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.

Healthcare access in rural U.S. lagging, telemedicine crucial

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Telemedicine may be able to significantly help healthcare access in the rural parts of the United States, according to a report by health care company UnitedHealth Group (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.).

According to the report, there are only 65 primary care physicians per 100,000 rural Americans -- 40 less than the 105 per 100,000 urban and suburban Americans.

Southwest Airlines now using OnAsset asset tracking devices

OnAsset Intelligence (Irving, Texas, U.S.A.), a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking, recently announced that Southwest Airlines Co. (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) is now accepting cargo shipments containing its tracking devices.

OnAsset’s SENTRY 400 FlightSafe device can provide location, environmental sensing and monitoring of temperature-sensitive and high value cargo, according to the company.

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.

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