Sprint signs smart-grid agreement with four companies

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.

Study: Vodafone positioned to take lead in global M2M market

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 completes Smart Farm in South Korea

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.

Standard development organizations agree on initiative for M2M standardization

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.

AT&T, Axeda team up to offer comprehensive M2M platform

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).

GM expects U.S. electric vehicle Volt probe to end soon

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General Motors Co expects to have U.S. federal safety officials resolve their investigation of delayed fires in the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle (EV) sooner rather than later, a top executive said on Monday.

Telematics technology debuts at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which opened Tuesday in Las Vegas, will provide attendees with a glimpse into new telematics and electric vehicle offerings from some of the largest vehicle and telematics manufacturers in the world.  On Tuesday, Kia Motors debuted two electric vehicles (EV), the Kia Ray and Kia Naimo, and unveiled a new User Centered Driving telematics technology.  Mercedes-Benz USA showed off its next generation telematics technology - mbrace2 - powered by Hughes Telematics, while Verizon

Report: 2.2 million patients are remotely monitored

According to new a report from analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.2 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service with integrated connectivity at the end of 2011. The firm forecasts that the number of home monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2012 and 2016 reaching 4.9 million connections globally.

TomTom LIVE subscribers doubled in 2011

At the end of the year 1.5 million people around the globe were actively using TomTom’s LIVE Services, including TomTom HD Traffic, compared to 690,000 at the start of the year.

Currently, over 90% of TomTom’s (Amsterdam, Netherlands) automotive systems and 20% of its Portable Navigation Devices sold in Europe are equipped with LIVE Services.

Laird Technologies releases new M2M wireless gateway

Laird Technologies, Inc., a supplier of customized electronics and wireless products, last week announced the release of its new APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway. The new gateway is used for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.

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