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.
As it becomes clear that operators cannot have a best-in-class customer experience without having an all-round view of their customers, the CEM debate and discussion is hotting up once again. Being able to deliver a seamless customer experience in an increasingly joined-up, multi-channel world has become the top priority for operators.
Module maker Telit has teamed up with Parsec Technologies to create what they call “the world’s lowest-profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna”.
The organizations say the components can be made to fit a 6x16x8mm space – making the product suitable for a wide variety of uses.
Both companies say they are making available complete application notes to simplify the engineering effort for system integrators.
Dutch navigation company TomTom has revealed that its fleet-management business grew by 38% in 2013 to serve a total of 330,000 connected vehicles.
Fleet-management services are now used by some 27,000 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide, according to the technology player.
“This year-on-year growth reflects our ongoing success in bringing to market products that offer significant value to companies operating vehicle fleets,” said Thomas Schmidt, the managing director of TomTom Business Solutions, which is responsible for the range of fleet-management services.
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.
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.
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’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.