Toyota cars to be "friends" with driver

Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp (Japan) and cloud computing company Salesforce.com Inc (San Francisco, CA) will build a social network service that will enable owners to become "friends" with their cars and get friendly, tweet-like reminders for maintenance checks and other notices.

The deal marks the second tie-up between the world's biggest automaker and a software company in as many months. Toyota and Microsoft Corp last month announced plans to bring Internet-connected services to Toyota's cars across the world.

Average employee uses only 13% of monthly wireless data cap

Xigo (Manassas, VA), the cloud-based solution that simplifies managing enterprise telecommunications costs, conducted a research audit on data gleaned from its base of 250,000 phones under advisement for the month of March 2011. Xigo’s research findings indicate that average enterprise mobile phone users with wireless data plans use less than one-sixth of their monthly cap, and users with voice plans use slightly more than two-thirds of their allotted minutes. As a result, enterprises are paying for considerably more data and voice bandwidth than their employees actually need.

Saxon Infotech, Inc. developing cloud-based mobile telemedicine app

Saxon Infotech, Inc. (Columbia, MD), a strategic IT services consulting, development and staffing firm, announces today that it is making a significant investment of talent and resources to support and participate in a joint development effort with a major Institute of Technology and Research to develop and bring to market a cloud-based mobile telemedicine application. The company is targeting delivery in the second quarter of 2012.

European telecom Tele2 scales with ActiveVOS BPMS

Active Endpoints, Inc. (Waltham, MA), the process automation company, announced Tuesday that one of Europe’s telecommunications operators, Tele2, has gone live with a ActiveVOS process application that integrates its core billing and provisioning applications.

Deutsche Telekom and iPass launch global WiFi services exchange

Deutsche Telekom and iPass Inc. last week announced their partnership to create WiFi Mobilize, a new network services exchange for in-country and international roaming services. The exchange is designed to help carriers meet the accelerating demand from their customers for data services on smartphone and tablet devices, and to optimize their network investments. The partnership will provide a solution for new data offload, international roaming, and inter-standard traffic management services for GSM, CDMA and WiFi operators.

AT&T plans wireless security service for 2012

Reuters

AT&T Inc plans to launch a wireless security srvice for consumers next year to help combat a big rise in cyber attacks on mobile devices, a top executive said.

As more people use smartphones like Apple Inc's iPhone and Google Inc's Android-based devices to download Web applications, John Stankey, the head of AT&T's enterprise business, said he had seen a big spike in security attacks on cellphones.

"Hackers always go to where there's a base of people to attack," Stankey said in an interview ahead of the Reuters Technology Media and Telecommunications Summit.

Movik Networks named one of "Hottest Boston Companies" of 2011 by Lead411

Movik Networks announced last week that it has been named to the annual Lead411 "Hottest Companies in Boston" list, designating it as one of the fastest growing technology companies of the year in Boston and surrounding areas. Lead411 researchers evaluated over 2100 companies, and found Movik to be amongst the "hottest," proven by their growth and financial stability in the marketplace.
 

Allot charging solution selected by multinational mobile operator to deploy new pricing models

Allot Communications Ltd., a leading supplier of service optimization and revenue generation solutions for fixed and mobile broadband service providers worldwide, announced Tuesday at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that its intelligent charging solution, Allot ChargeSmart, has been selected by a multinational mobile operator. The converged charging solution, which is built on Allot Service Gateway, will be deployed in nine countries, serving approximately 30 million subscribers.

M2M director Horn leaves T-Mobile for RACO Wireless

RACO will continue to support 2G

AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. for $39 billion still needs to clear regulatory hurdles, which leaves unanswered questions for the future. These questions deepened Monday when it was announced that RACO Wireless would remain the preferred M2M service provider for T-Mobile USA, and that John Horn, the national director of M2M for T-Mobile USA, would be leaving to serve as president at RACO Wireless, and bringing along most of his M2M staff.

SAIC enhances smart grid portfolio with acquisition

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced Monday that it has acquired the transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering capabilities of Patrick Energy Services (PES), a provider of performance-based transmission and distribution power system solutions. The acquisition will enhance SAIC's energy and smart grid services portfolio, adding additional T&D engineering services to the company's existing capabilities in a growing market.