Infospectrum, T-Mobile launch roaming-free asset-tracking service

Asset-tracking specialist Infospectrum says it has teamed up with wireless operator T-Mobile US on the launch of a new set of location-based services that can be used globally without incurring roaming charges.

The partnership will allow users of Infospectrum’s (Agoura Hills, CA, USA) infoTRAK service to track asset movements across borders without being hit with roaming fees, but Infospectrum and T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) say they plan to market the improved service to asset owners and fleet operators worldwide.

SeeControl, Western Power partner on farm-equipment monitoring

SeeControl and Western Power have announced the availability of a new farm equipment monitoring service allowing farmers to track deployed assets.

Branded AgTracr, the service combines SeeControl’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) M2M cloud-platform capabilities with Western Power’s (Bakersfield, CA, USA) expertise in the farm-equipment sector.

Described as a “plug-n-play” solution, AgTracr is intended to support location tracking, event monitoring and fault reporting functionality.

Catena to provide M2M service for cold chain transportation

Businessman Alberto Marzan has launched a new company called Catena whose professed goal is to “solve logistical pain points throughout the $90 billion cold chain transportation industry”.

Marzan appears to be something of a newcomer to the M2M space, having previously worked as chief executive for organizations including the International Children’s Heart Foundation and Dominican Gold Coffee.

He is now to serve as chief executive and chair of Catena (Minneapolis, MN, USA).

Smart thermostat revenues to hit $1.4 billion in 2020

Revenues from the sale of smart thermostats are set to grow from $86 million in 2013 to nearly $1.4 billion in 2020, according to a new study from Navigant Research.

Smart thermostats allow users greater control over energy usage, and have attracted considerable interest since the recent announcement that Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) would acquire smart thermostat maker Nest Labs (Palo Alto, CA, USA) for a fee of $3.2 billion.

Tele2 Netherlands to provide remote-monitoring service to Feenstra

Dutch telecoms operator Tele2 Netherlands says it has signed an agreement with energy services provider Feenstra that includes the provision of remote-monitoring services for security and alarm systems.

Among other things, Feenstra (Lelystad, Netherlands) installs gas-powered boilers in customer homes and the Tele2 service will ensure these systems can be read remotely by Feenstra employees.

Oberthur, in1SIM to trial M2M service with European energy firms

Digital security specialist Oberthur Technologies says its M-Connect solution is to support M2M connectivity services being offered by in1SIM.

Under a deal between the two players, market trials are planned for this year with energy distribution companies based in Northern Europe.

Oberthur (Levallois-Perret, France) says a combination of its technology with that of in1SIM will answer a need for a “global and reliable” solution for connecting smart objects to mobile networks.

Aeris launches M2M service platform for mobile operators

Aeris Communications maintained its M2M momentum with the launch of a new global service platform (GSP) aimed at helping mobile network operators to address the M2M opportunity.

The company is offering its GSP as a standalone service or part of a package and says it will allow operators to deploy M2M services without incurring the expense of developing purpose-built systems.

Sensus picked to install 8,000 smart water meters in France

Smart meter player Sensus says it has been chosen to install 8,000 smart water meters by a group of 84 French municipalities with a combined population of 41,500 people.

The company will deploy its iPERL endpoints over the next four years in Syndicat des Eaux de Basse-Vigneulles et Faulquemont (SEBVF), and says the rollout will increase meter readings from 400 to about 2,000 per day, providing consumers and utilities with greater visibility on usage and network conditions.

Axeda, Hytec target UK health sector with IoT platform

M2M platform provider Axeda claims to have developed a service that will allow medical product manufacturers to deploy connected products at hospitals and healthcare organizations in the UK in compliance with government rules on machine-data protection.

The M2M company has developed the service in partnership with managed hosting specialist Hytec (Oxford, UK), and says it will reduce the cost and complexity associated with connecting to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) network in a secure way.

Verticals including connected health to drive IoT spending: IDC

Vertical markets including smart meters, connected cars and connected health are set to drive spending on Internet of Things (IoT) services between now and 2017, according to new research from IDC.

The market-research company says IoT players need to look at the opportunity in a more realistic way, and develop and understanding of the specific vertical sectors that have the greatest use for M2M services and applications.