Red tape a major barrier to the use of telemedicine

Administrative burdens and limits on reimbursement are among the obstacles keeping hospitals from choosing to implement telemedicine programs, according to a study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, C3O Medical Group, and UCLA Medical Center. The report surveyed emergency and critical care telemedicine users to determine factors that motivate and barriers that impede development of a robotic telemedicine program.

Sprint signs smart-grid agreement with four companies

On Thursday, Sprint announced agreements with four smart grid companies who will offer Sprint wireless network connectivity in support of their automated products and services. Sprint signed agreements with Itron, Inc, Lanner Electronics, Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.

Study: Vodafone positioned to take lead in global M2M market

M2M research firm Machina Research on Wednesday revealed the results of its 2012 M2M Benchmarking Study, which found that Vodafone was the communications service provider (CSP) best placed to take advantage of the machine-to-machine communication market in the future. According the firms earlier research, there will be 12 million connected devices by 2020, generating revenue of $919 billion.

Telit Wireless completes Smart Farm in South Korea

Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Wednesday announced the completion of its first “smart farm” system in South Korea. The technology allows farmers to monitor and control cold climate greenhouses remotely via their smartphone, which allows for a reduction in labor, water and energy, according to Telit Wireless.

Standard development organizations agree on initiative for M2M standardization

Major Standards Development Organizations (SDO) have recognized that M2M services often rely upon communications networks for connectivity between the myriad of devices in the field and the M2M application servers, and have identified the need for a common cost-efficient, widely available M2M Service Layer, which can be readily embedded within various hardware and software.

M2M product round-up at CES

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, with more than 3,100 exhibitors showing off the latest technologies and innovations.  According to CES, this year’s show is the largest in its 44 year history, with 1.861 million net square feet of exhibit space.

BridgeWave secures $10.3 million in series 5 funding

BridgeWave Communications, a supplier of 4G millimeter wave backhaul services, on Tuesday announced that it has secured an additional $10.3 million in series 5 funding. The funds will be used to support accelerating growth in backhaul for network deployments going into 2012 as carriers continue to address the data transport challenges expected with 4G mobile and LTE network deployments worldwide, says the company.

PCCW partners with Ciena for submarine cable upgrade

PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT, a telecommunications provider, and Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced an upgrade to the carrier’s subsea network with Ciena’s optical 100G networking solution.

AT&T, Axeda team up to offer comprehensive M2M platform

Carrier giant AT&T has settled on a preferred software solution for the management of embedded devices and development of M2M applications across a wide range of devices, in an effort to provide end-to-end solutions for M2M. An exclusive US reseller agreement was just announced at AT&T’s Developer Summit in Las Vegas that makes the company the only US carrier to offer the Axeda Platform from Axeda Corp (Foxboro, Mass., USA).

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

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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.

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