Lantronix to provide professional services to M2M customers

Device maker Lantronix has set up a new professional services business aimed at assisting customers with the development and introduction of customized M2M applications and solutions.

The company said the range of services spanned minor engineering to large, enterprise-level projects and included developing fully customized versions and deployments of Lantronix (Irvine, CA, USA) products.

Target to accelerate $100 million chip-enabled smart card program: CFO

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Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million program to implement the use of chip-enabled smart cards to protect against cyber theft, a senior company executive said.

In an opinion piece on Monday in the Hill newspaper on the eve of his much-awaited appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan said the retailer's goal was to have the technology in place by early 2015, more than six months ahead of schedule.

Pristine, Wound Care Advantage use Google Glass for patient care

One of the main attractions of wearable technology is its potential usefulness in the healthcare community, but it is not immediately obvious how Google Glass – a set of M2M-enabled spectacles developed by the internet giant – could be deployed in such a setting.

However, a software company called Pristine (Austin, TX, USA) claims to have developed commercially available software based on Google Glass that is compliant with healthcare regulations and could be used to improve the treatment of wounds.

Pamlico Capital takes majority stake in VRI

Telehealth monitoring specialist VRI has been taken over by Pamlico Capital, noting it is well positioned for future growth through new and strategic customer relationships.

Pamlico (Charlotte, NC, USA) has acquired a majority interest in the company but says chief executive Chris Hendriksen and president Andy Schoonover will retain significant stakes and continue to manage the growth of the company.

Detailed terms of the transaction were not revealed.

healthPERX expands service with eDocAmerica tie-up

Telehealth program healthPERX has formed a partnership with eDocAmerica aimed at expanding its services through the addition of “board-certified health specialists” for what it claims is nearly every medical need.

The organization says the tie-up with eDocAmerica (Little Rock, AR, USA) – described as an “online doctor ‘house call’ for routine medical questions and information – will make it the most convenient and cost-effective telehealth program currently available in the US.

GlobalMed launches app to eliminate need for CT scans

Telemedicine developer GlobalMed has launched a new cloud application aimed at eliminating the need for unnecessary CT scans and radiation exposure – especially among children.

Branded CapSure Cloud, the application works by making an initial CT scan available to all healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care.

Once images have been uploaded to a secure server from the originating hospital, they can be shared with specialists at the receiving hospital.

US says Healthcare.gov enrollment appeal hearings to begin soon

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The Obama administration on Monday said it will soon begin hearings to resolve problems for people who enrolled in health insurance through the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, only to encounter errors including unnecessarily high costs.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the lead agency responsible for implementing the healthcare reform law, issued a statement saying it was reaching out to consumers with error-ridden enrollments to help them complete applications for coverage without a formal appeal.

Cubic signs $3.2 million logistics deal with Switzerland's arviem

Logistics player Cubic Global Tracking Solutions is to provide its container tracking and monitoring equipment to arviem after concluding a $3.2 million, five-year deal with the Swiss company.

The leasing and strategic partnership will see Cubic (San Diego, CA, USA) support arviem’s (Baaar, Switzerland) Global Cargo Monitoring Service and work on developing new capabilities and services for arviem’s customers.

PeopleNet includes Drivewyze app in onboard devices

Telematics player PeopleNet has incorporated a weight station bypass application developed by Drivewyze into its onboard devices.

The PreClear app comes with a complimentary weigh station cost-analysis too, a nationwide “Weigh Station Heads Up” notifications system and a bypass service subscription option.

PeopleNet (Minneapolis, MN, USA) said it was rolling out the app after conducting a successful beta test that included devices installed on trucks from some of the most well-recognized fleets in the US.

US may mandate 'talking' cars by 2017

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U.S. regulators are crafting a rule that would require all new vehicles to be able to "talk" to one another using wireless technology, which the Department of Transportation said would significantly reduce accidents on U.S. roads and alleviate traffic congestion.

A proposed rule mandating so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology should be put in place before President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017, DOT officials said on Monday.

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