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M2M Industry News Archives: October 2014

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Telefonica launches Lego-like consumer IoT product
Spanish telecoms incumbent Telefonica claims to have launched the first-ever mainstream consumer product in the Internet of Things market.
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Deutsche Telekom launches European M2M partner program
Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has launched an M2M partner program in Europe as it looks to boost interest in nascent M2M offerings.
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Gemalto develops “emergency” connected watch with Limmex
Hardware developer Gemalto is to provide M2M connectivity for a new emergency watch being developed by Swiss manufacturer Limmex with the support of mobile operator Swisscom.
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M2M Spectrum Networks, GlobeRanger to provide asset tracking for Texas Sheriff’s Office
M2M Spectrum Networks has revealed that it will work with existing partner and RFID specialist GlobeRanger during a pilot project for the Sheriff’s Office in Val Verde County, Texas.
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Connected care users to number 13.7 million by 2019: Berg
The number of Europeans using connected care solutions will grow from around 4.7 million at the end of 2013 to some 13.7 million in 2019, according to the latest research from Berg Insight.
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Garmin revenue rises on demand for GPS-based fitness products
Garmin Ltd, a maker of GPS-based gadgets, reported a 10 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong demand for its fitness products.
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IBM aims to spur IoT innovation with Foundation service
IBM has released details of a set of digital tools that it says will allow companies to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications in a matter of minutes.
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Operators see M2M revenue opportunity in unlicensed spectrum
Operators gathered at this week’s Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam see a revenue opportunity in supporting the growing number of M2M devices using unlicensed spectrum.
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Weightless SIG welcomes NWave as newest member
Internet of Things (IoT) special interest group (SIG) Weightless has welcomed connectivity player NWave Technologies as the newest member of its association, whose aim is to develop an IoT standard based on the use of unlicensed frequencies.
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Option launches LTE version of CloudGate
M2M hardware player Option has announced that its CloudGate platform has just been certified for use on 4G LTE networks.
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US government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.
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Hand and facial gesture control to take off in connected device sector: ABI
Touchscreen user interfaces are set to become a less dominant means of controlling connected devices in the next five years, according to a new study from ABI Research, which says that voice, gesture, eye-tracking and even neural will flourish as more sensors are introduced to mainstream products and new form factors emerge.
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GSMA releases mobile guidelines to spur efficient IoT adoption
The GSM Association (GSMA) has released a new set of guidelines to ensure Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications communicate via mobile networks in the most intelligent and efficient way.
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Deutsche Telekom targets German carmakers in China
Deutsche Telekom is appealing to German carmakers with operations in China through its recently announced joint venture with China Mobile.
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Android to face wearables challenge from Apple in 2015: ABI
Android looks set to face a strong challenge from Apple in the nascent wearables market following the latter’s imminent launch of a smart watch, according to a new study from ABI Research.
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Tieto becomes Cisco’s first Nordic fog computing partner
Internet equipment giant Cisco says that Nordic IT services company Tieto has joined its app developer community with the aim of developing new Internet of Things services for a range of key industries.
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Reply sets up incubator for European, US IoT start-ups
Digital services and consulting player Reply has set up a new Internet of Things (IoT) incubator that will help to fund and provide support for start-ups addressing IoT opportunities in Europe and the US.
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TomTom expands service portfolio with IoT navigation feature
Navigation systems expert TomTom has added a new service to its portfolio for customers who want to offer a navigation application on an internet-connected device without having to store a large offline map.
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Kore urges M2M players to plan for 2G sunset
Kore Telematics has urged the M2M industry not to be complacent about the “sunsetting” of 2G networks, with various companies appearing to believe there is no real pressure to act now.
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Trimble to help construction contractors reduce asset losses
Tracking company Trimble has launched a new radiofrequency identification (RFID) service allowing organizations in the construction industry to monitor equipment in real time.
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Telit tracking tech used in Australian conservation program
In a particularly innovative example of M2M usage, modules from Telit are being used to track the whereabouts and welfare of koalas as part of an Australian conservation program.
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ASAP Systems launches inventory monitoring for healthcare providers
Asset-tracking specialist ASAP Systems has released a new service allowing hospitals and other healthcare institutions to track inventory and better manage their equipment needs.
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Software player DataArt launches IoT practice
Software player DataArt has launched a new M2M and IoT consulting practice to meet growing demand for these services in the marketplace.
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Popular electricity smart meters in Spain can be hacked, researchers say
Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.
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Intel to commercialize IoT factory automation technology in 2015
Intel claims it was able to realize $9 million in savings by using IoT technologies to develop next-generation factory automation systems at its manufacturing facility in Asia.
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Ericsson completes takeover of smart grid specialist Ambient
Sweden’s Ericsson says it has completed the takeover of smart grid communications provider Ambient and will be able to better help utilities maximize their smart grid investments following the acquisition.
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Pantech eyes M2M market as new growth engine
Ailing South Korean smartphone maker Pantech is reportedly planning a push into the M2M sector to offset a slowdown in its handset business.
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GMO GlobalSign snaps up Ubisecure in identity services move
Security business GMO GlobalSign has bought Finnish software developer Ubisecure in a move designed to strengthen its focus on identity services for the IoT market.
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BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu
German luxury carmaker BMW is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai.
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Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone: study
The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone.
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