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.
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Cloud services player iGen Networks has signed a licensing deal with GPS Holdings it says will allow it to provide a broad range of M2M solutions in the global fleet-management sector.
GPS Holdings (Boca Raton, FL, USA) currently supports more than 50,000 commercial trucking and automotive assets, according to iGen (Alexandria, VA, USA), which says the agreement will allow it to enter new vertical markets without having to spend years on developing the requisite software.
Global media and entertainment player Technicolor has launched a new service in partnership with IT giant IBM that provides monitoring, management and analytics for M2M cloud solutions.
Branded Virdata, the service is targeted at the consumer electronics, automotive, utilities, health, industrial automation and retail industries and is said to include a real-time and historical big data analytics stack.
Telehealth provider Forefront TeleCare is to use videoconferencing services provided by CoroWare for the delivery of its online video consultations and counseling services.
The company says the technology will help it to provide support to people in need of mental healthcare services who live in remote areas or have difficulty using in-person counseling services because of illness or mobility problems.
Nordic M2M operator Telenor Connexion is claiming to be the first company in the region to have developed an end-to-end solution for companies that want to connect their products.
Branded Telenor Cloud Connect, the service is intended to help customers bring new offerings to the market “quickly and easily”, and become more competitive and efficient.
Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) says it is collaborating with partner companies to manage “all the complexity … from beginning to end”.