Sol Chip, Tadiran to develop solar batteries for M2M

Solar energy specialist Sol Chip is to partner with lithium-battery manufacturer Tadiran on the development and marketing of solar batteries suited to a variety of M2M uses.

Describing itself as an “energy-harvesting company”, Sol Chip (Haifa, Israel) claims to have developed a maintenance-free solar battery, allowing devices and systems in a range of vertical markets to operate autonomously.

Continental, HERE to collaborate on intelligent transportation

Automotive supplier Continental has teamed up with HERE – a location-based services subsidiary of Nokia – on the development of new automated driving and intelligent transportation systems.

The companies say their collaboration will initially focus on developing precise map technology for Continental’s (Hannover, Germany) Electric Horizon platform, allowing a vehicle to accurately pinpoint its position on the road.

Using highly detailed maps, vehicles will be able to react automatically to shifting circumstances, such as changing speed limits, according to the companies.

Sensogram to launch sports, medical devices

Switzerland’s Sensogram has unveiled plans to introduce two new wearable tech devices for health and activity monitoring this year.

Sensogram (Biel/Bienne) says it hopes to change perceptions about preventive medicine and “physical activity efficiency” with the products, which will be offered to the medical and sports markets.

The sports device – branded SensoTRACK – is described as a smart monitor that can read and monitor activity parameters, advising users on the most efficient ways to exercise.

Google tests prototype of diabetes-tracking 'smart' contact lens

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Google Inc said that it is testing a new method for diabetics to monitor their blood-sugar levels by wearing a contact lens equipped with tiny chips and an antenna.

Google said a prototype of its "smart contact lens" can generate a reading of a tear's glucose level every second, potentially replacing the need for people with diabetes to prick their fingers and test drops of blood throughout the day.

CES 2014: "Connected everything" gets funding, manpower, attention

Travel conditions were terrible across much of the US, but that didn’t dampen enthusiasm for all things connected at the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. There were too many home automation vendors on the show floor to count, and suppliers of M2M infrastructure and services were also out in force to tout the benefits of connectivity, with major new initiatives/investments announced by Cisco, Intel, Wipro and Bosch, among others.

Google gains entry to home and prized team with $3.2 billion Nest deal

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Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers' homes, announcing a $3.2 billion deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led by the "godfather" of the iPod.

Nest (Palo Alto, CA, USA) will continue to operate as its own distinct brand after the all-cash deal closes, Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) said on Monday.

The deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012.

Aeris claims to offer one-stop global M2M solution

M2M operator Aeris Communications is claiming to be the first M2M service provider that can offer an end-to-end solution for any geography using any wireless technology.

In a statement, the company says it has now expanded its coverage to more than 190 countries through deals with mobile operators that have a presence in those territories.

Wearable tech makers to ship 10 million units in 2014: Deloitte

Makers of wearable technologies are expected to sell 10 million units of smart glasses, fitness bands and watches globally in 2014, and generate about $3 billion in revenues, according to Deloitte.

The advisory company says a number of trends will spur the take-up of wearable technologies, including the ageing of many countries’ populations, widening cellular connectivity and the introduction of telemedicine.

M2M players to "find their focus" in 2014: Machina Research

M2M players will become more specialized in 2014, focusing on a particular part of the value chain instead of trying to be all things to potential customers.

That is one of the headline predictions about the M2M market this year by Machina Research, which says M2M companies will stop spreading themselves so thinly in 2014 just as smaller mobile network operators begin to assert their position in the M2M market.

TomTom says fleet-management business grew by 38% in 2013

Dutch navigation company TomTom has revealed that its fleet-management business grew by 38% in 2013 to serve a total of 330,000 connected vehicles.

Fleet-management services are now used by some 27,000 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide, according to the technology player.

“This year-on-year growth reflects our ongoing success in bringing to market products that offer significant value to companies operating vehicle fleets,” said Thomas Schmidt, the managing director of TomTom Business Solutions, which is responsible for the range of fleet-management services.