M2M

USA looks to mandate connected car technology

The United States could soon make M2M connectivity in new vehicles mandatory, following research undertaken by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Volvo inks agreement with Pandora for connected car radio

Following on from the launch of an updated cloud-based connected car platform for its vehicles, Volvo this week inked a content agreement with online music service Pandora that will see internet radio streamed to select vehicles starting in May this year.

Gemalto intros LTE M2M module for connected cars

Security and SIM specialist Gemalto this week expanded its M2M portfolio with an LTE wireless module. The firm claims its Cinterion PLS8 solution will enable LTE connectivity for connected car systems and NFC applications.

Mercedes-Benz showcases driverless tech

Vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has revealed the progress that it has made with its driverless technology by taking its S500 Intelligent Drive concept car on a 100km trip in the South of Germany. The luxury car firm set out to re-enact the journey made by Bertha Benz, the wife of the firm’s founder Karl Benz, in 1888 to demonstrate the suitability of the Benz patent motor car for everyday use.

Vodafone sets up M2M brand in Brazil

Operator group Vodafone has signed a deal that sees it setting up its own brand in Brazil, the first fully Vodafone branded operation to be launched in the Americas. The operator inked a non-equity partnership agreement with local MVNE Datora Telecom to launch Vodafone Brasil, which will primarily serve Vodafone’s multinational enterprise customers’ M2M needs.

MNOs are already making the IoT connection!

At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of white space solutions provider Neul, suggested that mobile operators are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT). Alex Sinclair, CTO of the GSMA, countered by suggesting that the IoT opportunity is big enough for everyone, but MNOs will clearly be key players and not just for simple connectivity.

MNOs will not make the IoT connection

At the Future of Wireless 2013 event staged by UK industry organisation Cambridge Wireless earlier this month, James Collier, the founder and CTO of Neul suggested that mobile operators as they stand are ill-equipped to provision the Internet of Things (IoT).

M2M services at a “tipping point” for businesses

Half of enterprises worldwide will have adopted M2M technology by 2015, according to Vodafone. Furthermore, although large organisations have so far led in deploying such technology, small organisations are set to surpass them in terms of adoption, the operator said.

AT&T opens two innovation centres

US operator AT&T has opened two innovation centres aimed to accelerate research and development of technologies and applications that will drive AT&T’s growth in the future.

Telecom Italia joins operator M2M alliance

Telecom Italia has become the fourth European operator to join the Global M2M Association, a collaborative programme founded by Deutsche Telekom and Orange (then France Telecom) in February 2011. TeliaSonera joined in July 2011.

Megafon joins Telefónica partnership programme

Russian operator MegaFon has become the latest carrier to join Teleónica’s partnership programme, which aims to pool resource, know-how and purchasing power across an international roster of telcos.

Smart cities key to M2M

Smart cities represent the most beneficial outcome of machine to machine (M2M) technology, according to a survey of IT decision makers. The majority of respondents also believe that firms that fail to implement M2M technologies will fall behind competition.

AT&T reveals M2M home security pricing

US operator AT&T has announced pricing details for its M2M home security and automation Digital Life offering. Customers can choose from two base plans: Simple Security, a basic home security package; or Smart Security which includes enhanced security features and the option to add home automation.

TeliaSonera deploys M2M platform

Swedish operator group TeliaSonera has implemented a platform to strengthen its M2M offering in the Nordic and Baltic markets. The operator has deployed Swedish vendor Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform which will enable it to deploy and manage large volumes of mobile subscriptions and provide flexibility to its M2M partners and customers.

M2M services performing below expectations

The take-up of machine-to-machine services is lagging behind analyst expectations, as M2M service revenues still only account for 0.5 per cent of mobile operators’ total service revenues, according to the latest data from Informa Telecoms & Media.

EE and NSN partner on M2M vending machines

Everything Everywhere (EE) has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) on an international M2M project they claim will offer vending machine owners an opportunity to increase revenue and reduce costs through remote stock monitoring, increased customer interaction and multiple payment methods.

Deutsche Telekom launches M2M Marketplace

Deutsche Telekom has launched an M2M Marketplace; a platform for manufacturers and dealers around the world to sell hardware, software, apps and full-package M2M solutions. The operator group said that it aims to provide vendors with a global distribution channel for their M2M products in addition to their own sales channels.

Ford explains connected cars future

Automotive firm Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford outlined a plan for connected cars to help avoid a potential future of crippling congestion at Mobile World Congress this week. Ford told delegates at the show that the number of cars on the world’s roads is forecast to grow from one billion now to up to four billion by 2050. And he proposed that one way of avoiding the potentially global problem of overcrowded roads is to create a global transportation network that utilises communication between vehicles, transport infrastructure and individual mobile devices.

Three aims for connected devices market with Macheen tie-up

3UK has signed an agreement with Macheen, a cloud service provider for connected devices. The deal provides the operator with access to a platform for the management of a variety of processes that are required to create, manage and bill M2M-related services.

“We have to extend beyond cellular”, says Verizon spokesperson

US carrier Verizon should think of itself as a hub for all internet connectivity and not just a service provider, the company said to an audience at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday. Aparna Khurjekar, executive director of business solutions group at Verizon said: “We could be providing a gamut of services that could be supported by Verizon and monetising them. You have to extend beyond cellular.”

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