33 posts categorized "Connected Devices"


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 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.

Wireless M2M Leaders Launch New Concept in Project Outsourcing

Connected Development offers end-to-end services from design and development through certification and even manufacturing, to bring new devices to market fast

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. --(Business Wire)-- For the first time ever, companies launching new wireless products can go to a single source for everything from requirements definition, to project management, to design, validation, certification – even manufacturing. Introducing Connected Development.

Led by a team of well-known and respected experts in wireless and M2M, Connected Development provides the most comprehensive set of services on the market to bring wireless M2M products from concept to reality quickly and painlessly. Further, their network of partners, spanning every aspect of the wireless community, let Connected Development position new solutions for success from the start.

Con-dev-design Conceived by president Stefan Lindvall, Connected Development was created to address the complexities of the wireless development cycle. “Often, companies trying to gain the advantages of wireless find the learning curve steep and expensive, just to get started,” Lindvall said. “And once they’ve invested in product design, they can be overwhelmed by the certification process. We formed Connected Development to simplify the entire process, eliminate barriers to entry and enable wireless innovation for better business and better living.”

With more than 20 years experience in the wireless industry, Lindvall’s record includes the successful establishment of new businesses, revenue growth and margin enhancement, and the ability to expand customer and partner relationships. His experience spans multiple disciplines at wireless and M2M companies including Ericsson, Sony Ericsson and Wavecom.

“There has been an increasingly clear need in M2M for the comprehensive services Connected Development brings to market,” said Alex Brisbourne, President and Chief Operating Officer of KORE Telematics, the world’s largest specialized M2M wireless service provider. “New segments are rapidly evolving, and the practical realities of wireless enablement are challenging for many organizations who understand their segment needs, but may not have in-depth wireless expertise to deliver successful solutions. We are pleased to see such a capable team prepared to fill the long-standing gap which will save developers time and money, and bring solutions to revenue more quickly – so benefitting the entire industry.”

“The service Connected Development is offering is exactly what many of our partners in the M2M marketplace are looking for – namely, the expertise to handle any or all of the process required to go from concept to commercialization,” said Marc Eisenberg, CEO of ORBCOMM, the leading provider of global satellite and cellular data communications solutions purpose-built for M2M. “All too often, we have seen ideas for connecting assets in new and exciting ways fail to make the jump from idea to finished product. We expect that having a firm like Connected Development on board will be a great asset in helping our partners bring their ideas to market.”

Joining Lindvall in the new venture are Dave Hoover, Vice President, Research & Development and Ross Brown, Vice President, Validation & Certification Services. Hoover has nine US patents and nearly 20 years experience, having successfully brought many M2M and cellular phone projects to market. Brown sports a total of 30 years experience in the communications field, including the last 15 in Certification and Validation.

Located in North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle region, Connected Development operates at the epicenter of research and technology, providing access to some of the most talented and respected engineers in wireless and M2M, with expertise in everything from custom antenna design to application development to industrialization.

For more information about Connected Development, visit or see us at CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas March 23-25, booth #257 in the M2M Zone.


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ABI's Bonte, CeBIT Destination ITS Navigation Guru, Sees Telematics Going New Directions

Dominique Bonte, Research Director – Telematics & Navigation for ABI Research, delivered the keynote address for CeBIT 2010's ITS Conference. When we spoke with him last week, he indicated that growth opportunities in Telematics and M2M are not likely to come from Personal Navigation Devices and after-market automotive navigation systems. He said the growth opportunities in 201o seem to be coming from healthcare, home automation and smart grid.

Navigation certainly remains relevant, but the module makers that enable intelligent, connected devices, Bonte said, report that this year has kicked off with considerably more attention to new form factors, including tablet PCs, e-readers, and digital cameras, which are all trending toward multimodal functions, including GPS-navigation sensors. Therefore the chipset manufacturers are introducing more combo chipsets this year, starting with GSMA's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, and this week at CeBIT in Hannover. These new chipsets may include combos such GSM, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth capabliities.

Nevertheless, the GPS is not necessarily going to be included in all location-aware devices. The iPad, Bonte noted, uses Wi-Fi to establish location awareness based on triangulation with base stations and wireless modem IP addressing. GPS does not work well indoors, he noted, and the social applications that iPad users seek may not require pinpoint accuracy. You would only need to know that your friend is in the neighborhood, he said, not that they are 20 feet away.

Stay tuned for more insights from Bonte next week, including his expectations for the evolution of automotive telematics, challenges in global spectrum allocation, and the future of satellite-based positioning systems.

Vodafone steps up activities in the M2M growth market with expanded M2M demos at CeBIT

Düsseldorf/Hanover -- Integrated communication services provider Vodafone and Cinterion, market leader in wireless modules, have extended their M2M communication partnership. M2M is the automated exchange of information between machines or vehicles. The objective of the strategic alliance between the two companies is to take advantage of growth in the M2M market and the diversity of M2M applications. Vodafone and Cinterion want to give their customers added value and deliver targeted products and services that help them to considerably shorten their product development process.

"Thanks to the partnership with Cinterion and the fact that we've been able to pool our two companies' core competences, we can respond promptly to specific customer requirements and quickly develop products to the market launch stage," explained Oliver Jung, Head of Department for M2M at Vodafone Germany. Vodafone and Cinterion are planning to considerably enlarge their collective product range to include products such as industrially manufactured SIM chips with Cinterion modules, for example. Their close partnership also extends to the areas of marketing and sales.

"Cinterion is the world's leading wireless module provider and it has extensive experience of integrating the modules in diverse vertical solutions. We're focusing on local technical support and high product quality," said Norbert Muhrer, Chief Executive Officer, Cinterion Wireless Modules. "Different sectors of industry such as automotive, logistics, navigation, energy supply and security have different requirements. As Vodafone's partner, we are very well positioned to supply the perfect product for each of these individual requirements.

Vodafone and Cinterion have been working together in the M2M market for two years now. This closer cooperation now enables them to target the entire European market.

(Stay tuned next week for exclusive reports from Vodafone's Test & Innovation Center)

Taoglas Launches End-to-End Antenna Solutions for Mesh Networks

Taoglas Offers a Complete Mesh Network Antenna Solution That Can Be Tailored to Customer Needs

HANOVER, Germany --(Business Wire)-- Mar 02, 2010 Taoglas, the leading M2M antenna provider, (, today launched a full range of antennas required for companies who need to build a full mesh network. All mesh networks require three types of antennas: base station antennas, remote external antennas and remote internal antennas. Taoglas is the first company to provide a solution for all three antennas in multiple frequencies including cellular, Zigbee and ISM. All antennas can be customized or used off-the-shelf. These antennas will be showcased at the Taoglas booth C28, Hall 7 (Telematics) in the M2M Zone at CeBIT in Hanover.

Barracuda Base Station Antennas

The Barracuda range of base station antennas are an omni directional antenna that connect directly to mesh access points and telemetry units. They are available at 433Mhz, 868Mhz, 915Mhz, 2400Mhz and 5200MHz for operation in the main licence-free bands used for M2M applications. The Barracuda range is entirely customisable, and can be made in different frequencies, colours and shapes in order to match the access point box. Design options include a connector integrated into the base of the antenna so the antenna can be screwed directly to the access point, eliminating cable requirements and helping with waterproofing and secure connection for long term use.

Hercules Remote External Antennas

The Hercules range of external antennas has been upgraded to meet the demands of harsh mesh network requirements for remote monitoring, metering and M2M markets. Available in GPS, cellular, WiFi and Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands 433Mhz, 868Mhz, or 915Mhz versions, this range of antennas includes a thick thread and nut for a secure mounting solution. Taoglas also has the ability to customise cables and connectors including low-loss special cables with armoured options.

Included in the Hercules range of antennas are:

MA.104 for GPS / cellular,

MA.501 for GPS / WiFi,

A.01 for GPS 2 stage for location based services,

A.03 for GPS 3 stage for long cable runs,

G.21 for cellular,

WS.01 for WiFi

Range of Remote Internal Antennas

The loop, PCB and freedom range of off-the-shelf flexible circuit antennas are available for cellular bands GSM, CDMA, 3G, ISM and other licence free bands; 433MHz, 784Mhz, 868MHz, 915MHz, 2.4GHz, 5GHz. This unique series of internal M2M antennas is designed to give the largest omni-directional range of antennas for telemetry and remote monitoring.

The embedded series of antennas include;

FXP.07, FXP.14, FLA.01 for cellular,

FXP.70, FXP.72, FXP.73, WLA.01, PC11, SWLP.12 for Wi-Fi - 2.4GHz,

FXP.240, FXP.245, FXP.270, FXP.280, and FXP.290, ILA.01,ILA.02, and PC31,PC81,PC91 for 433MHz, 450Mhz, 784Mhz, 868Mhz, 915MHz and ISM bands.

For more information see release at:

Wireless Innovation Forum Approves Two New Reports

WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)-- Mar 05, 2010 The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum version 2.0), a non-profit organization dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the approval of two reports prepared by its members. The reports, “Commercial Baseband Technology Overview: The Current State of Technology Development and Future Directions” and “Use Cases for Cognitive Applications in Public Safety Communications Systems Volume 2: Chemical Plant Explosion Scenario,” were prepared by the group’s Commercial Baseband Processing Technologies Work Group (CBPT-WG) and Public Safety Special Interest Group (PS-SIG), respectively.

The report produced by the members of the CBPT-WG addresses both programming environments and hardware platforms for Software Defined Radio (SDR). SDR technology has developed rapidly in recent years. Semiconductor process improvements following Moore’s Law have made low power, low cost devices available that are suitable for commercial deployments. With such advancement, designs have been introduced for a range of both infrastructure and handset user equipment that use SDR techniques. As technologies continue to converge, this report finds that SDR designs offer elegant and reusable methods of implementing worldwide communications coverage. The report is a snapshot of commercial state-of-the-art SDR implementations ranging from programming environments, programmable processors, and FPGA technologies.

Dr. John Glossner, CTO of Sandbridge Technologies, Forum board member and co-author of the report, said “I’m very pleased to have had such broad participation on this, our first work product. The document should serve as a reference that in the commercial handset domain SDR is moving from early adopters to everyday usage – further confirming the technical and economic benefits of SDR designs.”

The document provides representative examples of platforms available and programming techniques. In the first section, Etherstack presents their programming methodology for SDR development. Next, three processor-based SDRs and their programming environments are presented. In section two, IMEC discusses the ADRES processor. In section three, Sandbridge discusses the SB3500 MPSoC. In section four, St-Ericsson (formerly NXP) discusses the EVP processor. In the final section Xilinx discusses FPGA-based SDRs. The report is available here.

The report produced by the PS-SIG outlines a hypothetical scenario of a major explosion at a chemical plant in a mid-sized metropolitan area. The scenario was developed with input from public safety practitioners, communications system engineers, and radio developers. It provides the basis (events, activities, and timelines) required to analyze the impact of cognitive-based radio and network functions on first responder communications and mission effectiveness. Based on the analysis, the group concludes that the utilization of cognitive radio functions can dramatically increase the ability of Incident Commanders to meet their mission objectives.

“By using a realistic scenario incorporating public safety practitioner input, the analysis in this report is grounded in real public safety needs,” said Fred Frantz, of L-3 Communications and chair of the PS-SIG. “The public safety community can see the benefit of this emerging technology and begin to think in terms of the eventual impact to their operations.”

The report provides eight examples (defined as use cases) of how cognitive radio or network technology could be utilized, and explains in detail the technical, regulatory, and operational procedure developments required to make these capabilities available for public safety use. It also showcases the potential for improving first responders' communications capabilities through the application of cognitive functionality. The report can be found here.

“These two reports are representative of the high quality work products under development by the Forum’s members,” says Lee Pucker, CEO of the Wireless Innovation Forum. “Reports, recommendations and specification produced by our members have had and will continue to have a significant impact on the advanced wireless community as a whole.”

For more information about Forum activities and membership benefits, please visit our web page:

About the Wireless Innovation Forum

Established in 1996, The Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to driving technology innovation in commercial, civil, and defense communications worldwide. Members bring a broad base of experience in Software Defined Radio (SDR), Cognitive Radio (CR) and Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) technologies in diverse markets and at all levels of the wireless value chain to address emerging wireless communications requirements. To learn more about The Wireless Innovation Forum, its meetings and membership benefits, visit


Nav n' Go debuts iGO Primo at CeBIT; remains optimistic about the PND market

Nav n' Go, which supplies navigation software to PND vendors including Motorola and Magellan, is optimistic about the personal navigation device market and its ability to compete with new market entrants like Google.

The company launched iGO Primo at CeBIT today, which adds over 30 new features and hundreds of enhancements to the iGO My way engine.

"We are pretty optimistic still about the PND space, that it's growing, it's going to become more and more popular in several developing markets which we keep an eye on," Director of Product Marketing Zoltan Szilagyi told GPS Business News' Ludovic Privat. "And we do think that the wireless turbulence, ... obviously with the Nokia announcement that everybody here at CeBIT is asking what do we think about that, is raising the awareness of navigation, and is going to play in the favor of companies like us, where we can really deliver our core technology to lots of different devices."

Szilagyi continued, "Basically, we want to position ourself as a leading provider of embedded navigation devices, for the wireless space, for the automotive space, and obviously for the personal navigation, the PND space. "

The video interview can be found here.


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.

Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, 802.15.4 and Wi-Fi ICs Expected to Exceed Two Billion Units in 2010

Global shipments of short range wireless ICs (Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, 802.15.4, Wi-Fi) are expected to surpass two billion units this year, increasing approximately 20% compared to 2009. Shipments are forecast to total five billion in 2014, according to new market data from ABI Research.

“Bluetooth ICs made up a significant part of the total short range wireless ICs shipments,” says industry analyst Celia Bo. “Bluetooth took more than 55%, following by Wi-Fi at around 35%; the rest of the shipments were made up of NFC, UWB and 802.15.4 ICs.” 

Mobile handsets maintain the highest adoption rate for Bluetooth ICs. In addition to data transmission between mobile handset and Bluetooth headset, the application of Bluetooth technology is gradually moving into computers and consumer electronics products such as laptops, UMDs, and the wireless remote pole of game consoles. 

Low power consumption and short range transmission are two key technical features of Bluetooth technology. Furthermore, in December 2009 the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the adoption of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) which opens an absolutely new market for products and devices needing low cost and low power wireless connectivity. Likely vertical markets include healthcare, security, and home entertainment.

Chip manufacturing technology migration is driving down chip cost too, and as Bluetooth chip ASPs continue to decline, new business opportunities will be created.

Combination chips, integrating two or more short range wireless technologies to deliver further cost reduction and chip size decreases, are paving the way for another trend in short range wireless IC market development. The three major integration solutions — Bluetooth+FM radio, Bluetooth+Wi-Fi+FM, and Bluetooth+FM+GPS — are forecast to account for more than 30% of all Bluetooth combination chip shipments in 2010. The combination chip using BLE is expected to make up 50% of total Bluetooth combo IC shipments in 2014.

ABI Research’s “Short Range Wireless ICs Market Forecast Data” provides market and technical analysis of Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, 802.15.4, Wi-Fi and combination wireless connectivity ICs.  The forecast information is broken down by application, including computers, communication devices and consumer electronic products. 

For more information, visit ABI Research.

TIA's Smart Device Communications Standards Developing Engineering Committee Defines Scope, Elects Leaders

Numerex CTO Jeff Smith Elected Chair; ILS Technology Product Manager Jim Wert Elected Vice-Chair

Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association's newly launched Smart Device Communications (SDC) Engineering Committee (TR-50) met here last week, electing Dr. Jeff Smith, Chief Technology Officer at Numerex Corp (Nasdaq: NMRX) as Committee Chairman, and Jim Wert, Product Manager of deviceWISE Products at ILS Technology, as Vice-Chairman.

TR-50 was established in December to develop standards to enable, monitor and ensure interoperable interfaces to the network. At last week's meeting, representatives from more than 40 companies engaged in lively discussions about the scope, requirements, definitions and architecture of smart devices. U.S. government and trade association representatives also participated.

"Having worked in standards development, I could not be more pleased with the speed and cooperative effort I see in TR-50. It's evident by the level of participation and urgency that there's a real need for the industry to come together on these important standards, which are critical for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. It's satisfying to know that TIA can facilitate the process and effectively move the ball forward," said Wert.

"As one of our objectives, we will promote throughout the work of the Smart Device Communications Committee TIA's core values: connectivity, innovation, leadership and responsibility," said Smith.

At last week's meeting, members of the recently formed committee also approved the following scope:

"Engineering Committee TR-50 Smart Device Communications is responsible for the development and maintenance of access agnostic interface standards for the monitoring and bi-directional communication of events and information between smart devices and other devices, applications or networks. These standards development efforts pertain to but are not limited to the functional areas as noted:

  • Requirements
  • System Architecture
  • Cross-industry Communication
  • Leverage Existing (and Future) Physical Infrastructure
  • Information Models (State Diagrams)
  • Security (e.g., Data COntent, Mutual Authentication)
  • End to End Performance and Scalability of Equipment and Networks
  • Network Management/Operations
  • Device Management (incl. Discovery and Identity)
  • Protocols
  • Minimum Performance, Conformance and Interoperability Testing

The approved scope also notes that "TR-50 will develop a Smart Device Communications framework that can operate over different underlying transport networks (wireless, wired, etc.) and can be adapted to a given transport network by means of an adaptation/convergence layer. The TR-50 framework will make its functionality available to applications through a well-defined Application Programming Interface (API) that is agnostic to the vertical application domain (eHealth, Smart Grid, Industrial Automation, etc.)."

TR-50 highlighted the importance of working with other TIA Engineering Committees and non-TIA standards forums (international or national standards) to ensure end-to-end functionality and interoperability and to avoid overlap or duplication of work and to foster collaboration and coordination among organizations addressing various components of Smart Device Communication Systems.

Participants at last week's meeting included representatives from: Alcatel-Lucent; CEA; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Ericsson, Inc.; FAL Associates; FLO Forum; Home & Utility Systems; ILS Technology; Intel; Intercon Systems; IRG Energy; J. Upton Consulting; Lantiq; LG InfoComm U.S.A., Inc.; Microsoft Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric; Motorola, Inc.; NIST; Nokia; Numerex; OPC Foundation; Qualcomm; Samsung; Sigma Delta Communications, Inc.; SkyTerra Communications; Speecys, Ltd.; Sprint; Thales Communications, Inc.; Tyco Electronics; Underwriters Laboratory, Inc.; Verizon Wireless; VIA Telecom; VoCAL; WirefreeCom, Inc.; WK3C Wireless LLC.

TR-50's next meeting is scheduled for March 10-11 in Denver, Co.

To learn more about how to participate in TR-50, please contact TIA Vice President for Technology and Business Development Cheryl Blum at or Director for Technology and Business Development Stephanie Montgomery at


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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