Telefonica SmartSantander project to become smart-cities blueprint

Telefonica claims its pioneering SmartSantander project has exceeded initial expectations and could become a blueprint for the development of smart cities in future.

Launched three years ago with a budget of €8.67 million ($11.93 million), the project in Santander has made use of an array of M2M and Internet of Things technologies, delivering benefits in areas including energy and traffic management and healthcare.

Cellular nodes for smart grids set to boom: Navigant Research

Annual revenue generated from the sale of public cellular communications nodes for smart grid applications will rise from $75.4 million in 2013 to $348.3 million in 2018, according to the latest study from Navigant Research.

While utilities have numerous communications options for connecting nodes on the power grid – including fiber, copper leased line networks and power line communications – there has been an upsurge of interest in the use of cellular networks in recent years.

Cisco joins cloud computing race with $1 billion plan: WSJ

Cisco Systems Inc plans to offer cloud computing services, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter a market currently led by the world's biggest online retailer Amazon.com Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) said it will spend the amount to build data centers to help run the new service called Cisco Cloud Services, the Journal reported.

Cisco, which mainly deals in networking hardware, wants to take advantage of companies' desire to rent computing services rather than buying and maintaining their own machines.

IoT to create new data-center challenges: Gartner

The Internet of Things (IoT) industry is set to include 26 billion installed units by 2020, according to new research from Gartner, creating huge challenges for the data-center market.

The rise in the number of units has the potential to shake up the entire data-center market – with implications for customers, technology providers, technologies and sales and marketing models.

By 2020, predicts Gartner, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billon, mostly in services.

Portugal's CoSwitched to enter European M2M market

A new telecoms startup based in Portugal has announced the soft launch of an Internet of Things (IoT) service, saying it wants to take advantage of the “current vibe” surrounding IoT to create a pan-European mobile virtual network.

CoSwitched (Lisbon, Portugal) says it aims to provide customers with an easy way of managing connected machines across Europe, and will offer connectivity services using GSM technology in more than 20 countries.

Sprint, Spireon flag deal with CU Solutions Group

Sprint and Spireon have built on their recently established fleet-management alliance through an agreement with CU Solutions Group (CUSG), which serves the credit union industry.

CUSG (Livonia, MI, USA) is to add Spireon’s (Irvine, CA, USA) LoanPlus collateral management system (CMS) to its array of services for credit unions that want to provide automotive loans to their members while reducing their risks.

Raco Wireless, SkyWave integrate fleet-management services

MVNO Raco Wireless says it has completed the integration of its Position Logic platform with satellite-cellular devices from SkyWave Mobile Communications.

Thanks to those efforts, says the company, means there is now a fully integrated software and hardware solution supporting communications for customers in the fleet-management industry.

Fujitsu develops distributed service platform technology

Japan’s Fujitsu Laboratories says it has developed a distributed service platform technology designed to automate system architecture and operations in response to recent changes in the market environment.

The company says recent advances in M2M technology and widespread take-up of mobile devices have led to a surge in the amount of data being exchanged between cloud services and devices.

Google takes consumers' wrists to next frontier with Android watch

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Voice-controlled smartwatches that track heart rates and connect to phones and tablets will debut later this year as Google Inc partners with electronics, technology and fashion companies to take consumers to the next promised frontier in computing.

Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) on Tuesday unveiled plans to help develop the watches and other wearable computers based on its Android mobile operating system, which already runs more than three out of four smartphones sold worldwide.

Apple to launch Healthbook fitness monitoring app with iOS 8: report

Apple appears to be planning an assault on the fast-growing market for health and fitness tracking, with reports that it is readying an application called Healthbook for launch with iOS 8, the next version of its mobile operating system.

The introduction of Healthbook by Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) could shake up the entire market for remote health monitoring and deal a blow to smaller companies that have been targeting this opportunity.