Telefonica becomes Tesla's major European connectivity partner

Spain’s Telefonica has won a major connected-cars deal to provide services for electric vehicles being sold by Tesla in Europe.

The partnership will see the operator provide connectivity services for the Tesla Model S in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.

To support the service, Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) is also drawing on its partnerships with other operators and M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA) through the M2M World Alliance, an association formed to spur the development of M2M services worldwide.

Leidos ramps up smart grid as a service business

Leidos has flagged a number of major deals with US utilities for its smart grid as a service (SGS) offering.

The technology player said the City of Kings Mountain, NC, had recently awarded it a ten-year contract for the second phase of an SGS deployment.

After rolling out 1,200 meters as part of a pilot, Leidos (Reston, VA, USA) is to deploy meters over Kings Mountain’s entire service area during the second phase of the project.

Once deployment is complete, Kings Mountain will have more than 11,000 electric, water and gas meters supported by the SGS solution.

AssetWorks wins fleet-management deal with Lafayette

Fleet-management player AssetWorks has signed up Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) as its latest customer.

The governing authority for Lafayette Parish in Lafayette, Lousiana, LCG is to use AssetWorks’ FleetFocus management software solution to manage all aspects of its fleet, said AssetWorks in a statement.

LCG maintains a fleet of about 1,500 vehicles and its equipment includes light- and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, fire trucks, armored vehicles, recreational vehicles and various motorized and non-motorized equipment.

Intel completes takeover of Basis Science

US semiconductor giant Intel says it has completed the takeover of wearable device maker Basis Science.

Basis (San Francisco, CA, USA) specializes in developing wearables for health and wellness applications, including its Basis band health tracker, and the acquisition will provide Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) with immediate exposure to this fast-growing sector.

AirStrip expands into remote monitoring with Sense4Baby buy

Mobile health player AirStrip has acquired Sense4Baby and said it will immediately seek FDA clearance to expand the company’s remote-monitoring service into the home.

Sense4Baby (La Jolla, CA, USA) has developed a wireless fetal monitoring system that can perform non-stress testing for high-risk pregnancies and has already received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Commission to commercialize its medical device in clinical settings.

Valencell, 3Pillar to collaborate on mobile health

Mobile health specialist Valencell has teamed up with software player 3Pillar Global to develop what they say will be a new consumer-facing application that helps customers make sense of biometric information generated by Valencell’s PerformTek sensor technology.

FreeWave releases M2M platform for industry, govt sectors

FreeWave Technologies has released a new M2M platform it says will lower costs and speed up service deployments for customers in the industry and government sectors.

Branded WavePoint, the platform is designed to provide secure wireless connections for industrial data travelling over long distances, supporting a variety of M2M applications.

Sunrise unveils low-power radio core for IoT sensors

Sunrise Micro Devices has unveiled a new radio core product aimed specifically at meeting the growing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) sensors across a variety of industry sectors.

The CORDIO BT4 radio core is described as the company’s first radio core offering from Sunrise’s (Deerfield Beach, FL, USA) CORDIO family of sub-volt wireless products.

It incorporates Bluetooth technology and is said to be highly energy efficient, making it suitable for sensors that are expected to operate for years without human intervention.

Cisco plans network of clouds for Internet of Everything

Equipment giant Cisco has unveiled plans to develop a network of clouds that will be “architected” specifically for the Internet of Everything.

Calling the network of clouds Intercloud, Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) says it will invest $1 billion in building the expanded cloud business over the next two years and that it expects partners to stump up additional investments for the scheme.

Facebook to buy virtual reality goggles maker for $2 billion

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Facebook Inc will acquire two-year-old Oculus VR Inc, a maker of virtual-reality glasses for gaming, for $2 billion, buying its way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena with its first-ever hardware deal.

The acquisition, which comes hot on the heels of its $19 billion deal for messaging service WhatsApp, marks a big bet by Facebook (Menlo Park, CA, USA) to anticipate the next shift in an evolving technology industry, at a time when consumers are increasingly abandoning their PCs for smartphones.

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