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.
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.
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 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.
UK-headquartered Fleetmatics has launched an office in Australia, hoping to capitalize on local demand for fleet-management services as fuel costs in the country continue to rise.
The move comes several months after Fleetmatics (Reading, UK) acquired an Australian company called Connect2Field (Sydney), which develops so-called “field service” software, and coincides with expansion activities in Europe.
Telematics specialist Harman has secured a deal with Daimler to equip vehicles with new control units providing connectivity to the carmaker’s intelligent traffic management centers.
Harman (Stamford, CT, USA) will also install so-called micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) microphones in Daimler (Stuttgart, Germany) vehicles – representing the first time microphones with MEMS technology have been used by Harman in the automotive sector.
The market for personal tracking devices and wearable technology is set to boom in 2014, as M2M players shift their focus from the business market to the consumer one.
That is one of the headline predictions from German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (Bonn) about the way the M2M industry will develop next year.
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.
Japanese tech giant Kyocera has teamed up on M2M with Norway’s Telenor Connexion, saying the new partnership will mainly address opportunities in the burgeoning connected-car market.
The companies provided few details of the collaboration but said it would bring together Kyocera’s expertise in developing M2M modules with Telenor Connexion’s experience of providing connectivity and managed services.
Spanish operator Telefonica claims it is supporting the first insurance telematics service to be launched in the German market.
The operator said its Spanish subsidiary has signed a deal with Sparkassen DirektVersicherung (Dusseldorf, Germany) – a part of Sparkassen Organisation, Germany’s largest financial services group – to support an insurance telematics service due to be launched this month.
According to Telefonica’s (Madrid, Spain) statement, the service will include security features and allow customers to save money on car insurance.