UK telecoms regulator Ofcom says BT, Google and Microsoft are among the companies to have registered interest in participating in trials of so-called “white space” technology, which could provide a major spur to the development of M2M services.
Ofcom says approximately 20 companies will be chosen to test a wide range of applications based on white space technology, which uses unlicensed spectrum freed up by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.
Connected-car services from Sprint are set to become available to Canadian consumers thanks to a new tie-up between the US operator and Canada’s Rogers Communications.
The partnership will allow Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) to offer its Sprint Velocity-branded range of in-car infotainment and telematics services over the Rogers (Toronto, Canada) network.
The tie-up essentially means that carmakers can introduce Sprint Velocity in the Canadian market, taking advantage of the connectivity service provided by Rogers.
The 4G lead established by the UK’s EE has helped the operator secure a three-year deal to support telematics services for the RAC, one of the country’s biggest motoring organizations.
Under the terms of the contract announced this week, EE (Hatfield, UK) is to provide embedded SIMs for the RAC’s (Walsall, UK) in-car telematics technology, allowing fleet managers to monitor vehicles remotely.
The number of fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in the Americas is set to grow from 4.9 million at the end of 2012 to 10.1 million by 2017, according to new research from Berg Insight.
The market-research company predicts that North American deployments will grow from 3.3 million at the end of 2012 to 6.8 million by 2017, with installations in Latin America rising from 1.6 million to 3.3 million over the same period.
Logistics company Ryder is to begin using telematics services from Orbcomm across its fleet of trailer assets, the two organizations have announced.
Ryder (Miami, FL, USA) was already a customer of Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA), which claims to have deployed more than 2,000 systems on Ryder’s trailers, but the new deal marks a significant extension of their partnership.
Cellular M2M revenues are set to grow at a compound annual rate of 20.3% between 2013 and 2017, according to new research from Yankee Group.
The market-research company expects connectivity revenues from M2M services provided by cellular operators to rise from $5 billion in 2013 to $10.6 billion in 2017.
The growth rate compares with predictions of an 8.8% increase in mobile data revenues over the same period, and a 3.3% decline in revenues from mobile voice services.
US chipmaking giant Qualcomm has sold its Omnitracs telematics division to private-equity player Vista for the sum of $800 million in cash.
The deal is to include all the Omnitracs operations in the US, Canada and Latin America, as well as Sylectus and FleetRisk Advisors – telematics businesses that Omnitracs bought in 2011.
The transaction is expected to close between October and December after the companies have secured the necessary regulatory approvals.
Vehicle maker Ford has begun an investigation into the way that robots at the International Space Station communicate with Earth in an effort to improve its own connected-car offerings.
The manufacturer says much of its research is being carried out through a three-year partnership with St Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia, whose specific purpose is to analyze space-based robotic communications systems for vehicle mesh networks.
M2M module maker Telit has won a contract to provide receivers to data communications specialist Hirschmann Solutions, a unit of Germany’s Hirschmann Car Communication.
The deal will see Telit’s (London, UK) receivers included in GPS antennas developed by Hirschmann (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) and used to support telematics applications in the transport and logistics sector.
The receiver Telit is supplying is a so-called “ultra-compact” module designed for applications in the commercial, industrial and consumer segments, including wearable and handheld devices.
M2M module maker Novatel Wireless is to begin supplying telematics products to RAC Motoring Services, the two companies have announced.
The UK motoring organization – which provides roadside assistance, insurance, vehicle inspections and checks, legal services and traffic and travel information to approximately seven million customers – aims to cater to a broader range of drivers’ needs through the deal.