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2010.04.14

Cinterion and Asentria team to deliver enhanced SiteBoss solution for remote management of cell tower equipment

Source: Cinterion & Asentria

BELLEVUE, WA -- Cinterion Wireless Modules, a manufacturer of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, and Asentria, a provider of remote site monitoring and telemanagement solutions, today announced that Asentria’s SiteBoss product line will begin integrating Cinterion’s MC75i module to enable enhanced wireless communication capabilities over GSM networks.

SiteBoss was designed to help Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) remotely update, repair and manage maintenance for base transceiver stations (cell towers and equipment) from the network operation center (NOC). The SiteBoss series, enhanced with MC75i, is available immediately worldwide.

“Asentria’s SiteBoss products are a powerful tool to help MNOs control costs, optimize the evolution to 4G networks and improve overall service,” said Peter Fowler, regional president, Cinterion Wireless Modules, Americas. “The Cinterion module provides two-way, back-up communications vital for site repairs and updates. MNOs can reap huge savings by remotely controlling power usage at communication tower sites, and additionally, by having highly skilled technicians work on repairs and software patches no matter where they are located.”

SiteBoss integrates a powerful Linux computer and the Cinterion MC75i module for data communications and provides a range of basic to sophisticated remote monitoring, maintenance and management functions for cell towers and equipment in the field. Part of Cinterion’s M2M Evolution Platform, the MC75i module offers high-speed data rates for worldwide GSM networks based on EDGE standards. The versatile and intelligent monitoring and control features in SiteBoss allow users to remotely optimize power consumption at tower sites, immediately detect and react to potential equipment threats in the field and increase network reliability and prevent downtime.

In addition, SiteBoss enables software upgrades and patches and allows remote network upgrades to 4G technologies – all without rolling a truck or sending technicians to the site.

“With Cinterion as our communications partner we were able to hit the ground running and start working with some of the biggest MNOs in the world,” said Jon Baars, Asentria director of sales. “We selected Cinterion for its unparalleled customer support and engineering intelligence as well as its market proven products which helped get us to market in three months from design to implementation. We look forward to working with Cinterion and our MNO customers to support network evolution as well as smart M2M technology.”

IdaTech And Cascadiant to Deploy Advanced Fuel Cell Technology With Hutchison Telecom In Indonesia

Source: IdaTech

BEND, ORE, USA, April 14, 2010 – IdaTech plc (AIM: IDA) a global leader in the development and manufacture of clean and reliable PEM fuel cell products for critical backup power markets, in conjunction with its partner Cascadiant Inc. and Indonesian wireless operator PT Hutchison CP Telecommunications (HCPT), is pleased to announce a deployment of the latest generation of hydrogen backup power fuel cell systems throughout the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

IdaTech’s partner Cascadiant has been awarded the contract to install and support the ElectraGen™ H2 fuel cell systems. This order confirms the value proposition of backup power fuel cell systems and demonstrates the growing trend of telecom service providers to support and promote more eco-friendly initiatives including the reduction of telecom sector emissions, lowering energy consumption and the overall carbon footprint.

Harol Koyama, CEO of IdaTech, commented, “We are delighted to be working with Cascadiant to supply ElectraGen™ fuel cell systems for the Indonesian market. This agreement is an exciting sign of the times to come. Indonesia is a very attractive wireless market because of its large population and will undoubtedly require more solutions such as these fuel cell systems to support the operations of mobile products as they become more popular. With an experienced local partner like Cascadiant that is dedicated to identifying and promoting more sustainable means of energy within its solutions, IdaTech sees this as a significant win,” Koyama said.

According to Marshall Towe, President and CEO of Cascadiant, “We’re extremely pleased to play a leading role in furthering the use of cleaner fuel cell technology in Indonesia. This denotes a solid acceptance in the belief that greener technology is truly the wave of the future in ensuring the protection and functionality of telecom services in dire situations.” He continued by saying, “We applaud Hutchison for their forward looking endorsement of this technology and we believe that it is a milestone in achieving mass adoption of fuel cell products as viable replacements for generators and batteries.”

Telecommunications networks require reliable backup power solutions that can operate for several hours or days when electricity is no longer available due to severe weather, natural disasters, or grid quality. IdaTech’s ElectraGen™ fuel cell systems were developed specifically to provide critical backup power to the telecom market when loss of grid occurs. These fuel cell systems are fueled directly by hydrogen or by using IdaTech’s proprietary fuel reformer process that converts liquid fuel, methanol & water, into hydrogen gas to power the unit.

2010.04.12

Quake Global Announces Next Generation M2M Modems for the ORBCOMM Satellite Network

SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)-- ORBCOMM, Inc., a global satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and Quake Global, Inc. the leading manufacturer of ORBCOMM M2M modems, today announced the next generation of modems for the ORBCOMM® satellite network with the Q4000 and Q-Pro series of QUAKE™ products. These robust, reliable and highly configurable devices have received ORBCOMM Type Acceptance Testing (TAT) approval and units are immediately available.

“ORBCOMM and Quake have over a decade-long partnership,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM CEO. “These new devices reflect our shared vision to expand our leadership position to new M2M markets such as security, marine, transportation and others that have been previously underserved in data acquisition. When configured as dual-mode, the Q4000/Q-Pro provides satellite coverage and cellular bandwidth at prices below other satellite-only services with similar capabilities.”

Though small enough to fit in your hand, the Q4000 is a rugged industrial grade modem with dual-mode operation over the ORBCOMM satellite network and GSM terrestrial networks. With embedded GPS, the highly customizable Q4000/Q-Pro are versatile, all-in-one remote asset tracking solutions. They are designed to meet stringent automotive power conditioning requirements and have extremely low power consumption for extended battery operation. The Q4000/Q-Pro also incorporate an application programming interface (API) for developers to utilize their functions to create customized onboard applications. Utilizing QUAKE’s patented technology and unified communications protocol, system integrators need only develop a single protocol to communicate across ORBCOMM satellite and terrestrial networks, significantly reducing development time and costs.

For more information, visit www.quakeglobal.com, or www.orbcomm.com.

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.

GridWise Alliance, Japan Smart Community Alliance to Sign Memorandum of Understanding

This Friday, April 16, in Washington, D.C., the GridWise Alliance will co-host a seminar to exchange insights on smart grid development. The seminar will be followed by the GridWise Alliance and the Japan Smart Community Alliance signing a Memorandum of Understanding "to solidify their international collaboration in smart grid."

The US-Japan Smart Grid Seminar provides an opportunity for Japan's smart grid stakeholders to discuss smart grid development and the current challenges of standardization, the GridWise Alliance said in a release. The seminar is co-hosted by the GridWise Alliance, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Japan Smart Community Alliance.

Attendees include Guido Bartels, Chair of the GridWise Alliance; Katherine Hamilton, President of the GridWise Alliance; Kazuaki Koizawa, Secretary General of the Japan Smart Community Alliance; Norihiko Ishiguro, Director-General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for Japan; and Keisuke Saito, Director-General, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Japan.

Also in attendance are Bruce Walker, VP of Asset Strategy and Policy, National Grid and Board Member of the GridWise Alliance; and Dr. George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid and Interoperability, National Institute of Standard and Technology, U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

Learn more at www.gridwise.org.

2010.04.08

Atlas Cargo RFID Tag Can Offer Industrial Ruggedness and a 50+ Ft. Read Range

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. --(Business Wire)-- RCD Technology, designer and manufacturer of application specific RFID products, today announced the release of its rugged, high performance, cargo tag – called the Atlas Cargo Tag. This new passive RFID tag boasts a read range of 50+ ft. and is a perfect solution for the growing demand to manage large, mobile assets such as trailers, military vehicles, shipping and cargo containers as well as other equipment that is difficult to track.

“The tag was developed based on feedback and requests from customers who trust RCD to provide reliable, quality products that are tailored to difficult RFID applications,” said Sandra Garby, vice president of product management and co-founder of RCD Technology. “Our customers requested a tag that had a longer read range, was less expensive and more impervious to the inherent environmental stresses than other products on the market. The opportunity to provide solutions for various long range applications reflects RCD’s commitment to raising the bar on quality and performance of passive RFID tags.”

Shipcom Wireless tested RCD’s Atlas Cargo Tag for use in offshore oil rig container tracking applications. While the Atlas tag surpassed expectations in read range and durability, the overall evaluation exposed Shipcom's oil and gas team to a new level of RFID performance.

“The read range ability of the Atlas Cargo Tag consistently demonstrated superior performance with mobile and fixed readers delivering close to 80 feet in read range,” said Sam Falsafi, senior principal of Oil & Gas, Shipcom Wireless. “While the Atlas clearly exceeded our expectations for tracking materials in the most remote areas in the world, such as an offshore oil rig, its performance and reliability, has triggered a whole host of new application ideas in other Energy sectors as well. The Atlas tag has provided a ‘game changing technology’ and opened the door to use UHF passive tags in many applications where read range is required to be greater."

The Atlas withstands harsh environmental conditions and can be mechanically attached or adhered to any surface including metal, wood and other industrial materials. With its robust read range, the Atlas tag could be used as a more cost effective solution in some active applications, where RTL is not necessary.
 
For more information, visit www.rcdtechnology.com

New Single-Chip RFID Data Logger with Sensor Can Reduce Medical and Environmental Safety Concerns

WOLLERAU, Switzerland --(Business Wire)-- IDS Microchip, a fabless semiconductor company focused on all aspects of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, today began shipping development kits to early adopters for a first-of-its-kind RFID sensor and data logging chip, the IDS-SL900A. Based on the popular EPC Gen2 standard for supply chain applications, this new single-chip solution enables a vast new array of medical, food, healthcare and environmental-supervision applications that ensure quality and/or freshness. Like its high-frequency (HF) version, the IDS-SL13A introduced last year, it can automatically track, monitor, time-stamp and record temperature, pressure, humidity, light, sound and other information about any goods in supply chain or cold chain transport. However, unlike any other RFID solution, it also can be configured to notify users automatically of an event. This event-driven capability enables various applications in the cold chain, pharmaceutical, and food and health industries, as well as applications in the construction industry, and makes it possible to determine the conditions of materials used, in an economical, non-invasive and practical way. The IDS-SL900A’s sensor reading range of up to five or six meters is at least triple that of other data monitors/loggers. IDS Microchip will demonstrate the new IDS-SL900A at RFID Journal LIVE! 2010 in Orlando, Fla., Apr. 14-16, and at Euro ID 2010 in Cologne, Germany May 4-6, 2010.

Oluf Alminde, director of Sales & Marketing at IDS Microchip, said, “The new SL900A chip and sensor helps prevent the use of expired or faulty goods that could endanger people’s lives. For example, in medical and healthcare applications its automatic alarm can be set to warn users when freshness dates expire for food or pharmaceutical items such as insulin in the fridge, or for goods on store shelves. In terms of environmental safety, the SL900A sensor can be used to detect humidity in concrete instantly and effortlessly – replacing costly bridge closings, traffic reroutes, and jack-hammering, for example, with accurate assessment simply by driving across a bridge roadbed that has the chip embedded in it. The SL900A eliminates hassles and keeps people safer.”

For further information, visit www.ids-microchip.com.

New Web Portal Would Allow Carriers and Shippers to Leverage Real-Time Data

RALEIGH, N.C. --(Business Wire)-- Transite Technology, a provider of transportation management solutions, software and services, has released an industry wide initiative enabling shippers and logistics companies to obtain more accurate and timely LTL carrier service information while reducing the cost of obtaining this information for the entire industry. This information includes transit time standards, detailed terminal information, coverage, and more. This differs significantly from existing services in the market by providing a highly collaborative environment for shipper, logistics provider, carrier, and transportation software vendors.

Within the Transite model, all carriers utilize a single location to keep the marketplace updated with all of their current business. In turn, shippers can use a single website or use Transite’s easy integration tools library to obtain this information via web services. This allows ERP, TMS, WMS, and other systems to accurately obtain real time data for real time decision making.

“Transite already has the technology, relationships, and much of the data to solve this complicated problem,” said Geoff Comrie, CEO of Transite. “With our web portal, neither the carrier nor shipper has to buy technology. The portal will be easily accessed by the both carrier and shipper so both can easily utilize via web services and browser to input and extract data, respectively.”

Every carrier contacted has agreed to participate along with other companies including BirdDog Solutions, eShipping Logistics, and others.

“Companies are becoming very savvy at using its supply chain as a competitive advantage,” said John DuBiel, CEO of Supply Chain Edge. “In this sense, it’s crucial to obtain accurate information in a manner that is seamless and in real time.”

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.

2010.03.31

Qwest Introduces IBM-based Services for Security, Network Management

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

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

Qwest iQTM Managed Security Service

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

Qwest iQTM Network Management Service

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

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

NEC Electronics America Enhances Microcontrollers for Industrial, Consumer Devices

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

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

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

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

Pricing and Availability

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

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

Erdgas Münster controls pipeline network with KEYMILE systems technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Erdgas Münster

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


2010.03.24

KORE Telematics Touts M2M's Next-Generation Pricing Architecture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Availability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connected Development Partners with RFI Global to Streamline Approval and Certification

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multi-Tech Systems Announces Cellular Development Platform for M2M


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

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

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

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

Visit www.multitech.com.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cinterion Wireless Modules Adds Automotive LGA Technology Portfolio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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