Ninety million wearable devices to ship in 2014: ABI Research

Some 90 million wearable computing devices will be shipped this year, driven by burgeoning interest in sports, fitness and health applications, according to a new study from ABI Research.

“The next 12 months will be a critical period for the acceptance and adoption of wearable devices,” said Joshua Flood, a senior analyst with ABI Research. “Healthcare and sports and activity trackers are rapidly becoming mass-market products.”

Cubic signs $3.2 million logistics deal with Switzerland's arviem

Logistics player Cubic Global Tracking Solutions is to provide its container tracking and monitoring equipment to arviem after concluding a $3.2 million, five-year deal with the Swiss company.

The leasing and strategic partnership will see Cubic (San Diego, CA, USA) support arviem’s (Baaar, Switzerland) Global Cargo Monitoring Service and work on developing new capabilities and services for arviem’s customers.

Industry 4.0 must develop big-data expertise: IHS Technology

If “intelligent factories” are to live up to their promise, the global manufacturing business will have to develop software and analytical systems that can make sense of the deluge of data currently being generated.

Such is the headline finding of a new white paper released by IHS Technology, examining the challenges faced by Industry 4.0 – a term coined by Germany’s government to describe “a vision of computerized manufacturing with processes all interconnected by the Internet of Things”, in the words of Mark Watson, an associate director of industrial automation for IHS.

Enigma launches Android version of Skyline

Enigma Telematics has launched an Android version of its Skyline asset-tracking app, designed for the tracking, tracing and monitoring of company vehicles and equipment on the go.

The UK-based company says the app is immediately available for customers of Skyline, its web-based tracking platform.

The company had already developed an iOS tablet version for the iPad and iPad Mini and says the new Android app can similary be downloaded free of charge for use on seven- and ten-inch tablets.

Cisco's "fog computing" move to support IoT development

US internet-technology giant Cisco has taken the wraps of a new platform aimed at helping companies to better manage the data being generated by so-called Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Branded IOx, the platform allows applications to run directly at the edge of the network, says Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA), and will allow companies across a variety of sectors to develop, manage and run software applications directly on Cisco devices, including its routers and switches as well as IP video cameras.

Eleven Asian operators form new M2M alliance

A group of 11 mobile operators in the Asia-Pacific have banded together to form an M2M alliance aimed at offering a “one-stop-shop” experience for M2M deployments in the region.

The alliance members are drawn from the Bridge Alliance – a partnership of 31 mobile operators that have been working together on the launch of enterprise and roaming services – and have logically named the new group the Bridge M2M Alliance.

Google Glass gets image makeover as launch nears

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Google Inc has unveiled a set of fashionable prescription frames and shades for its Glass Internet-connected eyewear in an image makeover to give it broader appeal before a mass launch in the United States later this year.

Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) also announced a deal with Vision Service Plan (Rancho Cordova, CA, USA), the largest U.S. optical health insurance provider, that will allow consumers to get prescription lenses specially fitted to the device.

Telit supports rollout of M2M bike taillight in Brazil

M2M module maker Telit is supporting the rollout of a new bicycle taillight featuring an embedded tracking device in Brazil.

Pioneered by local company Nastek Tecnologia (Campo Grande, Brazil), the Yon Bike Lamp – as it is branded – incorporates a GSM/GPS tracker in a bike taillight, allowing users to track a bike’s whereabouts and monitor riding statistics using smartphones.

The device features Telit’s (London, UK) GL865-QUAD module and is able to communicate over GSM and GPRS networks.

Telogis launches new asset-tracking features

Asset-tracking player Telogis has announced an upgrade to its cloud-based software platform allowing customers to more easily analyze the data they gather from workers, vehicles and assets in the field.

Branded Fleet 11, the upgrade includes mobile application enhancements and new maps that are optimized for mobile devices, says the company, allowing supervisors to easily visualize vehicles, assets and workers.

Etisalat, du to participate in UAE mhealth program: report

Etisalat and du are to provide mobile health services to the Ministry of Health as part of a wider mhealth program in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reports the Emirates News Agency.

The deal will see the two state-backed operators work with authorities on the development of mhealth products related to health and wellbeing, and is aimed in particular at supporting patients with diabetes as well as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.