Deutsche Telekom promotes M2M on the farm

M2M technology is finding some novel applications. A new service available from Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Marketplace is designed to provide automatic notifications to livestock farmers when calving begins or when a cow is in heat and ready for insemination.

The system works by means of M2M data-collection devices, equipped with Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) SIM cards, installed in stables or the field. Sensors measure the cow’s vital data and then relay it to the data collection device, which, in turn, sends a text-message notification to the farmer.

Siemens launches 'surgical' demand response system for utilities

Siemens Smart Grid has introduced an updated version of its demand response system, claiming it allows utilities to manage demand response programs more effectively than via traditional processes.

The so-called Demand Response Management System (DRMS) Version 2.0 is supposedly one of the first technologies that can ‘surgically’ target demand reductions through substation, feeder, zip code or geographical location. This means that utilities can reduce power loads at critical sections of their distribution network.

Nissan to install electronic "steer-by-wire" in Infiniti cars

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Japan's Nissan Motor Co plans to equip some of its luxury cars with a system to control steering electronically, rather than mechanically, the first time so-called "steer-by-wire" technology will be used in mass-produced vehicles.

The new technology will be introduced in some models of the Infiniti brand within a year, Nissan (Yokohama, Japan) said at a briefing, paving the way for cars that could one day be steered by joysticks and be programmed to avoid crashes automatically.

Isis finally launches mobile payment service in two cities

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Isis, a venture of three of the top U.S. mobile providers, said on Monday it has kicked off its much-delayed mobile payments service in two U.S. cities and promised that as many as 20 phone models would support the service by year end.

Isis, formed by Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), AT&T Inc (Dallas, USA) and T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, USA), is a mobile wallet service that allows consumers to make payments by waving their phone at a check-out terminal, instead of using a plastic card.

Energy Assets buys Gazprom unit in $21.7 million deal

Smart-meter business Energy Assets has acquired a subsidiary of Gazprom, the huge Russian gas company, in a £13.5 million ($21.7 million) deal that strengthens its position as one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of gas-metering services to the industrial and commercial (I&C) market.

The Scotland-based firm has announced a takeover of Gazprom Global Energy Solutions (GGES) (Manchester, UK), which provides automated meter reading (AMR) services to gas suppliers and blue-chip companies in the I&C market.

M2M software platform revenues to hit $3.85 billion by 2017

Two types of software platform that underpin the development of the M2M market are forecast to generate $3.85 billion in revenues by 2017, according to a new report from ABI Research.

Application Development Platforms (ADPs) and Connected Device Platforms (CDPs) are becoming critical parts of the M2M ecosystem. AEPs reduce the amount of time it takes to develop M2M applications, while CDPs automate the management of M2M module connectivity, which is of crucial importance in such a low-ARPU market.

Telit expands into China's smart grid market

Telit has expanded its collaboration with a Chinese start-up in the country’s fast-growing smart-grid sector, helping it to secure a spot in one of the world’s biggest markets for energy-related M2M technology.

Founded in 1996 and funded by the North China Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing Yupont develops electric power metering and automatic meter reading technologies, as well as geographical information systems, electric power meter and load control terminal products.

Itron allies with C3 to boost smart grid benefits

Itron and C3 Energy have announced a strategic alliance to market energy-management services to North American utilities.

The companies say their tie-up will enable utilities to provide better energy-management services to customers.

Under the arrangement, Itron (Liberty Lake, USA) will combine its smart-metering and data-management products with C3’s energy-management services. The end result, it is hoped, will be used by utilities to help consumers better understand and reduce their energy consumption.

Telenor Connexion touts M2M success at London 2012

An M2M technology that tracks police speed boats could see more widespread deployment after trials on the River Thames during the London 2012 Olympics were reported a huge success.

Groupon eyes restaurants with nationwide POS offering

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Groupon Inc launched a point-of-sale service called Breadcrumb across the United States on Wednesday as the world's largest daily deal company tries to win more restaurants as clients.

Breadcrumb is a sales, order management and reporting system for restaurants, bars and cafes that runs on Apple Inc's iPad. It was designed a start-up founded by Seth Harris. Groupon (Chicago, USA) acquired the business in May.

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