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2010.04.12

Cinterion CEO says business is 'safe and sound’

Cinterion Wireless Modules' CEO Norbert Muhrer arrived in Las Vegas for International CTIA Wireless with a lot of momentum behind new business development efforts.

And yet, he also brought news for his clients and investors that the company's parent organization and financing source, Cinterion Holding, GmbH, had filed for bankruptcy and financial reorganization under the German courts.

We spoke with Muhrer last week, who shared more details about the logic behind the decision to file for protection. “The operational company is safe and sound,” he said, describing a new beginning for the company, and a new chapter in its history.

During a flurry of meetings at CTIA, Muhrer and Cinterion’s executive team told their customers and partners that under German law, insolvency is safeguarded such that “the holding insolvency has absolutely no impact on the operation of the company.”

Disbelief has accompanied the spreading news of the refinancing. During the last two years, once profitable brands have faced the grip of the recession. But it is unusual when the company continues to perform as the market leader.

Muhrer said it is suitable, from a certain perspective, to compare this reorganization to the home owner, who in the economic crisis, surveys his or her financial foundation and thinks, “This loan is too heavy. I can do better.”

After the filing in Munich on 22 March, the week of CTIA would continue with Cinterion news of automotive Land Grid Array (LGA) modules for process manufacturing, eToll, eCall, and fleet management.  From home base, Cinterion would also jointly announce with Telenor Connexion that week that they would pair HC25 modules and Telenor SIM cards for a new deployment with Hitachi Construction Machinery’s Global e-Service. Cinterion concurrently released sales data from 2009, confirmed by ABI Research, showing market growth and profits.

To provide deeper context, Muhrer highlighted the company’s history, since spun out of Siemens’ wireless manufacturing business two years ago.

“The company was founded in 2008 when there was no crisis on the market yet. And then the crisis happened,” he said. “We were lucky to the extent that we were small, we were fast, fast to implement changes and cost savings which would have been a difficult job if we were inside a huge conglomerate.”

This explains the success of the operating company, yet leaves questions as to the timing, and what else may be in the works.

Muhrer and the Cinterion executives confirmed there had been no change of ownership recently, but could not speak to market valuations or any potential change in ownership of the company.

Yet, the Financial Times German version (FTD) carried news last week that an offer had been made on former Siemens-owned wireless module company.

Citing an undisclosed source, FTD reported that Cinterion’s biggest creditor, Swedish fund EQT, made a bid to acquire the business. The offer was unsuccessful and prompted Cinterion’s owner, Hamburg-based private-equity firm Granville Baird GmbH, to announce that it would continue investing significant amounts for its own growth, according to FTD and Bloomberg News.

Muhrer estimated that ongoing work for the reorganization would culminate in May. “At the end of the financial restructuring process, we're going to have a lighter finance structure which will then be suitable to begin post-crisis business planning again.”

Barnes & Noble and Best Buy Announce Partnership For NOOK™ eBook Reader and BN eReader Software Distribution

Best Buy to sell NOOK by Barnes & Noble in stores and at bestbuy.com beginning April 18 Best Buy to feature BN eReader software on PCs, netbooks, tablets and smartphones

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Apr 12, 2010 Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest bookseller, and Best Buy Co., Inc., America’s leading consumer electronics retailer, today announced an exclusive partnership to distribute Barnes & Noble’s popular NOOK eBook Reader and accessories, as well as free BN eReader software through Best Buy in the United States. NOOK is expected to arrive at Best Buy beginning April 18, just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation gift season.

Through the partnership, the award-winning NOOK eBook Reader and stylish accessories along with NOOK and Barnes & Noble eBook gift cards will be prominently featured in Best Buy’s 1,070 stores nationwide and online at www.bestbuy.com. As with Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK at Best Buy will be featured at a special in-store display where customers can see, try and buy a NOOK for $259.99 with the guidance of a trained Best Buy Blue Shirt.

In its growing eReader selection, Best Buy named Barnes & Noble a preferred eBookstore solution, offering more than one million eBooks, magazines and newspapers for download and enjoyment within seconds. Best Buy will feature Barnes & Noble’s free BN eReader on select PCs (laptops and desktops), netbooks, tablets and smartphones sold at Best Buy and supported by its Geek Squad Agents, giving customers access to shop Barnes & Noble’s world’s largest eBookstore (www.bn.com/ebooks) and enjoy their Barnes & Noble digital library anywhere they go.

1394 Trade Association to Present the Benefits of the 1394 Automotive Standard for In-Vehicle Networking at SAE World Congress April 13-15

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)-- Apr 12, 2010 The 1394 Trade Association will describe the features, benefits and advantages of the 1394 Automotive standard for in-vehicle information and entertainment networking at this year’s SAE World Congress April 13-15 at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

Entitled “The 1394 Auto Network Bus for all High-bandwidth, High-speed Communications & Infotainment,” the presentation will be made by Rick Tewell, who is associated with Fujitsu Semiconductor Inc., the leading developer and supplier of 1394 ICs for the automotive network. The presentation is set for April 14 at 3:40 PM, as part of the In-Vehicle Networks session, which runs from 1 PM until 4:30 PM.

The presentation focuses on the attributes of 1394 for the in-vehicle network, including reliability, extensibility, and the availability of products. It also describes the proven applications for 1394, including consumer electronics, computers, storage products, industrial and instrumentation systems.

The presentation, which was co-authored by Max Bassler, Littelfuse, and Zeph Freeman, Eqcologic, details the impressive list of companies that have been involved with development of the 1394 Automotive standard. It stipulates that automakers cannot afford to develop in-vehicle network systems that become obsolete or non-extensible, making 1394 the ideal design choice, providing the network with the reliability, bandwidth, flexibility and cost parameters to last 10 years or longer. He also details how other technologies have major technical issues to overcome and shows automotive grade products that are ready to ship now in volumes required at favorable cost to the automakers.

The 1394 Trade Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) standard. The 1394TA is in its 15th year of promoting 1394, which is used today in mass-market computer, entertainment, and professional products, and in a wide range of specialty applications such as audio, defense, aerospace, industrial, and robotics products. For more information, visit www.1394ta.org.

2010.04.08

New Standards Based Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) RFID Platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Intelleflex, specialists in Extended Capability RFID, today announced their next generation, standards based Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) XC3 technology platform. The new XC3 technology platform, comprised of RFID chips, tags, reader modules, fixed readers and mobile hand held readers, supports both the existing EPCglobal Class 1 Gen 2 standard and the emerging ISO 18000-6C Class 3 standard, which just received final technical approval.

The new Intelleflex XC3 technology platform provides industry leading BAP RFID performance and capabilities that are normally associated with active RFID solutions, such as: read/write operating ranges up to 100 meters, 60 kbits of on-chip extended memory, security using multi-layer password protection and over-the-air data encryption, and sensor support. These capabilities come at a significantly lower price point than traditional active tags and will enable applications previously not served due to prohibitive tag cost. Intelleflex is upgrading their existing tag and reader family with the new XC3 technology.

“Our customers have been asking for solutions that provide better visibility into, and management of, their cold chain operations,” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of Franwell, an RFID software integrator and solutions provider. “Existing solutions are either too costly or lack the performance required in RF challenging environments. Intelleflex’s XC3 technology is the first RFID solution to meet our customers’ needs, providing the performance required at the right price. We are looking forward to implementing solutions for our customers based on the Intelleflex XC3 technology.”

“The Intelleflex XC3 technology represents a breakthrough for RFID as it enables cost effective, real time access to tag data even when the tag is buried in a pallet of produce or a sealed package,” said Peter Mehring, President and CEO of Intelleflex. “Delivering extended capabilities, such as reading or writing tags at up to 100 meters or accessing real time sensor data from tags buried in RF challenging product, all at a compelling price point, provides a new tool to significantly increase cold chain visibility and improve logistics management. No longer will transporters and customers have to manually retrieve data collection devices from their shipments or incur product losses due to a lack of supply chain visibility.”

The new Intelleflex platform provides unique benefits and significant ROI for many applications and industries, including: asset tracking, cold chain management, manufacturing WIP control, construction, agriculture, reusable container tracking, vehicle/yard management and many others.

Intelleflex will be demonstrating their new XC3 platform at the upcoming RFID Journal Live Show in Orlando, Florida, April 14th – 16th at Booth 660. As part of a technology demonstration highlighting the platform’s capabilities, Intelleflex will be showing a new XC3 platform tag with integrated temperature sensing and data logging. Also at their booth, Intelleflex will be providing a white paper explaining the new ISO BAP Class 3 standard, and how it can be used to generate significant ROI in specific markets and applications. The new platform components will sample in June, with general availability in the third quarter.

Connected Devices Summit in May - by invite only

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. --(Business Wire)-- Apr 05, 2010 Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. a provider of on-demand transaction management software platforms, today announced that it will host the Connected Devices Summit – “The Connected User Experience” in May at the Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, California. This three-day event is a device-centric forum, bringing together a diverse group of companies that are part of a unique ecosystem, such as OEMs, retailers/e-tailers, cable operators and communication service providers (CSP).

Invited executive-level participants – all whom represent a unique cross-section of the connected devices market as well as some very interesting business models and go-to-market strategies – include Acer, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Cablevision, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Nokia, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sony, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, and Yahoo.

Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor and Producer of The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital and Columnist, and Rich Wong, partner at Accel Partners (one of the leading venture capital and growth equity firms in the Silicon Valley), will provide keynote presentations at the event.

The market for connected devices is experiencing considerable growth, with industry forecasts ranging from 10 billion units (Morgan Stanley Report) to 15 billion connected devices by 2015 powered by the embedded Internet according to Intel.

“The plethora of connected smartphones, netbooks, eReaders, navigation systems, gaming consoles and other Internet-enabled devices presents a broad array of new market opportunities and challenges for the ecosystem,” said Omar H. Téllez, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. “Similar to other events we have hosted, the Connected User Experience Summit will offer a unique, executive-level forum to explore different go-to-market strategies and approaches to deliver the best connected customer experience.”

The Connected User Experience Summit will be held on May 16-18, 2010 at the Calistoga Ranch. For more information, visit www.synchronoss.com.

2010.03.31

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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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.

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.

2010.03.24

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.

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.

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.

2010.03.19

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

2010.03.18

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: [email protected]

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2010.03.17

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.

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

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."
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