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.
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.
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.
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 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”.
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.
Digital security player Gemalto and telematics specialist Hirschmann Solutions have unveiled details of a new partnership on the remote subscription management of advanced M2M applications.
The companies say their solution combines Hirschmann’s (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) global asset tracking solution with modules from Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) that support high-speed connectivity on a range of networks.
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.
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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