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.
M2M company Gemalto has won a deal to provide secure connectivity services for a fleet-management solution developed by US telematics designer Morey.
Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) said its technology would provide “actionable intelligence”, allowing enterprises using the Morey (Woodridge, IL, USA) product to track assets, optimize utilization and manage inventory for mixed fleets.
Technology player Leidos has extended its contract to provide smart-metering services to United Power for another ten years.
The contract extension will see Leidos (Reston, VA, USA) deploy another 20,000 meters to support the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.
A rural electric cooperative, United Power (Brighton, CO, USA) provides service to nearly 70,000 homes and businesses in Colorado.
The second phase of the smart-meter rollout will use Leidos’ smart-grid-as-a-service (SGS) technology and get under way in October 2013.
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