M2M player Digi International is to support the rollout of new asset-tracking services for rail systems by long-standing partner OEM Technology Solutions.
Technology developed by OEM (Sydney, Australia) is used in more than 20,000 rail systems across 20 countries, but the company says that rail operators are still often faced with rail car downtime, leading to rising costs and falling revenues.
Asset-tracking specialist Infospectrum says it has teamed up with wireless operator T-Mobile US on the launch of a new set of location-based services that can be used globally without incurring roaming charges.
The partnership will allow users of Infospectrum’s (Agoura Hills, CA, USA) infoTRAK service to track asset movements across borders without being hit with roaming fees, but Infospectrum and T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) say they plan to market the improved service to asset owners and fleet operators worldwide.
SeeControl and Western Power have announced the availability of a new farm equipment monitoring service allowing farmers to track deployed assets.
Branded AgTracr, the service combines SeeControl’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) M2M cloud-platform capabilities with Western Power’s (Bakersfield, CA, USA) expertise in the farm-equipment sector.
Described as a “plug-n-play” solution, AgTracr is intended to support location tracking, event monitoring and fault reporting functionality.
Businessman Alberto Marzan has launched a new company called Catena whose professed goal is to “solve logistical pain points throughout the $90 billion cold chain transportation industry”.
Marzan appears to be something of a newcomer to the M2M space, having previously worked as chief executive for organizations including the International Children’s Heart Foundation and Dominican Gold Coffee.
He is now to serve as chief executive and chair of Catena (Minneapolis, MN, USA).
Smart-meter maker Landis+Gyr has flagged an extension of its agreement with Colorado Springs Utilities under which it will provide load-management expertise to the utility.
The companies first teamed up on smart grids in 2005, when Colorado Springs Utilities deployed Landis+Gyr’s (Zug, Switzerland) Gridstream advanced metering network for communicating with electric, water and gas meters.
Local utility company Glendale Water & Power says it is expanding its smart-meter program with CEIVA Energy to include more than six times as many customers as the initial deployment.
The extension will also provide additional services to customers, including the use of smart thermostats.
Since 2011, Glendale – which serves the Californian city of the same name – has been trialling the use of smart meters on 72 customers, with the aim of improving energy efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is extending its M2M partnership program into Europe as it looks to stamp its authority on the burgeoning Internet of Things market.
The program has already been launched in the US and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) said it would be introduced to other markets following the European rollout.
Telefonica aims to attract new M2M partners from among device manufacturers, systems integrators and distributors, believing it can extend the reach of its offering through a partnership approach.
Aeris Communications maintained its M2M momentum with the launch of a new global service platform (GSP) aimed at helping mobile network operators to address the M2M opportunity.
The company is offering its GSP as a standalone service or part of a package and says it will allow operators to deploy M2M services without incurring the expense of developing purpose-built systems.
US MVNO Raco Wireless says it has won a contract to support German carmaker Audi with the rollout of 4G LTE services.
The news comes shortly after Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) teamed up with US telecoms giant AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) on the launch of the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which is being promoted as the first car in the US market that will include 4G LTE connectivity.
Audi plans to launch the 2015 Audi A3 sedan this spring.
US smart-grid specialist Silver Spring Networks has welcomed the decision by Europe’s CEPT to free up additional radio spectrum for M2M services.
Representing the national regulatory authorities of 48 European countries, the CEPT recently published a framework for members to allocate 5MHz of sub-1GHz spectrum for use with so-called wireless mesh M2M networks.
The spectrum falls between 870MHz and 875.6MHz.