Google Glass gets image makeover as launch nears


Google Inc has unveiled a set of fashionable prescription frames and shades for its Glass Internet-connected eyewear in an image makeover to give it broader appeal before a mass launch in the United States later this year.

Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) also announced a deal with Vision Service Plan (Rancho Cordova, CA, USA), the largest U.S. optical health insurance provider, that will allow consumers to get prescription lenses specially fitted to the device.

Raco Wireless upgrades M2M management platform

MVNO Raco Wireless has unveiled a new version of its Omega Management Suite M2M platform, which allows customers to control their connected solutions.

The upgrade includes a number of new features, including details of devices, usage records and billing history, “optimized visibility” on mobile devices, and full functionality on computers “without the need to download an app”.

Telogis launches new asset-tracking features

Asset-tracking player Telogis has announced an upgrade to its cloud-based software platform allowing customers to more easily analyze the data they gather from workers, vehicles and assets in the field.

Branded Fleet 11, the upgrade includes mobile application enhancements and new maps that are optimized for mobile devices, says the company, allowing supervisors to easily visualize vehicles, assets and workers.

GE acquires API Healthcare in latest "Industrial Internet" move

GE has announced its takeover of software company API Healthcare, describing the move as a part of its “Industrial Internet” strategy and one that will bolster its portfolio of software, data and analytics services.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) said that API Healthcare’s (Hartford, WI, USA) offerings would complement its own portfolio of Hospital Operations Management (HOM) services – provided through its GE Healthcare division – giving hospitals real-time access to operational data.

Mississippi launches telehealth pilot with GE, Intel

The state of Mississippi has unveiled plans for a trial of telehealth services involving a range of public- and private-sector partners, including technology giants GE and Intel.

Authorities are looking to connected health technologies to address what they describe as a growing diabetes crisis – Mississippi ranks second among US states in terms of the prevalence of the disease, with more than 373,000 adult sufferers.

MediSprout introduces HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing service

A start-up called MediSprout has launched a new videoconferencing service that can be used “on demand” by medical providers and is fully compliant with healthcare regulations, unlike a number of other videoconferencing services.

MediSprout says the service is aimed at providers who see patients on a daily basis in hospitals, nursing homes or other healthcare-related facilities and allows anyone to “connect with anyone else at any time”.

AutoGrid Systems raises $12.75 million in funding from E.ON, others

Cloud computing player AutoGrid Systems has raised $12.75 million in a fresh round of funding, including support from Germany’s E.ON, one of the world’s largest utility companies.

The company said the investments would be used to expand operations as it looks to promote its big data analytics solutions to energy companies and electricity users globally.

Itron launches gas analytics service for North American customers

Energy-management specialist Itron has launched a new analytics service aimed at helping gas providers to improve operational efficiency and asset management.

The new service is aimed at utilities in North America and analyzes data from Itron’s (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) gas meters, communications modules and sensing devices to help utilities overcome problems related to aging infrastructure, rising demand and safety concerns.

GE partners with Trilliant on SaaS-based smart-grid offering

GE has indicated that it is partnering with communications platform provider Trilliant on the provision of SaaS-based smart-grid services to Holly Springs in Mississippi.

The city is one of several to have signed up to GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) Grid IQ Solutions as a Service, along with Skiatook in Oklahoma, Norcross in Georgia and Leesburg in Florida.

All are looking to enhance operational efficiency, improve reliability and increase customer engagement through the use of the GE service.

Silver Spring flags IEEE 802.15.4g certification

Silver Spring Networks has demonstrated its commitment to open standards and interoperability by revealing that a key wireless standard has been certified for use across its product portfolio.

The standard in question is IEEE 802.15.4g, a global standard designed to harmonize a variety of wireless infrastructure systems – as well as specify standard power levels, data rates, modulations and frequency bands for smart energy networks.

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