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.
News this week from connected health technology advocates calls attention the importance of nurturing synergies between healthcare and Information Communications Technology (ICT) providers worldwide.
Continua Health Alliance today announced that two major communications providers -- China Mobile and Verizon Enterprise Solutions -- have joined the Alliance, adding to a roster of operators in its membership, that includes AT&T, KDDI, Korea Telecom (KT), NTT DOCOMO - Mobile, NTT, Orange, Telefonica, Telus and Vodafone.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to become a “pivotal catalyst” for the ICT industry in 2014, as a nexus of low-cost sensors, cloud computing, advanced data analytics and mobility produces an explosion of IoT activity, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.
“Numerous opportunities will emerge as more and more data is generated by machines than human beings,” said Andrew Milroy, the vice president of Frost & Sullivan’s ICT practice.
Tiny Denmark, with fewer than 6 million people, supplies half the world's hearing aids, and local makers aim to advance that commanding position as baby boomers and the iPhone generation age.
GN Store Nord, headquartered in Ballerup, near Copenhagen, has a product it hopes will reach that demographic - famously averse to accepting the depredations of age - by taking the stigma out of wearing an aid.
The International Telecommunications Union says it has signed a “groundbreaking” partnership with international healthcare company Bupa aimed at using mobile technologies to fight disease in low- and middle-income countries.
Named ‘Be Healthy, Be Mobile’, the program is to focus on combating chronic non-communicable illnesses like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and serious respiratory conditions.
The collaboration is also to involve the World Health Organization.
Europe is set to be the next big growth market for M2M-enabled healthcare services, after North America, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.
While the potential telehealth opportunity in North America is widely recognized, Europe has tended to lag in this area, with most M2M companies focused on the rollout of smart home, connected car and telematics services.
Middle Eastern operator Etisalat has extended a long-standing partnership with M2M gateways provider Netcomm Wireless in another sign of its growing interest in the M2M opportunity.
The operator said the deal will build on an existing agreement to provide M2M services to vertical market customers across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
As a result of the new agreement, Netcomm’s (Sydney, Australia) product portfolio will be extended to Etisalat’s (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) operations in 15 countries.
Kore Telematics is to provide connectivity services to telehealth specialist AdhereTech in a deal that could lead to improvements in healthcare and reduced costs for healthcare providers.
AdhereTech (New York City, NY, USA) has developed what it calls a “smart pill bottle” that can automatically measure the number of pills in the bottle in real time and then wirelessly transmit this information to the cloud.
Patients who have forgotten to take their medication can then easily be notified via phone calls or text messages.
Verizon’s partner program shows that mobile operators are increasingly focused on developing m-health solutions as part of their M2M offerings, according to new research from Strategy Analytics.
Predicting that revenues from the global m-health market will reach $138 billion by 2020, the market-research company says Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) has recently taken steps to consolidate and redesign its partner program to produce a more streamlined organization.
M2M DataSmart is to support medication delivery and tracking solutions in the US for MedicPen, a mediation delivery specialist based in Sweden.
The mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) claims to offer “cost-effective, no-hassle wireless connectivity” using the CDMA network of Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA).