Daimler CEO says software services key for growth

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Carmakers will need to ensure their vehicles can connect to mobile devices and the internet if they are to survive, Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday.

His comments came after Daimler's (Stuttgart, Germany) Mercedes-Benz said it would make cars compatible with new software developed by Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA), known as CarPlay.

Daimler will also be offering compatibility to Android-based devices, the company added.

Telenor Connexion strikes SDN deal with Asavie

Telenor Connexion aims to strengthen its M2M offering through a deal with software-defined networking player Asavie Technologies that will allow it to speed up the deployment of M2M services.

With Asavie’s (Dublin, Ireland) M2M Connect technology, Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) believes it will be able to activate more complicated M2M deployments in hours – even where bi-directional routing or firewalling are required.

Axeda, Hytec target UK health sector with IoT platform

M2M platform provider Axeda claims to have developed a service that will allow medical product manufacturers to deploy connected products at hospitals and healthcare organizations in the UK in compliance with government rules on machine-data protection.

The M2M company has developed the service in partnership with managed hosting specialist Hytec (Oxford, UK), and says it will reduce the cost and complexity associated with connecting to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) network in a secure way.

More than 20 million cars to ship with security software by 2020: ABI Research

More than 20 million connected cars will ship with built-in software-based security technology by 2020, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Although telematics safety services have typically focused on stolen vehicle tracking and diagnostics to physical protect vehicles, awareness is growing about the threat of cyber attacks and the risks these pose, especially given developments in vehicle-to-vehicle communications and autonomous vehicles.

In response, carmakers and suppliers are beginning to source security technology, says the market-research company.

Leidos to deploy another 20,000 smart meters for United Power

Technology player Leidos has extended its contract to provide smart-metering services to United Power for another ten years.

The contract extension will see Leidos (Reston, VA, USA) deploy another 20,000 meters to support the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.

A rural electric cooperative, United Power (Brighton, CO, USA) provides service to nearly 70,000 homes and businesses in Colorado.

The second phase of the smart-meter rollout will use Leidos’ smart-grid-as-a-service (SGS) technology and get under way in October 2013.

Alstom to provide grid security to India's PGCIL

Alstom has been chosen by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to provide state-of-the-art grid security technologies for a new energy management program.

Valued at INR3.82 billion ($61.2 billion), the contract covers the supply of both hardware and software, said the technology player, in what is set to be the world’s largest grid wide area monitoring system.

BGE to use C3 Energy analytics in smart-grid rollout

US energy utility Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has announced it will use analytics software from C3 Energy to support its rollout of a smart grid across nearly all of its two million electric and gas meters.

C3 Energy (Redwood City, CA, USA) claimed the analytics technology would “unlock tens of millions of dollars in annual recurring value” for BGE, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Chicago, IL, USA).

Raco Wireless upgrades M2M management platform

MVNO Raco Wireless has unveiled a new version of its Omega Management Suite M2M platform, which allows customers to control their connected solutions.

The upgrade includes a number of new features, including details of devices, usage records and billing history, “optimized visibility” on mobile devices, and full functionality on computers “without the need to download an app”.

Telogis launches new asset-tracking features

Asset-tracking player Telogis has announced an upgrade to its cloud-based software platform allowing customers to more easily analyze the data they gather from workers, vehicles and assets in the field.

Branded Fleet 11, the upgrade includes mobile application enhancements and new maps that are optimized for mobile devices, says the company, allowing supervisors to easily visualize vehicles, assets and workers.

Itron launches gas analytics service for North American customers

Energy-management specialist Itron has launched a new analytics service aimed at helping gas providers to improve operational efficiency and asset management.

The new service is aimed at utilities in North America and analyzes data from Itron’s (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) gas meters, communications modules and sensing devices to help utilities overcome problems related to aging infrastructure, rising demand and safety concerns.

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