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.
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).
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.
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.
UK-headquartered Fleetmatics has launched an office in Australia, hoping to capitalize on local demand for fleet-management services as fuel costs in the country continue to rise.
The move comes several months after Fleetmatics (Reading, UK) acquired an Australian company called Connect2Field (Sydney), which develops so-called “field service” software, and coincides with expansion activities in Europe.
Solar energy specialist Sol Chip is to partner with lithium-battery manufacturer Tadiran on the development and marketing of solar batteries suited to a variety of M2M uses.
Describing itself as an “energy-harvesting company”, Sol Chip (Haifa, Israel) claims to have developed a maintenance-free solar battery, allowing devices and systems in a range of vertical markets to operate autonomously.
Automotive supplier Continental has teamed up with HERE – a location-based services subsidiary of Nokia – on the development of new automated driving and intelligent transportation systems.
The companies say their collaboration will initially focus on developing precise map technology for Continental’s (Hannover, Germany) Electric Horizon platform, allowing a vehicle to accurately pinpoint its position on the road.
Using highly detailed maps, vehicles will be able to react automatically to shifting circumstances, such as changing speed limits, according to the companies.
Switzerland’s Sensogram has unveiled plans to introduce two new wearable tech devices for health and activity monitoring this year.
Sensogram (Biel/Bienne) says it hopes to change perceptions about preventive medicine and “physical activity efficiency” with the products, which will be offered to the medical and sports markets.
The sports device – branded SensoTRACK – is described as a smart monitor that can read and monitor activity parameters, advising users on the most efficient ways to exercise.
Smart-meter specialist Landis+Gyr is to begin piloting what it calls “state-of-the-art” smart metering systems with German utility EnBW.
The two companies have signed an agreement that adheres to Germany’s strict data-protection requirements, with German consumers increasingly worried about data privacy following revelations about online snooping by US government agencies.
The companies say they signed the agreement at the end of 2013 and that it will see EnBW test the functionalities of the newly developed smart-metering systems in laboratories and a field setting.
The market is set to be worth $19 billion by 2018; and for both consumers and businesses alike wearable technology presents an opportunity to find exciting ways to integrate technologies with our entire bodies not just our fingertips, personalising our relationship with technology more than ever before.