U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs announces telehealth initiative

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and American Well (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a telehealth software company, on Friday announced an initiative to bring telehealth services to U.S. war veterans in their homes and workplaces. The initiative will use American Well's Online Care system to provide care for veterans, particularly those remotely located from VA medical centers, says American Well.

TomTom makes fleet management app for smartphone

TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) on Tuesday launched a smartphone application designed to provide customers with information about their vehicle fleet. The smartphone application, WEBFLEET Mobile, includes a detailed map which provides a view of the current traffic situation using TomTom’s real-time traffic technology, the TomTom HD Traffic. 

The technology allows customers to pinpoint the location of their fleet, obtain information on each vehicle's destination and estimated time of arrival, and gain trip data information such as mileage and timestamps, according to TomTom.

Smart grid security spending to exceed $2 billion by 2016, still major challenges

An estimated $590 million was spent on smart grid security technologies in 2010 and by 2016 that number is projected to surpass $2 billion, according to a report by ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.).  However, despite this, cyber security challenges are nowhere close to being resolved, and the industry will continue to face a number of serious hurdles in the coming years, says Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.).

Sierra Wireless, IBM, Eurotech, Eclipse Foundation establish M2M Working Group

On Tuesday, Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and the Eclipse Foundation (Ontario, Canada), a nonprofit vendor neutral corporation consisting of individuals across the software industry, announced the formation of a new Industry Working Group to define and implement an open standard platform for the software development tools used in developing machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Ireland to outpace U.S. in EV adoption

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Despite several years of economic woes and rapidly expanding debt, The Republic of Ireland has announced its commitment to Electric Vehicles (EVs) and an aggressive roll-out of charging infrastructure. The country is installing 1,500 public charging stations this year, which puts the country on pace to have a greater penetration per capita than the United States.

Digi Offers 3G system-on-module on Sprint network

Digi International (Minnstonka, Minn., U.S.A.) on Tuesday announced that its embedded 3G system-on-module has been certified by Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.), which allows M2M device manufacturers to add 3G connectivity to their devices without having to go through a certification process.

ConnectCore 3G -- the embedded 3G system-on-module with integrated application processing- also offers cloud connectivity with the iDigi Device Cloud.

U.S. Bureau of Prisons uses M2M tech for two-way communication

Fleet Management Solutions (San Luis Obispo, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of telematics systems, on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to equip its fleet vehicles and other mobile assets, with its vehicle tracking and mobile management system.

SensorLogic partners with Sprint in M2M initiative

SensorLogic, Inc (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a provider of cloud-based platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) application development, on Tuesday announced that it is teaming with Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) to help enterprise customers build and deploy M2M applications and managed services.
 
The collaboration enables Sprint’s customers to leverage their company’s network infrastructure in combination with SensorLogic’s application enablement platform.

Telefonica, China Unicom make M2M development agreement

Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).

Report: telematics can reduce traffic accidents by 90%

According to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (New York), a technical professional association, nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error – up to 90% of all crashes – could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads. These include electronics and computing technologies such as in-vehicle machine vision and sensors to detect drowsy drivers, lane departure warning systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety applications.

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