Telekom Austria ramps up telematics with industry-specific offers

Telekom Austria has expanded its portfolio of M2M offerings with the launch of six new telematics products aimed at specific industry sectors.

The products have been developed in partnership with Austrian telematics player CEplus (Timelkam, Austria) and will allow customers to monitor equipment through the use of sensors and a cloud-based software platform.

Octo Telematics launches operation in Canada

International telematics company Octo Telematics has expanded its operations into Canada with the launch of new usage-based insurance programs in Ontario and Quebec.

The company is well established in the US market as a provider of telematics systems and services to the auto and insurance industries, but has been looking for a new opportunity given the rising adoption of services by US auto insurers.

New Zealand players team up on telematics

New Zealand’s International Telematics and Gen-i have formed an M2M partnership aimed at providing fleet-management services to some of the world’s biggest transportation operators.

The tie-up brings together remote-tracking specialist International Telematics (Auckland, New Zealand) and the ICT service division of Telecom New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand), the country’s biggest telecoms operator.

Stephen Brown, the executive director of customer relations for International Telematics, said he viewed Gen-i as a “long-term premium technology partner”.

Gemalto to support fleet-management solution from Morey

M2M company Gemalto has won a deal to provide secure connectivity services for a fleet-management solution developed by US telematics designer Morey.

Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) said its technology would provide “actionable intelligence”, allowing enterprises using the Morey (Woodridge, IL, USA) product to track assets, optimize utilization and manage inventory for mixed fleets.

M2M service revenues to hit $20 billion in 2015: Juniper Research

Juniper Research has weighed into the M2M forecasting game with its own prediction that service revenues in the industry will reach $20 billion globally in 2015, as players focus on simplifying the process of rolling out M2M technology for end users.

However, in a new report, the market-research company says that monetization opportunities will differ significantly by vertical market.

PeopleNet includes Drivewyze app in onboard devices

Telematics player PeopleNet has incorporated a weight station bypass application developed by Drivewyze into its onboard devices.

The PreClear app comes with a complimentary weigh station cost-analysis too, a nationwide “Weigh Station Heads Up” notifications system and a bypass service subscription option.

PeopleNet (Minneapolis, MN, USA) said it was rolling out the app after conducting a successful beta test that included devices installed on trucks from some of the most well-recognized fleets in the US.

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.

Telit supports rollout of M2M bike taillight in Brazil

M2M module maker Telit is supporting the rollout of a new bicycle taillight featuring an embedded tracking device in Brazil.

Pioneered by local company Nastek Tecnologia (Campo Grande, Brazil), the Yon Bike Lamp – as it is branded – incorporates a GSM/GPS tracker in a bike taillight, allowing users to track a bike’s whereabouts and monitor riding statistics using smartphones.

The device features Telit’s (London, UK) GL865-QUAD module and is able to communicate over GSM and GPRS networks.

Sierra Wireless agrees $21 million takeover of In Motion

M2M player Sierra Wireless has agreed a $21 million takeover of In Motion Technology aimed at bolstering its position in the transit and commercial fleet markets.

The takeover is subject to normal regulatory sign-offs and the approval of In Motion (New Westminster, Canada) shareholders, but expected to close in early March 2014.
Sierra Wireless (Vancouver, Canada) plans to fund the purchase from its existing cash balance.

Telematics penetration in construction sector to exceed 30% by 2019: ABI Research

Telematics penetration in the construction industry is set to exceed 30% globally by 2019, according to ABI Research.

Although penetration is currently quite low, operators are beginning to realize the benefits as more original equipment manufacturers include telematics solutions as standard in their vehicles, notes the market-research company.

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