LTE hotspots, a better alternative to smartphone tethering

Worldwide data networks are about to be buried beneath an avalanche of wireless data traffic. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that by 2015, there will be 26 times as much mobile data traffic as there was in 2010 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 92%. Cisco VNI also projects that, by 2015, there will be two network-connected devices for every man, woman, and child on the planet—with WiFi and mobile devices accounting for 54% of all IP traffic.  

Gemalto deploys M2M services in Saudi Arabia

Gemalto, a digital security provider, announced on Monday that Mobily, a mobile operators in Saudi Arabia, has selected its Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The devices will be installed for upcoming Saudi M2M projects in the power management and transportation industries such as smart grid metering and fleet tracking.


The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PND vendors shifting strategies to compete with mobile apps

Shifts in the product offerings by Personal Navigation Device (PND) vendors can be seen as a bid to prevail in a market that is expected to decline by over 40% by 2016, says ABI Research.

Smart grid security investments to total $14 billion by 2018: Report

According to a recent report by Pike Research, utility operators are now in open discussions about protection products for smart grid security, and these conversations will lead to significant growth in the sector over the next several years. Cumulative smart grid cyber security investment from 2011 to 2018 will total $14 billion, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts.

Digi launches multi-channel wireless module for India

On Tuesday, Digi International released the XBee 865LP, a multi-channel 865 MHz wireless module that features up to 10 channels for interference immunity. The module can improve network performance in "noisy" wireless environments and offers twice the range of other modules, says the company. The low-power module is based on Analog Device's ADF7023 transceiver and can be used for energy management, sensor deployments and other wireless networking applications.

IEEE announces five new standards for smart grids

IEEE, a professional association focused on advancing technology, on Monday announced five new standards, as well as a modified standards-development project, that are all intended to aid the rollout of the smart grid worldwide. The new standards and standards projects recently approved by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board carve new dimensions into the IEEE portfolio of more than 100 active standards or standards in development relevant to the smart grid.

Telit HSPA+ M2M module enables connectivity in personal trackers

On Tuesday, Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, announces that its HE910, a pentaband HSPA+ M2M module, enables connectivity in the personal tracker from WH Electronics Inc., a provider of electronic controllers and systems for the automotive Industry

Legislation largest driver for telematics

Telematics is quickly becoming a major vertical in the machine-to-machine (M2M) marketplace, but according to Cyril Zeller, senior sales director of the global telematics segment at Telit, telematics is growing but it is nowhere compared to where it should be.


There are numerous well-known projects and collaborations going on in the telematics sector, but these projects have yet to see large-scale deployments.

CeBIT: Analysts weigh in on 2G, 3G in M2M

On Thursday at the M2M Zone conference at CeBIT, top analysts in the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry weighed in on the 2G versus 3G and 4G debate in M2M.  Overall, it seemed everyone agreed that a viable option would be to keep 2G and instead turn off 3G networks.

SAP presents e-car project results at M2M Zone conference

On Thursday during the M2M Zone Conference at CeBIT, Dr. Martin Przewloka, senior vice president and global head of internet applications and services at SAP Research, presented the results from the SAP Future Fleet project.

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