TeliaSonera joins Orange-Deutsche Telekom M2M alliance

TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden), a mobile network operator, has signed an M2M agreement with France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany). The agreement, which initially was signed by France Telecom-Orange and Deutsche Telekom in February 2011 to cover France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, has since then added the Netherlands (Deutsche Telekom) and most recently the UK. The M2M service will now extend to cover TeliaSonera’s geographical reach, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania.

Report: utility security a concern among U.S. smart grid

IDC Energy Insights (Framingham, Mass., U.S.A.), a market research firm, announced on Tuesday a new report analysis of the security initiatives among North American utility companies. According to the report, of the 150 U.S. utility companies surveyed, 75% deemed security investments to be of the highest importance, while 38% depicted security to be one of the top IT initiatives this year.

Western Australia puts $36.5 million into telehealth

The Western Australia government last week announced it will spend $36.5 million on telehealth services in six country hospitals located in inland Western Australia.

The initiative, funded under the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions Program, is the centerpiece of the State Government’s spending on health in the 2011-2012 State Budget and aims to reform and improve access to healthcare, according to a government statement.

BVS releases portable M2M 3G cell tower testing

Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc. (BVS) (Metuchen, N.J., U.S.A), a provider of security products for the telecommunications industry, released the Squid M2M 3G Cell Tower Tester.

The Squid 3G Cell Tower Tester is a handheld receiver that provides installers and electrical engineers a real time display of local 3G carriers’ base stations and their respective signal strength or Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI).

Ericsson M2M Roundtable Unveiled: Mobile operators agree on stronger role

Broad consensus for the M2M sector was reached concerning the role of mobile network operators (MNO’s), standard definitions, subscription portability, and the desirability of open standards at a meeting that included some of the most influential MNO’s in M2M – as well as Ericsson, Intel, and IBM. The meeting was organized by Ericsson and held behind closed doors at the CTIA show in Orlando, Fla., (USA) in March, and the M2M Zone’s Newsdesk has gained exclusive first access to notes of the discussion.

Singlewire announces M2M Plugin for mass notification system

Singlewire Software (Madison, Wis.), a developer of voice applications for mass notification, on Tuesday announced the release of the new Singlewire M2M plugin for its InformaCast system.

InformaCast is a full-featured, network-based mass notification, emergency communication, and overhead paging system that allows users to send an audio and/or text message to a variety of endpoints including IP speakers, Cisco IP phones, overhead paging systems, computer desktops, digital signage, SMS text, social media sites, and more.

GE looks for acquisitions in smart grid

General Electric (Fairfield, Conn.) is looking for acquisitions in smart grid technology according to Keith Redfearn, the EMEA & India regional general manager for GE Energy.

In January, GE acquired Remote Energy Monitoring, Ltd., a smart metering technology company that operations in the United Kingdom and Australia. In May, GE announced its plans to acquire FMC-Tech (Houston Texas), a provider of real-time power line monitoring for power grid technology. The acquisition is expected to be completed this month.

Chinese Government promotes EV charging stations, rapid growth predicted

In a report conducted by research firm Technavio, it is forecasted that the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) charging station market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 86% from 2010 to 2014.

According to Technavio, the EV Charging Station market reached $321 million in 2010 and is expected to grow to $1.2 billion in 2011 due to the huge investment being made to develop the infrastructure required by electric vehicles.

Johnson Controls acquires EnergyConnect

Johnson Controls (Milwaukee, Wis.), a company delivering energy efficiency in buildings, has completed the previously announced acquisition of EnergyConnect Group, Inc., a provider of smart grid demand response services and technologies. The acquisition was completed on July, 1, 2011.

According to a Johnson Controls spokesperson, the acquisition of EnergyConnect was report at $32.3 million dollars.

Smart grid in Asia Pacific to exceed $171 billion by 2017

According to a report by Pike Research, a market research and consulting firm, energy markets in the Asia Pacific region are experiencing a period of significant growth and development, with a forecasted smart grid market growth of $16.9 billion in the next six years.

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