German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has opened an M2M developer community in a bid to spur the growth of the M2M applications market.
The operator says the community will allow developers to access tools like APIs, programming guidelines and software development kits (SDKs), making it easier for them to develop and sell M2M applications.
Novatel Wireless (San Diego, USA) has reported a 13% year-on-year fall in second-quarter revenues, to $102.4 million, while the company’s net loss rose to $4.5 million from $3.9 million this time last year.
The maker of USB modems, embedded modules and smart M2M modules blamed the impact of competing products for the sales decline.
Two forces today are reshaping the telecoms landscape: the proliferation of connected devices and the elevated expectations of consumers for richer customer experiences. In order to remain competitive and overcome the challenges these forces have created, organizations need to adopt a technology services business model that supports the increasing demands from consumers, improves customer experience and retention and continues to drive bottom-line growth for businesses.
General Motors and its technology subsidiary OnStar have announced plans to join the smart-grid project being led by Pecan Street in Texas.
Pecan Street, a non-profit research and development consortia based at the University of Texas, is testing a clean-energy smart grid in a neighbourhood in Mueller, about three miles from Austin. The project has received some $10.4 billion from the Energy Department and about $14 billion from project partners.
US network operator Verizon has completed its acquisition of M2M player Hughes Telematics, saying the deal will help it to expand its capabilities in automotive and fleet telematics.
Hughes will become a part of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which already provides M2M services to the automotive, transportation and healthcare industries, among others.
M2M software company Arkessa (Cambridge, UK) has announced plans to partner with data-center provider Telehouse (owned by Japanese telecoms giant KDDI) over the development of a private cloud, to be hosted at Telehouse’s London data centers.
Best known as the UK-based designer of the application processors used in most of the world’s mobile phones, ARM has invited a number of other UK technology specialists to establish a group aimed at fighting what it calls the “Internet of Silos”.
ARM says it wants to create a blueprint for how M2M technologies should work together to support the 50 billion devices that are forecast to be connected to the internet by 2020.
M2M vendor Telit (Raleigh, US) has launched a Mini PCI Express card with an embedded M2M module designed for industrial applications.
The Mini-PCIe adapter card provides 3G cellular data, voice, and video communications for embedded PCs in a variety of commercial and industrial applications, including ATMs, kiosks, digital signage, surveillance and fleet management. Telit says it allows application developers to more easily integrate M2M capabilities into their solutions.
Exalt Communications, a provider of next-generation microwave backhaul systems, last week announced that Coast Radio Company, Inc. has selected Exalt microwave backhaul systems to replace leased T1 connections among its multiple FM radio stations, main broadcast sites, and transmission booster sites located throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
The wireless backhaul network built using Exalt microwave systems will also extend IP communications to all sites, add advanced management features, and provide increased bandwidth, says Exalt (Campbell, Calif., USA).
The UK Government is preparing for the task of replacing the country’s 53 million gas and electric meters with smart meters.