M2M companies report 4Q11 financial results

Among the first machine-to-machine (M2M) companies to release fourth quarter financial results for 2011 are Digi International, Numerex and Sierra Wireless.  Results varied overall, with some companies experiencing a decline in fourth quarter revenue due to internal decisions and circumstances. Digi International’s fourth quarter revenue declined due to the flood in Thailand, which impacted its operations. Sierra Wireless saw a decline in revenue largely due to an absence in revenue from Barnes an

MACH reveals M2M revenue protection to reduce fraud

MACH, a provider of cloud-based managed communication services, recently announced the launch of its M2M Revenue Protection Solution, which is designed to help M2M (Machine-to-Machine) service providers reduce losses from fraud and malicious activity on their networks, including SIM cloning, call selling, and Denial of Service attacks, while reducing losses caused by human error.

Itron aquires SmartSynch for $100 million

Itron, Inc. recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held SmartSynch, Inc., a developer of cellular-based smart grid services for the utility industry, in a transaction valued at $100 million. 

Jasper Wireless signs first connected device partnership in Portugal

Jasper Wireless, a provider of connected devices platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics, and Optimus, a Portuguese mobile network operator, on Wednesday announced an agreement to wirelessly connect machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics devices across Portugal.

Will long-life M2M applications keep 2G around?

As telecom operators become increasingly involved in machine-to-machine (M2M) markets, major decisions are going to have to be made about the viability of 2G networks.

The critical condition of medical device connectivity

In order to deliver high-quality care and meet regulatory mandates, hospitals must collect increasingly detailed clinical data from inpatients, while reducing staff costs. Obtaining the additional data required to manage and coordinate care inside and outside the hospital, without spending a fortune on staff, requires the ability to automatically retrieve information from medical devices.

Wi-Fi network controller module introduced for M2M market

Murata Wireless Solutions (MWS), a manufacturer of wireless modules, on Tuesday announced the introduction of its Wi-Fi Network Controller Module.  The SN8200 is a small, low power, self-contained, certified Wi-Fi network controller module that provides serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity to the internet, and can be used by manufacturers who are looking to add wireless connectivity to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, such as home appliances,

Report: smart appliance shipments to exceed 24 million units by 2017

According to a recent report by research firm ABI Research, smart applications shipments will soon begin to pick up and will eventually exceed 24 million units by 2017.  Similar to the market for home energy management systems (HEMS), the smart appliances market has, so far, failed to take off as many had expected. Many products are still involved in small pilots and have failed to hit retail outlets in any large number, says ABI Research.

Cinterion M2M module used in Chinese smart meters

Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, announced on Tuesday that Linyang Electronics, an electronic information enterprise in the smart meter market, is integrating Cinterion's tiny BGS2 in their smart metering products and power utilization management terminals.

M2M SMS communication service used to rent cars in France

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.

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