, M2M-based version of its IIJ Mobile Service, which the operator provides to enterprise customers as an MVNO.

The other new offer is branded IIJ SMS Push Service, and is intended to be a system for controlling the transmission of text messages to M2M devices.

Cubic signs $3.2 million logistics deal with Switzerland's arviem

Logistics player Cubic Global Tracking Solutions is to provide its container tracking and monitoring equipment to arviem after concluding a $3.2 million, five-year deal with the Swiss company.

The leasing and strategic partnership will see Cubic (San Diego, CA, USA) support arviem’s (Baaar, Switzerland) Global Cargo Monitoring Service and work on developing new capabilities and services for arviem’s customers.

Industry 4.0 must develop big-data expertise: IHS Technology

If “intelligent factories” are to live up to their promise, the global manufacturing business will have to develop software and analytical systems that can make sense of the deluge of data currently being generated.

Such is the headline finding of a new white paper released by IHS Technology, examining the challenges faced by Industry 4.0 – a term coined by Germany’s government to describe “a vision of computerized manufacturing with processes all interconnected by the Internet of Things”, in the words of Mark Watson, an associate director of industrial automation for IHS.

Enigma launches Android version of Skyline

Enigma Telematics has launched an Android version of its Skyline asset-tracking app, designed for the tracking, tracing and monitoring of company vehicles and equipment on the go.

The UK-based company says the app is immediately available for customers of Skyline, its web-based tracking platform.

The company had already developed an iOS tablet version for the iPad and iPad Mini and says the new Android app can similary be downloaded free of charge for use on seven- and ten-inch tablets.

u-blox launches advanced M8 modules for improved performance

Switzerland’s u-blox has launched a new series of modules based on its next-generation chip technology and capable of satisfying new requirements in vehicle and asset tracking, navigation, anti-theft devices and point-of-sales terminals.

The company said it had introduced its MAX, NEO and LEA GNSS modules in M8 –its next-generation, multi-constellation positioning platform.

KPN, Dyzle launch monitoring service for food, pharma sectors

Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN has teamed up with logistics player Dyzle on a real-time monitoring service for the food and pharmaceuticals industries.

KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) describes the partnership as part of its “innovation drive” to help customers in the food and pharmaceuticals sectors improve efficiency and comply with local health regulations.

Red Lion, Facelco to support Colombia's EPM

Red Lion Controls and Facelco say they have won a deal to provide remote connectivity services to Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM), one of Colombia’s biggest utilities.

The solution will provide monitoring and control throughout EPM’s power distribution network, helping the company to save time and reduce costs.

Red Lion Controls (York, PA, USA) – which specializes in monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking – and distributor Facelco claim to have been chosen by EPM due to the flexibility of their offering.

Mhealth solutions to become standard in remote patient monitoring: IHS

Innovative product development and streamlining procurement initiatives look set to dominate the medical devices landscape in 2014, as healthcare organizations try to reduce spiraling healthcare expenditure, according to new research from IHS Technology.

In a series of predictions about healthcare technology in 2014, the market-research company said that efforts to reduce healthcare expenditure had already led to a reduction in hospital visits, with patients being treated outside the hospital environment through the use of remote monitoring technology.

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