Qualcomm forms wireless medical devices subsidiary

Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.) announced on Monday the formation of a wholly owned medical device subsidiary, Qualcomm Life Inc., which aims to connect medical devices wirelessly via cloud-based services so biometric information is accessible by device users and health care providers.

Digi releases cloud-based telehealth application kit

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M device provider, on Tuesday released the iDigi Telehealth Application Kit - a development kit that allows customers to create cloud-connected medical devices.

Lantronix launches M2M medical device aggregator

Lantronix (Irvine, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of smart connectivity for electronic devices, on Wednesday announced the launch of a medical device aggregator that allows for the collection of live data from any location to be delivered whenever and wherever is necessary.

Insurers implement M2M usage-based insurance policies

How do you feel about paying higher auto insurance rates because a small segment of the population takes unnecessary risks when driving?  Since insurance companies pool risk, you often pay for others’ bad driving habits even if you are a good driver yourself.  In the current personal auto insurance system, good drivers are subsidizing the bad driving behavior of others.

M2M used in landslide detection for governments

On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, on Tuesday announced it has partnered with Green Life Networks (GLN), a department of Gemtek (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a provider of wireless broadband solutions, to provide a landslide sensor for local, state and federal governments.

By deploying a group of sensors on hills with landslide potential, these sensors are able to detect minute movements to identify the formation of potential landslide.

Asia Pacific will dominate connected device market, fuelled by growth in China

The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research (London, England), last week announced that the growth of connected devices is booming in Asia Pacific, with the region expected to be the largest market by 2020 with over 11 billion total connected devices, and within that, almost 5.6 billion mobile connected devices, accounting for a 47% market share and far outstripping Europe (19.1%) and North America (9.4%).

Lantronix: device data aggregation keys medical M2M growth

Many M2M analysts forecast that the markets for connected medical devices may not grow as quickly as deployments in areas like automotive telematics and smart grid, but the brain trust at Wi-Fi device manufacturer Lantronix (Irvine, Calif., USA) does not agree. The company has seen embedded systems for medical devices grow to 10% of its $50 million (US) top-line sales, and expects the overall market for such medical connectivity to continue to increase.

Smart Skin to be used in monitoring of health conditions

In the future, remotely monitoring health conditions may not longer require a bulky connected device, but “Smart Skin.”  MC10 Inc (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.), a company developing next-generation electronic systems, is working with the University of Illinois to develop smart skin, and epidermal electronic system containing transistors, sensors, receivers and transmitters that can be bent, stretched and wrinkled just like real skin.

Wyless, Maingate interconnect networks, enter new markets

Wyless (London, England) and Wireless Maingate (Stockholm, Sweden), two M2M MVNO's, announced a strategic partnership that will provide both companies will access to the others networks.

Telefonica makes strategic investment in Quantenna

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) last Monday announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Quantenna Communications (Fremont, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of Wi-Fi networking for home entertainment, including connected devices. Through the partnership, Telefonica looks to make a strategic equity investment in Quantenna, which will give it access to the latest Quantenna technology for the deployment of high performance video services to the home.

Telefonica will invest roughly $3 million in Quantenna, which brings the total investment up to $90 million to date, says Quantenna.

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