Nest Labs Inc, the maker of smart thermostats that Google Inc acquired for $3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms on Thursday after it discovered a possible defect that could cause users to turn it off unintentionally.
Nest co-founder and Chief Executive Tony Faddell said that, under a unique set of circumstances the alarm's "Nest Wave" feature, which allows a user to switch off the device with a wave of the hand, could be inadvertently activated.
Illinois energy utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) says its smart grid program has beaten the targets set for job creation in 2013, supporting a total of 2,871 full-time positions.
The positions included nearly 1,000 full-time jobs at the utility and its contractors as well as more than 1,800 roles it says were created “indirectly”.
Managed services and consulting giant Accenture is to manage the rollout of some two million smart meters being carried out in Pennsylvania by utility group FirstEnergy.
The deployment is taking place across four of FirstEnergy’s (Akron, OH, USA) utility businesses – Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power – and represents one of the largest rollouts of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in North America.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.