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.
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.