Telematics technology debuts at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which opened Tuesday in Las Vegas, will provide attendees with a glimpse into new telematics and electric vehicle offerings from some of the largest vehicle and telematics manufacturers in the world.  On Tuesday, Kia Motors debuted two electric vehicles (EV), the Kia Ray and Kia Naimo, and unveiled a new User Centered Driving telematics technology.  Mercedes-Benz USA showed off its next generation telematics technology - mbrace2 - powered by Hughes Telematics, while Verizon

Verizon buys remaining 50% of nPhase

On Thursday, Verizon Wireless announced that it had purchased the remaining 50% of nPhase, a joint venture it formed with Qualcomm in 2009. nPhase is a company focused on machine-to-machine (M2M), telemetry and wireless services.   The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ireland draws up smart grid, electric vehicle roadmap

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recently unveiled three energy roadmaps to focus on the potential benefits of Ireland moving to a future energy system where electricity, managed via a smart grid, meets more of the country’s energy needs.  The roadmaps, which are developed to inform energy policy in Ireland, demonstrate the potential to positively exploit abundant, indigenous energy resources, create employment and reduce our CO2 emissions, says the SEAI.

Report: 2.2 million patients are remotely monitored

According to new a report from analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.2 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service with integrated connectivity at the end of 2011. The firm forecasts that the number of home monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2012 and 2016 reaching 4.9 million connections globally.

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.

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