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2010.03.31

Cinterion Faces Failure? - rumors circulate

Earlier this week, Cinterion Wireless Modules, on behalf of its financing ownership, published an announcement on its website that it would file for reorganization.

The message includes the following....

.... Cinterion Wireless Modules Holding GmbH is reorganizing its financial structure. Before discussing this restructuring, we would like to illustrate the structure of Cinterion in a simplified form:


Cinterion Wireless Modules Holding GmbH holds 100% of the shares in Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH (CWM GmbH). The holding company deals with the financing structure, whereas all business activities run under Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH.

The operational business of Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH, with which your business relationship exists, is not affected by this and will continue without any restrictions.... The operational business of Cinterion will remain profitable. This has also been confirmed by a recent review via PricewaterhouseCoopers.

....German insolvency law provides the option of reorganizing the financial structure of a company without compromising the ongoing business operations of subsidiary companies. That also applies in our case. There will be no layoffs, no branch closures, liquidations or anything similar in this respect.

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We think this is a set back for the module maker that spun out of Siemens M2M inititatives several years ago, but that its proactive stance on mHealth initiatives will pay off in the long run. Please leave your comments.

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Announces Updated Best Practices for Location-Based Services

LAS VEGAS, NV – As International CTIA  Wireless exhibits concluded in Las Vegas last week, CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced the release of the industry’s updated voluntary “Best Practices and Guidelines for Location-Based Services” which promote and protect the privacy of wireless customers’ location information. Initially released in June 2008, the Guidelines were revised due to the dynamic and constantly innovative nature of the wireless ecosystem and the latest developments in Location-Based Services (LBS). 

“For more than a decade, CTIA has been a leader in ensuring consumers’ location privacy. As the wireless industry continues to develop innovative new devices, cutting-edge LBS apps and deploy next generation networks, it’s important that our industry’s best practices evolve to reflect the changes in the wireless ecosystem,” said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association. 

In particular, the Guidelines have been revised to recognize that multiple entities can play a role in the delivery of a single LBS application. Updates to the Guidelines also address:

  • Application of the Guidelines to the use of various location technologies
  • Clarification of the relationship between account holder and user 
  • Other general improvements to aid clarity

LBS providers that have adopted these Guidelines provide consumers with the confidence and assurance that their private location information is protected.

For additional information about "Best Practices and Guidelines for Location-Based Services" and the Location Based Services Action Team, please visit: http://www.ctia.org/business_resources/wic/index.cfm/AID/11300.

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Qwest Introduces IBM-based Services for Security, Network Management

DENVER --(Business Wire)-- Qwest Communications today announced the launch of two new managed solutions: Qwest iQTM Managed Security Service (MSS) and Qwest iQTM Network Management Service (NMS). The new offerings deliver on a relationship Qwest and IBM previously announced to provide a powerful yet easy-to-use technology ecosystem specifically designed for businesses with 15,000 employees or fewer yet robust enough for the Fortune 100.

Qwest pilot customer TEAM Industries, Inc.—a designer and manufacturer of transmission assemblies, components and CVTs for a variety of on and off-highway markets—is already experiencing the benefits. Qwest worked with TEAM Industries to: implement a scalable and cost-effective solution to provide more capabilities to offload router and existing web filtering; increase security to mitigate viruses and spam; eliminate traffic going through TEAM Industries’ six locations and interconnect those locations with resilient technology.

Qwest iQTM Managed Security Service

Reduces the costs and complexities associated with managing security needs, while mitigating the impact of liability and security threats from malware, SPAM e-mail, unauthorized network access, and Internet resource misuse.
Enables customers to leverage Qwest expert tools, skills and processes to improve their system uptime and performance, optimize security investments, improve employee productivity and demonstrate compliance.
Supported by IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS), a recognized industry leader of managed security service with world-wide redundant security operation centers, security research within the X-Force organization, and certified engineers and security analysts to provide 24x7x365 support.

Qwest iQTM Network Management Service

A network monitoring and management product suite that provides complete out-tasking of all or part of customer’s data network. It is a comprehensive, integrated package of products and services for building and proactively overseeing networks.
Enables customers to control operational costs, while improving network uptime and performance, regulatory compliance and to optimize their security investments.
Provides around-the-clock health and fault monitoring of network devices by IBM’s skilled operations analysts using automated surveillance tools. Customers can view network performance statistics, alerts and create and manage trouble tickets, all from Qwest’s QControl® Portal.

For more information, visit www.ibm.com/businesscenter/smb/ or Qwest.com/business.

NEC Electronics America Enhances Microcontrollers for Industrial, Consumer Devices

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- NEC Electronics America, Inc. announced it has expanded its robust 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with the new All Flash™ 78K0/Kx2-A MCU series, featuring enhanced analog functionality for battery-operated portable devices. The four new MCUs offer robust peripherals combined with NEC Electronics’ proven 78K0 MCU interface and safety features to support applications that require high-precision analog sensing capabilities. Target applications include industrial building automation sensors and monitoring devices, and consumer electronics devices with human interface systems such as game-control handsets.

The new 78K0/Kx2-A series extends the rich analog peripheral set offered in NEC Electronics’ 78K0/Kx2 general-purpose MCUs and includes up to 12 channels of 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), and 3-channel operational amplifiers (op-amps) interlocked with 12-bit ADC inputs.

To facilitate easy migration within the 78K0/Kx2 series, the new 78K0/Kx2-A MCUs also share many of the built-in features common to the 78K0 MCU family. The peripheral set includes UART, I2C and CSI/SPI serial interfaces, 8- and 16-bit timers to manage an array of real-time input and output events, clock generators, and a real-time counter with clock and calendar functions to maintain time-of-day clock without CPU intervention. The analog and serial interface integration helps to reduce system costs, while the optimized 8-bit circuit design helps designers achieve low power consumption and high performance levels similar to those associated with NEC Electronics’ other 78K0/Kx2 devices.

NEC Electronics America also provides a comprehensive suite of development tools to support the new 78K0/Kx2-A series. This includes software tools such as the CubeSuite™ integrated development environment, compiler, assembler, software debugger and code generator, as well as hardware tools such as NEC Electronics’ full-function IECube™ in-circuit emulator with real-time trace and MINICUBE2™ on-chip debug emulator and stand-alone flash programmer.

Pricing and Availability

The new 78K0/Kx2-A MCUs will be available in a 30-pin shrink-small outline package (SSOP) and 48-pin low-profile quad flat package (QFP) with flash memory capacities ranging from 16 to 32 kilobytes (KB). Samples are available now and distribution suggested resale pricing begins at $1.65 in volumes of 10,000 units. Mass production of the new devices is slated to begin in July 2010. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.) More information about NEC Electronics America’s MCUs can be found at http://www.am.necel.com/micro/product/index.html.

*CubeSuite, IECube and NEC Electronics America are either registered trademarks or trademarks of NEC Electronics Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. NEC Electronics is a registered trademark or trademark of NEC Corporation. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

Erdgas Münster controls pipeline network with KEYMILE systems technology

Hannover - Erdgas Münster, a major German remote gas company, has selected KEYMILE systems technology to monitor natural gas transmission. As a result, remote maintenance and control of the pipelines will be much more efficient and cut operating costs.

For over 50 years, Erdgas Münster has been supplying its customers with natural gas that is almost exclusively from North German fields. The complex pipeline network that has evolved over the years is over 2,200 km long. It connects to the north German natural gas fields and is located primarily between Bentheim, Emsland and the Hanover, Göttingen and Wendland region.

The control centre in Münster monitors and controls the gas flow. The centre also supervises the blending and distribution stations. Due to the increasing demands on operation and monitoring the supply network, Erdgas Münster decided to introduce a new, advanced solution and has opted for KEYMILE systems technology.

Data and information from production, the blending and distribution, as well as the transfer stations, are transmitted to the control centre in Münster via cables along the gas pipelines. The new solution, based on KEYMILE technology, supports continued monitoring of the process and creates the basis for reliable telecontrol system communication.

In this case, the multi-service access platform UMUX, as well as LineRunner SCADA NG are used. LineRunner SCADA NG is a broadband transmission system for reliable data transmission in telecontrol and SCADA networks (SCADA:

Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition). UMUX enables connection to copper and fibre optic line networks, multiplexing, switching data streams and broadband data aggregation for TDM and Ethernet data in just one single network component. This reduces the complexity of the transmission network.
Therefore, Erdgas Münster can continue to utilise the existing infrastructure for data and voice services and can also handle new packet-based services. LineRunner SCADA NG is applied if accurate data transmission is required in tough ambient conditions and where space is limited.

"Sophisticated DSL transmission technology, as well as the integration of the traditional interfaces in packet-based transmission technology, allows Erdgas Münster to continue to use existing copper wire effectively and efficiently. At the same time, KEYMILE technology means we are extremely well prepared for future telecontrol technology modifications", explains Hans Lange from the Measurement and Control department at Erdgas Münster.

"There were many reasons why we chose KEYMILE. Right from the concept development phase, the company's customer focus and technical expertise impressed us. Specific demands on the products used were implemented quickly. Another convincing argument was the references for the UMUX platform, from the railway companies in Switzerland for example".

About Erdgas Münster

Erdgas Münster GmbH is a remote gas company that markets more than 40 percent of German natural gas production. This figure equals about seven percent of natural gas demand in Germany. Domestic natural gas remains an important factor in securing Germany's energy supply. For more information about Erdgas Münster, visit http://www.erdgas.de.


Gemalto Expands Range of Secure Linux Payment Terminals

Amsterdam - Gemalto recently announced it is expanding its MagIC3 range of Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals. The new MagIC3 product is a cost-effective solution for wireless payment, requiring no extra subscription nor additional communication fees. Remarkably light and compact, with unmatched autonomy, MagIC3 W-1 delivers increased convenience in restaurants and outdoor retail outlets. Several important financial institutions are currently leading the new payment terminal deployment in Europe and in Asia.
 
MagIC3 W-1 is part of Gemalto’s MagIC3 product family, which incorporates the Open&Sec technology running on LinuxTM. The MagIC3 product line leverages Internet Protocol (IP) technology and ensures high-level security in an open environment. It features Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections for instant plugging of peripherals such as check and barcode readers, WiFi dongles or electronic cash registers, making it a flexible and highly evolutive payment solution. The MagIC3 W-1 terminal comes equipped with an integrated Ethernet broadband connection to offer very high-speed secure transactions.
 
MagIC3 W-1 offers mobility, speed and ease-of-use that make it really convenient for retailers to present the terminal to their customers,” commented Frédéric Deman, senior vice president e-payment terminals at Gemalto. “Our customers have started deploying MagIC3 W-1 and we already received very positive reactions. Retailers using the Ethernet broadband connection expressed strong satisfaction with the transaction speed.”

"Linux" is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds, the original author of the Linux Kernel.

2010.03.30

SaaS Managed Security Market Up 70% in 2009: Infonetics

Increased global use, higher threat levels drive demand

Market research firm Infonetics Research on Monday released a new report that indicates worldwide revenue from managed security services delivered via SaaS (software as a service) grew 70 percent in 2009, and made up 10 percent of total security service revenue.

Total revenue is forecast to make up 22 percent of the security service market by 2014.

North America accounts for 41 percent of worldwide managed security service revenue for last year, the report says.

"The primary market drivers for security services include increasing global demand from organizations of all sizes due to the proliferation of security threats of all types; the complexity of current security solutions; widespread use of diverse devices; and the desire of product manufacturers and service providers to add recurring revenue and improve margins. Strong interest in and broad availability of software-as-a-service (SaaS) security offerings will help drive strong growth in the overall managed security services market over the next five years," notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research, in a statement released by the firm.

Large organizations are currently the largest purchasers of managed security services. But SMBs (small-to-medium businesses) are starting to increase their spending on security services.

Infonetics' Managed Security Services and SaaS report provides market size, forecasts through 2014, and analysis for managed security services by technology (managed firewalls, content security, IDS/IPS, other), service type (CPE, cloud, SaaS), and organization size. The report can be purchased at www.infonetics.com.

2010.03.24

KORE Telematics Touts M2M's Next-Generation Pricing Architecture

KORE IntelliRate Provides Onramp to Resource-Rich M2M Commercial Acceleration with Flexible, “Best Fit” Data Service Packaging

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- KORE Telematics, the world’s largest digital wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, today announced KORE IntelliRate, the industry’s first truly scalable variable pricing program for next-generation data services. To be introduced initially in the Canadian market for all KORE customers worldwide, KORE IntelliRate has been developed exclusively for M2M connected device markets in conjunction with its partner Rogers Wireless. KORE IntelliRate accelerates commercial M2M adoption and empowers M2M application providers with intelligent, usage-based pricing that automatically adjusts to meet evolving business needs.

The KORE IntelliRate program automatically calculates pricing for data services based on previous usage patterns. For instance, if a M2M application provider has significant shifts in use patterns for system upgrades or to meet seasonal trends, KORE delivers affordable usage-based pricing that is flexible and cost-effective from zero use to 1GB of monthly consumption. This enables M2M application providers to maximize network usage time, reduce operating costs and focus on delivering more powerful, feature-rich M2M applications. KORE IntelliRate functions automatically within the KORE PRiSM Pro™ platform, requiring no user intervention.

“KORE revolutionized wireless data services pricing with the industry’s first ‘pay for what you use’ model in 2003, which also debuted in Canada, and helped create an ecosystem of M2M application providers that could not operate profitably under traditional plan-based pricing approaches,” said Alex Brisbourne, president and COO, KORE Telematics. “The latest in a long line of KORE innovations, IntelliRate is designed to help application providers operate more efficiently and reflect the changing face of new M2M applications that often have very ‘bursty’ traffic patterns and variability month to month. In particular, expansion to 3G services is driving this changing view of consumption. By removing concerns about whether or not they’re receiving the best data services rates, KORE partners can focus on growing their businesses rather than managing their service plans.”

“We are pleased to launch IntelliRate first in Canada, where our partnership with Rogers, which was recently extended until 2014, is seeing significant M2M market growth. Their enthusiastic commitment to working closely in developing this innovatory approach will benefit the market as a whole,” concluded Brisbourne.

The KORE IntelliRate program is ideal for M2M application providers at both extremes of the use spectrum, from those with ultra low-use and seasonal data service requirements, such as irrigation or alarm services, to high-burst needs including router back up and video services. By flexibly responding to seasonal variations and differing use applications, the program allows M2M providers to easily modify their offerings to meet changing business demands in real time. In particular, application providers that need to scale applications quickly or beyond 5MB will benefit from reduced operating costs related to network usage.

By anticipating an application provider’s data services demands, the KORE IntelliRate program eliminates the need to manually adjust network and device usage options. This reduces network management time requirements and eliminates “on net” costs related to inactive devices.

KORE Telematics will be demonstrating its specialized M2M network in booth #361 at International CTIA WIRELESS 2010, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas from March 23-25, 2010.

Availability

The KORE IntelliRate program is available commencing May 2010, initially on the Rogers network in Canada. Visit www.koretelematics.com for more information.

Telenor Connexion and Cinterion Wireless Modules Team Up to Create Worldwide Fleet Management Solution for Hitachi Machines and Equipment

Stockholm and Munich - Cinterion Wireless Modules and Telenor Connexion have announced their collaboration on an M2M tracking and tracing platform for Hitachi construction and mining machinery. The customized solution combines Cinterion’s HC25 module, a Telenor Connexion SIM card and global wireless service to enable advanced fleet management support such as geo-fencing, positioning, remote eMaintenance, extended warranty support and more.
 
To date, the new Hitachi solution has been implemented in more than 20,000 machines, for connectivity in 50 countries including Japan and Korea, with a large number of several hundred thousand additional units planned for the near future. 
 
“Cinterion’s HC25 module offers 2G and 3G functionality along with full type approval and carrier certifications for unparalleled global functionality,” said Norbert Muhrer, CEO at Cinterion Wireless Modules. “Telenor Connexion’s many years of experience delivering customer-centric solutions and Cinterion’s high quality, reliable and future-proofed products are the ideal complement for enterprises that want to invest in smart technology that improves productivity while cutting costs. Our collaboration ensures customers receive world class wireless technology and local market support along with a swift and well-managed rollout of services.”
 
In March 2009, Cinterion and Telenor Connexion announced a renewed partnership and commitment to work collaboratively to establish industry standards and best practices as well as to stimulate the development of M2M solutions worldwide. The Hitachi implementation demonstrates the power of the partnership to quickly develop and deliver a reliable, high-quality and cost-efficient solution and to expand international M2M implementations.
 
“Expanding our existing relationship with Hitachi, the world leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, is strategically important for Telenor Connexion and a significant contract for us. The Hitachi deal and our partnership with Cinterion strengthen our position as the leading global M2M provider and illustrate how our previous efforts within asset management have opened up opportunities in the important Asian market. We’re very excited about future opportunities with both Cinterion and Hitachi,” said Per Simonsen, CEO, Telenor Connexion.
 
“Our relationship with Telenor Connexion along with Cinterion allows us to take advantage of their global scale and footprint, long, proven track record of M2M managed connectivity solutions and mission-critical experience managing large scale rollouts. This reliable and well-managed M2M solution will allow us to continue to respond to our customers’ needs throughout the world by providing them with the value-added products and services they have come to expect from Hitachi,” said Fujio Matsuda, service department manager at Hitachi Construction Machinery.

Vitality Selects Telit Wireless Solutions’ M2M Module for GlowCap Cellular Connectivity Enabling Medication Adherence Programs

‘Smart’ Prescription Pill Bottle Caps Equipped With Telit’s GE864-QUAD Help Users Take Medications on Time, Auto Refill Prescriptions and Enlist Caregivers for Social Support

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, announced that its GE864-QUAD M2M module was selected by Vitality, Inc. as the cellular connectivity module in the company’s intelligent pill bottle caps, called GlowCaps. Vitality GlowCaps provide individualized feedback programs that help people improve prescription adherence.

“For the first time in the healthcare industry we can use minute-by-minute adherence data to motivate healthy behavior,” said David Rose, CEO of Vitality. “Telit’s module enables Vitality to call people when they don’t take their medication and refill people’s medications before they run out.”

GlowCaps fit on standard prescription bottles and use light then sound reminders then a phone call or text message so people don’t miss a dose. Every time the pill bottle is opened the GlowCaps securely sends data to Vitality using the AT&T cellular network via Telit’s module. Daily adherence information is used to compile periodic progress reports that are emailed to patients, caregivers and doctors. Using sophisticated pattern recognition, Vitality uncovers the key motivational levers for each individual, and then tailors programs to activate these levers and break through whatever barriers exist. GlowCaps can also automatically refill prescriptions as pills deplete.

“GlowCaps are an excellent example of how embedded cellular functionality in consumer-focused mHealth devices can vastly improve the effectiveness of patient care,” said Michael Ueland, Vice President & General Manager of Telit Wireless Solutions – North America. “We are seeing a common theme emerge across various industries as more companies rely on the reach of cellular communications to encourage more positive behavior and better decision making. Thanks to Vitality, motivation from GlowCaps can not only reduce healthcare costs, but improve treatment outcomes by increasing adherence.”

According to The New England Healthcare Institute poor adherence to prescription medications reduces treatment effectiveness, costing the U.S. $290 billion a year, accounting for approximately 13 percent of total annual healthcare expenses. Vitality GlowCaps and behavioral programs are designed to solve this problem for patients, pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, and healthcare providers.

The low profile and small, 30 x 30 x 2.8 mm size of Telit’s GE864-QUAD make this GSM/GPRS module one of the smallest and most powerful modules available. Featuring a Ball Grid Array (BGA) design, tape and reel packaging and an integrated TCP/IP protocol stack that provides support for UDP, FTP and SMTP via AT commands, the GE864-QUAD is ideally engineered for seamless integration with compact consumer electronics and telemedicine applications.

For more information about the GE864-QUAD, visit www.telit.com.

Connected Development Partners with RFI Global to Streamline Approval and Certification

Design, testing and full certification for M2M devices now available from a single source.

Connected Development has announced their partnership with RFI Global Services, a leading technology test house with worldwide reach. As a result, companies developing new machine-to-machine (M2M) devices can enjoy end-to-end wireless product development, validation and complete certification for improved time to market and reduced costs.

Together, Connected Development and RFI can fully validate and certify products for operation anywhere in the world while providing dedicated expert support.

“We are pleased to partner with RFI Global for global certification services,” said Stefan Lindvall, President of Connected Development. “As a result, our customers can depend on proven M2M expertise, backed by global presence, first-class facilities and highly accredited testing services.”

“Our partnership with Connected Development will help our customers with the early-stage design and development support they need before they reach the certification stage of their projects,” said Stephen Kirk, Chief Executive of RFI Global Services. “In addition, we are looking forward to leveraging this relationship to further expand our presence and offerings in North America.”

In addition to certification provided in partnership with RFI Global Services, Connected Development is equipped to provide a variety of turnkey or a la carte validation services including: antenna and RF performance testing, design reliability testing, software quality and robustness testing, field testing,  custom use case development, and end-to-end project management.

Plus, Connected Development offers design and manufacturing services to take their customers all the way from concept to commercial. For more information about Connected Development, visit www.connecteddev.com or see us at CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas March 23-25, booth #257 in the M2M Zone.

Multi-Tech Systems Announces Cellular Development Platform for M2M


MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)-- Multi-Tech Systems, has announced its Cellular Development Platform offering, which allows companies to seamlessly integrate their own software applications into Multi-Tech’s proven hardware platform. Set to be available in May 2010, the Platform enables developers to bridge multiple interfaces and create gateway access to the cellular network by leveraging Linux-based open source software and field-tested, globally approved hardware. This unique combination significantly simplifies the development of cellular M2M solutions, providing the quickest, most economical way to market.

Integrating software applications directly into Multi-Tech’s reliable cellular device platform greatly reduces the complexity and cost of the solution, as it leverages pre-approved hardware and eliminates the need for mixing and matching various hardware pieces. With the ability to cross-compile thousands of Linux-based software packages to run on Multi-Tech hardware, existing applications can often be incorporated and run on the platform with little or no modification.

“The knowledge needed to develop a custom hardware solution is significant,” said Jim Cairns, Multi-Tech Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “The Multi-Tech Cellular Development Platform levels the playing field so that businesses of all sizes can quickly package an existing solution or develop a new one without advanced in-house hardware design skills.”

Multi-Tech’s ready-to-integrate hardware provides multiple external interfaces, including an onboard GPS receiver and a cellular data connection, to access or monitor connected devices. With remote network access and SMS, a variety of reporting techniques are also readily available. Since Multi-Tech’s hardware is globally approved, companies do not need to worry about pursuing their own regulatory approvals related to cellular connectivity.

Visit www.multitech.com.

Emergence of Mobile Health to Alleviate Key Health Care Industry Challenges, Finds CSMG Report

mHealth to Create Significant Revenue Opportunities for Traditional Health Care and
New Players Across the Telecommunications Industry


Overland Park, KS –- (Virtual Press Office) – CSMG, the strategy division of TMNG Global, today released its report on the state of the U.S. mobile health (mHealth) market, entitled: mHealth: Taking the Pulse. According to CSMG, while the mHealth market presents significant growth opportunities, when taking into account device, software, connectivity and overall service revenue streams, the market and ecosystem are fragmented, creating challenges for any single player to address the full breadth of opportunities.

“mHealth is well positioned to address the needs and evolution of the US health care delivery because it provides cost-efficient care delivery and increases access to quality health care,” said Rich Nespola, Chairman and CEO of TMNG Global. “The proliferation of embedded wireless connected devices and Smartphone growth creates significant transformational opportunities to deliver cost-effective and viable mobile health care options. However, broader reform of the health care industry structure is needed to reach the full potential for integrating mHealth into the U.S. health care delivery system.”

The report finds that the mHealth market will reach an estimated $4.6 billion opportunity by 2014, but will be fragmented across many solutions and device types. mHealth is already a significant market ($1.5B in estimated 2009 revenue including fixed telemedicine solutions), and is expected to grow over the next five years at a 25 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate). If certain broad health care reforms are instituted, such as pay-for-performance, adoption could accelerate.

CSMG outlines seven key mHealth technology opportunities that comprise the market including monitoring, personal emergency response services (PERS), telemedicine, mobile medical equipment, mobile health information, RFID tracking and health/fitness software.

Among other key findings of the report:
- In light of rapid rise in health care costs (already $2.5T in US and 17 percent of GDP), the FCC’s National Broadband Plan estimates $700 billion in savings over 15-25 years from teleHealth initiatives.
- mHealth will need to gain reimbursement from payers as clinical solutions. Insurance/Medicare-paid mHealth solutions offer tremendous potential revenues, but also pose business model risks if reimbursement rates are cut. New solutions must demonstrate proof of efficacy to win reimbursement codes and to date, results have been mixed.
- Emergence of affordable mass market consumer-grade health devices and software will provide consumers with unprecedented control and personal-responsibility for health.
- Given the complexity of mHealth, success will require collaboration across telecom and health care-centric players. For instance, mobile network operator and device OEMs’ market entry strategies must address build/buy/partner implications that vary by potential mHealth solution.

According to CSMG, four key drivers will influence the pace and direction of mHealth evolution:
- Mobile/connected device technology innovation drives near-to-mid-term growth.
- The appeal of mHealth will overcome short-term barriers on consumer concerns about the quality of mHealth solutions.
- Health care-specific technology developments such as adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) will remove barriers to mHealth adoption
- Broader health care industry reform will be required to reach the full market potential.

“While the mHealth market is creating significant opportunities for new players to enter the sector, there is no silver bullet for its success,” said Susan Simmons, Senior Vice President, CSMG. “Mobile network operators, device OEMs and software providers bring technology capabilities and consumer-brand assets that current health care players may lack. New collaborations and new business models with traditional health care players along with thorough evaluations on the mHealth solution approach will be key to establishing the mHealth industry for the long term.”

The report is based on executive interviews with key stakeholders in the mobile health ecosystem, including wireless service providers, health care software and hardware specialists, insurance providers, hospital systems and physician practices, as well as qualitative and quantitative strategic analysis of emerging trends and its impact on the mHealth market. The study examines the emerging dynamics of the mHealth industry and its implication for new players.

To view the full report, visit: http://www.tmng.com/mhealth or http://www.csmg-global.com/mhealth.

Cinterion Wireless Modules Adds Automotive LGA Technology Portfolio

LAS VEGAS – Cinterion Wireless Modules has announced its new AGS3  automotive module at CTIA Wireless 2010. The new module strengthens Cinterion’s market-leading M2M product portfolio, adding land grid array (LGA) technology to its automotive grade modules.

“We continue to push the M2M envelope, providing innovative modules for a broad range of budgets and applications worldwide,” said Norbert Muhrer, CEO and president, Cinterion Wireless Modules. “There’s tremendous opportunity and demand in the automotive sector and AGS3 with LGA mounting enables cost-effective, process manufacturing for eToll, eCall, fleet management and other large scale telematics applications.” 

Optimized for Automotive Plus LGA Innovation
AGS3, Cinterion’s sixth generation automotive module, is optimized for peak performance and rugged automotive application environments. It includes solderable LGA surface mounting technology for efficient, fully automated manufacturing and process consistency as well as advanced telematics features and functionality.

AGS3 meets the requirements of the European eCall initiative and is ideal for ITS applications such toll collect, telematics, fleet management and emergency call and roadside assistance solutions. It provides GPRS class 12 data speeds on 2G Quad-Band frequencies (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) for worldwide coverage. Other highlights of AGS3 include:

-       Cinterion LGA 119 form factor mounting
-       Full TCP/IP support (TCP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3)
-       Industrial Interfaces (USB, 2x serial, SPI, I2C)
-       RLS monitoring / jamming detection
-       Advanced temperature management, operating range: -40°C to +85°C
-       Latest processor technology: ARM9, 65nm
-       Antenna diagnostics as manufacturing support
-       SIM access profile
-       Automotive e-mark certificate
-       Prepared for European e-call initiative
 
For more information about Cinterion’s new AGS3 module, please visit booth #341 in the M2M Zone at CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, March 23-25, or go to www.cinterion.com.

Companies Provide Operators with an Interoperable, End-to-End Solution for over-the-Air Firmware Updating and Standards-Based Device Management

FORT MYERS, Fla. --(Business Wire)-- Interop Technologies, a provider of core solutions for messaging, device management, and connectivity gateways, today announced that it has achieved interoperability with Red Bend® Software’s market-leading Mobile Software Management (MSM) solutions for firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating and standards-based mobile device management (MDM). As a result, wireless network operators benefit from lower customer care costs and simplified remote management of mobile phones and connected wireless devices.

Following the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) standards, the two companies have ensured interoperability between the Interop Technologies SCOPE™ (Subscriber Capability Originated Provisioning Environment) Device Management solution and Red Bend’s vRapid Mobile® and vDirect Mobile™ client software, deployed in 680 million mobile devices worldwide. Red Bend’s software has been adopted by eight of the top 10 mobile phone manufacturers to improve the mobile user experience of smartphones, wireless modems, machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and netbooks.

“Achieving interoperability of our SCOPE™ DM solution with Red Bend, the industry leader in mobile software management, will help Interop Technologies meet its goal to be compatible with the broadest number of mobile devices in the market,” said Steve Zitnik, executive vice president of technology and new ventures, Interop Technologies.

“As mobile consumers demand increasingly sophisticated devices like smartphones, e-readers and netbooks, operators are faced with a growing management challenge from both an operational and a customer care perspective,” said Lori Sylvia, executive vice president of marketing at Red Bend Software. “Our collaboration with Interop Technologies gives mobile operators a standards-based solution that will reduce the operational expense of managing the growing number of wirelessly connected devices.”

The Interop Technologies SCOPE™ solution is a robust OMA-DM solution that supports next-generation provisioning technologies and easily integrates with legacy SS7-based OTA solutions.

For more information, visit www.interoptechnologies.com,www.redbend.com.

Fusion Wireless to Introduce CDMA Platforms Based on Enfora Form Factors

RICHARDSON, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Mar 23, 2010 Enfora, a provider of intelligent wireless networking solutions, and Fusion Wireless, a provider of wireless platforms for the M2M and consumer markets, today announced that they have entered into an agreement allowing Fusion Wireless to provide embedded CDMA platforms in form factors that are compatible with embedded GSM/GPRS platforms from Enfora’s Enabler® product family.

As a result of this agreement, customers will have the flexibility to integrate GSM/GPRS and CDMA platforms that are pin-for-pin compatible. This can significantly reduce the cost and time of bringing wireless solutions to market across different countries with different wireless standards. The first samples of the compatible CDMA platforms are expected from Fusion Wireless in June 2010 with volume production by the end of the third quarter of 2010.

“Our collaboration with Fusion Wireless should minimize the engineering burden on OEMs and system integrators that wish to use both CDMA and GSM based solutions,” said Remy Marcotorchino, senior director of business development at Enfora. “We believe that customers will truly benefit from the choice of pin-for-pin compatible solutions from Fusion Wireless and Enfora, and we look forward to working with Enfora on satisfying the needs of value conscious customers,” added Dave Carey, President & CEO of Fusion Wireless.

For more information, visit www.enfora.com, www.fusionwirelesscorp.com.

GE to Increase Availability of Global Wireless Coverage with Backup Power System

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- GE Energy Storage Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, introduced the Durathon battery, the next generation of industrial energy storage for the telecom industry, today at the CTIA Wireless exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Durathon battery can be used as a backup system for hybrid telecom sites where non-grid sources of power are utilized, as well as in traditional base stations that are powered by robust and/or unstable electrical grids.

Because of its proprietary chemistry, the Durathon battery lasts up to ten times longer than traditional telecom backup storage systems, which reduces the total cost of ownership and ensures network efficiency and optimization for wireless providers. The product of a $160 million investment by GE, the Durathon battery is also temperature insensitive, allowing for coverage in remote areas with extreme weather conditions, an important attribute as wireless providers continue to expand coverage around the globe.

“As the telecommunications industry continues to expand, it’s essential that providers have reliable backup power to ensure continuous coverage for consumers in all areas of the globe,” said Prescott Logan, General Manager GE Energy Storage Technologies. “The Durathon battery will change the way providers think about backup energy storage and its importance in maintaining network availability.”

GE’s new battery plant is located in Schenectady, New York, and is creating 350 new high tech jobs in the region. The facility has the advantage of being in close proximity to GE Global Research in Niskayuna, where advances to the battery chemistry were developed. The batteries, which are a critical piece of energy storage systems, will rely heavily on new materials, new manufacturing technologies and intelligent controls.

For more information, visit www.geenergystorage.com.

Tele Atlas Updates with More ADAS-Quality Map Content, Precise Global Road Network Geometry

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Tele Atlas, the world leader in high quality digital maps and dynamic content, today unveiled the latest version of its database, MultiNet® 2010.03. With more than 32 million kilometers (20 million miles), Tele Atlas maps cover more roads, more countries and more people than any other available map, with comprehensive location and navigation content of 95 countries and territories in Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

“Our strategy is to deliver the highest quality and most up-to-date location and navigation content available. We continue to invest in critical geographies, as well as build out more advanced features in developing markets,” said Peter Davie, director of product management, Tele Atlas. “By delivering new products and offerings, including innovations based on community input, we are able to meet our global customer needs and deliver the content that will differentiate their offerings.”

With the latest release of MultiNet, Tele Atlas has also further enhanced the content for its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) compliant products. Tele Atlas ADAS is designed to bring a new level of quality to eco-routing and vehicle safety applications, helping drivers save money and better protect themselves and their families. Tele Atlas ADAS is the first gradient and curvature enhancement data product to use community input and other authoritative sources as the basis for ADAS solutions that help drivers navigate more safely, efficiently and with greater accuracy than ever before. The latest maps feature the addition of gradient data based on anonymous GPS measurements on approximately 95,000 kilometers (59,000 miles) of roads in North America and 225,000 kilometers (140,000 miles) of major roads across Europe, a 400 percent increase in Europe in ADAS compliant coverage from the product’s initial release in January 2010.

Tele Atlas continues to demonstrate advancements in leveraging anonymous GPS measurements in combination with other sources and processes to validate and realign or extend the world’s road network. The newest maps now contain input from drivers in 35 countries across 18 features that changed crossings into roundabouts, added or adjusted street names, adjusted traffic flow and added streets. Changes include new road geometry across Europe in countries such as Croatia, Poland and Turkey, to expand the global road network.

The latest release also features notable updates around the world, including:

  • Content to enable key functionality such as address locating with house number expansion in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey;
  • Expanded coverage, including the recently announced navigable maps of Ukraine which cover the country’s complete major and interconnecting road networks, the creation and expansion of street network and fully-attributable coverage in Russia;
  • New availability of map coverage for Uruguay and for Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Mali and Mauritania in Africa;
  • Augmented attribution for approximately 52,000 kilometers (32,000 miles) in Germany and 30,000 kilometers (18,600 miles) in Spain to enable appropriate routing that helps keep drivers off undesirable roads, such as logging roads;
  • Delivery of the first Address Point product in Russia to identify the precise location of destinations for spatial analysis and application display;
  • Rich content to enhance Tele Atlas Urban Maps, including additional metro station points of interest (POIs) and pedestrian walkways in Greece, Italy and Germany, and;
  • More advanced database features such as signposts and speeds in South Africa and the Middle East, including United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

How Tele Atlas Maps are Made
Tele Atlas has the only digital map database in the world that is updated daily with the insight of a community of millions of GPS system users worldwide, who along with the company’s unmatched network of sources help to track and validate changes. To date, Tele Atlas has validated and processed more than more than 1.5 million edits sourced from this group of users, the largest GPS data collection community in the world.

To update its maps, Tele Atlas captures and verifies changes from a comprehensive network of global sources, ranging from government documents and public safety officials to construction companies, professional truck drivers, its own drivers, proprietary mobile mapping van technology, as well as satellite and aerial imagery. By validating and adding contributions from individual drivers as an additional source, Tele Atlas is able to increase the total number of changes identified by its network, particularly in geographically dispersed and rural areas covered less frequently by other data sources. This community input is backed by stringent review and validation processes and further enables Tele Atlas to create fresher, higher quality maps and deliver a better experience for end users of its maps.

For more information, visit www.teleatlas.com.

2010.03.23

AT&T, Ericsson To Expand 3G Ecosystem With AT&T Connection Kit For Device Developers

Source: Ericsson

DALLAS, TX, March 23, 2010 - AT&T and Ericsson today announced the launch of the AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developers. Targeting a wide range of developers in the connected device and applications space, the kit contains everything needed to integrate the nation's fastest 3G network with emerging and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.

Combining AT&T's 3G network and service delivery platform with Ericsson's hardware technology and Software Developer Kit (SDK), the AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developers creates a rich environment which aids in streamlined device development and optimized device performance.  Leveraging Ericsson's next generation broadband modules in different categories, a complete test cradle solution and SDK, the Connection Kit also includes AT&T SIM cards, data capacity for testing, access to AT&T Control Center, powered by Jasper Wireless and best practice guidelines. To order an AT&T Connection Kit, developers can register at att.m2m.com/ericsson. Kits will be available in April.

The enhanced AT&T Connection Kit builds on the existing AT&T M2M Developer Kit available through a dedicated AT&T emerging devices web site, www.att.com/edo.  The basic kit is designed for developers who are already using a network ready module, and includes the same network connectivity and Control Center access, but does not include the modules or test cradle available in the enhanced kit.

 "Our single focus is to wirelessly enable everything," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, AT&T. "By teaming with Ericsson, we're able to provide developers with additional tools needed to explore new ways to make wireless a reality for just about any device that benefits from a 3G connection."

Ericsson's next generation mobile broadband modules include the wake-on-wireless feature, which allows a device to be remotely enabled by a user while it is in sleep mode. This feature, along with built-in GPS functionality, opens up the range of wirelessly-enabled devices and applications that can be created by developers.

Mats Norin, Head of Mobile Broadband Modules at Ericsson, said "Mobile broadband connectivity over HSPA opens up new opportunities in multiple device segments. The work of developers will play a critical role in making new and innovative devices a connected reality."

AT&T Control Center offers testing capabilities for immediate feedback on device performance, real-time network diagnostics to quickly troubleshoot connectivity issues, and a full standards-based API suite to automate operational controls into backend applications.

AT&T also has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, delivering voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 190 countries. Already today, there are more than 1,900 HSPA enabled devices globally, according to GSMA.

2010.03.22

Wyless to showcase M2M capabilities at CTIA Wireless 2010

Source: Wyless

Wyless, the Global M2M Enabler, will be exhibiting in the M2M Pavilion at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 show, held by the CTIA – Wireless Association in Las Vegas, from 23rd  – 25th March 2010.

With a growing presence in both the North American and EMEA markets, Wyless will be highlighting its concept of an “open platform for a connected world”. The company will show how this is enabling its partners and customers in vertical sectors such as healthcare, mobile EPOS and remote tracking, to reduce costs, provide new revenue opportunities and improve time-to-market in these challenging times.

Wyless will also demonstrate how its web-based management platform, Porthos, is helping customers to achieve global real-time control and visibility of their network and connected devices.

During the exhibition, Dan McDuffie, SVP North America at Wyless, will attend an exclusive, high-level M2M roundtable discussion to be chaired by Ericsson. Aimed at intensifying industry dialogue within the M2M community, the event will bring together the major players in the marketplace, including IBM, Intel and Digi.

Dan McDuffie commented: “CTIA provides an ideal environment for us to demonstrate Wyless’s Global Managed Services capabilities and provides the opportunity to highlight the importance of M2M technologies to potential Partners and customers.”

“In the last year our company has experienced significant growth and success in providing Managed Services to our customers. We are seeing increasingly large scale opportunities from companies looking at the business benefits of out-sourcing their managed services requirements to Wyless.”

“We are also excited to be participating in such a high profile roundtable discussion, which should set the agenda in the M2M market for the year ahead.”

Dan McDuffie concluded; “ Wyless welcomes all visitors to the three-day event and to visit our stand #160 in the M2M Zone. Visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand the Porthos User experience, and to discuss with me and my team the business benefits that working with Wyless can bring to you.”

For a complete list of exhibitors at the M2M Pavilion, click here.

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