Middle East oil and gas sector to embrace intelligent solutions in 2014: IDC

Oil and gas companies will this year be among the first organizations in the Middle East to deploy services integrating mobility with intelligent solutions such as M2M and unified communications.

Such is one of the headline predictions from IDC about the development of the Middle East’s business network services market in 2014.

GE partners with Trilliant on SaaS-based smart-grid offering

GE has indicated that it is partnering with communications platform provider Trilliant on the provision of SaaS-based smart-grid services to Holly Springs in Mississippi.

The city is one of several to have signed up to GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) Grid IQ Solutions as a Service, along with Skiatook in Oklahoma, Norcross in Georgia and Leesburg in Florida.

All are looking to enhance operational efficiency, improve reliability and increase customer engagement through the use of the GE service.

Silver Spring flags IEEE 802.15.4g certification

Silver Spring Networks has demonstrated its commitment to open standards and interoperability by revealing that a key wireless standard has been certified for use across its product portfolio.

The standard in question is IEEE 802.15.4g, a global standard designed to harmonize a variety of wireless infrastructure systems – as well as specify standard power levels, data rates, modulations and frequency bands for smart energy networks.

Ericsson adds Sri Lanka's Dialog to roster of M2M platform customers

Ericsson has secured another customer for its Device Connection Platform in the shape of Sri Lankan mobile operator Dialog Axiata.

The Swedish vendor claims the technology will give Dialog (Colombo, Sri Lanka) everything it needs to deploy and manage millions of M2M connections.

The largest mobile operator in Sri Lanka, Dialog becomes the first of the country’s players to launch an M2M platform amid growing regional demand for M2M services, and currently serves customers in the utilities, finance, telematics and transport sectors.

Smaller operators should focus on M2M "long tail": Analysys Mason

Small operators targeting M2M growth should forget about the largest and most obvious opportunities and focus on “the long tail of smaller contracts”, where they can differentiate themselves more easily and provide a highly valued service.

Such is the recommendation of market-research firm Analysys Mason, which expects global cellular-connectivity revenues from the provision of M2M services to generate $15 billion in 2018, up from about $5 billion in 2013.

Neul unveils Weightless-based M2M platform

UK-based M2M player Neul has launched a new connectivity platform for Internet of Things services based on the use of so-called white space – gaps between spectrum bands freed up in the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

The company is one of the main backers of the Weightless standard that has been developed to support M2M communications over white space.

Other prominent supporters include chip designer ARM (Cambridge, UK) and Cable & Wireless Worldwide, now controlled by multinational mobile operator Vodafone (Newbury, UK).

NextG-Com launches LTE protocol stack for M2M

UK-based NextG-Com has launched what it claims is the first LTE protocol stack targeting M2M and special applications.

Its ALPs 520 is described as a customizable LTE modem stack that will meet the needs of target niche and special markets such as M2M services, LTE backhaul, relay nodes, routers and gateways.

The technology is suited to a range of M2M applications, says NextG-Com (Staines upon Thames, UK), from low-memory and low-cost M2M applications to high-performance special applications, with or without mobility.

Analysis: After Target hack, Verifone smart card readers could shine

Reuters

A data breach at Target Corp that exposed the credit card information of tens of millions of holiday shoppers was a major black eye for the retailer. In its wake, investors and analysts are circling companies that could benefit from a major upgrade in credit card technology.

Orbcomm expands into Canada with Rogers tie-up

Satellite and M2M player Orbcomm has expanded its presence in the Canadian market through a deal with mobile operator Rogers.

The tie-up will see the two companies jointly market the availability of Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) range of asset tracking and monitoring services over Rogers’ (Toronto, Canada) cellular network.

Having won approval as a Rogers Supported Reseller, Orbcomm says it plans to target customers in Canada’s transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, and oil and gas industries.

Solve IT, Concirrus target Middle East asset-tracking market

Middle Eastern asset-tracking player Solve IT has launched a range of new products and services based on a platform developed by Concirrus, which specializes in cloud-based M2M software.

Using “template solutions” for asset, vehicle and personnel management, the company has introduced a range of asset security solutions to Middle Eastern markets, where it serves customers in the construction, facilities management, and fleet and logistics areas.