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.
Smart meter player Sensus says it has been chosen to install 8,000 smart water meters by a group of 84 French municipalities with a combined population of 41,500 people.
The company will deploy its iPERL endpoints over the next four years in Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont (SEBVF), and says the rollout will increase meter readings from 400 to about 2,000 per day, providing consumers and utilities with greater visibility on usage and network conditions.
M2M platform provider Axeda claims to have developed a service that will allow medical product manufacturers to deploy connected products at hospitals and healthcare organizations in the UK in compliance with government rules on machine-data protection.
The M2M company has developed the service in partnership with managed hosting specialist Hytec (Oxford, UK), and says it will reduce the cost and complexity associated with connecting to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) network in a secure way.
The Aetna Foundation has promised to spend $4 million on supporting digital health innovations for underserved communities over the next three years, with $1.2 million going towards the use of digital technology – including mobile health services – among vulnerable and minority populations.
In a statement, the charitable group said the grants would support work being done by 23 organizations in 13 US states – including healthcare bodies, regional hospitals and “grassroots interventions”.
Private-equity group Warburg Pincus has made a $32 million investment in Specialists on Call aimed at funding future growth initiatives.
The telemedicine player provides on-call coverage to suburban and urban acute-care hospitals using videoconferencing technology – describing this as a “$3 billion addressable market”.
It claims that its teleconsultations service has already helped to address a shortage of specialty physicians for traditional on-call coverage, as well as challenges that many hospitals face in securing specialty physician services.
FamilyWize says it has teamed up with mobile health specialist GenieMD to further its goal of providing affordable prescription medicine.
The partnership will see FamilyWize’s (Center Valley, PA, USA) prescription discount card and price comparison service made available through the GenieMD (Pleasanton, CA, USA) app.
That means app users will be able to compare prescription prices at local pharmacies and use the FamilyWize prescription discount card to buy FDA-approved medicines at an average saving of 40%.
Satellite player Globalstar claims to have introduced the world’s lowest power-consuming satellite network chipset, saying the technology is ideally suited to a broad range of M2M devices and applications, including remote monitoring and tracking.
Because it is so energy-efficient, the STX3 – as it is called – is likely to be in demand among customers whose monitoring devices are used in remote and harsh environments.