Toshiba and Bulgarian Energy Holding sign Memorandum of Understanding

Will cooperate on development of smart grids, power plants, electric cars

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD and Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which they will discuss further cooperation in the field of energy and energy efficiency. The potential future relationship between the parties includes closer cooperation in energy generation, including thermal power, hydro power, nuclear power and solar photovoltaic power, and increasing the efficiency of power transmission and distribution through the development of smart grids.

Sierra debuts two new embedded modules

Already successful product series now features HSPA+ and EV-DO variants

Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) today introduced two new broadband products in its AirPrime SL Series of wireless embedded modules: the AirPrime SL809x for HSPA+ networks, and the AirPrime SL501x for EV-DO Rev A networks. The new modules bring additional choices of network technologies to the SL Series, which currently includes the SL808x HSDPA module as well as the SL6087 EDGE module, winner of the GSM Association's "Best 2G module" award.

MasterCard hires former Orange VP of Mobile Payments

NFC veteran implies MasterCard will ramp up its efforts

Mastercard (Harrison, NY, USA) has poached Mung-Ki Woo, the former head of mobile and contactless payments at Orange (Arcueil, France), one of Europe’s largest operators. Woo will head up MasterCard’s mobile payment and m-commerce business, a recently formed unit.

The move strongly suggests MasterCards plans to increase its mobile payments efforts, a currently wide open market with many potential competitors looming. Not the least of which being Visa, who hired Bill Gajda, former chief commercial officer of the GSM Association, for a similar position.

Sprint will provide connectivity for Hyundai’s telematics

Blue Link will rely on Sprint infrastructure

Following last week’s announcement that Hyundai will be entering the telematics race, Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) CEO Dan Hesse has announced his company will provide the network infrastructure to support this and other connected vehicle applications.

During remarks at the 2011 Detroit Economic Club, Hesse unveiled the company’s “M2M Connected Transportation initiative.” “We want to provide connected transportation to trucks, buses, subways, taxis, planes, police cars and ambulances so that they can be instantly linked through voice, data and images,” said Hesse.

Gemalto hands over point of sale business to partner VeriFone

VeriFone designates Gemalto its preferred M2M provider

Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) has announced the handover of its point of sale (POS) solutions business to VeriFone (San Jose, California, USA) as part of their strategic partnership. First announced in October, the partnership also entails cooperative efforts in Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) chip card solutions, and Gemalto's appointment as the preferred supplier of M2M wireless modules and related solutions for VeriFone payment systems.

LG unveils smart appliance lineup

Wi-Fi enabled washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, and even vacuum robots

LG Electronics has unveiled its new range of smart appliances, enabled by "LG THINQ" technology, at the 2011 International CES. All products in the lineup are comprised of five key features, dubbed Smart Grid, "Smart Diagnosis," "Smart Access," "Smart Adapt," and the intriguing "Food Management."

TomTom deploys Sierra Wireless embedded module

Drivers may access nearby points of interest, location of speed cameras, traffic

Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) today announced that TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), a location and navigation solutions provider, is using Sierra Wireless "AirPrime" Intelligent Embedded Modules to provide cellular connectivity to its integrated navigation systems for Renault and Mazda vehicles.

GSMA hopes to put SIM cards in all electronic devices

Forms task force comprising experts from across the industry

Last Thursday, the GSM Association announced the formation of a task force of mobile operators to explore the development of an embedded SIM that can be remotely activated. The association expects to enable the design of exciting new form factors for mobile communications and speed the development of M2M services by making it easier to bring mobile broadband to non-traditional devices such as cameras, MP3 players, navigation devices and e-Readers, as well as smart meters.

Pacific Controls showcases new smart grid tech at Sprint 'M2M Collaboration Center'

'Galaxy' service delivery platform extends functionality beyond utility meter

Last week we reported the grand opening of Sprint's "M2M Collaboration Center" in Burlingame, California. Since then, the site's first success stories are beginning to emerge. Yesterday Pacific Controls Inc. unveiled a live demonstration of its Galaxy Service Delivery Platform for smart grid at the center.

Numerex forms M2M Business Solutions Group

Details conceptual "6D Process"

Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine products and services, has announced the formation of its M2M Business Solutions group. Through this newly formed group, the company will deliver "Numerex DNA," which integrates the foundational elements of an M2M solution via a single source and is designed to break down the complexity barriers to solution development and deployment.

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