AIS introduces HMI panels for building automation

American Industrial Systems says it has launched new human-machine interface (HMI) panels for the building automation industry.

According to the company, the HMI panels – which use power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology – will support automation of “complex” and “tedious” processes and allow customers to gather data that helps them improve productivity and reduce costs.

The panels are said to be ideal for a range of building control system applications, including heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control, access control and interactive security systems.

ComEd plans to speed up smart-meter deployment

Illinois utility ComEd has announced plans to speed up its deployment of smart meters in the state, claiming its revised timetable will lead to considerable cost savings for customers.

The utility – the largest in Illinois – appears to have come under pressure from local authorities to complete its installation of more than four million smart meters by 2018, instead of the current deadline of 2021.

Itron to supply France's GrDF in major smart gas meter project

Smart-meter developer Itron says it has been chosen by France’s GrDF to provide 3.7 million smart gas meters in what represents one of the world’s largest deployments by a gas utility.

The meters will be rolled out as part of GrDF’s (Paris, France) smart gas meter project, through which it is aiming to reduce costs and improve the service it provides to customers. GrDF also believes the smart-meter deployment will create new jobs within the sector.

Jasper Wireless unveils global SIM at MWC

M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless has launched a global SIM for M2M and IoT devices, allowing enterprises to manage and update mobile operator profiles and policies remotely.

The company said the SIM – announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow – would be integrated with its platform services and meet demand for more efficient and cost-effective M2M device activation.

Exclusive: Google sets roadblocks to stop distracted driver legislation

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Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology.

Some eight U.S. states are considering regulation of Google Glass, a tiny computer screen mounted in the corner of an eyeglass frame. Law enforcement and other groups are concerned that drivers wearing the devices will pay more attention to their email than the road, causing serious accidents.

Kore to provide M2M connectivity for AirIQ

Asset-tracking player AirIQ is to use M2M connectivity services from Kore Telematics to support services for customers in North America and Europe.

The agreement allows AirIQ – whose customers include commercial fleets and vehicle dealers targeting the consumer market – to offer customers access to GSM-, GPRS- and CDMA-based network services.

Raco, Inmarsat partner on fleet management

M2M player Raco Wireless is to distribute fleet-management services from satellite operator Inmarsat in the Latin American market.

The MVNO has announced that it will support Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro fleet-management services, allowing customers to benefit from both satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

Raco Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) says it will integrate the service into its Omega Management Suite (OMS) – a cloud-based dashboard that includes tools for device management.

DCN, Oberthur team up on remote monitoring

M2M player Device Cloud Networks (DCN) is partnering with Oberthur Technologies (OT) to support the remote-monitoring services it provides to OEMs and enterprise customers.

DCN (Rockville, MD, USA) will introduce OT’s (Paris, France) M-Connect service into its offering, allowing it to securely manage device connections on its M2M network.

Once integrated with its M2M service, M-Connect will help DCN to support customers including carmakers and smart meter manufacturers, which use DCN’s services to help them manage their manufacturing and distribution processes.

Lockheed Martin introduces tracking for munitions, sensitive assets

Lockheed Martin has introduced a wireless automatic identity technology allowing its customers to track munitions and other assets in harsh and sensitive environments.

The technology – developed in collaboration with Visible Assets – uses magnetic fields to track assets in locations that are unsuitable for traditional radio frequency technologies.

Qualcomm Life announces new mobile health partners

Qualcomm’s mobile health subsidiary Qualcomm Life has unveiled details of new technology partners as it looks to develop an ecosystem for the emerging mobile health market.

Mobile health players Medixine (Espoo, Finland), Next Step Citizen (Esbjerg, Denmark) and PARI (Starnberg, Germany) have all joined its 2net platform, aimed at broadening the availability of mobile health services.

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