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2010.03.19

Personal Communications Devices and FreightWatch Partner to Bring Innovative Tracking Device, Geo F2, to Market

Device Supplier and Application Service Provider Partnership Enables Introduction of Next Generation M2M and Tracking Devices

Source: PCD

Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD) a leading provider of technology products to wireless carriers in North and South America, and FreightWatch Security Net (FSN), a leader in covert cargo tracking solutions, announced today a partnership whereby PCD will help FreightWatch market its Geo F2 tracker and future innovative M2M tracking devices.

A covert, portable tracking and sensor monitoring device, the Geo F2 leverages cutting-edge communications technology and has the distinctive ability to operate in impaired environments.  By using both GPS and cellular signals, the Geo F2 can locate objects with extreme accuracy and can be configured over-the-air for greater tracking flexibility. 

“As the M2M space continues to grow, PCD is pleased to extend its partnership with FSN.  The Geo F2 is one example of the unique solutions we will bring to market with FSN, helping both companies to remain at the forefront of the tracking and sensor monitoring solutions marketplace,” said James Daurio, Vice President, Sales for PCD.

The FreightWatch Geo F2, like the CMA8110BK in PCD’s Merca-trax™ line, is powered by the Qualcomm inGeo™ Platform, which enables unique battery hibernation capabilities, producing best-in-class operation and standby time.  This innovative technology enables the Geo F2 to outperform competitive offerings in end-to-end embedded cargo tracking, covert asset location assurance, and investigative surveillance applications.

“We’re excited to be continuing our relationship with PCD and leveraging the success of our first jointly marketed tracking solution, the Geo F1. As we move forward with the Geo F2 and future PCD state-of-the-art M2M products that perfectly complement FreightWatch solution platforms, we anticipate helping expand M2M technology into new markets and applications,” said Bill Games, President of FreightWatch Security Net.

In 2009, PCD and FSN launched PCD’s CMA8110BK which FSN branded as the FreightWatch Geo F1.  The CMA8110BK is the first device in PCD’s Merca-trax line of M2M and location tracking devices.

Geo F2 Key Features

-  Small, covert form factor (H) 2.5” x (W) 1.0” x (D) 0.625”
-  Works indoors and outdoors, even through secure containers
-  Offers exact tracking in impaired environments with no clear view of the sky
-  Provides real-time tracking and monitoring
-  Extended battery life with ‘low duty cycle’ hibernation
-  3D accelerometer for motion dependent reporting rates and alerts

GridWise Alliance, Embassy of Canada co-host Energy Event

Source: GridWise Alliance

Following in the spirit of President Obama and Prime Minister Harper’s agreement to work bilaterally on several energy issues, including smart grid, the Embassy of Canada and GridWise® Alliance co-hosted an event at the Embassy on March 17, 2010.

Several government officials gave presentations, including Eric Lightner and Dan Ton, US Department of Energy; Shannon Fraser, International Trade Administration US Department of Commerce; Michael Tita, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Marc Lepage, Special Advisor, Climate Change and Energy, Embassy of Canada.

A panel of utilities representing both countries discussed their smart grid efforts to date. These utilities included Ralph Zucker, BC Hydro and David Curtis, Hydro One representing Canada; and Wayne Harbrough, BG&E and Michael Maxwell, PEPCO representing the US.

Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters delivered a keynote address stressing collaboration and innovation between the two countries.

Companies from Canada had the opportunity to showcase their technologies, including: Hydrogenics, Aztech, Corinex, GE Digital Energy, KinectSolutions, Redline Communications, and Schneider Electric.

The GridWise Alliance has undertaken several international efforts. Agreements have been signed with Korea Smart Grid Association, SmartGrid Ireland, and Smart Grids Australia. Several other such associations are in the works.

2010.03.18

Satellite industry awards recognise Inmarsat innovation

 Inmarsat has won two awards for innovation from leading satellite industry organisations.

The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) selected Inmarsat and EADS Astrium as the recipients of a 2010 Industry Innovator Award for "the complex, multi-year effort to develop and launch the Inmarsat-4 system of spacecraft".

It was accepted by Inmarsat chief technical officer Gene Jilg at an awards ceremony on 16 March.

The Industry Innovators Awards, introduced in 1993, recognise outstanding new contributions to the field of satellite communications by both private-sector and public-sector organisations.

Industry experts
Recipients are chosen by a committee of industry experts for accomplishments ranging across a broad spectrum of advanced satellite technology and business applications.

Explaining why it had selected Inmarsat and EADS Astrium for the systems development and applications award, the SSPI stated: "The I-4 satellites use onboard processors to adapt to changes in traffic across the globe, and can generate nearly 256 spot beams for users on Earth while dynamically allocating bandwidth based on demand.

"A unique feature of the I-4s is the ability to generate beams of variable size to adjust the performance of the link with user terminals of different size and capability.

Global broadband
"The main technical challenges faced in developing the six-ton I-4s were design and manufacture of the digital processor, plasma propulsion system, payload engineering and system engineering by EADS Astrium in the UK and France; the L-band reflector by Astro Space (Northrup Grumman, USA); and the L-band feed by EMS (now MDA, Canada)."

Following the launch of the third I-4 satellite in August 2008, and a successful satellite repositioning programme that ended in February 2009, Inmarsat became the only satellite operator to offer mobile broadband services on a global basis.

The second innovation award, for the maritime service, FleetBroadband, was presented to Inmarsat's global networks and engineering senior vice-president Richard Denny by the Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA).

Rapid adoption
Association president Tim Farrar said: "This year, the Innovation Award recognizes Inmarsat's FleetBroadband, which... is being adopted rapidly in the maritime market across a range of vessels. We are pleased to honour this innovative product."

MSUA is a non-profit organisation that promotes the interests of mobile satellite users worldwide by fostering communications between end-users, suppliers and operators.

Both organisations also recognised the work of Inmarsat-sponsored aid agency Télecoms Sans Frontières for providing emergency satellite communications to relief workers and local populations in disaster zones.

Both awards were presented in National Harbor, Maryland in the US at events held in conjunction with the Satellite 2010 conference and exhibition.

MSUA 
SSPI 

Motorola Fleet Management for Two-way Radio Batteries and Chargers

Las Vegas, Nev. – March 2010 – The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. introduces IMPRES Fleet Management for Motorola’s exclusive IMPRES two-way radio batteries and chargers.  As soon as a battery is inserted into an IMPRES charger, information is collected and shared with administrators to easily determine proper actions, such as proactively removing poorly performing batteries from the fleet or ensuring each user has the appropriate capacity battery based on their needs. Accumulated data is managed through pre-defined or customizable reports that provide key information to ensure users operate their batteries and chargers to maximum efficiency.

“Managing the performance of the two-way radio batteries is an important part of ensuring optimal performance of the entire radio system,” said Nick Candotti, director of Global Accessory and Energy Business, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions.  “When users begin their shifts, it is critical they understand the exact capacity of their radio battery and know to replace poor performing batteries in advance to increase worker productivity and safety.”

IMPRES Fleet Management allows system administrators to quickly run reports that allow them to proactively manage their fleet of IMPRES batteries and chargers.  They are no longer guessing when batteries need to be replaced within their fleet or keeping a significant stock of spare batteries on hand.

“System administrators can save significant time and money by having a system that provides all their key IMPRES battery and charger information in one place,” added Candotti. “In addition to time saved, operational costs are reduced with fewer spare batteries on hand because of increased information about the existing battery fleet.”

"With IMPRES Fleet Management, we were able to quickly run reports and analyze data on IMPRES batteries and chargers we previously managed manually." said Lieutenant Wayne Rothbauer from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department in Illinois. “Having this information at our fingertips allows us to automate our battery management, saves significant time and ensures our firefighters have batteries that operate at maximum efficiency."

IMPRES Fleet Management is most beneficial for mid-to-large sized organizations that have at least 100 IMPRES batteries in their fleet such as public safety agencies, public works, utilities and manufacturing companies.

For more information, visit www.motorola.com, or visit booth 141 at International CTIA Wireless, in the M2M Zone.

Berg says GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets shipments up 92% in '09

Gothenburg, Sweden – March 18, 2010: According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.7 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 770 million units in 2014. Adoption of GPS technology started in the smartphone segment where it is now essentially a standard feature on all new models. Berg Insight anticipates high attach rates of GPS also in new low-cost smartphones about to enter the market. In addition, GPS will become more common in mid-range featurephone models during 2010. Starting next year, users can also expect gradual improvements in location performance in handsets.

 

“Chipset developers and handset vendors are already working on next-generation location technologies that will address the limitations of GPS when using handsets in urban canyons and indoors”, said André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “Multi-mode receivers that also support the Russian GLONASS satellite system will appear in handsets in 2011. By combining the two systems, more visible satellites will increase the chance to receive sufficiently strong signals to get a fix in more locations”. He adds that receivers compatible with GPS, GLONASS and later also Galileo will not be enough to enable reliable positioning indoors. In the next decade, further performance increases will come from developments in hybrid location technologies. These fuse signal measurements from multiple satellite systems, cellular networks and Wi-Fi, together with data from various forms of sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and altimeters.

For additional information, please contact:

Johan Fagerberg, CEO

E-mail: johan.fagerberg@berginsight.com

Phone: +46 31 711 30 91


2010.03.17

e-KNOW Addresses Broadband, Smart Grid Potential

How does the FCC's new broadband plan relate to a consumer's right to monitor their personal electricity use? It doesn't ... not directly. But a U.S. Congressman is introducing a bill that would allow the newly broadband-accessed to get -- well, access.

The Electricity Consumers' Right to Know Act (e-KNOW), filed Tuesday by U.S. Representative Ed Markey, would allow consumers to access smart metering information and other data, using a wired Internet connection or mobile device, to track their electricity use in real time, for free, the Boston Globe reports.

Markey is one of the chief proponents of the national broadband movement. He's a senior member (and former chairman) of the Energy and Commerce Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, and more significantly, he added the mandate that the FCC complete its broadband plan as part of the federal broadband stimulus legislation Congress passed last year.

He sees the legislation as important in guaranteeing that Americans have access to information on energy use. And he's optimistic about the other applications that can spring from this level of connectivity -- such as being able to control air conditioning and heating, or turn off an appliance, remotely.

e-KNOW does address one important aspect of anytime-online data access: making sure consumers' information is secure and that their privacy is protected. It follows the National Broadband Plan's recommendation that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission develop national standards for consumer energy data access.

More information on the bill can be found here.

Trafficmaster Offers Mobile Pay as You Go Satellite Navigation System

LONDON --(Business Wire)--  Trafficmaster’s Smartnav satellite navigation is the first Pay As You Go (PAYG) navigation application on the smart phone market, allowing users to only pay for satnav directions and traffic information when they need it. Trafficmaster’s PAYG satnav service is available on Apple’s iPhone and is an ideal application for people who only need navigation once in a while, but still want to have access to superior routing and navigation, which uses up-to-the minute traffic information. In addition all Smartnav users are able to contact a real personal assistant to help find destinations or provide emergency support.

The introduction of a PAYG tariff provides a flexible, cost effective satellite navigation service for drivers who are not sure how often they are going to use it. You can simply download an initial five routes for only £1.79. Thereafter you are able to purchase 10, 20 or 30 top-up routes.

Smartnav PAYG is part of the Trafficmaster Companion suite of travel services available on the iPhone. Within this application you benefit from Smartnav satellite navigation, which encompasses automatic map updates, efficient route calculations based on live traffic information and time of day data. It also provides ongoing route monitoring, which alerts you to new traffic problems en-route and the provision of alternative quicker routes.

Smartnav PAYG is supported by Trafficmaster’s unique team of Personal Assistants (PAs) who operate round the clock, 365 days of the year. The PAs are on hand to help you download routes and can be called upon in emergency situations, such as breakdowns and road accidents.

The routes can be downloaded via postcode entry or by setting up favourite destinations as well as through the Personal Assistants.* It is easy to use and provides clear directional visual and verbal instructions throughout the journey without distracting the driver with complex maps.

For more information about Smartnav PAYG and Trafficmaster’s other services go to www.trafficmaster.co.uk.

Telogis® Expands Global Mapping with NAVTEQ®

Expanded NAVTEQ Map Data and Content Now Included in Telogis’ Location Based Services Platform

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. & CHICAGO --(Business Wire)-- Mar 16, 2010 Telogis, Inc. (www.telogis.com), the platform for location intelligence, has expanded its agreement with NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, on a global scale. The agreement is the culmination of a six-year relationship between Telogis and NAVTEQ, and will incorporate all products within NAVTEQ’s global portfolio.

NAVTEQ content is now expanded across the Telogis platform including real-time traffic information from NAVTEQ Traffic™, historical average traffic speeds via NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns™, and truck-specific attributes from NAVTEQ Transport™. The additional content enhances Telogis’ turn-by-turn navigation, resource tracking and route optimization for Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and logistics solutions globally. As a result of this agreement, Telogis GeoBase is now available as a free SDK download for commercial use through NAVTEQ Network for Developers™ (NN4D).

Telogis’ GPS-based fleet productivity and management platform, Telogis Fleet, uses NAVTEQ® map data and content in North America and Europe. Telogis Fleet provides comprehensive fleet management applications with the ability to integrate tracking, routing, and optimization functions with Enterprise back-office management. The Telogis GeoBase platform gives MRM and logistics companies a scalable, feature-rich engine that delivers core geospatial functionality in a user-friendly software interface.

Since 2004, NAVTEQ and Telogis have worked together to enable Fleet Management, MRM and Logistics solutions. The agreement expands Telogis’ use of map data and content to all 78 countries where there is NAVTEQ Map coverage.

“We continue to combine our core competence with NAVTEQ’s leadership in digital mapping as we expand our business footprint,” said Dave Cozzens, CEO of Telogis. “Telogis and NAVTEQ have a long-term, trusted relationship which assures that we can provide our customers not only with a seamless geographic experience but also with a seamless applications services experience.”

“NAVTEQ is excited to be supporting Telogis’ global expansion strategy,” said Roy Kolstad, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Americas, NAVTEQ. “The combination of Telogis’ best-in-class tools and high-quality NAVTEQ® map data assures that Telogis’ customers around the world will be able to leverage advanced solutions for their business management needs.”

Networkfleet, Inc. Launches New Fleet Utilization Reports

SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)-- Mar 02, 2010 Facing tightening budgets, fleet managers are looking for ways to maximize vehicle usage and optimize fleet size. To assist them, Networkfleet today announced the availability of new fleet utilization reports for users of its wireless fleet management system. The new reports provide detailed information on each vehicle’s usage, including miles traveled, engine hours, days utilized, number of trips, and more, for specific periods of time. This allows fleet managers to analyze both under and over utilization of vehicles to maximize fleet productivity.

Networkfleet’s wireless fleet management system continuously monitors a vehicle’s GPS location and engine status. Fleet managers log in to a secure web site to access the new Networkfleet utilization reports, which include the Utilization Summary Report and the Utilization by Day Report. Users can set multiple parameters for each report. This flexibility allows them to run a comprehensive report for all vehicles on a single parameter such as “miles driven,” or an exception report such as “miles driven greater than 100” or “days utilized less than five.”

“In this economy, fleet managers are being asked tough questions about how, why and by whom their vehicles are being used,” said Keith Schneider, president and CEO of Networkfleet. “Networkfleet is working closely with customers to provide them with the information they need to make intelligent decisions that improve fleet utilization and maintain mission-critical operations.”

The utilization reports were originally developed for one of Networkfleet’s state government customers, who used the reports to successfully reduce its fleet size by 20 percent, recovering $2.3 million in operating costs. Since then, a variety of fleets, including those from local, state and federal governments, have used utilization information from Networkfleet to significantly reduce costs. The Fleet Management Department of San Bernardino County, California, is one example.

“San Bernardino County Fleet Management has always monitored vehicle utilization in order to optimize fleet size and mix, but current economic conditions and the resulting budget pressures have made this even more critical," stated Ron Lindsey, Fleet Services Manager, County of San Bernardino, California. “The Utilization Summary Report and the Utilization by Day Report are additional tools we will use to improve utilization, efficiency and reduce operational costs for the County of San Bernardino's vehicle fleet.”

Sprint and Axeda Announce Alliance for Global M2M Solutions

Alliance Provides Customers with Integrated Solution to Quickly Build and Deploy Connected Products

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & FOXBORO, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 17, 2010 Embedded wireless broadband chips are expanding functionality across a vast range of devices beyond just mobile phones. Sprint (NYSE:S) and Axeda Corporation announced today an alliance to make it easier, faster and more cost-efficient for businesses to take machine-to-machine (M2M) solution ideas from concept to completion and deliver connected products using the Sprint 3G network and the Axeda® Platform.

Connected products such as e-readers, security devices, utility meters, and patient health monitors are already driving new business models and significant revenue streams across a variety of industries. According to ABI Research, it is predicted that revenue from these products in markets such as consumer, government, energy and utilities, and healthcare could grow 250% by the year 2013.

Sprint and Axeda help businesses take advantage of these opportunities by providing a highly secure, scalable and communication-optimized platform to build applications - allowing companies to focus on providing a business solution, not the enabling technology. Easy deployment through cloud-based services provide for faster time to market with no infrastructure costs.

“Over the last 12-months, we have seen a significant increase in enterprise-scale projects to create new products and services based on connected devices,” said Josh Holbrook, director, Yankee Group. “The challenge they face is managing the sheer volume of information coming from these devices - they need to build applications that make sense of this data and turn it into actionable information.”

For over a decade, Sprint has collaborated with customers and partners in a variety of industries to help develop deliver and support innovative M2M solutions. Sprint boasts that millions of embedded/M2M devices are running on the Sprint Network and partners benefit from the ability to certify devices on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network through the company’s Open Device Initiative. For more information, visit www.poweryourideas.com/m2m.

“Partnering with Axeda enables Sprint to take advantage of the limitless business opportunities presented by connecting the rapidly expanding number of embedded and non-traditional mobile devices,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “The Axeda Platform already powers some of the most advanced M2M applications on the market and our relationship will give our customers proven, enterprise-class technology with which to build critical business applications.”

Over 100 major organizations, including Abbott, EMC, Diebold, and NetApp rely on the Axeda Platform today to get value from their connected products. A Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, it reduces complexity and costs and provides key capabilities such as: condition monitoring, content management, location-based services, business rules, secure communication, and enterprise system integration that speed the creation of connected products.

“Our platform is built to manage hundreds of millions of interactions between products, people, and businesses on a daily basis,” said Dale Calder, president & CEO, Axeda. “Our alliance with Sprint allows for the cellular transmission of communications to be optimized for minimum cost to customers, while enabling them to take advantage of the reliability and speed of the Sprint 3G network.”

2010.03.10

IRS Will Not Tax Smart Grid Grants to Corporations: GridWise

Source: GridWise Alliance

Washington – The GridWise® Alliance today welcomed the determination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that smart grid grants to corporations will not be subject to taxation. Thanks to the hard work of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) General Counsel and Recovery Act Team as well as letters from industry groups like the GridWise Alliance, EEI and NARUC, nearly all of the smart grid projects funded by DOE can now commence.


“We are thrilled that the IRS has made this decision and that our advocacy efforts played a positive role in their decision,” stated Katherine Hamilton, President of the GridWise Alliance.

“Now these smart grid technologies can be deployed and begin doing what they are intended for — stimulating the economy. These projects will make our electric grid more reliable, flexible and efficient, while creating much needed jobs in utilities, manufacturing and across the energy value chain.”

In an effort to move this decision forward, the GridWise Alliance sent letters to the General Counsel at DOE, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and had responded to substantive and technical questions throughout the process from Congress and the White House. “This is one issue on which we all agree; we are very pleased with the outcome,” concluded Hamilton. “We eagerly await the results of smart grid implementation so that we can demonstrate the success of these technologies.”

Sprint and Walsh Wireless Launch M2M Device to Drive Usage-Based Insurance for Vehicles

Source: Sprint

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — March 10, 2010 — Increasingly automobile insurance companies are adapting the way they charge customers, basing rates more on individual vehicle use and driving behavior. This is known as Usage-based Insurance (UBI). Sprint and Walsh Wireless today announced the certification and availability of a solution developed to meet this unique and growing market – the Walsh Wireless Data Logger, powered exclusively by Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband.

 
The UBI model helps insurance companies be more innovative and competitive in their approach by improving their risk assessment process, reducing customer churn and ultimately reducing the claims received. Drivers could see a reduction in their premiums by being rewarded for low mileage and/or safe driving habits. The Walsh Data Logger provides the ability to wirelessly monitor in real-time the performance of a vehicle, its location and the driver’s driving pattern through an easy-to-use, self-installed device. It can also benefit government entities and businesses that need to better manage large fleets of vehicles.
 
“This is one of many excellent examples of how we work with various industries to radically change business models to drive more value for developers, customers and end-users,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “This is a great addition to our industry-leading portfolio of M2M embedded devices and we’re pleased to work with our long-time partner, Walsh Wireless, to bring another industry-first solution to the marketplace that leverages our dependable 3G mobile broadband network.”
 
Chick Walsh, chief strategy officer, Walsh Wireless Solutions, added, “We are excited to add the Walsh DL400 and DL450 Data Logger to our ever-expanding portfolio of exclusive products and services. And furthermore, bring a value added wireless solution to the UBI Auto Insurance and Fleet Management industries.” 
 
In October 2009, Sprint announced the formation of its Emerging Solutions Business group, which focuses exclusively on the rapid delivery of end-to-end M2M and mobile computing solutions to businesses and consumers. Sprint’s relationship with Walsh Wireless builds on more than 10 years of experience in working with an open network of ecosystem partners  to provision both Sprint-branded and non-Sprint-branded devices to operate on its networks, as well as extensive expertise in operating multiple platforms and assets. For more information, visit www.poweryourideas.com/m2m.

Accenture Announces Mobile Money Management Solution for High-Volume Mobile Financial Services

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Accenture has announced a new secure, high-speed, high-volume mobile financial transaction software solution for telecommunications service providers and large banks. The mobile money management solution allows firms to reach customers through existing mobile operator networks, web and Internet channels and mobile devices, regardless of the device their customers prefer to use.

It also allows customers to conduct traditional banking transactions, automatically adjusts to fluctuations in network traffic, such as sudden peaks of traffic at the beginning of a business day, and can facilitate thousands of simultaneous transactions. Since it uses “cloud-like” technology, the solution can be launched quickly and economically and scales easily. Customers can be segmented by brand, product or language. The solution is now available worldwide, and is a key element in Accenture’s focus on mobility services.

“Mobile operators and banks are facing increasing pressure to provide mobile money services on mobile phones to all users,” said Andy Zimmerman, global managing director of Mobility Services at Accenture. “If they do not provide these services they risk losing subscribers and being eliminated from the payment process. Accenture’s communications industry experience uniquely positions us to support businesses that want to get into the kind of high-volume mobile money applications that can contribute significantly to their customer service and help generate new revenue streams.”

The mobile money management solution makes it possible to process micropayments in real time, which helps companies take advantage of new business models, while potentially opening new streams of revenue. Micropayments are used to process small transaction amounts that would otherwise severely limit profit, or even cost more than the actual product if processed as traditional card transactions.

This type of payment is typically used by Internet merchants who sell content – or other intangible goods – that cost between a few cents and a few dollars each, such as music, pay-per-play games, newspapers, articles, reports, small computer programs, tickets and postcards.

The mobile money management solution incorporates the Fundamo Enterprise Mobile Financial Services (EMFS) platform and combines it with Accenture’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP). Mobile money management is available from Accenture Mobility Operated Services, an Accenture business unit which provides services for mobile operators, financial institutions and large retailers to help enable new, revenue-generating services delivered through mobile channels, such as ticketing, loyalty, mobile marketing and mobile money.

Fundamo is the world’s largest specialist mobile financial services provider. Fundamo’s EMFS platform is powered by technology that already delivers secure mobile financial services to consumers around the globe.

“Mobile money management is about businesses facilitating financial services,” said Zimmerman. “Because it involves elements such as financial regulations, as well as customers’ money, and personal details, mobile money must meet extremely high standards in terms of performance and security.

“By installing the Fundamo solution onto our industry-leading SDP, Accenture helps provide businesses with an industry-tested way to deliver reliable, secure, mobile services to their diverse customer segments. This is an important advancement for the mobile financial services industry.”

Accenture is offering the mobile money management solution as a non-branded, “white label” capability, which allows businesses to retain their brand with their customers. The solution is offered under a transaction-based pricing model, which means businesses pay only for the number of customers who use the capability.

Accenture offers mobile money management as a managed service, hosted at Accenture data centers around the world. As a result, businesses do not have to invest in additional infrastructure, which reduces start-up costs.

“In the wake of the financial crisis, mobile finance has become a critical frontier for bank industry growth,” said Noel Gordon, global managing director of Accenture’s banking practice. “Consumers are looking for more convenience, simplicity and manageability in their financial lives. The banks that will win customer loyalty will be those with the technologies needed to deliver world-class financial services over mobile devices."

Australia's Western Power Awards Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Mincom


BRISBANE, Australia --(Business Wire)-- Mar 08, 2010 Mincom, a leading global provider of software and services for asset-intensive industries, today announced a significant new agreement worth $7 million with Western Power, which serves the electricity needs of nearly one million homes and businesses in Western Australia and maintains an electricity network comprised of nearly 88,000 km of power lines. Through its adoption of Mincom Mobility solutions, Western Power will enable 1,600 operational field employees to access real-time data about the state of every company asset – such as power poles and street lights – remotely from their mobile devices.

“The deployment of Mincom Mobility represents a major step forward for our organisation, helping us shift from disparate inspection systems to a solution that fully integrates inspections with the corporate asset-management system, enabling a more proactive asset-maintenance program,” said Leigh Sprlyan, chief information officer at Western Power. “Detailed information needed to manage company assets – from their location and structural composition, to worker availability and required skills – will help us optimise scheduling decisions and, in doing so, even more cost-effectively manage our workforce and contractors. And advanced features, such as Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, will further enhance our visibility of both the state of our assets and the work plan, ultimately improving our ability to manage the network.”

For more than 10 years, Western Power has successfully streamlined its asset infrastructure with Mincom Ellipse, the leading solution for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for asset-intensive industries. After a substantial re-evaluation of applications supporting the company’s core business processes, Western Power decided to further extend its use of Mincom Ellipse to improve productivity, seamlessly meet regulatory standards, and reduce operating costs.

Under the new contract, Western Power will upgrade to the current release of Mincom’s EAM platform, Mincom Ellipse 6.3. In addition, Western Power has licensed Mincom Mobility, a suite of end-to-end, fully integrated mobile applications for automating field-force operations using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and PDAs. The company has also licensed Mincom Critical Inventory Optimisation (MCIO), software that helps analyse and adjust stock levels and reordering requirements on an ongoing basis. Western Power will also use Mincom Axis B2B, a hosted solution providing business-to-business integration and Web applications to optimise business processes between trading partners.

“Asset-intensive organizations with mobile workforces often have to operate without technology support in the field,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Mincom. “By augmenting its proven-successful deployment of Mincom Ellipse with Mincom Mobility solutions, Western Power can now efficiently streamline asset management directly where it happens – in the field. We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with one of the true leaders in the utilities industry as it further evolves its best-practices application of technology for business benefit.”

Western Power is an electricity-networks corporation responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity in the southwest region of Western Australia. Consisting of nearly 88,000 km of power lines, its electricity network is one of the largest isolated networks in the world. Every day, the company powers nearly a million homes and businesses and approximately 150,000 streetlights. For more information, visit http://www.westernpower.com.au/.

About Mincom

Mincom Pty Ltd is a global software and services provider with nearly 30 years experience in providing business solutions to asset intensive industries such as mining, utilities, transport, defence and government in more than 40 countries across North America, South America, Australia, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Mincom Inc. operates in North America and is a subsidiary of Mincom Pty Ltd. Mincom is owned by Francisco Partners. For more information about Mincom, visit www.mincom.com.

OnAsset Intelligence Acquires Chemical and Bio-Agent Sensor Technology

OnAsset SENTRY Device Integrated with Quantum Fingerprint Sensor Technology from United States Semiconductor Corporation and NxGen Electronics to Secure Cargo from Biological Tampering

IRVING, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010 OnAsset Intelligence Inc., a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking, sensing, and control solutions, today announces that the company has acquired exclusive marketing and distribution rights to the Quantum Fingerprint Sensor Technology (QF Technology) from United States Semiconductor (US-Semi) and NxGen Electronics for the consumer, commercial, and industrial markets. This technology enables environmental sensing of explosives, chemical and biological agents, biological cargo, and illegal drugs. Combined with OnAsset’s wireless SENTRY™ device used for monitoring and securing freight for intermodal, ocean, and air cargo shipments, customers of OnAsset will be able to monitor cargo location and security as well as whether any dangerous, illegal, or possibly hazardous materials have been placed inside the container with their cargo.

“Maintaining cargo security as shipping containers move between countries is critically important to the world economy,” said Adam Crossno, President and CEO of OnAsset, “during this time when security concerns are at an all-time high, deploying a sensor that determines whether the container space has been in contact with an illegal or dangerous substance provides a new, unprecedented level of awareness.”

The QF technology is a ground-breaking sensor technology that in lab trials has already been proven to be more consistent and effective than specially trained narcotics detection dogs. This sensor is the only sensor available that can sample the environment in milliseconds on a parts-per-trillion basis and that can perform this unique capability at a distance of up to 10 meters. For the world cargo business, this is a major break-through, making it possible to validate the load integrity throughout the entire container with one sensor.

“The combination of OnAsset’s wireless SENTRY product line with the QF technology is very exciting for the asset security industry,” says Richard Ausbrook, President of NxGen Electronics. “Not only will companies know if inappropriate items or contraband are being shipped with their cargo, they will know in real-time when and where they were inserted.”

The integration of QF with SENTRY is underway now with field trials for customers targeted during Q3 of 2010. OnAsset with US-Semi and NxGen will be commercializing the technology for use with all OnAsset hardware products including the award-winning SENTRY FlightSafe™ for air freight and its SENTRY ContainerSafe™ line for refrigerated and non-refrigerated containers.

“We’re excited that technology developed for government and military applications will now be used in the commercial marketplace, and we’re very pleased that the sensor capabilities we’ve created will contribute to the global security focus,” says David Salva, President of US-Semi. “Not only do we facilitate the need for supply chain information and security, we contribute to the velocity and efficiencies of this critical global segment."

On-Ramp Wireless and NURI Telecom Team to Provide Connectivity for the Next-Generation Smart Grid

Solution Will Target Elusive Hard-to-Reach Meters, Resulting in 100 Percent Connectivity, Saving Energy and Costs

SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010

On-Ramp Wireless today announced that it has joined forces with NURI Telecom, a leading global provider of utility IT and end-to-end Smart Grid infrastructure solutions, to develop a cost-efficient single technology wireless network metering solution. The solution will enable connectivity for hard-to-reach meters, which can represent up to 10 percent of a single Smart Grid meter deployment, to help Smart Grid suppliers ensure 100 percent connectivity.

Presently, there is no cost effective method for connecting to hard-to-reach meters. More problematically, the issue becomes apparent only after live deployment. On-Ramp’s Ultra-Link Processing™ (ULP) system alleviates these costs for providers, and ultimately consumers, as it is the first system to demodulate signals below the noise floor while effectively maintaining high network capacity. Overall, the ULP system provides a significant network coverage and capacity advantage compared with competing free-spectrum systems.

“The hard-to-reach meter is one of the biggest challenges for providers in achieving a complete communication system within the Smart Grid,” said Mr. Choong Seon Hwang, vice president of engineering for NURI Telecom. “On-Ramp’s ULP technology has clearly demonstrated wireless connectivity in some of the most challenging environments. It has connected successfully in underground locations, many floors above the target and several kilometers away, which is simply impossible with any other single technology available today.”

NURI Telecom has pursued the Smart Grid comprehensively in hopes of powering its future growth and ultimately increasing energy efficiency. Its smart metering solution, AiMiR™, provides simultaneous automatic meter readings of electricity, water, gas and other measurements, to help consumers manage their resource consumption.

“NURI Telecom has demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of the extensive connectivity needs for the Smart Grid and for smart metering,” said Jeff Gray, senior vice president of sales and marketing for On-Ramp Wireless. “Furthermore, we have been exceptionally impressed with the advanced system and environment solutions NURI Telecom offers, particularly in regards to its network management system solutions, which promote an extremely cost efficient, consumer-friendly business model.”

On-Ramp and NURI Telecom will be showcasing integration of the ULP technology with a NURI Smart Meter solution at DistribuTECH from March 23-25 in Tampa, Florida.

Enfora and Smart Management Collaborate on Supply Chain and Asset Tracking for Oil & Gas Industry

RICHARDSON, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010 Enfora, a provider of intelligent wireless networking solutions, and Smart Management, a leader in automating supply chain management for oil and gas, today announced a joint initiative to enable the wireless tracking and monitoring of assets and equipment in the oil & gas supply chain.

Enfora and Smart Management have developed an integrated solution that combines Smart Management’s TAG-HUB supply chain management system with Enfora’s Spider AT® asset monitoring system to provide automated tracking and monitoring of assets and equipment throughout the oil & gas supply chain. For example, this solution can track vital equipment and materials as it is moving from the supply vessel through a port and to an onshore supply base.

Smart Management’s TAG-HUB web-enabled application makes it easier for companies to exchange information about their assets and goods across supply chains. The TAG-HUB system also provides services that facilitate inspection, documentation, data-capture, etc. The result is greater efficiency in managing the overall supply chain.

Enfora’s Spider AT is designed around low power technology and powered by a long lasting battery pack that provides up to 3 years of service without maintenance. It allows users to retrieve critical information, such as asset location and movement patterns, based on user defined alerts, specific events or geofence boundaries, while at the same time optimizing power management and minimizing maintenance. The Spider AT has been ATEX certified for operation in hazardous environments.

Enfora’s Services Gateway enables customers to directly connect, manage and provision wireless devices. The Gateway has been configured to work seamlessly with, and accelerate the deployment of, the Spider AT.

“We were very excited to work with Enfora,” said Bernt Wold, managing director for Smart Management. “By using Enfora’s Spider AT and Services Gateway, we can directly connect our TAG-HUB system to physical assets in the field and thereby significantly improve the effectiveness of supply chain management.”

“Our combined solution brings together leading technologies to supply chain management in the oil & gas industry,” said Steve Priestley, vice president of enterprise sales for Enfora. “We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Smart Management.”

Initial efforts under this initiative will focus on opportunities within Norway. Subsequent efforts are planned for bringing this solution to oil & gas customers across the globe.

Industry’s First “Transportation Application Store” Featuring 3rd-Party Apps for Transportation Management

RALEIGH, N.C. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 08, 2010 Transite Technology, a leading provider of logistic and shipping cost-management software and services, has introduced the industry’s first “transportation application store” for its growing Jaguar Transportation Management Suite of products — a set of industry-unique transportation management products for carriers, 3PLs and shippers. Jaguar products deliver the core functionalities of a full transportation management solution — ranging from contract management, dispatch and audit — while enabling the customer to fine-tune their transportation systems to their specific business needs by building their own transportation management applications or purchasing independent 3rd-party products.

The Jaguar Suite is currently comprised of Jaguar Transportation Development Platform and Jaguar Contract Manager.

Third-party applications found on the storefront include:

CarrierImport - CSV/Text file import to define partner carrier service areas within Contract Manager.
LTLPricing/RateShipment – simplified VB.net interface for calling Contract Manager web service (programmed and unit tested). Upgrade of working VB.ASP script.
LTLRatingTools.xls – a family of pricing (and routing) Excel add-on functions. Provides a very efficient and simple alternative for sales reps that need to add rates to spreadsheets provided by clients.
LTLRatebase – MS-SQL Rate Calculator for SMC3 Czarlite, Middlewest Motor Freight Bureau, Rocky Mountain Motor Tariff Bureau.
LTLRateAdjust – VB.Net product allows traffic department to specify flat CWT or percentage adjustments for deliveries to certain zip codes and/or cities. Freight class and weight ranges can be specified and can be applied to any rate base by end-user.
FreightPoints.Net – Design for a multi-modal freight routing web site and web service which supports carrier partnerships and promotes their coverage & services.
“Too many companies have to build around the capabilities of their technologies,” said Chris Leenhouts, Senior Consultant for Logi 6 Technologies, which develops many of Jaguar’s 3rd-party applications. “Transite’s products cover all of the transportation fundamentals while allowing customers to build or buy applications to help solve problems unique to their businesses.”

About Transite Technology

Transite’s innovative solutions, technologies and services enable some of America’s best run 3PLs, brokers, shippers and carriers to streamline processes and increase profits. Since 2002, Transite has worked in partnership with these parties to automate and manage LTL, TL, small package, ocean, and air shipments. Our products range from complete solutions to technologies used by other TMS and ERP vendors to provide best-of-breed functionality. Transite’s solutions are hosted or purchased, flexible, quick to implement, and cost-effective. www.transite.com

Ministry Health Care Selects Aternity’s Application Performance Management Platform

Integrated Health Care System Leverages Aternity for Visibility into Real User Application Performance of Electronic Health Record Systems

BOSTON --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010 Aternity Inc., the industry’s technology leader in end user experience management solutions for Global 1000 enterprises, announced today that Ministry Health Care, a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, has selected the Aternity Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI) Platform for its strategic end user experience management initiatives. With Aternity, Ministry Health Care is monitoring and analyzing the performance of its Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems including GE Centricity® EMR and CattailsMD™ EHR.

By uniquely transforming every desktop, real or virtual, into a self-monitoring platform that is user-experience aware, the Aternity Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform arms IT and business executives with empirical evidence on how application performance and usage impacts end users’ productivity and how to optimize their technology to improve it. The Aternity FPI platform culls end user performance and usage metrics from mission-critical applications in both real and virtual desktop environments, enabling enterprises to quickly gain the agility required to rapidly address issues before they impact business results. Rapid implementation and integration result in immediate ROI.

“We currently possess the largest patient database in the State of Wisconsin with 2.5 million patients and more than 1,000 clinicians sharing access to those records, and we continue to expand this number as we further grow our EHR initiatives,” said Will Weider, CIO at Ministry Health Care. “Gaining visibility into our end user’s EHR experience is key to achieving solid clinician adoption. That is why we chose Aternity. When we do have end user issues, we can demonstrate progress and not be hindered by a user perception that often trails reality.”

“Adding Ministry Health Care to our marquee client list is something we are extremely proud of,” said Trevor Matz, President and CEO of Aternity. “Ministry continues to push the envelope around delivering excellent patient care, and their EHR monitoring initiative further represents the strategic stake they have made around aligning next-generation technologies to help deliver on this vision.”

To learn more about Aternity’s Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform, register today for a live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th at 11 AM PST/ 2 PM EST. www.aternity.com/news-events-aternity-intro-webinar.htm

About Ministry Health Care

Ministry Health Care is a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services. For more information, visit www.ministryhealth.org.

About Aternity

Aternity redefines real end user experience management by delivering the industry’s first Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI) Platform, effectively transforming every desktop – real or virtual – into a self-monitoring platform that is user experience aware. With Aternity’s 360 degree view of end user experience, advanced analytics for preemptive problem detection and cause analysis, and right-time decision support capabilities, Global 1000 enterprises finally have the empirical evidence on how application performance and usage impacts business results, providing them with a path for constant improvement. Visit www.aternity.com.

Ericsson Wireless Unit Adopts Docea Power ACEplorer to Improve Power Choices

MOIRANS-GRENOBLE, France --(Business Wire)-- Mar 08, 2010 Docea Power, the Electronic System Level (ESL) company that delivers software for early power and thermal analysis, today announced that ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, has adopted and is deploying ACEplorer to improve architectural-level power choices for SoC (System-on-Chip) and platform design.

ACEplorer models and optimizes dynamic power and thermal behavior of whole electronics systems. It integrates a consistent power data management methodology for capturing and simulating power behavior. By separating the architecture from the applications, ACEplorer maximizes models reuse usable across teams and design flows from system level to silicon measurements.

“We are proud that ST-Ericsson adopted ACEplorer tool to tackle power and thermal options for its complex design projects,” said Ghislain Kaiser, co-founder and CEO of Docea Power. “It demonstrates the maturity of our solution for managing efficiently power and thermal issues in demanding sectors like the mobile industry.”

ACEplorer allows several design teams to work in parallel and succeed in formalizing a structured power aspect for every architect and designer. ACEplorer’s communications capabilities –such as reports and diagrams – allow design teams to communicate key results to project leaders and managers.

In less than a few minutes, ACEplorer can deliver precise simulation results for many scenarios and variants so that system designers and architects can choose with more confidence the best options for Intellectual Property (IP), hardware/software partitioning, cost and power consumption.

ACEplorer goes beyond the aspect of pure power. It can take into account information about bandwidth, frequency, CPU load and temperature which is becoming critical issue so design teams can easily find the best system dimensioning.

By separating power/thermal modelling from scenarios, ACEplorer allows design teams to easily reuse standalone models developed for previous projects. Models can be used as a documentation basis for the platform related power characteristics and concepts.

Docea Power is exhibiting at booth #52 at the Design, Automation & Test in Europe conference in Dresden, Germany, March 8 to 12 2010.

For more information: www.doceapower.com
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