M2M director Horn leaves T-Mobile for RACO Wireless

RACO will continue to support 2G

AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. for $39 billion still needs to clear regulatory hurdles, which leaves unanswered questions for the future. These questions deepened Monday when it was announced that RACO Wireless would remain the preferred M2M service provider for T-Mobile USA, and that John Horn, the national director of M2M for T-Mobile USA, would be leaving to serve as president at RACO Wireless, and bringing along most of his M2M staff.

SAIC enhances smart grid portfolio with acquisition

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced Monday that it has acquired the transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering capabilities of Patrick Energy Services (PES), a provider of performance-based transmission and distribution power system solutions. The acquisition will enhance SAIC's energy and smart grid services portfolio, adding additional T&D engineering services to the company's existing capabilities in a growing market.

Numerex builds UK presence, advances M2M standardization during TIA 2011

Secure M2M product and service provider Numerex Corp Monday announced the opening of its London office and a collaboration with Arkessa Limited, to foster Numerex's advance in the European M2M market. In a separate press release, last week Numerex announced its participation in various M2M standardization activities around TIA 2011, the US Telecommunications Industry Association's annual industry event, which will take place at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, May 17-20, 2011. In particular, Dr. Jeffrey O.

Telenor Connexion expands executive team to match emerging M2M service growth in the Americas

Telenor Connexion, M2M service provider, Monday announced the expansion of its executive team in North America to meet the growing demand for M2M services in the region.

Nukona and Integer Wireless team up for wireless healthcare

As hospitals, physicians groups and other healthcare providers expand their use of smartphones and tablets, they have unique security and privacy requirements far beyond those of general enterprises. Two Southern California companies – Nukona of San Diego and Integer Wireless of Newport Beach, Calif. – Wednesday announced a relationship designed to help healthcare organizations meet those needs quickly and cost-effectively.

Nuvel vSOS connects iPhone users to emergency response teams with single button

Nuvel announced last week that vSOS, its personal emergency response application for smart phones is now available for Apple iPhone users to download at the iPhone App Store. Featuring patent-pending technology, vSOS is designed to provide users ranging from school age children to the elderly with help for medical emergencies, personal safety and accidents with the push of a button. Through its partnership with GEOS Alliance, the vSOS application provides emergency response services in North America, South America, and Europe.

M2M vendors report quarterly earnings

Several prominent vendors in the M2M industry have reported quarterly earnings during April and May. M2M earnings were mostly up for the first quarter of 2011 for vendors mentioned in this roundup, although Sierra Wireless reported a loss which the company's President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, called a "short-term situation" in a press release.

Sierra Wireless

South Korea police probe Google over location data collection

Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.

The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.

Myriad launches mobile social networking services with Telefonica in Latin America

Myriad Group AG last week announced Telefónica Movistar has launched Myriad Social Network Services, marking the first phase of Myriad's 5-year partnership with Telefónica to provide social networking to its 13 mobile operations across Latin America. 



As part of the commercial launch, Telefónica Movistar customers can now, for the first time, quickly access their social networks, viewing all their friends' latest messages while updating their own status across all of their social network communities simultaneously via one mobile screen.
 

Telit launches worldwide smallest 2G module with integrated A-GPS receiver

M2M specialist adds GPS functionality to established GE864 family

M2M specialist Telit Wireless Solutions last week announced the release of the GE864-GPS. The new quad band module is the smallest, and most efficient GSM/GPRS M2M module on the market with embedded GPS receiver in a compact BGA form factor, according to Telit's press release. The combined solution is especially suited for highly integrated positioning solutions in automotive, tracking or security applications requiring 2G network connectivity in a very small footprint.

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