As companies in a range of industries seek to reduce costs, increase revenue opportunities, and improve customer service, they are increasingly turning to interactive kiosks as an additional channel to enable their customers with self-service options. The number of interactive kiosks in operation will rise from approximately 1.6 million deployed in 2011 to nearly three million deployed globally by 2016, according to a recent report by ABI Research.
inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., a telematics product provider, last week announced the availability of a cell and text detection antenna which detects cell phone wave frequencies emitted from the driver seat, verbally warns the user to terminate the call or text and sends real-time alerts to a web portal or directly to a manger.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced that telecare and telehealth systems will be rolled out to three million people over the next five years as part of a plan to help patients and reduce costs.
Prime Minister David Cameron launched “3 Million Lives”, a campaign that aims to enhance the lives of people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, by accelerating the rollout of services across England.
Telular Corporation (Chicago, Ill., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M provider, last week announced the acquisition of SkyBitz, Inc. (Sterling, Va., U.S.A.), a provider of asset tracking equipment, for $42 million. The deal is comprised of $35 million in cash and $7 million in shares of common stock.
Axeda Corporation (Foxboro, Mass., U.S.A.), a cloud platform provider for M2M and connected devices, and ClearConnex (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.),a company providing products and engineering services targeted at M2M and wireless devices, announced an alliance to streamline the building and delivery of wireless M2M products.
A new study released by Northeast Group, LLC (Washington D.C.) has identified 25 emerging market countries that are positioned for the next wave of smart grid activity over the coming decade. These countries will represent a smart metering market alone of at least $27 billion and could reach $49 billion by 2020.
Telit Wireless Solutions (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.), the North American M2M technology arm of Telit Communications, announced on Wednesday that two of its 3G M2M modules have been certified on the AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) network.
The M2M Zone has just released the agenda for the only on-site M2M conference at the CeBIT 2012 trade show in Hannover, Germany, which is expecting 350,000 attendees. The conference, which will be held in the CeBIT Life Section of the show, will take place on Thursday, March 8th, beginning with a keynote address from well-known industry analyst Robin Duke-Woolley discussing the current state of the M2M ecosystem.
Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.) announced on Monday the formation of a wholly owned medical device subsidiary, Qualcomm Life Inc., which aims to connect medical devices wirelessly via cloud-based services so biometric information is accessible by device users and health care providers.
German electronics giant Siemens (Munich, Germany) announced on Monday the acquisition of eMeter Corportation (San Mateo, Calif., U.D.A.), a startup company focusing on smart grid technologies for utilities such as power and water. eMeter received a total of $68.8 million over six rounds of institutional funding. JP Morgan advised eMeter in the acquisition, which is expected to close this month.