M2M Zone exhibitors gathered at this week’s CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany unveiled details of some exciting new products and services, while others provided updates on their strategies for addressing the ever-expanding M2M opportunity. Below we provide summaries of the main announcements.
Managed services player Digi International has expanded its distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics to cover the global market.
The companies had previously had an agreement addressing the North American region but will now be able to service large multinational projects.
Telit is to begin providing M2M modules to Brazil’s Intelbras for use in a PBX system that integrates different types of IP, digital, analog and GSM technologies.
In a statement, the module maker said its GL865 QUAD would handle GSM communications functionality for the PBX Impacta Line system, allowing callers to place landline calls over the mobile network.
The company also said it had developed an accessory board with GSM trunks for the PBX Inpacta Line.
A U.S. biotech company pioneering tablets containing edible embedded microchips that can tell if patients have taken their medication is to establish its first international manufacturing site in Britain.
Privately held Proteus Digital Health (Redwood City, CA, USA), which is working with drugmakers including Novartis and Otsuka, said on Monday the new site would employ some 200 skilled staff and serve as a hub for the emerging digital medicine industry.
Tech startup Azoi has launched a new health-monitoring device that can be embedded within a mobile phone case to measure key vitals like blood pressure, heart rate and temperature.
Branded Wello, the device incorporates powerful sensors that allow users to track important data about their personal health on a daily basis.
Valued at $6.5 billion in 2013, India’s medical electronics market will grow to be worth as much as $11.7 billion by 2017, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.
The market-research company expects the Indian market to receive a boost from a combination of factors, including the burgeoning population and higher middle-class incomes.
Government schemes to provide basic healthcare facilities in rural parts of India have also driven the adoption of medical equipment based on a convergence of electronics, IT and telecoms.
New smartphone apps that link to hearing aids are helping people with impaired hearing to pump up the volume on their devices or to use them as headphones to stream phone calls, YouTube videos and music.
About 36 million American adults have some hearing loss, according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. But only a fifth of people who could benefit from a hearing aid wear one.
Israeli start-up LabStyle Innovations Corp on Tuesday launched a mobile-phone glucose meter for diabetics to monitor their blood sugar levels.
Called Dario, the meter plugs directly into a smartphone and has a software application that gives real time recording and analysis of blood sugar readings.
The product is initially being launched in New Zealand, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom. It will at first be available for Apple's iOS and later for Google's Android platform.
The Obama administration said on Friday Verizon Communications Inc's Terremark unit will remain under contract as host of the federal website HealthCare.gov to better ensure a smooth end to Obamacare's open enrollment period on March 31.
Deutsche Telekom is busy showing off its M2M expertise at this week’s CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany just days after unveiling plans for a restructuring of its IT business that will prioritize the sale of standardized M2M services, among other off-the-shelf IT products.
In a strategy update last week, chief executive Timotheus Hottges said the operator would also look to address opportunities in Germany’s small and medium-sized enterprise sector, with the aim of generating €600 million from the sale of IT products in this market between now and 2018.