MasterCard hires former Orange VP of Mobile Payments

NFC veteran implies MasterCard will ramp up its efforts

Mastercard (Harrison, NY, USA) has poached Mung-Ki Woo, the former head of mobile and contactless payments at Orange (Arcueil, France), one of Europe’s largest operators. Woo will head up MasterCard’s mobile payment and m-commerce business, a recently formed unit.

The move strongly suggests MasterCards plans to increase its mobile payments efforts, a currently wide open market with many potential competitors looming. Not the least of which being Visa, who hired Bill Gajda, former chief commercial officer of the GSM Association, for a similar position.

Barcode scanning is up 1600%

According to Scanbuy's 'Mobile Barcode Trend Report'

Scanbuy, Inc. (New York, NY, USA) released its latest "ScanLife Mobile Barcode Trend Report" last week and the research contains some impressive figures, including a sixteen-fold jump in overall barcode traffic this year.

Scanbuy, of course, has a vested interest in barcode scanning trends, as a global provider of mobile barcode solutions. However their research is consistent with the accelerated adoption of smartphone technology for common activities like shopping, product information, and web usage.

LG unveils smart appliance lineup

Wi-Fi enabled washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, and even vacuum robots

LG Electronics has unveiled its new range of smart appliances, enabled by "LG THINQ" technology, at the 2011 International CES. All products in the lineup are comprised of five key features, dubbed Smart Grid, "Smart Diagnosis," "Smart Access," "Smart Adapt," and the intriguing "Food Management."

M2M device connections will jump to 2.1 billion by 2020

New research from Analysys Mason

The global market for machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections will grow from 62 million devices in 2010 to 2.1 billion devices in 2020, according to a new report from Analysys Mason (London, UK). With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36% and 52%, M2M seeks to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade.

The "Machine-to-machine devices connections: worldwide forecast 2010-2020" covers 8 regions, 7 industry segments, and 20 product/solution categories.

How satellite and 4G will coexist

Satellite technology fueling cellular backhaul services

Satellite, when combined with 4G wireless, offers two very powerful advantages for stakeholders. First, it provides a large amount of spectrum. That spectrum enables delivery of next-generation wireless services in a world that is increasingly underserved by terrestrial spectrum and is moving in the direction of broadband wireless. Also, satellite’s large coverage footprint offers unparalleled reach to the next frontier of un-served and underserved suburban, rural and remote areas.

Nokia Siemens Networks to develop M2M Smart Lab in Seoul

Will focus on R&D and collaboration

Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland) announced yesterday plans to set up a Smart Lab in Korea focused on developing smart device-optimized applications, services and networks. The lab is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011.

AT&T forms Healthcare IT Division

Will focus on telehealth, cloud, wireless monitoring

The American Medical Association is reporting that AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) announced it has formed a division geared toward health information technology, a market it estimates to be worth nearly $34 billion.

The new division, AT&T ForHealth, will focus on the development and delivery of health IT solutions, including telehealth, cloud computing and wireless monitoring devices.

GSMA hopes to put SIM cards in all electronic devices

Forms task force comprising experts from across the industry

Last Thursday, the GSM Association announced the formation of a task force of mobile operators to explore the development of an embedded SIM that can be remotely activated. The association expects to enable the design of exciting new form factors for mobile communications and speed the development of M2M services by making it easier to bring mobile broadband to non-traditional devices such as cameras, MP3 players, navigation devices and e-Readers, as well as smart meters.

Sprint announces 'Mobile Wallet'

Painless online purchases without checkout forms

Sprint (Overland Park, VA, USA) recently announced the upcoming launch of Sprint Mobile Wallet, a way to buy physical and digital products using a Sprint phone. Sprint claims Mobile Wallet is simple and secure, and will make it easier for developers to monetize their products.

Spotlight on Tekelec's Performance Intelligence Center 7.0

Latest major release brings new ways to analyze data

Tekelec Inc. released version 7.0 of their popular "Performance Intelligence Center" this quarter, adding new ways to synthesize, translate, and use network data for business purposes. This iteration was in development for approximately ten months.