SAIC enhances smart grid portfolio with acquisition

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced Monday that it has acquired the transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering capabilities of Patrick Energy Services (PES), a provider of performance-based transmission and distribution power system solutions. The acquisition will enhance SAIC's energy and smart grid services portfolio, adding additional T&D engineering services to the company's existing capabilities in a growing market.

Numerex builds UK presence, advances M2M standardization during TIA 2011

Secure M2M product and service provider Numerex Corp Monday announced the opening of its London office and a collaboration with Arkessa Limited, to foster Numerex's advance in the European M2M market. In a separate press release, last week Numerex announced its participation in various M2M standardization activities around TIA 2011, the US Telecommunications Industry Association's annual industry event, which will take place at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, May 17-20, 2011. In particular, Dr. Jeffrey O.

Telit releases new M2M customer magazine

The new telit2market magazine, the international M2M magazine from Telit Wireless Solutions, is now available to download from www.telit.com/ebook. The line-up of featured experts in this year's edition ranges from political organizations like the European Commission and the Korean Communications Commission to telco giants like China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom or Sprint Nextel and global consultants like Beecham Research or Booz & Co. Topics include the entire spectrum of the M2M world: the latest technology trends, current market reports and a multitude of colorful case studies.

Telenor Connexion expands executive team to match emerging M2M service growth in the Americas

Telenor Connexion, M2M service provider, Monday announced the expansion of its executive team in North America to meet the growing demand for M2M services in the region.

Nukona and Integer Wireless team up for wireless healthcare

As hospitals, physicians groups and other healthcare providers expand their use of smartphones and tablets, they have unique security and privacy requirements far beyond those of general enterprises. Two Southern California companies – Nukona of San Diego and Integer Wireless of Newport Beach, Calif. – Wednesday announced a relationship designed to help healthcare organizations meet those needs quickly and cost-effectively.

Nuvel vSOS connects iPhone users to emergency response teams with single button

Nuvel announced last week that vSOS, its personal emergency response application for smart phones is now available for Apple iPhone users to download at the iPhone App Store. Featuring patent-pending technology, vSOS is designed to provide users ranging from school age children to the elderly with help for medical emergencies, personal safety and accidents with the push of a button. Through its partnership with GEOS Alliance, the vSOS application provides emergency response services in North America, South America, and Europe.

M2M vendors report quarterly earnings

Several prominent vendors in the M2M industry have reported quarterly earnings during April and May. M2M earnings were mostly up for the first quarter of 2011 for vendors mentioned in this roundup, although Sierra Wireless reported a loss which the company's President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, called a "short-term situation" in a press release.

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Sprint teams with Trimble to deliver fleet management services to general services administration

Sprint today announced that it is teaming with Trimble, a provider of location-based technology solutions, to provide U.S. government agencies a broad range of fleet management capabilities and solutions as part of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

The BPA will be administered by GSA Fleet, which provides fleet management services to more than 75 participating federal agencies. With more than 217,000 vehicles, GSA Fleet manages one of the largest non-tactical federal fleets in the U.S. government.

Verizon Wireless and USAT partner to deliver cashless payment, M2M solutions

Verizon Wireless and USA Technologies, Inc. announced in April a collaboration that further accelerates the adoption of wireless cash payment services and machine-to-machine applications via USA Technologies' patented ePort Connect Service. USA Technologies solution will now include the Verizon Wireless network for connectivity that enables wireless point-of-sale payments at vending machines via credit and debit cards.

South Korea police probe Google over location data collection

Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.

The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.

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