Telefonica, Masternaut sign agreement to market fleet management services

Telecommunications provider Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) and Masternaut (Paris, France), a provider of vehicle tracking management, have reached an agreement to jointly market telematics-enabled fleet management services. Both Telefonica and Masternaut will share product roadmaps to create products, according to Telefonica.

Quake Global modems optimize construction equipment

Quake Global, Inc. (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of M2M communicators for satellite and terrestrial networks, announced that Komatsu Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), the world’s second largest construction equipment manufacturer, is using Quake’s modems in its M2M heavy machinery communication.

The amount of the deal was not disclosed.

u-blox acquires Fusion Wireless

u‑blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), a positioning and wireless chip and module company, announced on Monday the acquisition of Fusion Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of CDMA wireless modules for consumer and M2M applications in North America.

The acquisition price includes $0.9 million fully paid in cash, as well as $2.1 million in existing debt, plus earn-out.

US, Europe collaborating on smart grid standards development

On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the European Union's (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) jointly announced their intention to work together on smart grid standards development, emphasizing common goals and areas of focus.

Telekom Austria sets up M2M subsidiary company

The Telekom Austria Group (Vienna Austria), a telecom provider, on Tuesday announced that it has set up a new subsidiary in the M2M business field. The new company, the Telekom Austria Group M2M GmbH, acts as the competence and service center of the Telekom Austria Group, focusing solely on the development and marketing of M2M services, according to the company.

Sprint reveals web managed thermostat

Last week, Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) announced that the Proliphix IMT-550 Internet Managed Thermostat is now available with Sprint wireless network connectivity. This connected thermostat allows small- to medium-sized retail business owners to reduce energy expenses and remotely monitor their storefronts, according to the company.

Study: M2M technologies Americans are most interested in

In a recent study conducted by research consultancy Market Strategies International (Livonia, Mich., U.S.A.), consumers rated energy smart metering and health monitoring as the two most appealing M2M solutions in the marketplace,

Telehealth service allows live care of patients at home

Healthcare technology provider American Well (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.) and Numera (Seattle, Wash., U.S.A.), a telehealth provider, last week announced a collaboration to deliver health monitoring information directly into live online encounters between physicians and patients.

Vodafone launches R&D Center in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is home to some of the most powerful technology companies in the world.  Microsoft, Google, Apple, Intel, Sony, IBM and Oracle all headquarter in and around the Silicon Valley, and many of those companies started and built their company there.  With so many technology companies headquartered in the area, it makes sense that Vodafone (London, England) decided to launch a Research and Development (R&D) Center in that same location.

Elster debuts integrated meter to support multiple smart grid systems

On Tuesday, Elster (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.), a manufacturer of advanced meter infrastructure, announced that its integrated universal meter and radio platform, the REXUniversal meter, is expected to be commercially available in North America in the second quarter of 2012.   Elster's REXUniversal meter platform allows smart grid vendors' 900MHz radio frequency (RF) mesh communications to run natively on the identical REXUniversal meter hardware with integrated communications, economically delivering meter and network flexibility to utilities, according to Elster.

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