Sprint partners with Orange Business Services to extend M2M reach

On Tuesday, Sprint announced that it is partnering with Orange Business Services to provide global machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity outside the U.S.  Through the agreement, Sprint will expand its M2M reach to include Sprint-branded global M2M connectivity to 180 countries on Orange’s network.

Swisscom and Ericsson launch M2M partnership

Switzerland’s largest telecom operator Swisscom and telecom equipment maker Ericsson have launched a machine-to-machine (M2M) partnership.  Under the agreement, Swisscom will offer customers M2M services using Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform.


The first trials will start in February 2012, with the commercial introduction of services scheduled for the summer 2012, says Swisscom.  The partnership will span across Switzerland as well as abroad.

TomTom enters insurance market with new partnership

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On Wednesday, TomTom, which makes vehicle-based personal navigation devices (PNDs), said it had teamed up with UK-based insurance firm Motaquote to offer its first new insurance product, called Fair Play, which gives safer drivers lower premiums.


"Our entry in the insurance market…puts us at the forefront of a move that could help to revolutionize the motor insurance industry," said Thomas Schmidt, managing director TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Business Solutions.

Siemens, TIBCO provide smart grid integration to Con Edison

Siemens Smart Grid Division and TIBCO Software Inc. will provide smart grid enterprise integration services to Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), a utility company that provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, for a smart grid demonstration project.

Amdocs launches M2M and cloud-based connected home services

Amdocs, a provider of OSS software and services, last week announced the launch of two new services - the Amdocs Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Connected Home services - that enable service providers to quickly enter the connected devices market.

Verizon, Health Evolution Partners partner in connected health

On Monday, Health Evolution Partners and Verizon Enterprise Solutions established a strategic relationship for the adoption of connected health information technologies.

Iridium satellite now supports Digi cloud

On Tuesday, Digi International announced that the Iridium satellite network now supports the iDigi Device Cloud. Similar to cellular SMS, Digi devices with an Iridium data transceiver inside can now send and receive data via the iDigi Device Cloud over the Iridium network.

Reducing the cost of fiber deployment with pushable fiber

Few would argue that it is important to ensure that your network is strong, reliable and quickly restorable. However, the debate centers on how to build a network that isn’t too costly to deploy or operate.

With 80% of a telecommunications build being spent on labor, it is critical to the containment of deployment costs that a thorough analysis of how to control labor costs be undertaken. A deployment will require a staff of planners, engineers, field crews and construction forces that are knowledgeable about the type of services to be offered and how they are to be delivered.

Demonstration of driverless cars performed in Sweden

Last week, the SARTRE project completed its first demonstration of vehicle platooning, which is a convoy of vehicles where one professional driver in a lead vehicle drives the entire line of other vehicles.

Numerex launches next generation M2M service delivery platform

On Wednesday, Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, announced the launch of Numerex FAST 3.0, Numerex's cloud-based M2M platform, which now enables expanded service features and capabilities. FAST 3.0 now includes three service delivery options which can be accessed independently or as a fully integrated solution: Network as a Service (NaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); and Software as a Service (SaaS).