Harman wins telematics deal with Daimler

Telematics specialist Harman has secured a deal with Daimler to equip vehicles with new control units providing connectivity to the carmaker’s intelligent traffic management centers.

Harman (Stamford, CT, USA) will also install so-called micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) microphones in Daimler (Stuttgart, Germany) vehicles – representing the first time microphones with MEMS technology have been used by Harman in the automotive sector.

PointGrab and Sunplus team up on home automation

Software player PointGrab has teamed up with integrated circuits specialist Sunplus Innovation Technology on a new gesture control solution aimed at the global home appliances market.

The service will allow customers to control a range of home appliances simply by pointing at them, says PointGrab (Hod Hasharon, Israel), and is aimed at making home appliances easier to operate and consume less energy.

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Bosch establishes new M2M business

Engineering and electronics player Bosch has set up a new company whose purpose will be to develop new products and services for the M2M market.

The company says the new Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions will initially focus on developing sensor-based applications for intelligently networked homes – so-called ‘smart homes’ – as well as for activities in the fields of traffic, transportation and logistics.

STMicroelectronics joins ARM mbed Project

Chip maker STMicroelectronics (ST) has become the latest member of the ARM mbed Project aimed at accelerating Internet of Things development.

Its involvement means that developers will be able to use ST’s (Geneva, Switzerland) STM32 range of microcontrollers with mbed software and development tools, giving them more freedom and flexibility when designing intelligent electronics products.

UK semiconductor player ARM (Cambridge, UK) established the mbed Project with a view to spurring the development of ARM-based devices for use with M2M services.

Telenor Connexion launches "end-to-end" cloud service

Nordic M2M operator Telenor Connexion is claiming to be the first company in the region to have developed an end-to-end solution for companies that want to connect their products.

Branded Telenor Cloud Connect, the service is intended to help customers bring new offerings to the market “quickly and easily”, and become more competitive and efficient.

Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) says it is collaborating with partner companies to manage “all the complexity … from beginning to end”.

Europe in danger of missing 2020 smart-metering targets: Berg Insight

Europe is at serious risk of failing to meet its smart-metering targets for 2020, according to a new paper from Berg Insight.

Authorities in the region are aiming to cover 80% of electricity customers with smart meters by 2020, but those plans have taken several hits over the last few months.

For a start, Germany’s government has decided not to mandate the rollout of smart meters, while deployments have been delayed in a number of countries, including France.

Tele2, Wipro flag new M2M partnership

Indian IT giant Wipro says it is teaming up with Swedish telecoms operator Tele2 on the development of new products and services for the M2M market.

The companies say their partnership is aimed at developing solutions that will reduce costs and open up new revenue streams for M2M customers.

The deal is the latest in a series of M2M moves by Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden), which operates telecoms networks in several European markets.

KPN launches personal emergency-response device

KPN has unveiled a new personal emergency response system for health care clients – the latest in a series of M2M moves by the Dutch telecoms incumbent.

It describes its MySafeGuard product as a “comprehensively integrated solution” that will meet the growing need for more freedom and independence among clients at health care institutions.

The product essentially comprises a device equipped with an alarm button, and uses mobile technology so that health care professionals can immediately determine the exact location of the client.

VimpelCom in talks with Hutchison over Wind Italy: report

VimpelCom is mulling a potential sale or merger of its Italian mobile business, according to the UK’s Financial Times newspaper.

The operator – whose biggest market is Russia – is reportedly in discussions with Hutchison Whampoa about the future of Wind (Rome, Italy), its second-biggest subsidiary and Italy’s third-biggest mobile operator.

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