Insurers implement M2M usage-based insurance policies

How do you feel about paying higher auto insurance rates because a small segment of the population takes unnecessary risks when driving?  Since insurance companies pool risk, you often pay for others’ bad driving habits even if you are a good driver yourself.  In the current personal auto insurance system, good drivers are subsidizing the bad driving behavior of others.

M2M used in landslide detection for governments

On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, on Tuesday announced it has partnered with Green Life Networks (GLN), a department of Gemtek (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a provider of wireless broadband solutions, to provide a landslide sensor for local, state and federal governments.

By deploying a group of sensors on hills with landslide potential, these sensors are able to detect minute movements to identify the formation of potential landslide.

Samsung to be largest LTE macro base stations provider in Asia Pacific

Based on wireless operator LTE contracts and deployments, the dominant LTE equipment provider varies from year-to-year.  According to a recent report, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) will be the dominant Asia Pacific LTE infrastructure provider in 2011, with over one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in the Asia Pacific region, says NPD In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.).

Cloud infrastructure equipment to exceed $33 billion in 2011

The cloud equipment market for the first half of 2011 exceeded $17 billion in sales and is expected to exceed $33 billion in 2011, according to a report by Synergy Research Group (Reno, Nev., U.S.A.)

Asia Pacific will dominate connected device market, fuelled by growth in China

The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research (London, England), last week announced that the growth of connected devices is booming in Asia Pacific, with the region expected to be the largest market by 2020 with over 11 billion total connected devices, and within that, almost 5.6 billion mobile connected devices, accounting for a 47% market share and far outstripping Europe (19.1%) and North America (9.4%).

Lantronix: device data aggregation keys medical M2M growth

Many M2M analysts forecast that the markets for connected medical devices may not grow as quickly as deployments in areas like automotive telematics and smart grid, but the brain trust at Wi-Fi device manufacturer Lantronix (Irvine, Calif., USA) does not agree. The company has seen embedded systems for medical devices grow to 10% of its $50 million (US) top-line sales, and expects the overall market for such medical connectivity to continue to increase.

Using optical spectrum analyzers to measure next-generation networks: EXFO one-on-one

As service provides begin to deploy larger networks to increase bandwidth, new challenges are presented when measuring the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR). When dealing with 40G and 100G networks, as well as with networks that contain reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), the OSNR measurement reports often contain inaccurate results, which could result in potential network failures and higher OPEX.

Alcatel-Lucent combines telecom network and cloud

On Thursday, Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) introduced a public cloud model that is specifically tailored for service providers to use inside their networks. The CloudBand aims to first design the network using cloud technology, and second, use the service provider’s network infrastructure to deliver these cloud services.


According to Alcatel-Lucent, when designing and building the network using the Cloudband, providers can place specific architectural elements into the cloud, which makes them easily accessible for monitoring actual usage. 

How C-RAN architecture can reduce costs for mobile backhaul deployments

By Nir Halachmi, Product Line Manager, Telco Systems

With mobility and an increased level of high bandwidth content, mobile operators are facing a challenge, as they cannot convert the increased demand for broadband into an increased profit.

Smart Skin to be used in monitoring of health conditions

In the future, remotely monitoring health conditions may not longer require a bulky connected device, but “Smart Skin.”  MC10 Inc (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.), a company developing next-generation electronic systems, is working with the University of Illinois to develop smart skin, and epidermal electronic system containing transistors, sensors, receivers and transmitters that can be bent, stretched and wrinkled just like real skin.