LBS revenues in Europe, North America to hit $6.9 billion in 2018: Berg

Location-based services (LBS) in Europe and North America will generate revenues of around €5 billion ($6.9 billion) in 2018, up from about €2 billion in 2013, according to new research from Berg Insight, but mobile operators will focus on growth in the enterprise and B2B sectors, having been sidelined by over-the-top (OTT) players in the consumer market.

According to Berg, revenues in Europe will rise from €735 million in 2013 to about €2.3 billion in 2018, while those in North America will grow from $1.8 billion to around $3.8 billion over the same period.

Banco Santander deploys Gemalto smart-card technology

NFC player Gemalto says Spain’s Banco Santander is now issuing its Optelio Contactless microSD solution in Spain, Brazil, Chile and Mexico as part of a University Smart Card program.

The application has already gone live at several universities, says Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and means that students, teachers and other personnel can use mobile phones for tasks such as gaining entry to buildings and to make payments in canteens.

Intel completes takeover of Basis Science

US semiconductor giant Intel says it has completed the takeover of wearable device maker Basis Science.

Basis (San Francisco, CA, USA) specializes in developing wearables for health and wellness applications, including its Basis band health tracker, and the acquisition will provide Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) with immediate exposure to this fast-growing sector.

AirStrip expands into remote monitoring with Sense4Baby buy

Mobile health player AirStrip has acquired Sense4Baby and said it will immediately seek FDA clearance to expand the company’s remote-monitoring service into the home.

Sense4Baby (La Jolla, CA, USA) has developed a wireless fetal monitoring system that can perform non-stress testing for high-risk pregnancies and has already received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Commission to commercialize its medical device in clinical settings.

Valencell, 3Pillar to collaborate on mobile health

Mobile health specialist Valencell has teamed up with software player 3Pillar Global to develop what they say will be a new consumer-facing application that helps customers make sense of biometric information generated by Valencell’s PerformTek sensor technology.

CardioComm to release Windows 7 version of GEMSTM

CardioComm Solutions says it is due to launch out a Windows 7-compatible version of its GEMSTM remote patient monitoring technology.

The update will become available in June, according to a statement from CardioComm (Victoria, Canada), and is being carried out in anticipation that Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA) will stop providing support for Windows XP in April.

GEMSTM is a remote-monitoring service for patients with heart conditions, and used by healthcare providers globally.

BMW tops new connected-cars ranking: Machina Research

Germany’s BMW has come first in a new ranking of carmakers that measures their approach to connectivity, with GM, Ford, Audi and Chrysler rounding out the top five.

According to analyst firm Machina Research, BMW (Munich, Germany) has the most “complete” approach to in-car connectivity through its ConnectedDrive service, while GM (Detroit, MI, USA) – which comes second in the ranking – has been “something of a trailblazer with OnStar”.

KPN unveils tracking technology for air luggage

Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN is teaming up with Fast Track Company and Air France/KLM/Delta Airlines on the development of new M2M tracking services designed to ensure air passengers do not lose their luggage.

In a statement, the operator said it was collaborating with its partners on two innovations for easier tracking and tracing of luggage.

eTrack, the first of those innovations, is described as a compact device that will track the location of a suitcase or travel bag using GPS and cellular technology.

TomTom Business Solutions becomes TomTom Telematics

Navigation technology player TomTom has changed the name of its Business Solutions unit to TomTom Telematics.

The name change has been made to reflect the strong position the company enjoys in the telematics market thanks to its WEBFLEET product, a software-as-a-service platform designed to help fleet businesses improve vehicle performance, save fuel, support drivers and increase efficiency.

In a statement, TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) said WEBFLEET would henceforth be positioned as its leading product brand for the fleet-management market.

FreeWave releases M2M platform for industry, govt sectors

FreeWave Technologies has released a new M2M platform it says will lower costs and speed up service deployments for customers in the industry and government sectors.

Branded WavePoint, the platform is designed to provide secure wireless connections for industrial data travelling over long distances, supporting a variety of M2M applications.