Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN has launched a new M2M service allowing companies to track the location of containers being transported throughout the European region.
Branded “Locate”, the service equips containers will “small, robust and shock-absorbent boxes” that constantly provide updates on their geographical location using a mixture of GPS, GSM and RFID technologies.
By using Cell-ID technology, the operator can also accurately determine locations where there is no GPS signal – such as indoors and on docks.
Satellite company Orbcomm has teamed up with sensors specialist Savi Technology to develop new location-based monitoring services for government and commercial markets.
The two companies have already submitted a proposal to the US Army to develop RFID tags and satellite solutions for military logistics support.
M2M company Telit is to start supplying modules to Latin American security specialist Viaweb.
In a statement, the companies said the modules would be integrated into Viaweb’s (Sao Paolo, Brazil) monitored alarm system, allowing “alarm event data” to be sent wirelessly.
The system has been set up so that alarms can be transmitted via the internet and cellular communications and controlled remotely by laptops, smartphones and tablets.
M2M MVNO RACO Wireless has completed the acquisition of location-based services specialist Position Logic in a move aimed at improving its managed services offer to M2M customers.
Position Logic’s (Naples, FL, USA) technology allows enterprises to track and manage their assets through a web-based platform and the company claims it can integrate virtually any signaling device into its software to provide real-time monitoring across the globe.
AT&T is to launch two new facilities dedicated largely to M2M research and development as it ramps up its commercial M2M activities.
The US operator has served notice of plans to open new ‘Foundry’ facilities in Atlanta and the Dallas-Forth Worth areas to speed up the development of M2M technologies and applications.
The UK’s Vodafone has launched what it calls an “all-in-one” service for the remote monitoring and control of M2M-enabled devices as it looks to cement its position as a leading player in the M2M market.
The operator says the new package combines hardware, wireless network connectivity and application software and will make it easier for customers to introduce M2M services, minimize downtime, improve service quality and reduce costs.
Vodafone Germany has launched a new M2M service for remote monitoring, aimed chiefly at reducing downtime and lowering costs for customers in Germany’s machinery and plant engineering industries.
Branded the Integrated Remote Monitoring and Control Service (Integrated RMCS), the product is described by Vodafone (Dusseldorf, Germany) as the first fully integrated offering for the remote monitoring and control of machines through M2M communications.
Remote site and equipment-monitoring specialist Telemisis is hoping that membership of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Partner Program will help it to expand its international presence and secure new business in the burgeoning market.
The company’s SitePro product allow cellular network operators, terrestrial broadcast network operators and utility companies to monitor site equipment through the use of a web-based interface.
On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines Cargo announced Cargo Companion, an asset tracking service that allows its customers complete visibility regarding the location and environmental status of high-value and time/temperature-sensitive items shipped via Southwest Airlines Cargo.
Designed for freight forwarders, couriers, perishable commodity Shippers, and Shippers of time-critical and high-value items, Cargo Companion features wireless asset tracking devices that monitor the location, shock, light, temperature, pressure, and humidity of cargo during transit.
Telit Wireless Solutions, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, on Tuesday announced the establishment of m2mAIR, a new business unit offering M2M managed and value-added services including connectivity.