Service enablement services (SES), the software layer between the network and vertical applications, are set to become a key differentiator in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market and achieve a total market value of $2.2 billion worldwide by 2014, up from a modest $350 million in 2011, according to the latest study by analyst firm Beecham Research.
On Wednesday, Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, announced the launch of Numerex FAST 3.0, Numerex's cloud-based M2M platform, which now enables expanded service features and capabilities. FAST 3.0 now includes three service delivery options which can be accessed independently or as a fully integrated solution: Network as a Service (NaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); and Software as a Service (SaaS).
iRobot Corp., a provider of robotic technology-based services, on Tuesday announced a $6 million investment and expanded partnership with InTouch Health, a provider of remote presence telemedicine services. The $6 million investment represents a minority position in the company.
The announcement expands upon the joint development and licensing agreement iRobot (Bedford, Mass., USA) announced in July 2011, which was established to explore opportunities for healthcare applications on iRobot platforms.
Last week, Delta Air Lines announced an exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking solutions, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location information on its web site at deltacargo.com.
UK community pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy and Proteus Biomedical, Inc., a digital health company, have announced a strategic collaboration to commercialize and launch Helius, a digital health product that combines sensor-enabled tablets, a sensor patch for the body, and a mobile health (mHealth) application to monitor complex medication regiments and health issues.
Digi International on Tuesday introduced an enhanced version of the company’s ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband and offers additional memory and processing power for over-the-air updates of connected Smart Energy devices.
On Tuesday, Honeywell announced a smart-grid project that will help British energy company SSE plc connect up to 30 commercial and industrial buildings in the Thames Valley area west of London, and temporarily reduce electricity consumption when overall use spikes.
After a live video consult with a dermatologist, almost every patient who'd previously been checked out by a primary care doctor had a change in their diagnosis or in their treatment, in a new study performed by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento.
Researchers also found that having more "teledermatology" appointments meant it was more likely that a patient's condition would improve.
On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp and OSIsoft LCC, a manufacturer of real-time data infrastructure, released a survey showing a 25% increase in the number of utilities companies that have implemented smart-grid technology compared to last year. The survey also shows that 28% of companies surveyed are in the planning phase, but 24% still have not started adopting any smart-grid technology. However, 63% of participants expect their budgets for these technologies to increase over the next two or three years.
Administrative burdens and limits on reimbursement are among the obstacles keeping hospitals from choosing to implement telemedicine programs, according to a study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, C3O Medical Group, and UCLA Medical Center. The report surveyed emergency and critical care telemedicine users to determine factors that motivate and barriers that impede development of a robotic telemedicine program.