LightSquared and ViaSat team up on managed M2M services

Satellite players LightSquared and ViaSat have teamed up to provide a managed mobile satellite service designed to support M2M, vehicular and aviation devices used in a range of settings.

The companies say the service will combine the power of LightSquared’s (Reston, VA, USA) SkyTerra 1 L-band satellite with all-IP satellite technology from ViaSat.

Intrinsyc receives $850,000 order for AnyDATA M2M module

Intrinsyc Software says it has received an $850,000 order from a “leading asset tracking company” for M2M modules designed by AnyDATA, whose products Intrinsyc distributes.

Indicating that delivery is scheduled for the second half of the year, Intrinsyc (Vancouver, Canada) said the company was looking to use the ultra-small, low-power module in a range of asset-tracking and monitoring applications.

Silver Spring to support connected street lighting in Florida

Silver Spring Networks has been chosen by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to support what it claims will be North America’s largest networked street-lighting deployment.

Under the deal, the company will connect some 75,000 street lights across south Florida using its wireless IPv6 mesh networking technology.

It will also provide management and control software for connecting and controlling street lights in the Miami-Dade Country region.

Itron, Tantalus secure smart-meter business in US Virgin Islands

Smart-grid players Itron and Tantalus have been selected to provide advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in the US Virgin Islands as part of the territory’s rollout of more energy-efficient infrastructure.

According to a statement from the companies, the US Virgin Islands Water and Power authority (VIWAPA) has chosen a joint solution from Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) and Tantalus (Raleigh, NC, USA) for the AMI deployment.

Actility and Semtech team up on low-cost M2M radio technology

Actility and Semtech have teamed up on the launch of a new low-cost and long-range radio solution for M2M applications.

Branded ThingPark Wireless, the service is designed to help original equipment manufacturers and integrators to connect end points to the cloud for smart building, smart factory and smart city deployments.

The technology is based on radio transceivers developed by Semtech (Camarillo, CA, USA) and Actility’s (Lannion, France) wireless M2M gateway and includes and open cloud-based platform for application development.

Deutsche Telekom cuts earnings targets to fund US expansion

Deutsche Telekom has slashed its free cash flow target for 2015 from €6 billion ($8.33 billion) to little more than €4.2 billion owing to the investment demands of its T-Mobile US subsidiary.

Reporting full year results, the operator said it would increase spending on the rollout of its LTE network using the 700MHz frequencies it recently acquired from Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).

Its goal is to extend coverage to about 250 million people, up from 225 million at the end of 2013.

AT&T cuts wireless data charges for individual customers

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AT&T Inc said on Saturday it is cutting wireless data charges for individual customers who have no annual service contract, as the No. 2 U.S. mobile operator attempts to better compete with rival T-Mobile US Inc.

Customers having one smartphone with no annual service contract will now pay $65 per month instead of $80 for a plan that includes 2GB LTE wireless data, unlimited talk and text messaging, unlimited international messaging and 50 GB cloud storage.

Customers with two smartphones will now pay $90.

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.

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