General Motors and OnStar join Pecan Street

General Motors and its technology subsidiary OnStar have announced plans to join the smart-grid project being led by Pecan Street in Texas.

Pecan Street, a non-profit research and development consortia based at the University of Texas, is testing a clean-energy smart grid in a neighbourhood in Mueller, about three miles from Austin. The project has received some $10.4 billion from the Energy Department and about $14 billion from project partners.

Verizon completes takeover of Hughes Telematics

US network operator Verizon has completed its acquisition of M2M player Hughes Telematics, saying the deal will help it to expand its capabilities in automotive and fleet telematics.

Hughes will become a part of Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which already provides M2M services to the automotive, transportation and healthcare industries, among others.

Arkessa picks Telehouse for cloud services

M2M software company Arkessa (Cambridge, UK) has announced plans to partner with data-center provider Telehouse (owned by Japanese telecoms giant KDDI) over the development of a private cloud, to be hosted at Telehouse’s London data centers.

ARM forms industry group to support M2M development

Best known as the UK-based designer of the application processors used in most of the world’s mobile phones, ARM has invited a number of other UK technology specialists to establish a group aimed at fighting what it calls the “Internet of Silos”.

ARM says it wants to create a blueprint for how M2M technologies should work together to support the 50 billion devices that are forecast to be connected to the internet by 2020.

Telit launches Mini PCI card with M2M capabilities

M2M vendor Telit (Raleigh, US) has launched a Mini PCI Express card with an embedded M2M module designed for industrial applications.

The Mini-PCIe adapter card provides 3G cellular data, voice, and video communications for embedded PCs in a variety of commercial and industrial applications, including ATMs, kiosks, digital signage, surveillance and fleet management. Telit says it allows application developers to more easily integrate M2M capabilities into their solutions.

Coast Radio selects Exalt microwave backhaul systems for FM Radio stations

Exalt Communications, a provider of next-generation microwave backhaul systems, last week announced that Coast Radio Company, Inc. has selected Exalt microwave backhaul systems to replace leased T1 connections among its multiple FM radio stations, main broadcast sites, and transmission booster sites located throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

The wireless backhaul network built using Exalt microwave systems will also extend IP communications to all sites, add advanced management features, and provide increased bandwidth, says Exalt (Campbell, Calif., USA).

UK Government prepares for largest smart meter deployment in world

The UK Government is preparing for the task of replacing the country’s 53 million gas and electric meters with smart meters.

Report: Jasper Wireless clear leader in CDP

New data from ABI Research singles out Jasper Wireless as a “clear leader” among vendors of Connected Device Platforms (CDPs), ahead of Ericsson, NSN and NEC.

Southwest Airlines announces asset tracking service

On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines Cargo announced Cargo Companion, an asset tracking service that allows its customers complete visibility regarding the location and environmental status of high-value and time/temperature-sensitive items shipped via Southwest Airlines Cargo.

Designed for freight forwarders, couriers, perishable commodity Shippers, and Shippers of time-critical and high-value items, Cargo Companion features wireless asset tracking devices that monitor the location, shock, light, temperature, pressure, and humidity of cargo during transit.

Providing control, security key to unlocking the cloud opportunity

By 2016, 40% of enterprises will require prospective cloud providers to submit proof of independent security testing before they’ll sign up for service, Gartner predicts.