Spireon forms fleet-management alliance with Sprint

Asset-tracking player Spireon has formed a strategic partnership with Sprint that will address opportunities in the fleet-management area.

The companies say they will collaborate on providing the Spireon (Irvine, CA, USA) FleetLocate-branded solution to fleet operators using the Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) network.

FleetLocate is designed to help fleet operators improve their productivity and operational efficiency through more effective management of assets.

Australia's Pivotel becomes Inmarsat distributor

Australia’s Pivotel Group has become a partner of Inmarsat for the distribution of satellite-based M2M services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the tie-up, Pivotel (Southport, Australia) will begin to offer Inmarsat’s (London, UK) L-band M2M services – including IsatData Pro and BGAN M2M – to its customers in the Asia-Pacific.

ThingWorx expands EMEA leadership in response to rising M2M demand

Application platform developer ThingWorx has expanded its leadership team in EMEA in response to what it describes as rising demand for Internet of Things services in the region.

The shake-up has seen the appointment of Thomas Svensson as senior vice president of EMEA, with Larry Terwey taking up the position of vice president.

Svensson will be responsible for driving the direct and indirect sales channel strategies and overall business development, with Terwey to support him in these efforts.

Orbcomm launches new modems for integrators, resellers

Satellite M2M specialist Orbcomm has launched a new set of modems aimed at systems integrators and resellers targeting the transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, oil and gas and government markets.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) said the modems are “100%” backwards-compatible with its current OG1 satellite network and are the first devices that will support OG2 services when the new constellation becomes available in spring 2014.

The company is offering two versions of the new modem – the OG2-M and the OG2-GPS.

Daimler CEO says software services key for growth

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Carmakers will need to ensure their vehicles can connect to mobile devices and the internet if they are to survive, Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday.

His comments came after Daimler's (Stuttgart, Germany) Mercedes-Benz said it would make cars compatible with new software developed by Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA), known as CarPlay.

Daimler will also be offering compatibility to Android-based devices, the company added.

Gemalto provides connectivity for Vignet's smart-health hub

M2M player Gemalto has revealed it is providing wireless connectivity for a next-generation “smart health and wellness” hub developed by Vignet.

The hub works by consolidating information from medical sensors – using a cloud-based server that converts the data into “easy-to-understand insights”.

Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) is supplying 3G and 4G modules for the hub, allowing data to be sent over cellular networks so that healthcare providers can deliver remote care to patients.

AMC launches mobile platform, telehealth conferencing

Telehealth player AMC Health is ramping up its offerings with the launch of a new mobile platform and telehealth conferencing system, aimed at allowing healthcare providers to offer services to patients in the home.

The company has also announced an extension of its cloud strategy, designed to improve the patient experience.

AliveCor takes ECG analysis service into UK, Ireland

Telehealth specialist AliveCor has expanded the availability of its electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis service into the UK and Ireland.

The service allows patients to share ECG recordings with UK-based cardiac physiologists and receive expert reviews via the use of AliveCor’s AliveECG app.

AliveCor (San Francisco, CA, USA) promises that recordings will be analyzed within 24 hours to provide users with a more complete picture of their heart health at any time.

Kore and B&B unveil router service for industrial M2M applications

Kore Telematics and B&B Electronics have unveiled a new M2M service that is aimed at allowing customers to develop fully connected industrial M2M applications more quickly and conveniently.

The networking player and MVNO have taken the wraps off an M2M-enabled cellular router that comes prepackaged with GSM or CDMA data connectivity options.

Branded Spectre, the router is being made available through a three-month promotional data plan from Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) and targeted at companies looking for industrial M2M monitoring and control applications.

Novatel to support fleet-management development for VTS

Module maker Novatel Wireless is to support fleet-management applications for Vehicle Tracking Systems and help the telematics player with its migration from GPRS to CDMA technology.

Services developed by Vehicle Tracking Systems already incorporate Novatel Wireless (San Diego, CA, USA) technology, including an “on-board rules engine” that supports applications like geo-fencing and trip reporting, and so the module maker was a natural choice of partner for the further development of services.

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