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M2M Industry News Archives: July 2014

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Ericsson agrees MetraTech takeover to support IoT business
Swedish network equipment maker Ericsson has announced a takeover of billing specialist MetraTech aimed partly at supporting its push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
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Augumenta shows off smart glass development tools
Finnish software player Augumenta has shown off new development tools designed to ensure that smart glasses will be easier to use and control.
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Connected car features heavily influencing vehicle purchases: Parks
More than three quarters of US vehicle owners with at least one connected car feature believe these services will influence their next vehicle purchase, while more than half rate connected features as “very important” in guiding their new vehicle purchase, according to new research from Parks Associates.
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2G accounted for 70% of cellular M2M modules in 2013: ABI
Modules that work on 2G networks accounted for more than 70% of worldwide M2M cellular module shipments in 2013, according to a new study from ABI Research.
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DecaWave, Digi-Key team up on rollout of location technology
Semiconductor player DecaWave has signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key to support the rollout of its location technology.
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CSR launches kit to spur IoT development
Bluetooth developer CSR has released a development kit it says will spur the introduction of new Internet of Things (IoT) products.
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Telefonica boasts 250 M2M partners six months ahead of target
Spanish telecoms incumbent Telefonica claims to have signed up more than 250 M2M partners in Europe and the US since the launch its partnership program in June 2013.
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DoCoMo picks G&D for Japan’s first eSIM service
Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has chosen Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to provide subscription management services for new M2M devices using embedded SIMs (eSIMs).
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Former Bechtel execs launch Octoblu to spur IoT innovation
Two former employees of engineering giant Bechtel have launched a new startup called Octoblu that says its role will be to help companies bring innovative Internet of Things (IoT) services to the market.
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GreenPeak to provide support for Samsung-backed Thread
Semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies says that its radio chips are capable of supporting the recently announced Thread protocol that Samsung and several partners are trying to establish as the default wireless networking option for connected home devices.
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Oberthur moves up M2M value chain with Cumulocity tie-up
France’s Oberthur Technologies (OT) says a new partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider Cumulocity will help it address a range of opportunities in fleet management, asset tracking, industrial remote maintenance and surveillance.
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Nearly 80% of operators targeting home automation opportunity: Infonetics
More broadband providers are jumping on the home automation bandwagon, according to a new survey by Infonetics Research that shows levels of operator interest in the home automation market are soaring.
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Google's Nest launches network technology for connected home
Google Inc's Nest Labs on Tuesday unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of "smart" home gadgets like locks and lightbulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network.
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Telefonica starts deploying smart meter services in UK with CGI
Spanish operator Telefonica has flagged plans to provide connectivity services for smart meters being deployed by energy companies on a limited scale in advance of the mass rollout expected to begin late next year.
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Orbcomm launches six next-gen satellites for enhanced M2M
Satellite player Orbcomm has launched the first six of its OG2 next-generation satellites designed to improve the quality of the M2M services it provides.
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IoT on cusp of explosion in Canada, says Telus
The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the cusp of an explosion in Canada, according to a new survey from telecoms operator Telus, with annual IoT spending in the country set to rise from just $5.6 billion in 2013 to around $21 billion in 2018.
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'Smart' technology could make utilities more vulnerable to hackers
Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany.
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Sierra Wireless again tops ranking of M2M cellular module vendors: ABI
Sierra Wireless has topped a ranking of M2M cellular module vendors for the third year in a row.
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Samsung, Intel, Dell team up on standards for connected gadgets
Samsung Electronics, Intel Corp and Dell have joined to establish standard ways for household gadgets like thermostats and light bulbs to talk to each other, at odds with a framework backed by Qualcomm, LG Electronics and other companies.
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Atmel buys Wi-Fi gear maker in push into 'Internet of Things'
Touchscreen chipmaker Atmel Corp said it would buy Newport Media, a maker of low-power Wi-Fi and bluetooth gear, for $140 million to gain ground in a technology that helps connect everything through the Internet.
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SK Telecom forms IoT partnership with Telecom New Zealand
South Korea’s SK Telecom has joined forces with Telecom New Zealand to fuel activity in the fast-growing M2M market.
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Infosys and Smart to collaborate on M2M service development
Indian IT services player Infosys has teamed up with Filipino mobile operator Smart to develop new industry solutions using M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
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IBM to use M2M tech to fight air pollution in Beijing
IT giant IBM has begun collaborating with authorities in China on an initiative aimed at tackling Beijing’s air pollution challenges through the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
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Smart city revenues to reach $27.5 billion in 2023: Navigant
Annual revenues from the sale of smart city technologies are forecast to reach $27.5 billion globally in 2023, up from $8.8 billion in 2014, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
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Intelligent cars draw investors to tech stocks
Technology and telecoms firms could be the big winners in a connected car market that may be worth $50 billion over the next decade, luring investors away from traditional automakers.
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Microsoft sides with Qualcomm in showdown over connected home
Microsoft Corp has joined Qualcomm Inc and other technology companies in a bid to establish standard ways for household devices like light bulbs and thermostats to talk to each other.
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Intel and Ford join forces on connected cars research
US chipmaker Intel has unveiled details of a research project with carmaker Ford to explore new applications for in-vehicle cameras based on the use of data generated by existing vehicle sensors.
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Symphony stakes claim to most advanced predictive analytics service yet
Big data player Symphony Analytics has launched what it claims is the M2M industry’s most advanced predictive analytics service for connected devices, saying the technology will lead to huge costs savings and efficiency improvements across a range of vertical markets.
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GE and Frost launch industrial internet incubator
GE has teamed up with venture capital firm Frost Data Capital on the launch of a new startup incubator aimed at advancing what GE terms the industrial internet.
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Penetration of connected car modules to hit 62% by 2027: ABI

Global penetration of so-called V2X modules used to provide connected-car services is set to reach 62% by 2027, according to a new study from ABI Research.
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