Remote cardiac event monitors are becoming an increasingly attractive means of cutting expenditure in cardiology, with spending on cardiovascular disease expected to increase from a figure of $273 billion in 2010, according to IHS Research.
The market-research company says that high healthcare expenditure is rooted in inefficient systems, with medical staff’s time taken by administrative tasks, and that healthcare IT could help to improve efficiency.
Heart-rate and activity monitoring products dominated shipments of wearable wireless devices in 2013, according to a study from ABI Research.
According to the market-research player, heart-rate monitoring remains the post popular device functionality – more than 12 million devices allowing users to monitor their heart rate were shipped in 2013.
Most of these were what ABI Research calls “single function devices” that communicate with nearby hubs, such as smartphones or activity sports watches.
A startup backed by the University of Michigan says it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin selling its patient-monitoring software to hospitals.
AlertWatch (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) – which says its goal is to help anesthesia providers monitor patients in the operating room – has developed software that aggregates data from physiological monitors, anesthesia records, lab results and medical history to produce a real-time display of a patient’s condition.
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.
Asset-tracking specialist Infospectrum says it has teamed up with wireless operator T-Mobile US on the launch of a new set of location-based services that can be used globally without incurring roaming charges.
The partnership will allow users of Infospectrum’s (Agoura Hills, CA, USA) infoTRAK service to track asset movements across borders without being hit with roaming fees, but Infospectrum and T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) say they plan to market the improved service to asset owners and fleet operators worldwide.
SeeControl and Western Power have announced the availability of a new farm equipment monitoring service allowing farmers to track deployed assets.
Branded AgTracr, the service combines SeeControl’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) M2M cloud-platform capabilities with Western Power’s (Bakersfield, CA, USA) expertise in the farm-equipment sector.
Described as a “plug-n-play” solution, AgTracr is intended to support location tracking, event monitoring and fault reporting functionality.
Businessman Alberto Marzan has launched a new company called Catena whose professed goal is to “solve logistical pain points throughout the $90 billion cold chain transportation industry”.
Marzan appears to be something of a newcomer to the M2M space, having previously worked as chief executive for organizations including the International Children’s Heart Foundation and Dominican Gold Coffee.
He is now to serve as chief executive and chair of Catena (Minneapolis, MN, USA).
Revenues from the sale of smart thermostats are set to grow from $86 million in 2013 to nearly $1.4 billion in 2020, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
Smart thermostats allow users greater control over energy usage, and have attracted considerable interest since the recent announcement that Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) would acquire smart thermostat maker Nest Labs (Palo Alto, CA, USA) for a fee of $3.2 billion.
Dutch telecoms operator Tele2 Netherlands says it has signed an agreement with energy services provider Feenstra that includes the provision of remote-monitoring services for security and alarm systems.
Among other things, Feenstra (Lelystad, Netherlands) installs gas-powered boilers in customer homes and the Tele2 service will ensure these systems can be read remotely by Feenstra employees.
Digital security specialist Oberthur Technologies says its M-Connect solution is to support M2M connectivity services being offered by in1SIM.
Under a deal between the two players, market trials are planned for this year with energy distribution companies based in Northern Europe.
Oberthur (Levallois-Perret, France) says a combination of its technology with that of in1SIM will answer a need for a “global and reliable” solution for connecting smart objects to mobile networks.