Telematics technology debuts at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which opened Tuesday in Las Vegas, will provide attendees with a glimpse into new telematics and electric vehicle offerings from some of the largest vehicle and telematics manufacturers in the world.  On Tuesday, Kia Motors debuted two electric vehicles (EV), the Kia Ray and Kia Naimo, and unveiled a new User Centered Driving telematics technology.  Mercedes-Benz USA showed off its next generation telematics technology - mbrace2 - powered by Hughes Telematics, while Verizon

Gemalto acquires M2M platform provider SensorLogic

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, today announced that it has acquired SensorLogic, a provider of cloud-based platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) application development. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Axeda and ClearConnex announce M2M partnership

Axeda Corporation (Foxboro, Mass., U.S.A.), a cloud platform provider for M2M and connected devices, and ClearConnex (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.),a company providing products and engineering services targeted at M2M and wireless devices, announced an alliance to streamline the building and delivery of wireless M2M products.

Verizon cloud-based identity-as-a-service gets level 3 ICAM certification

Telecom operator Verizon (New York) announced on Monday that its cloud-based managed identity-as-a-service offering has been approved for Level 3 Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) certification. According to Verizon, its Universal Identify Service is the first service with Level 3 certification for online identity protection for federal employees and visitors of government websites.

Cloud infrastructure equipment to exceed $33 billion in 2011

The cloud equipment market for the first half of 2011 exceeded $17 billion in sales and is expected to exceed $33 billion in 2011, according to a report by Synergy Research Group (Reno, Nev., U.S.A.)

Alcatel-Lucent combines telecom network and cloud

On Thursday, Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) introduced a public cloud model that is specifically tailored for service providers to use inside their networks. The CloudBand aims to first design the network using cloud technology, and second, use the service provider’s network infrastructure to deliver these cloud services.


According to Alcatel-Lucent, when designing and building the network using the Cloudband, providers can place specific architectural elements into the cloud, which makes them easily accessible for monitoring actual usage. 

Orange launches venture-capital Fund for digital start-ups

France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) and Publicis Groupe (Paris, France), an advertising and communications company, announced on Monday plans to launch a new venture capital fund. The fund will finance and develop digital start-up, particularly in France and the European Union, says Orange.

Digi, Siemens create real-time smart grid metering

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M device provider, announced that Siemens AG (Munich, Germany) is using its services to enhance its smart metering product with a web-based energy consumption and management platform.  The Digi X-Grid is an “Extended Grid” that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter.

Survey: Cloud computing disappoints early adopters

Reuters

Few organizations have moved to cloud computing and of those that have, many are disappointed with the results, a survey published by computer security firm Symantec (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) said on Tuesday found.  Fewer than one in five organizations questioned have outsourced the hosting of their applications to cloud computing providers, with two-thirds in early discussions, in trials or not considering a move.

Cloud could cut energy data center consumption 31% by 2020

According to a report by research firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), the continued adoption of cloud computing will lead to a reduction of data center energy consumption of 31% from 2010 to 2020.  The energy-efficiency benefits of cloud computing are substantial, says the research firm, and growth in the market will have important implications for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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