Wearable wireless medical devices to top 100 million units by 2016

According to a report by ABI research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), the market for wearable devices will reach more than 100 million units annually by 2016 as a range of factors combine over the next five years to drive consumer and healthcare adoption. These devices, ranging from heart rate monitors for measuring an individual’s performance during sports to wearable blood glucose meters, will all enable greater detail in tracking, monitoring, and care – often through connections provided by mobile phones, according to the report.

Cisco develops routers for vending machines, vehicles, medical equipment

On Tuesday, Cisco Systems Inc (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.), a company that designs and sells electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology, announced the Cisco 819 Integrated Services Router (ISR), which provides communication for vending machines, vehicles and medical equipment, according to the company. This is the latest addition to its core routing infrastructure portfolio.

On-Ramp Signs Reseller Agreement for Smart Grid in UK, U.S.

On Tuesday, On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, announced that it has signed an agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (McLean, Va., U.S.A.), a provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services, to become a reseller and systems integrator of On-Ramp's Ultra-Link Processing wireless systems in North America and the UK.

Digi launches ZigBee-to-3G cellular internet connectivity kit

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, on Tuesday introduced the iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity. The kit allows remote devices to be connected wirelessly over cellular networks and integrated into a cloud environment, according to the company. The development kit contains the hardware, software and documentation necessary for ZigBee-to-3G cellular Internet connectivity.

According to Digi, the Development Kits support Sprint, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, Vodafone and other global 3G GSM networks, and cost $499.

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.

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