Return on investment (ROI) and value from smart-grid investments is the most important smart-grid issue that needs addressing in 2014, according to a new survey from Tantalus.
The smart-grid communications player said that 41% of respondents chose ROI and smart-grid value as the number-one issue they face this year, with 28% flagging the need to address ratepayer concerns as their chief priority.
The survey included more than 45 of the company’s North American utility customers and was conducted during October 2013.
Ericsson has secured another customer for its Device Connection Platform in the shape of Sri Lankan mobile operator Dialog Axiata.
The Swedish vendor claims the technology will give Dialog (Colombo, Sri Lanka) everything it needs to deploy and manage millions of M2M connections.
The largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka, Dialog becomes the first of the country’s players to launch an M2M platform amid growing regional demand for M2M services, and currently serves customers in the utilities, finance, telematics and transport sectors.
Small operators targeting M2M growth should forget about the largest and most obvious opportunities and focus on “the long tail of smaller contracts”, where they can differentiate themselves more easily and provide a highly valued service.
Such is the recommendation of market-research firm Analysys Mason, which expects global cellular-connectivity revenues from the provision of M2M services to generate $15 billion in 2018, up from about $5 billion in 2013.
UK-based M2M player Neul has launched a new connectivity platform for Internet of Things services based on the use of so-called white space – gaps between spectrum bands freed up in the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.
The company is one of the main backers of the Weightless standard that has been developed to support M2M communications over white space.
Other prominent supporters include chip designer ARM (Cambridge, UK) and Cable & Wireless Worldwide, now controlled by multinational mobile operator Vodafone (Newbury, UK).
Young U.S. consumers want vehicles outfitted with expensive technology that boosts gas mileage and keeps them safe and connected, according to a survey published on Thursday. But the high cost of car ownership remains a stumbling block.
These consumers, ages 19 to 36 and known as Generation Y, are also three times more likely than their parents to abandon car ownership if costs escalate, consulting firm Deloitte LLP said in the study.
UK-based NextG-Com has launched what it claims is the first LTE protocol stack targeting M2M and special applications.
Its ALPs 520 is described as a customizable LTE modem stack that will meet the needs of target niche and special markets such as M2M services, LTE backhaul, relay nodes, routers and gateways.
The technology is suited to a range of M2M applications, says NextG-Com (Staines upon Thames, UK), from low-memory and low-cost M2M applications to high-performance special applications, with or without mobility.
A data breach at Target Corp that exposed the credit card information of tens of millions of holiday shoppers was a major black eye for the retailer. In its wake, investors and analysts are circling companies that could benefit from a major upgrade in credit card technology.
Satellite and M2M player Orbcomm has expanded its presence in the Canadian market through a deal with mobile operator Rogers.
The tie-up will see the two companies jointly market the availability of Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) range of asset tracking and monitoring services over Rogers’ (Toronto, Canada) cellular network.
Having won approval as a Rogers Supported Reseller, Orbcomm says it plans to target customers in Canada’s transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, and oil and gas industries.
M2M platform developer SeeControl is to supply a range of cloud-based remote-monitoring services to All-Terrain Communications (ATC), which provides tank-level and pump-monitoring solutions to the oil and gas, utilities, agriculture, and food and beverage industries.
SeeControl (Redwood City, CA, USA) says its technology will allow ATC (Daphne, AL, USA) to target new M2M opportunities, reducing costs and improving efficiency for end users.
Middle Eastern asset-tracking player Solve IT has launched a range of new products and services based on a platform developed by Concirrus, which specializes in cloud-based M2M software.
Using “template solutions” for asset, vehicle and personnel management, the company has introduced a range of asset security solutions to Middle Eastern markets, where it serves customers in the construction, facilities management, and fleet and logistics areas.