Netsize, a mobile commerce enabler and a Gemalto company, announced last week that CityzenCar, a peer-to-peer car sharing social network in France, has deployed its SMS-based communication service to secure and simplify car rental for consumers. CityzenCar enables 12,000 members across 2,000 French cities to rent a vehicle completely through SMS and an embedded telematic device.
According to the Cisco Visual Network Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2011 to 2016, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold during this time period reaching 10.8 exabytes per month - or an annual run rate of 130 exabytes - by 2016.
On Tuesday, Sprint announced that it is partnering with Orange Business Services to provide global machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity outside the U.S. Through the agreement, Sprint will expand its M2M reach to include Sprint-branded global M2M connectivity to 180 countries on Orange’s network.
Switzerland’s largest telecom operator Swisscom and telecom equipment maker Ericsson have launched a machine-to-machine (M2M) partnership. Under the agreement, Swisscom will offer customers M2M services using Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform.
The first trials will start in February 2012, with the commercial introduction of services scheduled for the summer 2012, says Swisscom. The partnership will span across Switzerland as well as abroad.
On Wednesday, TomTom, which makes vehicle-based personal navigation devices (PNDs), said it had teamed up with UK-based insurance firm Motaquote to offer its first new insurance product, called Fair Play, which gives safer drivers lower premiums.
"Our entry in the insurance market…puts us at the forefront of a move that could help to revolutionize the motor insurance industry," said Thomas Schmidt, managing director TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Business Solutions.
Siemens Smart Grid Division and TIBCO Software Inc. will provide smart grid enterprise integration services to Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), a utility company that provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, for a smart grid demonstration project.
Amdocs, a provider of OSS software and services, last week announced the launch of two new services - the Amdocs Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Connected Home services - that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market.
On Monday, Health Evolution Partners and Verizon Enterprise Solutions established a strategic relationship for the adoption of connected health information technologies.
On Tuesday, Digi International announced that the Iridium satellite network now supports the iDigi Device Cloud. Similar to cellular SMS, Digi devices with an Iridium data transceiver inside can now send and receive data via the iDigi Device Cloud over the Iridium network.
On Monday, Siemens AG announced it will buy RuggedCom Inc, a maker of data communications networks systems, for about $381 million in cash, to improve access to markets in North America and the Asia-Pacific region.