Qualcomm owned Snaptracs launches GPS tracker for pets

Last week, Snaptracs Inc., a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), announced its first product, a GPS tracking system for pets.

Tagg—The Pet Tracker, a pet tracking system equipped with GPS and wireless capabilities, enables pet owners to know where their pets are and be notified if they wander off. The Tagg Master Kit, which includes all hardware and one full year of service, is $199.99 and is anticipated for shipment in September.

California adopts security standards for smart meters

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) (San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A.), a state regulator of utility companies, recently approved rules to protect the privacy and security of customer usage data generated by smart meters as part of its efforts to build a smart grid for California.

Alcatel-Lucent, China's SGIT partner on smart grid tech

Telecom equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) and China's State Grid Information and Telecommunication Co. (SGIT), a unit of utility company State Grid Corporation of China (Beijing, China) (SGCC), announced a partnership on Friday to provide technology that accesses data used to track energy usage from devices such as smart meters, analyze that data and deliver that information to the utility company.

ECI acquires Wireless Logic for $50 million

Machine to Machine (M2M) service provider Wireless Logic (Buckinghamshire, England) has been sold to ECI Partners (London, England), a mid-market private equity firm, by owner Peter Jones CBE for $50 million.

Wireless Logic has 3,600 customers and nearly 600,000 Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMS) under management in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, according to the company.

UK street lighting initiative to use smart lighting controls

The largest street lighting project in the United Kingdom, costing $323.8 million dollars, will replace and maintain 250,000 streetlights with the smart lighting controls to maintain energy efficiency and provide a more efficient use of energy.

The South Coast Street Lighting private finance initiative, which will take 25 years to complete, stretches across Hampshire, West Sussex and Southampton, and will utilize a smart lighting control, which is connected across the internet via a mobile network.

Report: EV charging requires more cyber security

A recent report from market research and consulting firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.) indicates that securing financial transactions and end-to-end communications throughout the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure will be the focus of increased utility investment in cyber security systems over the next several years. According to Pike Research, it is forecasted that the EV cyber security market will increase from just $26 million in 2011 to $144 million by 2015, with a cumulative investment of $432 million during that period.

inthinc introduces speed-by-street, verbal in-cab mentoring

inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.), a telematics company centered on fleet management, recently introduced a technology that provides in-cab verbal mentoring that tells drivers if they are speeding, aren't wearing their seatbelt, or driving aggressively. According to inthinc, for speeding notifications a database of speed limits for every street segment across the United States in included on the dashboard.

Q2 results in M2M industry

The M2M industry has begun to announce results for the second quarter of 2011. Earnings varied according to company and industry. In the Personal Navigation Device (PND) industry, both Garmin and TomTom reported loss in revenue from the year-ago quarter, primarily due to weak PND markets in both North America and Europe. Satellite companies Iridium and Orbcomm both posted strong Q2 results due to a strong market and company acquisitions.

Smart meter device monitoring system sends signals over 40 miles

When you use Wi-Fi in your house you can download content at a fast speed. If you move into your backyard or down the street, your signal gets weaker until you eventually lose all connection. On Ramp Wireless Inc. (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, developed a technology using the same frequency as Wi-Fi, but instead of using a high power at a short distance, this technology can send small bits of machine-to-machine (M2M) application data a distance of over 40 miles.

GPS fitness devices forecast to surpass 10 million in shipments

According to marketing research firm ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), the launch of Nike and TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) GPS fitness watch has given the market the shot in the arm it needed, with new devices, applications, and companies helping to drive forecasts for fitness GPS shipments beyond the 10 million mark.

Released in January, the Nike+ SportWatch GPS is able to calculate location information, distance, pace and calories burnt, according to TomTom. GPS receivers powered by TomTom work with sensors inside the shoe to deliver data throughout the run.

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