Qualcomm Life announces new mobile health partners

Qualcomm’s mobile health subsidiary Qualcomm Life has unveiled details of new technology partners as it looks to develop an ecosystem for the emerging mobile health market.

Mobile health players Medixine (Espoo, Finland), Next Step Citizen (Esbjerg, Denmark) and PARI (Starnberg, Germany) have all joined its 2net platform, aimed at broadening the availability of mobile health services.

Samsung, UCSF announce digital health collaboration

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is to work with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on developing digital health technologies aimed at reducing the number of preventable illnesses.

As part of the tie-up, the two organizations are to establish a new research center they are calling the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab, which will be located at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.

Researchers and technologists will be able to use the center for trials of emerging mobile health technologies.

AT&T, Emerson to develop "smart" mobile workstations for hospitals

AT&T and Emerson have teamed up to develop “smart” mobile workstations that will allow healthcare providers to access treatment information and update patient medical records more easily.

The telecoms giant is working with InterMetro, a subsidiary of manufacturing giant Emerson (St Louis, MO, USA) that specializes in storage and transport products for the food service, commercial and healthcare industries.

The two companies plan to combine AT&T’s (Dallas, TX, USA) M2M services with wirelessly connected mobile workstations developed by InterMetro.

Toshiba says plans M&A to expand healthcare business

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Toshiba Corp plans to spend billions of dollars on mergers and acquisitions to boost annual sales in its healthcare division to 1 trillion yen ($9.78 billion) by March 2018, President Hisao Tanaka said on Thursday.

The Japanese conglomerate sees healthcare as key to its growth. It aims to raise the sector's revenues by 50 percent to 600 billion yen in the business year to March 2016 and wants its operating profit margin to reach over 10 percent within the same period.

Sales of connected health devices growing strongly in Europe: GfK

Sales of mobile connected health devices – such as blood pressure monitors and personal weighing scales – are taking off in Europe, according to new data from GfK.

The market-research company said sales of mobile-connected blood pressure monitors in Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands were 42% higher last year than in 2012.

Meanwhile, sales of connected personal weighing scales were up by 88%.

China outspending US on smart-grid technology: BNEF

China is now outspending the US on the installation of smart-grid technology, investing as much as $4.3 billion in 2013, according to new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Much of China’s spending last year went on the rollout of some 62 million smart meters, bringing the total number it has deployed to just less than 250 million.

Deutsche Telekom kicks off smart-city pilot in Pisa

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom has launched a pilot smart-city project in the Italian city of Pisa that includes the provision of smart-parking and intelligent lighting services.

The operator expects the technology to help reduce carbon emissions and energy expenses.

It says drivers hunting for parking spaces are responsible for as much as 30% of traffic in big cities, and that more efficient management of street lighting could reduce electricity costs by up to 70% and maintenance costs by as much as 10%.

Lebanon trials smart-metering technology from Itron

Lebanese authorities are trying out smart-metering technology from Itron as part of efforts to improve the country’s energy distribution network.

State electricity utility Electricite du Liban and distribution service provider KVA anticipate deploying more than 1.2 million smart meters across Lebanon – in what would be the largest smart-metering deployment in the Middle East so far – should a pilot prove successful.

OpenADR, WI-SUN Alliances partner to support interoperability

The OpenADR Alliance and the WI-SUN Alliance have announced a partnership designed to speed up the rollout of energy-efficient program offerings.

The two standards bodies say they will work together on enabling interoperability between smart utility networks and utility demand response systems based on the OpenADR specification.

Silicon Labs launches SoC for smart energy, home automation

Semiconductor maker Silicon Labs has launched a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) family to meet the needs of more advanced smart energy and home automation products.

The company’s ARM-based EM358X SoC family provides additional flash and RAM memory options, while also offering USB connectivity and a local-storage bootloader aimed at helping developers to reduce bill of material costs and system complexity.

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX, USA) also said the SoC family was ideal as a mesh networking platform for “feature-rich, next-generation ZigBee applications.

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