GM, OnStar pilot new vehicle tracking system

Last week, OnStar, a subsidiary of General Motors (Detroit, Mich., U.S.A.) that provides in-vehicle communication, announced it has launched a pilot program for Family Link, a new optional service that allows subscribers to stay connected when driving an OnStar-equipped vehicle. Pilot services include vehicle location and vehicle location alert.

Inmarsat, SkyWave launch new M2M asset tracker

Inmarsat (London, England), a provider of satellite communications services, and SkyWave Mobile Communications (Ontario, Canada), a provider of communication services for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, on Thursday announced the launch of a new low data rate service for managing and communicating with remote assets around the world.

Itron to provide 250,000 water meters for contract in Delhi, India

Itron, Inc. (Liberty Lake, Wash., U.S.A.), a smart meter provider, announced on Tuesday that it has been selected by Larsen & Toubro, the largest construction company in India, to supply residential water meters as part of an infrastructure upgrade project in Delhi. Over the course of the 18-month project, Itron will provide 250,000 water meters to accurately measure water usage in the metropolitan area--the largest contract for Itron in India to date, according to the company.

Sierra Wireless to offer certified 4G modules on Verizon, AT&T LTE networks

Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada), a wireless equipment manufacturer, on Tuesday announced that its embedded wireless modules have received technical approval for both AT&T and Verizon’s 4G LTE networks.

The Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7700 embedded wireless module has received approval for the AT&T 4G LTE network, while the Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7750 module received approval for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

Telit signs distribution partnership with DCS

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), announced on Wednesday that Direct Communication Solutions (DCS) (Coral Springs, Fla., U.S.A.), a provider of voice messaging equipment and services, has signed a distribution agreement with Telit following its acquisition of Motorola's M2M unit.

State Farm announces new telematics service

On Thursday insurance company State Farm (Bloomington, Ill., U.S.A.) and telematics company Hughes Telematics Inc. (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.) announced a joint venture to bring safety and diagnostic features to all State Farm policyholders.

In-Drive, a service customized by Hughes Telematics, includes such features as one-touch emergency response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location assistance and vehicle diagnostic alerts and maintenance reminders. The service also includes a website and smartphone app for remote and mobile access, according to State Farm.

Connected Car Systems to reach 189 million by 2016

According to ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), a marketing research firm, the installed base of embedded OEMs and Aftermarket connected car systems is expected to grow from 41 million at the end of 2011 to 189 million by 2016.

UPS cut fuel consumption 3.3% using M2M technology

Package delivery company UPS (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.), on Thursday released the latest edition of its annual Sustainability Report, which said the company had reduced the amount of fuel consumed per package in the United States by 3.3%. The company attributed the improvement to telematics, routing technology and loading optimization.

According to UPS, Telematics supplied the company with data on how each vehicle performed mechanically, as well as on a driver’s route and behavior behind the wheel. According to the report, telematics saved 15.4 million minutes of engine idling time in 2010.

Most consumers know little about smart grid technology

According to a recent study by research and consulting firm, Market Strategies International (Livonia, Mich., U.S.A.), as the quantity and availability of smart grid and smart meter news and information continues to increase, customer support is rising, while awareness still remains low.

Telefonica, Etisalat sign partnership, enter M2M, Cloud industry

Last Thursday telecom operators Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, UAE) and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) announced that they have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to enter into a broad-based cooperation. The partnership will allow both companies to collaborate on a range of strategic areas, including the M2M and Cloud-based industries, according to Telefonica.

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