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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

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.

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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


Nearly $4 bil from DoE giving US Smart Grids a boost, for now

Chairman of IEEE's P2030 Smart Grid Interoperability committee sees enormous potential, and a long road ahead

Dick DeBlasio, IEEE Smart Grid & Interoperability Expert


Dick DeBlasio, IEEE Life Member and IEEE Smart Grid Liaison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

We recently talked to one of the leading smart grid and interoperability engineers in the U.S., Dick Deblasio.

DeBlasio holds a long string of titles and recognitions within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Last May, the Life Member after 40 years of professional engineering service became chair of P2030, a "Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS) and End-Use Applications and Loads;" in conjunction with this role, he serves as IEEE Smart Grid Liaison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

He admits that this and several other responsibilities for organiziing committee activity at IEEE keep him quite busy these days. Meanhile DeBlasio holds down a day job as Principal Laboratory Program Manager for Electricity, Research and Development at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado.

The  next meeting of the IEEE P2030 working group will happen May 25-28
at Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, Calif. Or, if your plans bring you to Louisiana on April 21, you may find DeBlasio and other leading technologists in New Orleans for what was recently declared "Smart Grid Day at IEEE PES T&D Conference." IEEE recently announced this expansion of purpose in the New Orleans Local organizing committee. The announcement included the following food for thought:

"A Smart Grid, as defined by the US Department of Energy, integrates advanced sensing technologies, control methods and integrated communications into the existing electricity grid. Although Smart Grid technology presents opportunities for utilities and consumers to benefit from the efficient management of energy, significant challenges need to be addressed to integrate and deploy these innovative technologies."

Please listen to this informative Audiocast with DeBlasio for the inside story on these efforts.

For more infomation about P2030, DeBlasio, or IEEE's interoperability programs, visit More information about the New Orleans Smart Grid Day is available at


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:



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

GE to Increase Availability of Global Wireless Coverage with Backup Power System

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- GE Energy Storage Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, introduced the Durathon battery, the next generation of industrial energy storage for the telecom industry, today at the CTIA Wireless exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Durathon battery can be used as a backup system for hybrid telecom sites where non-grid sources of power are utilized, as well as in traditional base stations that are powered by robust and/or unstable electrical grids.

Because of its proprietary chemistry, the Durathon battery lasts up to ten times longer than traditional telecom backup storage systems, which reduces the total cost of ownership and ensures network efficiency and optimization for wireless providers. The product of a $160 million investment by GE, the Durathon battery is also temperature insensitive, allowing for coverage in remote areas with extreme weather conditions, an important attribute as wireless providers continue to expand coverage around the globe.

“As the telecommunications industry continues to expand, it’s essential that providers have reliable backup power to ensure continuous coverage for consumers in all areas of the globe,” said Prescott Logan, General Manager GE Energy Storage Technologies. “The Durathon battery will change the way providers think about backup energy storage and its importance in maintaining network availability.”

GE’s new battery plant is located in Schenectady, New York, and is creating 350 new high tech jobs in the region. The facility has the advantage of being in close proximity to GE Global Research in Niskayuna, where advances to the battery chemistry were developed. The batteries, which are a critical piece of energy storage systems, will rely heavily on new materials, new manufacturing technologies and intelligent controls.

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Satellite industry awards recognise Inmarsat innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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, or visit booth 141 at International CTIA Wireless, in the M2M Zone.


Ericsson Wireless Unit Adopts Docea Power ACEplorer to Improve Power Choices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)

Coulomb Technologies – in Cooperation with SAP – Demonstrates Integrated Billing Services for Utilities and Drivers of Electric Vehicles at CeBIT Hannover

HANNOVER, Germany --(Business Wire)-- Coulomb Technologies, the leader in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure, in cooperation with SAP AG, will demonstrate the features and capabilities of its ChargePoint® Network application services for utilities and drivers of electric vehicles at the CeBIT 2010 show opening today in Hannover, Germany. Coulomb Technologies is participating in one of SAP’s seven “Experience SAP” exhibits. In the life area entitled ”Move,” CeBIT visitors will see a demonstration of the following scenarios:

  • An EV driver reserving a charging station, plugging in and charging a BMW MINI E;
  • A utility providing billing integration to the driver and inter-utility roaming.

The demonstration is powered by Coulomb's ChargePoint Network Software, and run by 365 Energy, Coulomb's European distribution partner. The exhibit is located in Hall 4 Stand D20 of CeBIT and runs through March 6.

Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network billing record application integrates with utilities’ existing enterprise software billing systems, meaning no additional software is necessary for managing charging stations and EV billing. In Europe where more than 80 percent of Coulomb’s customers are utilities, roaming will be essential for managed billing. In European cities Amsterdam and Bochum, for example, a ChargePoint Network-based roaming system allows EV drivers to use common customer identification cards issued by the municipalities. Drivers receive an integrated invoice at the end of each billing period. In North America, for example, this integration will provide a single line item on a utility bill for EV charging. Utilities can now have the kilowatt-hour cost of EV charging displayed on a bill and on the charging station itself to let the driver easily know the cost of the charging session.

“We are proud to participate with SAP in showcasing our charging system, software, and networking capabilities at the CeBIT show,” said Richard Lowenthal CEO of Coulomb Technologies. “For 14 months our networked charging stations have been installed worldwide by municipalities, utilities and corporations. This demonstration is not only a proof of concept but a proof of reality, and what is currently being done to easily and seamlessly manage EV charging station billing and roaming by utilities.”

MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Academic Keynote Panel, "IT Organization of the Future: Driving Business Change," Announced

MIT Media Lab Director and Sloan School of Management Senior Researchers Debate How IT and Information Drive Innovation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 04, 2010 The value of information – and the technologies that generate and propagate that information – is still increasing. On May 19th, at the seventh annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium the Academic Keynote Panel will explore what businesses have discovered about IT in this difficult economy, and how innovation need not be time-consuming or expensive. Today, “digital organizations” are conducting many experiments every day, at virtually no cost. And these experiments are positively affecting top-line revenue and bottom-line results.

The panel will assess the impact of social media, continuing productivity growth, and the IT function as the master of this new business climate. Panel participants include the following:

  • Jason Pontin, Editor in Chief/Publisher of MIT Technology Review as moderator.
  • Frank Moss, Director, MIT Media Lab
  • Jerome B. Wiesner, Professorship of Media Technology
  • Jeanne W. Ross, Director, Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Professor of Management and Director, MIT Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


  • Global Chief Information Officers across industries and sectors.
  • Other C-level executives from technology, information management, operations, and finance functions.
  • Senior business and technical executives who lead or need to deliver business value through innovative solutions.

For more information on the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2010, please visit The early-bird registration discount is available until April 20, 2010. Registration information is available at


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For those of you who can read German...

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

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

>> Read the complete article (German)

Virtual Treasure Hunt - CeBIT PUSH Magazine Interview

An interview with Christiane Hering, managing director at the Center for Geoinformation (CFGI).

Everyone benefits from geoinformation. Farmers can determine which soil needs to be fertilized. Truck drivers can find the right delivery address. The Public Works Administration can locate the district heating pipelines. A tourist can find the local theater. Everyone will find what they are looking for with a decent map. It works even better if the map contains relevant information.

The Galileo satellites are just being launched, everyone uses Google Maps and only the real die-hards still travel without GPS or other travel planners.  What is particularly important about geoinformation systems this year?

Hering: 2010 is going to see some really extensive changes in the application of geoinformation systems. Topographical maps with extra information are nothing new per se. The interesting thing about them now is their improved bandwidth capacity, which allows them to load maps onto computers or mobile devices at a much faster rate. In the past, around 80 percent of all geoinformation system users were public administrators. Now more and more users belong to the private sector.

>> Read the complete interview with Hering at


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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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