Last year's revelations over the U.S. tapping of phone and internet data gave telecoms firms pause for thought over whether they should sell their "big data" for gain, but the commercial potential could prove irresistible.
Although figures are scarce, analysts think selling data on mobile users' locations, movements, and web browsing habits may grow into a multi billion-dollar market for the business.
AT&T and IBM have come together with the aim of developing new products and services for the fast-growing M2M market.
The operator and IT services player are to combine their capabilities in the areas of analytics, cloud computing and security to “gain more insights” on the data that is being generated by machines across a variety of industries.
This push into the area of big data is to focus initially on creating new solutions for city governments and midsize utilities, say the companies.
Telekom Austria has expanded its portfolio of M2M offerings with the launch of six new telematics products aimed at specific industry sectors.
The products have been developed in partnership with Austrian telematics player CEplus (Timelkam, Austria) and will allow customers to monitor equipment through the use of sensors and a cloud-based software platform.
M2M player Digi International is to support the rollout of new asset-tracking services for rail systems by long-standing partner OEM Technology Solutions.
Technology developed by OEM (Sydney, Australia) is used in more than 20,000 rail systems across 20 countries, but the company says that rail operators are still often faced with rail car downtime, leading to rising costs and falling revenues.
Aeris Communications maintained its M2M momentum with the launch of a new global service platform (GSP) aimed at helping mobile network operators to address the M2M opportunity.
The company is offering its GSP as a standalone service or part of a package and says it will allow operators to deploy M2M services without incurring the expense of developing purpose-built systems.
Slovakian telecoms incumbent Slovak Telekom has launched a cloud-based fleet-management service in a clear sign of its interest in developing a portfolio of M2M services.
Branded Telekom Fleet, the solution allows enterprises to manage fleet activities, providing detailed information about the movement of vehicles, fuel consumption and driving behavior.
Telekom Fleet uses GPS technology to support the remote-monitoring functionality, and allows customers to view information through a web interface on computers and mobile devices.
Technology player Leidos has extended its contract to provide smart-metering services to United Power for another ten years.
The contract extension will see Leidos (Reston, VA, USA) deploy another 20,000 meters to support the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.
A rural electric cooperative, United Power (Brighton, CO, USA) provides service to nearly 70,000 homes and businesses in Colorado.
The second phase of the smart-meter rollout will use Leidos’ smart-grid-as-a-service (SGS) technology and get under way in October 2013.
US internet-technology giant Cisco has taken the wraps of a new platform aimed at helping companies to better manage the data being generated by so-called Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Branded IOx, the platform allows applications to run directly at the edge of the network, says Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA), and will allow companies across a variety of sectors to develop, manage and run software applications directly on Cisco devices, including its routers and switches as well as IP video cameras.
GE has indicated that it is partnering with communications platform provider Trilliant on the provision of SaaS-based smart-grid services to Holly Springs in Mississippi.
The city is one of several to have signed up to GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) Grid IQ Solutions as a Service, along with Skiatook in Oklahoma, Norcross in Georgia and Leesburg in Florida.
All are looking to enhance operational efficiency, improve reliability and increase customer engagement through the use of the GE service.
Middle Eastern asset-tracking player Solve IT has launched a range of new products and services based on a platform developed by Concirrus, which specializes in cloud-based M2M software.
Using “template solutions” for asset, vehicle and personnel management, the company has introduced a range of asset security solutions to Middle Eastern markets, where it serves customers in the construction, facilities management, and fleet and logistics areas.