Motor insurers seeking to get around a European ban on charging male drivers more than women are turning to black box technology that could trigger an upheaval in the way car insurance is sold.
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Engineering school has entered into a 10-year partnership with the government-supported Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) in South Korea to collaborate on smart grid research and the development of new technologies with the aim of creating a smart grid on an international level.
Today, many electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers are developing applications that can provide details on where the closest charging stations are within range of the current battery level of an EV.
As companies in a range of industries seek to reduce costs, increase revenue opportunities, and improve customer service, they are increasingly turning to interactive kiosks as an additional channel to enable their customers with self-service options. The number of interactive kiosks in operation will rise from approximately 1.6 million deployed in 2011 to nearly three million deployed globally by 2016, according to a recent report by ABI Research.
inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., a telematics product provider, last week announced the availability of a cell and text detection antenna which detects cell phone wave frequencies emitted from the driver seat, verbally warns the user to terminate the call or text and sends real-time alerts to a web portal or directly to a manger.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced that telecare and telehealth systems will be rolled out to three million people over the next five years as part of a plan to help patients and reduce costs.
Prime Minister David Cameron launched “3 Million Lives”, a campaign that aims to enhance the lives of people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, by accelerating the rollout of services across England.
Axeda Corporation (Foxboro, Mass., U.S.A.), a cloud platform provider for M2M and connected devices, and ClearConnex (Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.),a company providing products and engineering services targeted at M2M and wireless devices, announced an alliance to streamline the building and delivery of wireless M2M products.
On Tuesday, Javelin Strategy & Research (Pleasanton, Calif., U.S.A.) and PaymentOne (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.) released a study of consumers' online and mobile purchasing attitudes, which found that by a margin of almost 4 to 1, consumers believe direct carrier-billed mobile payments are more secure than using credit and debit cards for online digital purchases.
Wireless operators have grown networks to a point past the level of complexity that can be managed and optimized manually. Today, wireless networks have up to 6-layers at the macro level with additional micro levels inserted in key areas where network capacity is an issue. In order to manage the complexity of interoperability handoffs and signaling necessary to provide the highest call quality, operators need automation.