iRobot Corp., a provider of robotic technology-based services, on Tuesday announced a $6 million investment and expanded partnership with InTouch Health, a provider of remote presence telemedicine services. The $6 million investment represents a minority position in the company.
The announcement expands upon the joint development and licensing agreement iRobot (Bedford, Mass., USA) announced in July 2011, which was established to explore opportunities for healthcare applications on iRobot platforms.
Last week, Delta Air Lines announced an exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking solutions, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location information on its web site at deltacargo.com.
UK community pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy and Proteus Biomedical, Inc., a digital health company, have announced a strategic collaboration to commercialize and launch Helius, a digital health product that combines sensor-enabled tablets, a sensor patch for the body, and a mobile health (mHealth) application to monitor complex medication regiments and health issues.
After a live video consult with a dermatologist, almost every patient who'd previously been checked out by a primary care doctor had a change in their diagnosis or in their treatment, in a new study performed by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento.
Researchers also found that having more "teledermatology" appointments meant it was more likely that a patient's condition would improve.
Administrative burdens and limits on reimbursement are among the obstacles keeping hospitals from choosing to implement telemedicine programs, according to a study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, C3O Medical Group, and UCLA Medical Center. The report surveyed emergency and critical care telemedicine users to determine factors that motivate and barriers that impede development of a robotic telemedicine program.
On Thursday, Sprint announced agreements with four smart grid companies who will offer Sprint wireless network connectivity in support of their automated products and services. Sprint signed agreements with Itron, Inc, Lanner Electronics, Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.
M2M research firm Machina Research on Wednesday revealed the results of its 2012 M2M Benchmarking Study, which found that Vodafone was the communications service provider (CSP) best placed to take advantage of the machine-to-machine communication market in the future. According the firms earlier research, there will be 12 million connected devices by 2020, generating revenue of $919 billion.
Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Wednesday announced the completion of its first “smart farm” system in South Korea. The technology allows farmers to monitor and control cold climate greenhouses remotely via their smartphone, which allows for a reduction in labor, water and energy, according to Telit Wireless.
Major Standards Development Organizations (SDO) have recognized that M2M services often rely upon communications networks for connectivity between the myriad of devices in the field and the M2M application servers, and have identified the need for a common cost-efficient, widely available M2M Service Layer, which can be readily embedded within various hardware and software.
Carrier giant AT&T has settled on a preferred software solution for the management of embedded devices and development of M2M applications across a wide range of devices, in an effort to provide end-to-end solutions for M2M. An exclusive US reseller agreement was just announced at AT&T’s Developer Summit in Las Vegas that makes the company the only US carrier to offer the Axeda Platform from Axeda Corp (Foxboro, Mass., USA).