With the US wireless association CTIA changing venues and the timing of its shows, there was some trepidation about turnout for last week’s MobileCon event in San Jose, CA (USA), but returns beat expectations. Almost 1,000 people attended opening day keynote addresses, and an informal poll of over 80 exhibitors showed that they were satisfied with turnout at the SJ Convention Center. The M2M Zone of the expo was heavily trafficked, and some of the news items released at the show included:
Telekom Austria has ramped up its M2M activities with the launch of an application enablement platform for remote monitoring, automation and control.
Branded FLEXify, the cloud-based platform is intended to lower the cost and reduce the risk of launching M2M services and is to be offered in partnership with Austrian M2M specialist Microtronics Engineering (Ruprechtshofen, Austria).
M2M module maker Novatel Wireless has announced a major new contract with telematics player DigiCore under which its devices will be used to support vehicle usage and driver-behavior monitoring applications.
The deal will see DigiCore (Centurion, South Africa) include Novatel’s (San Diego, CA, USA) platform in its range of Ctrack-branded telematics services, initially to support insurance-based offerings.
The market for small-cell backhaul in outdoor settings is poised for rampant growth next year, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.
Operators are increasingly looking to small-cell technology to plug gaps in existing coverage and boost the capability of their networks.
Pressure on current investments is growing as consumers rush to adopt new smartphones and other devices that can be used to access high-speed internet services.
Mobile operators need to give up their habit of subsidizing mobile devices, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The report claims that operators are not reaping any return on the investments they are making to lure customers on to more expensive smartphone tariffs.
Indeed, according to ABI, the over-the-top providers are the ones that are benefiting from operators’ largesse as they take revenue share.
Mobile consumers taking a service from AT&T will soon find they have no option but to choose a so-called “shared data” plan, allowing them to connect a number of devices on a single monthly tariff.
The US operator is taking the radical step of phasing out other plans in what it describes as a response to current consumer preferences.
“In less than a year, our postpaid customers have connected more than 13 million devices via Mobile Share plans – and the number continues to grow daily,” said the operator in a blog post on its website.
Leading US operator AT&T has thrown its considerable weight behind a new trade organization set up to foster the growth of M2M technology.
The operator has been unveiled as the newest member of the International M2M Council (IMC), which was formed earlier this year by a group of high-profile companies involved in the M2M industry.
M2M player Sierra Wireless has announced a $5.9 million takeover of AnyDATA’s embedded modules business as it looks to strengthen its grip on the cellular market and boost its position in South Korea.
The assets are to be integrated with the Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) OEM Solutions product portfolio, with 16 sales and engineering staff from AnyDATA’s (Irvine, CA, USA) South Korean subsidiary transferring to Seoul premises recently opened by Sierra Wireless.
The companies expect the deal to close sometime this month.
AT&T has revealed it will supply network services and M2M expertise to support General Electric’s push into the market for so-called “Industrial Internet” solutions.
The deal represents a massive opportunity for AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) given the size of General Electric (Fairfield, CT, USA), which generated revenues of about $150 billion last financial year, and the importance it has recently attached to M2M.
In late 2012, the company unveiled plans to begin using M2M technology in its wide range of industrial products.
Satellite company Orbcomm has teamed up with sensors specialist Savi Technology to develop new location-based monitoring services for government and commercial markets.
The two companies have already submitted a proposal to the US Army to develop RFID tags and satellite solutions for military logistics support.