Massachusetts commuter rails launch e-ticketing system

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Masabi US Ltd, a provider of transit mobile ticketing, jointly announced that they will be bringing mobile ticketing to MBTA commuter rail riders this fall. With applications for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, customers will be able to purchase commuter rail tickets and passes.  Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

Vending machine company to be 100% cashless by end of 2012

USA Technologies, Inc., a provider of wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry services for self-serve, small-ticket retailing industries, last week announced that its customer, Pepi Food Services, has signed an agreement to go 100% cashless by the end of 2012. Using USA Technologies ePort Connect cashless payment and telemetry service, Pepi plans to convert its entire vending machine base to 100% cashless three years ahead of Pepi's original plan.

BLiNQ Networks launches field trials with small cell backhaul

BLiNQ Networks Inc., a provider of small cell wireless backhaul services, on Monday announced that it completed two field trials, one with a tier one global mobile operator and another with a fixed access provider in Europe, to test its small cell backhaul services.

Report shows Apple, Amazon clouds use limited renewable energy

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Environmental activist group Greenpeace released a report today examining how energy-efficient and clean cloud computing really is. The group found that Apple and Amazon had some of the dirtiest clouds in the industry.

Cell Backhaul: the basics of fiber protection

Copper T1 service to cell tower sites is quickly becoming inadequate.   Wireless cell carriers continue to increase new cell site locations and to upgrade existing 3G sites to 4G/LTE.  The drivers for this increase in bandwidth demand are the millions of ‘multiple screen consumers’ equipped with wireless devices proliferating our social scenes.  The market is demanding that communications consumers be always connected everywhere across multiple devices each often running multiple applications creating a level of Tel

China Unicom signs mobile payments partnership

Trunkbow International Holdings Limited, a provider of mobile payment services in China, on Thursday announced that it has signed a mobile payments deal with China Unicom.  Under the agreement China Unicom will deploy Trunkbow’s new terminal-based MPS platform in Heilongjiang Province. Installation is expected to begin in the second quarter, with services scheduled to launch in the second half of 2012.

Microwave Telemetry selects Telenor Connexion for global wildlife tracking

On Monday, Microwave Telemetry Inc., a provider of avian and marine tracking, announced it has selected Telenor Connexion, an M2M service provider, for its global wildlife tracking devices.

City to save $2.7 million annually with remote LED light monitoring

On Tuesday, the city council of Chattanooga, Tenn., approved a contract proposal to replace existing municipal lights with high efficiency lighting fixtures that incorporate FlexNet wireless remote monitoring and control capabilities from smart grid infrastructure provider, Sensus.

Real-time, in-car communication system helps find missing child within 45 minutes

COPsync, Inc., a company that operates a law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network, announced that the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff’s Office used the COPsync network to locate a missing child within 45 minutes and hours before an Amber alert would have been issued.

Nokia Siemens Networks to provide LTE upgrade in Japan

On Monday, Nokia Siemens Networks announced that Softbank Mobile Corp is upgrading its mobile broadband network across Japan using its technology and services. Softbank has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, deploy and integrate its 4G, FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex – Long Term Evolution) network, which is expects to have running by the fall of 2012.