Wander around the pits at a Formula One car race and you're as likely to bump into a laptop-wielding scientist or engineer as a mechanic with a spanner.
And the lessons they are drawing from sensors on F1 tracks, cars and drivers are finding their way into a surprising range of industries - from drilling oil wells to making toothpaste.
NTT Communications Corp said it will gain control of two U.S. cloud computing firms in takeover deals worth a combined 85.5 billion yen ($880 million), as Japanese firms ramp up efforts to improve overseas networks through acquisitions.
The unlisted long-distance and overseas calling unit of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (Tokyo, Japan) will buy Virtela Technology Services Inc (Greenwood Village, CO, USA), which provides communications services to corporations, and acquire an 80 percent stake in RagingWire Data Centers (Sacramento, CA, USA).
Telekom Austria has ramped up its M2M activities with the launch of an application enablement platform for remote monitoring, automation and control.
Branded FLEXify, the cloud-based platform is intended to lower the cost and reduce the risk of launching M2M services and is to be offered in partnership with Austrian M2M specialist Microtronics Engineering (Ruprechtshofen, Austria).
AT&T has revealed it will supply network services and M2M expertise to support General Electric’s push into the market for so-called “Industrial Internet” solutions.
The deal represents a massive opportunity for AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) given the size of General Electric (Fairfield, CT, USA), which generated revenues of about $150 billion last financial year, and the importance it has recently attached to M2M.
In late 2012, the company unveiled plans to begin using M2M technology in its wide range of industrial products.
Greek telecoms operator Cosmote has strengthened its collaboration with Hedno through a deal that will see it support another 65,000 M2M connections for the electricity provider.
Cosmote (Athens, Greece) is also to provide an integrated management platform allowing Hedno (Athens, Greece) to manage and analyse data using internet services.
Hedno appears to be rolling out the connections as part of a smart-meter project aimed at measuring consumption of electricity services in customer premises.
The connected enterprise and big data analytics will be the two most important M2M trends next year, according to new research from Berg Insight.
In a new study, the market-research company says the number of mobile network connections used for M2M services will grow by 22% this year to reach 164.5 million, with East Asia, Western Europe and North America accounting for around 75% of the installed base.
Bell Canada has become the latest operator to launch a portal allowing business customers to manage M2M services.
The operator’s new M2M Management Centre has been developed in collaboration with network vendor Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), which is playing an ever-more prominent role in the M2M space, having recently concluded a platform deal with France’s Orange Business Services (Paris).
Expanding its role in the M2M value chain, Aeris Communications has launched a cloud-based platform providing data management and analytics functionality for M2M applications.
The company, which operates a CDMA-based network exclusively for M2M services, says the launch of AerCloud will expand its product line-up all the way from the network through to the applications.
The platform is aimed at helping application developers to collect and store data, mine it for insights and then allow it to be used in applications and by third parties.
Argentina’s Claro has been unveiled as the latest operator to become a customer of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless, raising questions about the potential involvement of Claro owner America Movil in the Jasper-led M2M alliance.
The operator, which runs the biggest mobile network in Argentina, says the deal will help its operating companies in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to deliver new services through connected enterprise and consumer electronics devices.
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