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.

Sigfox attracts healthcare-sector interest as footprint grows

Sigfox claims to be at work on deploying the world’s first Internet of Things network in Spain, and says its service is already attracting plenty of interest from sectors including healthcare.

Promoting itself as the world’s only cellular operator dedicated solely to M2M services, Sigfox (Labege, France) has teamed up with infrastructure provider Abertis (Barcelona, Spain) to launch its network in Spain.

The company launched services in France about 18 months ago and has subsequently expanded its network footprint to the Netherlands and Russia.

Slovak Telekom enters fleet-management market

Slovakian telecoms incumbent Slovak Telekom has launched a cloud-based fleet-management service in a clear sign of its interest in developing a portfolio of M2M services.

Branded Telekom Fleet, the solution allows enterprises to manage fleet activities, providing detailed information about the movement of vehicles, fuel consumption and driving behavior.

Telekom Fleet uses GPS technology to support the remote-monitoring functionality, and allows customers to view information through a web interface on computers and mobile devices.

Enterprises turn to M2M for competitive advantage: Infonetics Research

Enterprises in the utility sector are increasingly turning to M2M services to “get a leg up on competition”, according to a new survey from Infonetics Research.

According to a new survey, the pursuit of competitive advantage is driving M2M adoption among enterprises in five key market segments, including automotive and logistics, utility, retail, healthcare and public safety and surveillance.