Orbcomm expands into Canada with Rogers tie-up

Satellite and M2M player Orbcomm has expanded its presence in the Canadian market through a deal with mobile operator Rogers.

The tie-up will see the two companies jointly market the availability of Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) range of asset tracking and monitoring services over Rogers’ (Toronto, Canada) cellular network.

Having won approval as a Rogers Supported Reseller, Orbcomm says it plans to target customers in Canada’s transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, and oil and gas industries.

SeeControl to support remote-monitoring services for ATC

M2M platform developer SeeControl is to supply a range of cloud-based remote-monitoring services to All-Terrain Communications (ATC), which provides tank-level and pump-monitoring solutions to the oil and gas, utilities, agriculture, and food and beverage industries.

SeeControl (Redwood City, CA, USA) says its technology will allow ATC (Daphne, AL, USA) to target new M2M opportunities, reducing costs and improving efficiency for end users.

Solve IT, Concirrus target Middle East asset-tracking market

Middle Eastern asset-tracking player Solve IT has launched a range of new products and services based on a platform developed by Concirrus, which specializes in cloud-based M2M software.

Using “template solutions” for asset, vehicle and personnel management, the company has introduced a range of asset security solutions to Middle Eastern markets, where it serves customers in the construction, facilities management, and fleet and logistics areas.

Sensogram to launch sports, medical devices

Switzerland’s Sensogram has unveiled plans to introduce two new wearable tech devices for health and activity monitoring this year.

Sensogram (Biel/Bienne) says it hopes to change perceptions about preventive medicine and “physical activity efficiency” with the products, which will be offered to the medical and sports markets.

The sports device – branded SensoTRACK – is described as a smart monitor that can read and monitor activity parameters, advising users on the most efficient ways to exercise.

M2M Connectivity unveils new asset-tracking modem

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.

Camgian inks M2M deal with FCC, Gateway Tire

M2M player Camgian Microsystems has closed a contract with recycling services company FCC Environmental and tire retailer Gateway Tire to support centrally managed tracking, forecasting, collection and accounting of used oil materials across a number of automotive retail locations.

The Quantus-branded solution uses low-power, cellular-based sensors that feed information about fluid inventory and associated data analytics from 56 Gateway (Batesville, MS, USA) locations across seven states.

Gemalto, Hirschmann partner on remote subscription management

Digital security player Gemalto and telematics specialist Hirschmann Solutions have unveiled details of a new partnership on the remote subscription management of advanced M2M applications.

The companies say their solution combines Hirschmann’s (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) global asset tracking solution with modules from Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) that support high-speed connectivity on a range of networks.

Geoforce announces new executive appointments to fuel growth

Geoforce has unveiled details of new executive appointments aimed at fuelling take-up of its asset-tracking solutions in the oil and gas industry.

The company has appointed Mark Slaughter to its board of directors and says that Roopa Misra will become its new senior vice president of customer operations.

Numerex expands services for oil and bulk liquid distributors

M2M specialist Numerex claims to have expanded its portfolio of offerings with the acquisition of “certain assets, products and technology used in the remote monitoring and management of bulk tanks”.

The company does not provide further details about the source of the acquisition, but says the move will allow it to expand both the scope and scale of its core supply chain and remote monitoring business.

Industrial automation cellular M2M shipments to hit 2.1 million in 2018: Berg Insight

Shipments of cellular M2M devices used in industrial automation are set to rise from 760,000 this year to 2.1 million in 2018, according to new research from Berg Insight.

The market-research company says that the rollout of high-capacity LTE networks will further increase cellular adoption in industrial automation, even in control applications, although it points out that connectivity requirements vary depending on the application, with technologies like WiFi and Zigbee proving popular in certain environments.

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