Kore Wireless has begun offering network services to customers of Taiwan’s ATrack following the establishment of a new agreement between the MVNO and telematics hardware player.
The tie-up will give ATrack (Taipei, Taiwan) customers access to Kore’s (Alpharetta, GA, USA) network facilities in more than 150 countries thanks to the US company’s range of partnerships with network operators around the world.
Module maker Telit has reported soaring revenues and profits for the 2013 financial year thanks to strong demand for its expanding range of M2M services.
Net income shot up from $3.88 million in 2012 to $10.87 million in 2013, while revenues increased by 17.3%, to $243 million, over the same period.
Results were boosted by the takeover of cloud specialist ILS Technology (Boca Raton, FL, USA) in September, but also reflected organic growth in each of the EMEA, Americas and Asia-Pacific regions.
The deployment of smart-city technologies and intelligent transportation services (ITS) is set to become a key policy area for local governments, according to a new study from ABI Research.
Penetration of ITS technologies in smart cities will range from 20% (in the case of autonomous vehicles) to 98% (traffic management) by 2025, according to the market-research company.
Numerex says it has completed its deployment of M2M technology for ETwater, which has developed an innovative “smart irrigation” service allowing customers to save on water usage.
The technology upgrade carried out by Numerex (Atlanta, GA, USA) involved the use of the M2M player’s FAST-branded cloud service and the introduction of a web-based management portal.
Numerex claims the use of FAST will allow ETwater (Novato, CA, USA) to provide faster and more reliable wireless connectivity and help ETwater’s customers to boost return on investment.
Westbase Technology is to begin distributing Vodafone’s MachineLink 3G router, which has been designed for use across a number of vertical markets globally.
In a statement the company said the router would provide M2M connectivity in areas covered by 2G and 3G cellular networks, and could be “mass deployed” to connect remote assets, premises, equipment and vehicles using Vodafone’s (Newbury, UK) network or infrastructure available from Vodafone partners.
Managed services player Wireless Logic says it has carried out a “major overhaul” of its SIMPro platform, which allows users to remotely control a range of activities through SIM-connected devices.
Besides mainstream features like provisioning, tariff selection and personalized billing, the new platform supports applications including activation profile settings – allowing devices to be developed and configured directly on to new SIMs.
The company says this is especially important because configuration of SIMs to specific profiling can be a very time-consuming process.
Smart-meter developer Itron says it will deploy more than two million smart meters for US utility owner FirstEnergy, which hopes to reduce its own costs and improve the service it offers to its energy customers in Pennsylvania.
The contract will see Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) launch smart-grid services across four Pennsylvania-based utilities owned by FirstEnergy (Akron, OH, USA) – Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power and West Penn Power.
Malaysian energy provider Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is reportedly about to start work on a pilot project that will investigate the use of smart-grid technology for realizing efficiency improvements.
According to a report from the Malaysian Reserve business daily, the utility will install 1,000 smart meters in Putrajaya and Malacca over a one-year period starting in June.
UK-based Smart Metering Systems has reported impressive gains in net income and revenues for 2013 on the back of rising demand among gas suppliers for its range of technology products.
The company’s net income rose to £6.6 million ($10.98 million), from £4.3 million in 2012, while sales increased from £21 million to £27.9 million over the same period.
The number of wireless smart home monitoring devices is set to reach more than half a billion globally by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, up from just 17.23 million in 2013.
Those devices include contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs, all of which will become increasingly popular as users adopt smart-home technologies and extend existing systems, says the market-research company.