Humana, Pharos flag remote-monitoring tech trial for diabetics

Healthcare insurance provider Humana has launched a trial of remote-monitoring technology for diabetes patients in partnership with tech player Pharos Innovations.

The trial is to last for a six-month period and involve some 500 Humana Medicare members in Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In a statement, Humana (Louisville, KY, USA) said it aimed to improve self-care management and reduce hospital admissions and in-patient costs through use of remote-monitoring technology.

M2M Spectrum Networks to build first US dedicated IoT network

A recently formed company calling itself M2M Spectrum Networks has unveiled plans to build and operate what it says will be the first licensed dedicated M2M network across the US.

Founded last year by entrepreneurs Barclay Knapp and Carole Downs, M2M Spectrum Networks (Phoenix, AZ, USA) says the rollout of its network will occur in “multiple phases”, with trials scheduled to begin in the second quarter of the year.

However, Knapp and Downs expect the network to cover 75% of the US population by the end of 2015 and 95% by the end of 2016.

Telit launches automotive business following NXP deal

Telit has launched a new automotive business unit following its takeover of a platform business from Dutch company NXP Semiconductors.

The UK-headquartered hardware player says it has now completed the acquisition of NXP’s (Eindhoven, Netherlands) automotive telematics on-board unit platform (ATOP) business, which develops technology allowing vehicle makers to implement eCall or similar functionality in a straightforward and cost-efficient way.

Kore provides M2M platform to Singapore's StarHub

Kore Systems says it has begun providing an M2M service management platform to Singaporean telecom operator StarHub, which plans to launch a number of fleet and asset management services based on the tie-up.

The operator has been ramping up activities in the M2M area and sees the Kore platform as a vital component of its offerings to a number of vertical markets.

Smart-city revenues to exceed $3.5 billion annually by 2020: Navigant

Annual revenues from smart-city communications networks will exceed $3.5 billion by 2020, says Navigant Research in a new study.

According to the market-research company, smart-city networks are likely to generate $2 billion in revenues this year, as growing interest in the potential of M2M technology spurs technology adoption, and sales look set to continue growing over the next eight years.

u-blox 4G module wins Verizon Wireless certification

M2M hardware player u-blox says its new 4G LTE module has been certified for use on the network of US telecoms giant Verizon Wireless.

The Swiss company says certification opens the door to the development of M2M services and applications that will function on one of the country’s biggest 4G networks.

Customers will from now on be able to design the TOBY-L100 LTE module – as it is called – into devices operating on Verizon’s (New York City, NY, USA) LTE system.

Ride service Uber dials into courier business

Reuters

App-based ride company Uber will start delivering on its promise of expanding its business into logistics on Tuesday when it launches a trial courier service, Uber Rush, in Manhattan.

"Better, faster, cheaper," is how Uber's (San Francisco, CA, USA) general manager in New York, Josh Mohrer, described the service in a tweet to Reuters. Customers will be able to watch the progress of their packages in its transportation application, much as they can track the progress of the cars they order up on the service.

Reliance Jio, RCOM form closer ties

Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced another network-sharing deal with Reliance Communications (RCOM) in a further sign of improving relations between India’s Ambani brothers.

The so-called Master Service Agreement will give Reliance Jio (Mumbai, India) access to RCOM’s (Mumbai, India) nationwide inter-city fiber network, which it hopes will help to speed up its deployment of a 4G network across India.

Reliance Jio said the agreement was based on “arm’s length pricing at prevailing market prices”.

US knocks plans for European communication network

Reuters

The United States on Friday criticized proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws.

In its annual review of telecommunications trade barriers, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said impediments to cross-border data flows were a serious and growing concern.

EU Parliament votes to end roaming, protect 'net neutrality'

Reuters

The European Parliament voted to end mobile phone roaming fees by 2016 and barred telecoms operators from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others, moves that will cheer Europe's consumers and frustrate industry seeking new forms of revenue.

In a session in Brussels, lawmakers backed telecom reform legislation that will phase out roaming fees across the 28-country European Union by December 2015, bolster consumer protections on mobile and broadband contracts and seek to make the sale of mobile licenses more uniform across Europe.

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