With the US wireless association CTIA changing venues and the timing of its shows, there was some trepidation about turnout for last week’s MobileCon event in San Jose, CA (USA), but returns beat expectations. Almost 1,000 people attended opening day keynote addresses, and an informal poll of over 80 exhibitors showed that they were satisfied with turnout at the SJ Convention Center. The M2M Zone of the expo was heavily trafficked, and some of the news items released at the show included:
MVNO Kore (Alpharetta, GA USA) announced that it was making network services from UK carrier EE available on its M2M network and platform, which should help expand the reach within EMEA. The company also announced that it has now certified 1,000 unique cellular devices on its network.
Antennae maker Taoglas (Enniscorthy, Ireland) introduced antennae diagnostic technology – called AntD – which enables device manufacturers to detect whether antennae are damaged or suffering loss of connection. The technology is already being deployed in roadside reflectors, as well as vending, fleet tracking and security applications. The company also introduced its RG.01 Road Marker antennae for use in botts’ dots reflectors on US highways.
Module maker Telit (Trieste, Italy) unveiled the CL865-DUAL, which delivers CDMA data rates of 153.6 kbps from a versatile VQFN package. Targeted at the North American market, the dual-band CDMA/1XRTT engine in the CL865-DUAL is voice-capable, supporting analog and digital (DVI) interfaces. For streamlined application development and system integration the company offers RIL drives for all major operating systems, and the new unit is especially applicable for new wearable technology markets.
MVNO Wyless (Lawrence, MA USA) announced that it has acquired a majority stake in TM Data (Sao Paolo), an M2M operator in Brazil. The acquired company connects to networks from four national carriers – Vivo, Claro, TIM and OI. According to Wyless, the move will improve its ability to deliver roaming to the growing Brazilian market.
Slovakian antennae maker 2J (Bardejov) unveiled its 2J Marine line of products for sea-going asset-tracking applications. The new antennae meet IP68 waterproof standards, and various connectivity standards for GSM, Glonass and satellite, as well as various surface mount options.
NetComm Wireless (Sydney, Australia) announced that it would be extending its long-term partnership with network operator Etisalat to service vertical markets in the Middle East.