Vodafone has flagged a major new deal to provide connectivity services in European vehicles from Volkswagen and Audi as it continues to grow its presence in the burgeoning connected-cars sector.
The UK-headquartered operator says it will begin equipping Audi models with embedded SIM chips from 2015.
Those chips are to support a range of connectivity services, including in-car navigation, communications and infotainment.
Saudi Arabian telecoms operator Mobily says it has launched a range of M2M services in the country in partnership with Jasper Wireless.
The operator – a subsidiary of the UAE’s Etisalat (Abu Dhabi) – said it was responding to soaring demand for M2M services in the region, with forecasts from Visiongain indicating there will be 119.7 million M2M connections in the Middle East by the end of 2016.
Satellite players LightSquared and ViaSat have teamed up to provide a managed mobile satellite service designed to support M2M, vehicular and aviation devices used in a range of settings.
The companies say the service will combine the power of LightSquared’s (Reston, VA, USA) SkyTerra 1 L-band satellite with all-IP satellite technology from ViaSat.
Intrinsyc Software says it has received an $850,000 order from a “leading asset tracking company” for M2M modules designed by AnyDATA, whose products Intrinsyc distributes.
Indicating that delivery is scheduled for the second half of the year, Intrinsyc (Vancouver, Canada) said the company was looking to use the ultra-small, low-power module in a range of asset-tracking and monitoring applications.
British prime minister David Cameron has announced a £45 million ($75 million) funding boost for the development of M2M technologies, including services aimed at reducing energy consumption, according to press reports.
Speaking at this week’s CeBIT IT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, Cameron is reported to have said the UK government will double public-sector funding for companies addressing opportunities in the fast-growing M2M sector.
EDMI has signed a contract with the UK’s Arqiva to provide the communications hub that will be used to support the rollout of smart meters in Scotland and the north of England.
Under their smart-grid program, UK authorities are aiming to install 53 million meters in 30 homes and small businesses throughout Britain by 2020.
The contract win for EDMI (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) will see the technology player design, make and supply the communications hubs being used in the northern region.
Silver Spring Networks has been chosen by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to support what it claims will be North America’s largest networked street-lighting deployment.
Under the deal, the company will connect some 75,000 street lights across south Florida using its wireless IPv6 mesh networking technology.
It will also provide management and control software for connecting and controlling street lights in the Miami-Dade Country region.
Smart-grid players Itron and Tantalus have been selected to provide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in the US Virgin Islands as part of the territory’s rollout of more energy-efficient infrastructure.
According to a statement from the companies, the US Virgin Islands Water and Power authority (VIWAPA) has chosen a joint solution from Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) and Tantalus (Raleigh, NC, USA) for the AMI deployment.
Utility spending on asset management and grid monitoring technology is to hit almost $50 billion by 2023, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
The market-research company says that with the advent of the smart grid the inclusion of sensing and monitoring system is beginning to make “economic sense” for utilities, with the result that cumulative spending on these technologies will amount to $49.2 billion between 2014 and 2023.
Actility and Semtech have teamed up on the launch of a new low-cost and long-range radio solution for M2M applications.
Branded ThingPark Wireless, the service is designed to help original equipment manufacturers and integrators to connect end points to the cloud for smart building, smart factory and smart city deployments.
The technology is based on radio transceivers developed by Semtech (Camarillo, CA, USA) and Actility’s (Lannion, France) wireless M2M gateway and includes and open cloud-based platform for application development.