The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mobile app from a law enforcement technology firm could soon allow emergency responders from different agencies to communicate seamlessly with each other in a crisis for the first time, sharing files and conducting impromptu conference calls.
BlueLine Grid's applications target what has long been one of the most vexing challenges facing U.S. law enforcement and emergency responders. Communications breakdowns hampered responses to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack in New York and disasters including 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.
CDMA-enabled telematics solutions are delivering the business intelligence that both dealers and lenders need to monitor and manage their vehicle assets as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
Apple and Google have made names for themselves as technology innovators and as the companies shaping the direction of their industry. Both companies recently released high-profile connected car products – CarPlay and Open Auto Alliance, respectively – that allow users to bring the comforts of their mobile devices to their vehicles. It would seem that both companies are focused on new opportunities to extend their market dominance.
The catch? Microsoft announced its first connected car partnership, with Ford, all the way back in 2007.
A shifting industry
LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone is buying an Italian car electronics maker for 145 million euros ($197 million), seeking to get ahead in the race to connect more products to the internet and offset slowing growth in its core mobile phone business.
Satellite player Orbcomm and analytics specialist Savi have won a five-year US Department of Defense contract as the sole providers to the $204 million RFID-IV program.
Under the deal, the two companies will provide satellite and RFID tags as well as other sensor technologies using Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) global communications network.
The technologies will allow government customers to monitor the location of their cargo and send real-time alerts if there is a security breach or other anomaly.
Raco Wireless has teamed up with hardware player Queclink to provide an all-in-one M2M service for companies in the fleet and asset management industries.
The two M2M players say they can together provide everything customers need, from the SIM cards and development kits to the connectivity service courtesy of Raco’s (Cincinnati, OH, USA) deals with network operators around the world.
They argue their bundled service will help solutions providers launch products and services more quickly and easily, bringing together all the essentials needed for an M2M deployment.
Telefonica has signed a deal with JCDecaux that will see the Spanish telecoms operator develop new M2M products and services for the outdoor advertising company, from digital screens to self-service bicycle stations.
The agreement covers markets in Europe and South America and is designed to help JCDecaux (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) offer a more sophisticated range of advertising services to its clients.
Location-based services (LBS) in Europe and North America will generate revenues of around €5 billion ($6.9 billion) in 2018, up from about €2 billion in 2013, according to new research from Berg Insight, but mobile operators will focus on growth in the enterprise and B2B sectors, having been sidelined by over-the-top (OTT) players in the consumer market.
According to Berg, revenues in Europe will rise from €735 million in 2013 to about €2.3 billion in 2018, while those in North America will grow from $1.8 billion to around $3.8 billion over the same period.
Satellite player SpeedCast says it has opened a new maritime facility in Singapore as part of its global expansion.
The new facility is to focus on the delivery of services and support for the maritime market and will augment the company’s extensive network in the region, said SpeedCast in a statement.
SpeedCast provides a variety of services to maritime customers, including a VSAT service branded SeaCast that will support broadband connections on ships and also facilitate the use of remote M2M sensing.