Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: September 2014



 
 

Orange launches global asset-tracking service
French telecoms operator Orange has launched a new M2M geolocation offering allowing enterprises to track assets and equipment anywhere in the world using cellular networks.
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M2M technology to help streamline supply chain operations: AT&T, eft
M2M technology is set to overtake the use of radiofrequency identification (RFID) and bar codes as a tool for gathering information along the supply chain, according to new research from AT&T and eyefortransport (eft).
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Hitachi teams up with Clarion on connected car development
Japan’s Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is to form closer ties with US-based electronics company Clarion Corporation as it looks to spur the development of new connected car services that could lead to improvements in performance and safety.
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Spireon flags new tractor and trailer management service
Mobile resource management specialist Spireon has introduced a new asset-tracking service allowing customers to ‘sync’ tractors and trailers virtually and providing real-time alerts if a tractor and trailer are separated unexpectedly.
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ID Systems flags $400,000 asset-tracking contract with new customer
Asset-tracking specialist ID Systems says it has won a contract valued at approximately $400,000 to deploy its vehicle management system (VMS) for a leading global manufacturer of machinery and heavy equipment.
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Other automakers to challenge Tesla in over-the-air software upgrades
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc on Friday announced it is rolling out a software upgrade over-the-air to its current Model S owners, a unique ability that other automakers are expected to offer within a few years.
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AT&T launches global M2M SIM to simplify logistics support
US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a global SIM it is pitching at the market for M2M services that depend on worldwide connectivity.
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Transport and logistics drive Australian M2M market
Australia’s market for M2M technologies is set to be worth $500 million by 2019, according to new research from Vodafone, thanks chiefly to growth in the transport and logistics sector.
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Wyless, Getrak target telematics market in Brazil, South America
M2M managed services provider Wyless has announced a partnership with Brazilian telematics specialist Getrak.
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Orbcomm to launch commercial services on next-gen satellites
Satellite operator Orbcomm has launched commercial M2M services for the first six of its next-generation OG2 satellites.
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Stories to Watch

Libelium launches “smart logistics” modules
Internet of Things platform provider Libelium has launched what it describes as new smart logistics modules to support real-time tracking in the vehicle fleet management, container goods control and asset management sectors.
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Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other
An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.
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Verizon IoT service to make enterprise vehicle usage more efficient
US telecoms giant Verizon says its new Auto Share service allowing customers to rent and return vehicles using car-sharing apps will become available by the end of the year.
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Spireon, AutoStar target auto dealers with new asset-tracking tie-up
Spireon has announced an asset tracking partnership with software player AutoStar, which develops dealer management software for automotive dealers and finance companies.
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Iridium slashes transceiver prices to spur asset-monitoring take-up
Satellite operator Iridium says it has sharply reduced the pricing of its short burst data (SBD) transceivers to spur adoption in the asset tracking and fleet management sectors.
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CTIA: Numerex takes wraps off new supply chain, asset-tracking services
M2M player Numerex is showing off a range of supply chain and asset tracking solutions at this week’s CTIA tradeshow in Las Vegas.
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RelySys secures funding to develop remote monitoring technology
Indian M2M start-up RelySys Technologies says it has secured funding from investment firm Inflexionpoint that will support its rollout of services targeting the remote monitoring and logistics opportunities.
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GM to offer connected car, automated driving technology in 2016
General Motors Co will introduce in two years its first car that can communicate with other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic congestion, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Sunday.
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Omnitracs announces $178 million takeover of XRS
Fleet management player Omnitracs has agreed a $178 million takeover of software developer XRS Corporation in a move aimed at strengthening its position in the transportation and logistics technology market.
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Taiwan puts industrial automation at heart of economic transformation
Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou is reported to have said that automation is critical to the transformation of the country’s industrial sector.
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CalAmp to expand US asset management presence with Verizon tie-up
Asset management player CalAmp has joined the partner program of US operator Verizon with the aim of beefing up its presence in the market for telematics, tracking and mobile asset management products and services.
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Digi-Key to distribute Trimble modules for supply chain management
Remote monitoring specialist Trimble has signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key covering the sale of radiofrequency identification (RFID) modules used to support logistics and supply chain operations throughout a variety of organizations.
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Enevo raises $8 million to develop sensor-based waste collection system
Smart sensor developer Enevo has raised $8 million in funding for the development of its sensor-based waste collection system for international markets.
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RFID technology to generate $4.99 billion in revenues in 2020: Frost & Sullivan
The radio frequency identification market is expected to generate revenues of $4.99 billion in 2020, up from $1.29 billion in 2013, according to the latest research from Frost & Sullivan.
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