u-blox launches advanced M8 modules for improved performance

Switzerland’s u-blox has launched a new series of modules based on its next-generation chip technology and capable of satisfying new requirements in vehicle and asset tracking, navigation, anti-theft devices and point-of-sales terminals.

The company said it had introduced its MAX, NEO and LEA GNSS modules in M8 –its next-generation, multi-constellation positioning platform.

Honeywell, Stor debut ADR program in UK

Honeywell and Stor Generation have announced details of a “first of its kind” smart-grid program in the UK aimed at cutting energy consumption in commercial and industrial facilities.

The technology partners say the energy savings will be used to help stabilize the electrical grid and address country-wide carbon reduction and renewable energy commitments.

Under the program, Stor (London, UK) is to pay facility owners to reduce their energy consumption when usage begins to put pressure on the production capacity of power plants and renewable resources.

Salt River Project hires Landis+Gyr in $185 million, ten-year deal

Utility Salt River Project has recruited Landis+Gyr to carry out a $185 million upgrade of its metering infrastructure and prepay technology.

The work is to be carried out in a phased installation across Salt River Project’s service territory – which covers central Arizona – and is expected to take up to ten years.

In a statement, Salt River Project (Tempe, AZ, USA) said it planned to deploy Landis+Gyr’s (Zug, Switzerland) Gridstream RF network this summer to support ongoing improvements to the technology currently used by its 142,000 prepay customers.

Telit supports rollout of M2M bike taillight in Brazil

M2M module maker Telit is supporting the rollout of a new bicycle taillight featuring an embedded tracking device in Brazil.

Pioneered by local company Nastek Tecnologia (Campo Grande, Brazil), the Yon Bike Lamp – as it is branded – incorporates a GSM/GPS tracker in a bike taillight, allowing users to track a bike’s whereabouts and monitor riding statistics using smartphones.

The device features Telit’s (London, UK) GL865-QUAD module and is able to communicate over GSM and GPRS networks.

KPN, Dyzle launch monitoring service for food, pharma sectors

Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN has teamed up with logistics player Dyzle on a real-time monitoring service for the food and pharmaceuticals industries.

KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) describes the partnership as part of its “innovation drive” to help customers in the food and pharmaceuticals sectors improve efficiency and comply with local health regulations.

Sigfox supports world's largest intelligent-parking service in Moscow

Sigfox claims to have deployed the world’s largest intelligent-parking service in Moscow in collaboration with smart-city partner Worldsensing.

The two companies teamed up in Russia in November 2013, deploying 4,000 sensors in Moscow to support the introduction of services aimed at reducing traffic in what is one of the most congested cities in the world.

They now claim to have installed a total of 11,000 sensors across the Russian capital.

Etisalat, du to participate in UAE mhealth program: report

Etisalat and du are to provide mobile health services to the Ministry of Health as part of a wider mhealth program in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reports the Emirates News Agency.

The deal will see the two state-backed operators work with authorities on the development of mhealth products related to health and wellbeing, and is aimed in particular at supporting patients with diabetes as well as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Middle East oil and gas sector to embrace intelligent solutions in 2014: IDC

Oil and gas companies will this year be among the first organizations in the Middle East to deploy services integrating mobility with intelligent solutions such as M2M and unified communications.

Such is one of the headline predictions from IDC about the development of the Middle East’s business network services market in 2014.

AT&T says does not intend to bid for Vodafone

Reuters

U.S. mobile operator AT&T said on Monday it was not planning to take over Britain's Vodafone, making its intentions clear after a request from the takeover panel following months of speculation.

The statement to the London Stock Exchange rules out the second-largest mobile service provider in the United States from buying Vodafone (Newbury, UK) for the next six months. However the group can still make an offer if Vodafone's board agrees to it, or if a third party enters the fray.

Ericsson says reaches deal with Samsung to end patent disputes

Reuters

Ericsson, the world's biggest telecom network equipment maker, and Samsung Electronics Co have reached a deal to end all patent-related legal disputes.

Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) said on Monday the agreement included an initial payment and royalty payments from Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) for the term of the multi-year license agreement and would affect Ericsson's operating cash flow at the beginning of 2014.

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