Non-trucking to dominate fleet telematics by end 2019: ABI Research

Nearly 50 million “non-trucking” commercial fleet vehicles will be equipped with telematics technology by the end of 2019, according to the latest study from ABI Research.

The market-research company says that telematics services were first adopted by the long-haul trucking industry in the US more than 20 years ago, but that adoption of these services in the non-trucking sector will equal that in the trucking industry in terms of numbers of connected vehicles by the end of this year – and dominate the commercial fleet telematics industry by the end of 2019.

Rand McNally to make Drivewyze available on fleet-management devices

Rand McNally says it has enhanced its fleet-management service through a deal with Drivewyze that will help commercial truck drivers to bypass weigh stations.

The Drivewyze (Edmonton, Canada) PreClear service allows drivers to clear weigh station requirements before reaching the location, and Rand McNally (Skokie, IL, USA) is to make that service available on its suite of mobile fleet-management devices.

The technology works by communicating safety-related data in real-time as a truck approaches a weigh station.

GE, Quirky launch connected air-conditioning unit

GE has taken the wraps off a new connected air-conditioning unit developed in partnership with engineering company Quirky and aimed at lowering energy costs for US consumers.

Branded Aros, the unit represents Quirky’s (New York City, NY, USA) first major connected appliance but the fifth product that has been launched in collaboration with GE (Fairfield, CT, USA), which announced a tie-up with Quirky back in April 2013.

In a statement, GE said that Aros is immediately available through Amazon.com and will be sold through major US retailers from May.

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.