26 posts categorized "Auto & Fleet"


Untangle the mysteries of M2M - A Preview of M2M Zone's Seminar at CeBIT 2010

When tomorrow's M2M Zone Seminar, M2M: Energy, Transportation, Telehealth, begins at 2 PM, two of Europe's most integral M2M players will kick things off.

M2MAlliance Georg Steimel, Chairman of Germany-based M2M Alliance, will welcome his countrymen and those from around the world. The Alliance, a partner in the launch of M2M Zone at CeBIT, includes Vodafone, Telefónica o2 Germany, Telit, Sierra Wireless, Cinterion Wireless Modules, Wyless, and Digi International. Steimel will convey the Alliance's views and highlight the benefits and the economic relevance of M2M.

He will then pass the baton to Omar Ellouimi, Vice Chair of ETSI's M2M activities. Ellouimi will provide an update on these activities and an overview of ETSI's efforts across Energy, Transportation and Telehealth. This will include some focus on "The ETSI M2M Challenge:"

  • M2M technical solutions are highly fragmented and usually dedicated to a single application (e.g. fleet management, meter reading)
  • Multitude of technical solutions and disperse standardization activities result in the slow development of the M2M market
  • Standardization is a key enabler to remove the technical barriers and ensure interoperable M2M services and networks

Germany Wakes Up to M2M - Frankfurt Paper previews M2M Zone, CeBIT in front page story, "Wohlinformierte Autos und Kühlschränke"

For our English readers, or any one else who can not read German, our apologies. However, we are pleased to see M2M take a share of front page news here in Germany as CeBIT got underway earlier this week.

For those of you who can read German...

02. März 2010 Die Möglichkeiten scheinen (fast) unbegrenzt. Autos, die sich gegenseitig vor Gefahrenstellen warnen, Gefrierschränke, die nur in Zeiten billigen Stroms gekühlt werden, oder medizinische Geräte, die jederzeit Blutdruckwerte eines Patienten übermitteln, um dem Arzt mittels Computer die Überwachung eines Patienten aus der Ferne zu ermöglichen. Diese Art der automatisierten Kommunikation zwischen Maschinen, in der Fachsprache Machine-2-Machine oder kurz M2M genannt, gilt als vielversprechendes Wachstumsfeld in der Informationstechnik und der Telekommunikation. „Es besteht ein gewaltiges Potential für internetverbundene Geräte – nicht nur für Handys und Laptops, sondern auch Kameras, Musikspieler, Autos, Smartmeter oder Gesundheitsmonitore. Wir erwarten im Lauf der nächsten 15 Jahre bis zu 50 Milliarden internetverbundene Geräte“, sagte Alex Sinclair, Chef-Techniker des Mobilfunkweltverbandes GSMA, bereits kürzlich auf der Branchenmesse in Barcelona.

„Niedrigere Kosten für innovative Gesundheitslösungen, niedrigere Kohlenstoff-Emissionen und erheblich effizientere Energienutzung sind nur einige der beträchtlichen Vorteile, die internetverbundene Geräte mit sich bringen werden“, sagte Sinclair. In Barcelona beschloss die Mobilfunkbranche mehrere Standardisierungsrichtlinien, um die Kommunikation zwischen den Maschinen zu beschleunigen. Auch auf der Computermesse Cebit in Hannover ist M2M ein wichtiges Thema. In Halle 7 gibt es eine eigene M2M Zone, am Donnerstag eine Konferenz.

>> Read the complete article (German)


LTE Connected Car Project: Can it Bridge Concept with Reality?

Someday, all cars may be smart and connected. But today, it’s noteworthy indeed that ITU’s Fully Networked Car, and ng Connect’s LTE Connected Car are on display at two different major European tradeshows: the Geneva Auto Show and CeBIT.

Originated within Alcatel-Lucent’s innovation labs for 4G and LTE, ng Connect is a cross-industry confederation of brands that share a stake in the evolution of mobile computing and communications, including Toyota, Samsung, Gemalto, Kyocera and QNX Software Systems.


The LTE Connected Car on display at CeBIT 2010 is not a competitive project to ITU’s Fully Networked Car. It is in fact part of a synchronous, deliberate effort worldwide that includes cooperation with ITU, ETSI, and other standards bodies, according to Uli Mohlmann, Director of ALU’s 4G/LTE Solutions Lab in Nuremburg.


The entire ALU pavilion is connected through live LTE demo network, including the Toyota Prius that began drawing media analysts even before the show began. According to Mohlmann, operators such as Vodafone and Deutsch Telekom, already involved in smart car projects, and a wide array of Infotainment companies are lining up because they want into the concept, now.


In addition to the driver's dashboard console that has become familiar to those who have shopped for a new vehicle in the last year, or those already own a hybrid vehicle, the LTE Connected Car features 4 integrated consoles, one for each passenger.


The concept, of course, requires LTE to roll out in order for passenger vehicles to benefit from the complete array of services, which include lots of Audio and Video Infotainment options, safety and emergency services, navigation tools, and communication services that include voice, broadband mobile, and an on-board Wi-Fi connection for your portable device. A GPS module is mounted in the windshield, next to a camera that senses traffic conditions and road topology. But the central nervous system resides in a little black box, a modem that in this demo model sat casually on the floor in the trunk of the car and runs the on-board applications from the cloud.


The tough questions for automotive telematics and communication services, however, lie ahead. As Mohlmann demonstrated the on-board services Tuesday morning, he agreed that the business models and product development required of operators is not fully defined.


This challenge raises questions not just about the infrastructure, hardware, and software upgrades that may be necessary on Wide Area Networks, but also begs the question whether consumers, who may already purchase mobile phone, broadband internet, GPS services, and so on, will have options from a field of competitors. Will each automobile brand be associated with a specific telecom operator? Will network access be open?

The M2M Zone will enumerate these questions and seek answers from Mohlmann on Thursday here at CeBIT, where he will join a panel discussion, “Provisioning Location Awareness and Mobile Transactions.”

>> Click here for more information about the M2M Seminar at CeBIT 2010, Destination ITS.


ABI’s Bonte has busy week ahead, headlines CeBIT 2010 Navigation Day

Location Based Services analyst Dominique Bonte, of ABI Research, will have a busy week as March begins. First, he will attend Galileo Application Days, a high level conference in Brussels which convenes diplomatic and technological leaders from the Galileo satellite project. 

Interest in this conference has ticked up recently, as concerns over the long-term health of the original GPS fleet rise, and as more global markets seek to leverage wireless positioning technologies and services. Galileo, which may not launch for another 5 years, will complement the GPS fleet, offer redundancy, and serve applications for the aviation industry. Stay tuned for more thoughts from Bonte on satellite newtorks in a forthcoming interview.

On Friday, Bonte will journey inland to Hannover where he will deliver the keynote address for CeBIT 2010's Navigation Day. With only about 20 minutes to speak, Bonte will address some of the hottest topics in the communications industry, including the impact of new business models for services from Google Maps and DeCarta, new devices such as Android and iPad and PND Phones, and what he perceives as a critically important shift from dedicated navigation devices to open devices.

More from Bonte on connected cars and navigation market development later this week.

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Analyst Viewpoint: It is Time to Redefine Telematics

Analyst firm Strategy Analytics recently posted an interesting, personalized view of telematics in passenger vehicles, including this insight:

"Customers should only have to go to a single Website to manage or obtain all of their vehicle information including financing, insurance, scheduled maintenance, maintenance history, and warranty information. Bits and pieces of this kind of integration exist, but the OEM or dealer group that makes a more complete solution happen will have a significant advantage in building customer relationships and maintaining the value of the fleet."

To read the complete entry, visit


Experts to discuss intelligent transport technologies at Geneva Motor Show

Key industry experts will meet next week to debate technologies related to the concept of intelligent transport at an ITU-organized workshop during the Geneva Motor Show.

"The Fully Networked Car," the fifth annual workshop presented by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) along with the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), will take place March 3-4 and focuses on the hurdles faced during rollout of new intelligent transport systems.

"Systems are under development that link vehicle-to-car, providing safety information; and vehicle-to-infrastructure, improving traffic management and providing access to a wide variety of in-car services, from advanced location-based applications to entertainment and online information," the ITU states in a release. "Some predict that, with the advent of electric cars, vehicles may even become moving storage units for tomorrow’s smart electricity grids.

"An essential ingredient is globally agreed standards produced by ITU, ISO and IEC."

The event will draw experts and executives from the car industry, ICT community, governments, research and development institutes and academia.

More information is available at


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