TomTom LIVE subscribers doubled in 2011

At the end of the year 1.5 million people around the globe were actively using TomTom’s LIVE Services, including TomTom HD Traffic, compared to 690,000 at the start of the year.

Currently, over 90% of TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) automotive systems and 20% of its Portable Navigation Devices sold in Europe are equipped with LIVE Services.

Smart Meter shipments reached 19.2 million units worldwide in 3Q11

Global smart meter shipments reached 19.2 million in the third quarter of 2011, which represents a 5.3% increase over 2Q 2011, according to a new tracker report from Pike Research. Smart meter and smart grid deployments have risen significantly during 2011, particularly in North America. A number of large projects have been announced and key vendors have been selected to provide utilities with meters, communications modules, and meter data management services.

Laird Technologies releases new M2M wireless gateway

Laird Technologies, Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, last week announced the release of its new APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway. The new gateway is used for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.

Orbcomm prepares to launch second AIS satellite

ORBCOMM Inc., a satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, last week announced that the target launch date for its second satellite is January 10, 2012. LuxSpace Sarl, an affiliate of OHB System AG, confirmed that construction and testing of the VesselSat2 AIS satellite has been successfully completed.

The spacecraft has been shipped to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation’s Tiayuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in the Ganso Province of the People’s Republic of China for its launch.

ORBCOMM to acquire asset management company for $6 million

ORBCOMM Inc., a satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, and PAR Technology Corporation, a provider of hospitality technology and services, on Wednesday announced that they have entered into an agreement under which ORBCOMM will acquire the assets of PAR's subsidiary, PAR Logistics Management Systems (PAR LMS) for $6 million.

Telit Wireless to acquire Navman Wireless OEM Solutions

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology company, has entered into an agreement to purchase Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a designer and manufacturer of Global Positioning System (GPS) modules, for $3 million in cash.

Report: data-only MVNOs use mobile broadband to add value

Data-only MVNOs rely on mobile data services to up-sell and cross-sell core products (laptops, e-book readers) or services (telematics, ICT solutions) to add value to products or services that they already offer within their portfolio, according to a new study by InfoCom Research.

U.S. Army expands M2M wireless mesh network in Kuwait

Cubic Global Tracking Solutions, the asset tracking and monitoring division of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a contract of approximately $3.5 million from the U.S. Army to expand the use of Next Generation Wireless Communications (NGWC) services, which employs Cubic's wireless mesh network for yard management applications at three U.S. bases in Kuwait.

Mitsui to invest in U.S. smart-grid project

Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co will invest about $12 million in U.S. energy trading company Tres Amigas LLC.  Tres Amigas is involved in a project to link North America’s three primary power grids - the Western Interconnection, Eastern Interconnection and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - using smart grid technology.

AT&T, T-Mobile Deal, what it means for M2M and RACO Wireless

In light of AT&T’s aborted deal to acquire T-Mobile’s North American assets, it remains to be seen how this will affect the M2M industry.  T-Mobile’s M2M group in North America was led by John Horn, who recently left the company (with much of his team) for RACO Wireless, with the understanding that RACO w

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