Telematics, Telemetry

Microsoft and Toyota announce strategic telematics partnership

Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. last week announced that they have forged a strategic partnership and plan to build a global platform for TMC's next-generation telematics services using the Windows Azure platform. Telematics is the fusing of telecommunications and information technologies in vehicles; it can encompass GPS systems, energy management and other multimedia technologies.

Cybit and Masternaut merge, create unified European telematics company

Cybit and Masternaut, both European telematics companies providing vehicle tracking, fleet and driver management solutions, Monday announced that they have combined to form a single, pan-European telematics company. The new organization, which retains the Masternaut name, will have more than 500 employees supporting a 10,000-strong customer base across 32 countries.

Telehealth, collaboration, supported by worldwide health care leaders, says Cisco survey

Telehealth and collaboration technology could transform health care delivery, say senior health care leaders from around the world, according to a survey conducted by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Research & Economics Practice and Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) released Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C.

Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service to make 'connected home' reality in planned community

Planned community Brambleton announced yesterday that it will be Verizon's first community in the U.S. to offer the Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service making the concept of the "Connected Home" a reality. The service will enable Brambleton homeowners to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances -- all by using a smartphone, a computer or through FiOS TV.

Global enterprise cellular M2M connections will nearly triple by 2015

Yankee Group forecasts revenue from connections alone will approach U.S. $7 billion

Yankee Group

After years of anticipation, the machine-to-machine (M2M) era has finally arrived. A new Yankee Group forecast predicts enterprise cellular M2M connections worldwide will surge from 81.8 million in 2011 to nearly 217.5 million in 2015. In the same time frame, connectivity revenue will more than double from U.S. $3.1 billion to U.S. $6.7 billion, making the M2M market one of the highest growth areas in the wireless arena during the next decade.

Telematics fleet management applications hitting the road

Truck manufacturers are deploying more telematics technology for fleet management, as shown by announcements within the past week from Hino Trucks, Freightliner Trucks, and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group company, today announced Hino Insight, a web-based location and telematics product. Hino Insight provides GPS-based remote fleet management capabilities to fleet operations of all sizes.

Verizon unveils hybrid and alternative-energy vehicles

Verizon today showcased some of the newest energy-efficient additions to its motor vehicle fleet at an event attended by President Barack Obama. Verizon, which has the third-largest corporate vehicle fleet in the nation, was among five companies recognized by the president for adding substantive numbers of green vehicles.

Verizon displayed three of its latest energy-efficient vehicles at the event, which featured alternative-energy trucks and cars operated by some of the nation's largest corporations. 

Airbiquity to provide connected vehicle consumer device with OnStar

Mirror-mounted telematics device available via retail in 2011

Airbiquity, a provider of wireless connected vehicle services, last week at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida, announced the company's selection to provide data-over-voice technology to OnStar's retail product, OnStar FMV. OnStar's mirror-mounted retail device will bring connected vehicle services to virtually any vehicle.

Telit introduces HSPA+ LGA module for industrial and consumer M2M applications

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., a specialist in machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, announced the launch of HE910, the worldwide smallest module featuring 5-band HSPA+ Tuesday at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida,. The module is designed to be used in any 3G network worldwide without the need for regional variants. The small footprint Land-Grid-Array (LGA) form factor is suitable for compact devices, e.g. e-readers or PDAs, with data-rich applications like multimedia.

Connected Vehicle panel discusses telematics present and future at CTIA

A panel of key connected vehicle players met Wednesday during M2M Zone's exclusive conference at International CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida. Telematics, location-based services and the mobile web featured prominently in discussions between panelists Janet Schijns, VP Business Solutions Group at Verizon, Mike Ueland, Vice President and General Manager at Telit Wireless Solutions, and Alex Brisbourne, President of KORE Telematics. Moderator Sam Lucero, an M2M Connectivity analyst at ABI research, focused the discussion on societal and business benefits of connected vehicles, and the logistics of deployment and consumer adoption.

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