M2M Connectivity unveils new asset-tracking modem

Australian M2M device maker M2M Connectivity has taken the wraps off a new satellite data modem aimed at the asset-tracking market.

Its Quake Q-Pro modem is designed to support tracking and data services on cellular and satellite technology, and operates on the Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation.

M2M Connectivity (Melbourne, Australia) says the Quake Q-Pro modem will support two-way data messaging over Inmarsat’s (London, UK) IsatData Pro network and using terrestrial cellular technology.

Kamstrup to provide smart meters to eight Danish utilities

Danish smart-meter specialist Kamstrup says it has won a contract with a consortium of eight Danish utilities requiring it to provide more than 150,000 smart meters over a three-year period.

MV Group, the consortium, is introducing smart meters as part of a project to create a smart grid that will lead to efficiency improvements and various other benefits.

Siemens, Iberdrola form smart-grid alliance targeting Middle East

Germany’s Siemens and Spain’s Iberdrola have formed a strategic alliance to develop smart-grid services for companies in the Middle East.

The organizations say they have already signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on integrating energy from renewable sources – such as the sun and wind – into smart grids.

Slovakia 4G auction raises $224 million, produces new entrant

Slovakia’s three existing mobile operators and new entrant Swan have emerged as the winners of new 4G licenses following the conclusion of the country’s multi-band frequency auction.

In a statement published on its website, Slovakia’s telecoms regulator said the auction raised a total of €163.9 million ($224 million) – 15% more than the base price it had set for the various lots on offer.

France's Montebourg presses Alcatel-Lucent to reduce job cuts

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France's industry minister pressed struggling telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent on Friday to cut fewer jobs as part of a restructuring aimed at stemming years of losses.

The Franco-American group ran into opposition from President Francois Hollande's Socialist government when it said in October it would lay off 10,000 workers worldwide, including 900 in France.

Millions of French users flock to 4G mobile services

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France's three biggest mobile operators have signed up 1 million customers each to new superfast mobile services, although a hoped for boost in margins from such 4G technology looks unlikely to materialize because of a price war.

Take-up of 4G across Europe, while lagging the United States and Asia, has begun rising in the past year, driven by rocketing demand for mobile data and launches in major markets like Germany, Britain and France.

Technicolor launches M2M analytics service with IBM

Global media and entertainment player Technicolor has launched a new service in partnership with IT giant IBM that provides monitoring, management and analytics for M2M cloud solutions.

Branded Virdata, the service is targeted at the consumer electronics, automotive, utilities, health, industrial automation and retail industries and is said to include a real-time and historical big data analytics stack.

Withings launches "smart sleep" system

Telehealth specialist Withings has launched what it calls a new “smart sleep” system designed to monitor and improve an individual’s sleeping experience.

Unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the system – branded Withings Aura – includes two devices, one of which slips under a user’s mattress while the other sits on a bedside table or cabinet.

The devices work together to record and monitor a range of factors that can help users understand more about their sleeping experience.

Bosch and Remedy unveil self-management healthcare service

Bosch Healthcare and Remedy Health Media have announced the availability of a new service aimed at helping healthcare patients to better comply with medical care and improve their self-management skills.

Branded Health Buddy Web, the service represents the first commercial product resulting from the partnership the two companies formed in August 2013, and is said to combine Bosch’s (Stuttgart, Germany) evidence-based health management programs for post-acute and chronic medical and mental health conditions with Remedy’s (New York City, NY, USA) “patient engagement design”.

Gemalto develops new 4G module for "industrial sector"

M2M player Gemalto has released a new module supporting 4G connectivity and suitable for use across a range of vertical sectors, including the healthcare industry.

The module maker has already developed products specifically for the automotive market but says it is expanding LTE connectivity to the “industrial sector” with its new PLS8 solution.

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