GM expects U.S. electric vehicle Volt probe to end soon

Reuters

General Motors Co expects to have U.S. federal safety officials resolve their investigation of delayed fires in the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle (EV) sooner rather than later, a top executive said on Monday.

Telematics technology debuts at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which opened Tuesday in Las Vegas, will provide attendees with a glimpse into new telematics and electric vehicle offerings from some of the largest vehicle and telematics manufacturers in the world.  On Tuesday, Kia Motors debuted two electric vehicles (EV), the Kia Ray and Kia Naimo, and unveiled a new User Centered Driving telematics technology.  Mercedes-Benz USA showed off its next generation telematics technology - mbrace2 - powered by Hughes Telematics, while Verizon

Huawei leads Europe in LTE macro base-station equipment market

In 2010, Huawei had less than half the number of European LTE base-station deployments as Ericsson, but in 2011 Huawei was the top supplier of LTE base-station equipment, according to research firm NPD In-Stat.

1% of mobile subscribers now consume 50% of world bandwidth

A recent study documented the data usage of 1.1 million subscribers of a European mobile network over a 24-hour period and found that 1% of subscribers consumed 50% of the downlink data volume.  Arieso, an advisor of mobile operators in the United States, Europe and Africa, conducted the study.

Zhone provides FTTH, mobile backhaul to Saudi Arabia

Zhone Technologies, Inc, a provider of telecommunications networking equipment, announced on Wednesday that through a partnership with BTC Networks, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), a mobile voice and data service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is utilizing Zhone's MXK Optical Line Termination (OLT) for its nationwide Fiber network.

Report: 2.2 million patients are remotely monitored

According to new a report from analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.2 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service with integrated connectivity at the end of 2011. The firm forecasts that the number of home monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2012 and 2016 reaching 4.9 million connections globally.

TomTom LIVE subscribers doubled in 2011

At the end of the year 1.5 million people around the globe were actively using TomTom’s LIVE Services, including TomTom HD Traffic, compared to 690,000 at the start of the year.

Currently, over 90% of TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) automotive systems and 20% of its Portable Navigation Devices sold in Europe are equipped with LIVE Services.

Laird Technologies releases new M2M wireless gateway

Laird Technologies, Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, last week announced the release of its new APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway. The new gateway is used for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.

Orbcomm prepares to launch second AIS satellite

ORBCOMM Inc., a satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, last week announced that the target launch date for its second satellite is January 10, 2012. LuxSpace Sarl, an affiliate of OHB System AG, confirmed that construction and testing of the VesselSat2 AIS satellite has been successfully completed.

The spacecraft has been shipped to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation’s Tiayuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in the Ganso Province of the People’s Republic of China for its launch.

Telit Wireless to acquire Navman Wireless OEM Solutions

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology company, has entered into an agreement to purchase Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a designer and manufacturer of Global Positioning System (GPS) modules, for $3 million in cash.