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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.”

2010.04.12

Cinterion CEO says business is 'safe and sound’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010.04.08

Home Automation Systems global revenue may approach $12 Bil by 2015


According to ABI Research, the home automation market is approaching an inflection point beyond which its growth rate will increase significantly.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Revenue from shipments of home automation systems will exceed $11.8 billion in 2015, according to a new study released by ABI Research. That number includes all four categories of home automation: Luxury, Mainstream, DIY and Managed. The luxury segment will deliver the greatest revenue.

In addition to quantitative market measurement, ABI Research also sampled US consumers’ attitudes with a September 2009 survey. Nearly half of the 1001 respondents did not know what “home automation” is. A further 43% understood the concept but had no system installed.

According to practice director Sam Lucero, “Our survey results show that a major challenge is simply lack of awareness on the part of mainstream consumers. Other issues for consumers were the expense, and a perceived lack of need for home automation.”

Nonetheless, Lucero believes that for several reasons the home automation market is approaching an inflection point beyond which its growth rate will increase significantly.

·        Vendors are taking advantage of standards-based wireless and powerline technologies to drive down costs and expand the addressable market.

·        Companies in related home systems markets are increasingly targeting home control and monitoring functionality in their devices.

·        Home security service providers view home monitoring and managed home automation services as a means of accelerating growth.

·        Telco and cable broadband service providers see managed home automation services as a way to increase revenue.

·        Utilities can use home automation technologies to help homeowners reduce power usage.

Abiresearch_homentwkchart_2 How do these drivers mesh with consumers’ intentions? An average of three quarters of the 39% of survey respondents who intend buy a home automation system within three years rated three functions as the ones they would expect to use most: energy management, home control, and security. Sam Lucero concludes, “The home automation market is clearly at an inflection point and poised for significant growth over the next few years.”

ABI Research’s “Home Automation and Control” study provides qualitative and quantitative analysis of home automation and control system markets through 2015. The data and forecasts are divided by region and by major market segments.

For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com.

2010.03.31

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Announces Updated Best Practices for Location-Based Services

LAS VEGAS, NV – As International CTIA  Wireless exhibits concluded in Las Vegas last week, CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced the release of the industry’s updated voluntary “Best Practices and Guidelines for Location-Based Services” which promote and protect the privacy of wireless customers’ location information. Initially released in June 2008, the Guidelines were revised due to the dynamic and constantly innovative nature of the wireless ecosystem and the latest developments in Location-Based Services (LBS). 

“For more than a decade, CTIA has been a leader in ensuring consumers’ location privacy. As the wireless industry continues to develop innovative new devices, cutting-edge LBS apps and deploy next generation networks, it’s important that our industry’s best practices evolve to reflect the changes in the wireless ecosystem,” said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association. 

In particular, the Guidelines have been revised to recognize that multiple entities can play a role in the delivery of a single LBS application. Updates to the Guidelines also address:

  • Application of the Guidelines to the use of various location technologies
  • Clarification of the relationship between account holder and user 
  • Other general improvements to aid clarity

LBS providers that have adopted these Guidelines provide consumers with the confidence and assurance that their private location information is protected.

For additional information about "Best Practices and Guidelines for Location-Based Services" and the Location Based Services Action Team, please visit: http://www.ctia.org/business_resources/wic/index.cfm/AID/11300.

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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.

2010.03.30

SaaS Managed Security Market Up 70% in 2009: Infonetics

Increased global use, higher threat levels drive demand

Market research firm Infonetics Research on Monday released a new report that indicates worldwide revenue from managed security services delivered via SaaS (software as a service) grew 70 percent in 2009, and made up 10 percent of total security service revenue.

Total revenue is forecast to make up 22 percent of the security service market by 2014.

North America accounts for 41 percent of worldwide managed security service revenue for last year, the report says.

"The primary market drivers for security services include increasing global demand from organizations of all sizes due to the proliferation of security threats of all types; the complexity of current security solutions; widespread use of diverse devices; and the desire of product manufacturers and service providers to add recurring revenue and improve margins. Strong interest in and broad availability of software-as-a-service (SaaS) security offerings will help drive strong growth in the overall managed security services market over the next five years," notes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research, in a statement released by the firm.

Large organizations are currently the largest purchasers of managed security services. But SMBs (small-to-medium businesses) are starting to increase their spending on security services.

Infonetics' Managed Security Services and SaaS report provides market size, forecasts through 2014, and analysis for managed security services by technology (managed firewalls, content security, IDS/IPS, other), service type (CPE, cloud, SaaS), and organization size. The report can be purchased at www.infonetics.com.

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.

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.

Fusion Wireless to Introduce CDMA Platforms Based on Enfora Form Factors

RICHARDSON, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Mar 23, 2010 Enfora, a provider of intelligent wireless networking solutions, and Fusion Wireless, a provider of wireless platforms for the M2M and consumer markets, today announced that they have entered into an agreement allowing Fusion Wireless to provide embedded CDMA platforms in form factors that are compatible with embedded GSM/GPRS platforms from Enfora’s Enabler® product family.

As a result of this agreement, customers will have the flexibility to integrate GSM/GPRS and CDMA platforms that are pin-for-pin compatible. This can significantly reduce the cost and time of bringing wireless solutions to market across different countries with different wireless standards. The first samples of the compatible CDMA platforms are expected from Fusion Wireless in June 2010 with volume production by the end of the third quarter of 2010.

“Our collaboration with Fusion Wireless should minimize the engineering burden on OEMs and system integrators that wish to use both CDMA and GSM based solutions,” said Remy Marcotorchino, senior director of business development at Enfora. “We believe that customers will truly benefit from the choice of pin-for-pin compatible solutions from Fusion Wireless and Enfora, and we look forward to working with Enfora on satisfying the needs of value conscious customers,” added Dave Carey, President & CEO of Fusion Wireless.

For more information, visit www.enfora.com, www.fusionwirelesscorp.com.

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.

For more information, visit www.geenergystorage.com.

Tele Atlas Updates with More ADAS-Quality Map Content, Precise Global Road Network Geometry

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Tele Atlas, the world leader in high quality digital maps and dynamic content, today unveiled the latest version of its database, MultiNet® 2010.03. With more than 32 million kilometers (20 million miles), Tele Atlas maps cover more roads, more countries and more people than any other available map, with comprehensive location and navigation content of 95 countries and territories in Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

“Our strategy is to deliver the highest quality and most up-to-date location and navigation content available. We continue to invest in critical geographies, as well as build out more advanced features in developing markets,” said Peter Davie, director of product management, Tele Atlas. “By delivering new products and offerings, including innovations based on community input, we are able to meet our global customer needs and deliver the content that will differentiate their offerings.”

With the latest release of MultiNet, Tele Atlas has also further enhanced the content for its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) compliant products. Tele Atlas ADAS is designed to bring a new level of quality to eco-routing and vehicle safety applications, helping drivers save money and better protect themselves and their families. Tele Atlas ADAS is the first gradient and curvature enhancement data product to use community input and other authoritative sources as the basis for ADAS solutions that help drivers navigate more safely, efficiently and with greater accuracy than ever before. The latest maps feature the addition of gradient data based on anonymous GPS measurements on approximately 95,000 kilometers (59,000 miles) of roads in North America and 225,000 kilometers (140,000 miles) of major roads across Europe, a 400 percent increase in Europe in ADAS compliant coverage from the product’s initial release in January 2010.

Tele Atlas continues to demonstrate advancements in leveraging anonymous GPS measurements in combination with other sources and processes to validate and realign or extend the world’s road network. The newest maps now contain input from drivers in 35 countries across 18 features that changed crossings into roundabouts, added or adjusted street names, adjusted traffic flow and added streets. Changes include new road geometry across Europe in countries such as Croatia, Poland and Turkey, to expand the global road network.

The latest release also features notable updates around the world, including:

  • Content to enable key functionality such as address locating with house number expansion in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey;
  • Expanded coverage, including the recently announced navigable maps of Ukraine which cover the country’s complete major and interconnecting road networks, the creation and expansion of street network and fully-attributable coverage in Russia;
  • New availability of map coverage for Uruguay and for Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Mali and Mauritania in Africa;
  • Augmented attribution for approximately 52,000 kilometers (32,000 miles) in Germany and 30,000 kilometers (18,600 miles) in Spain to enable appropriate routing that helps keep drivers off undesirable roads, such as logging roads;
  • Delivery of the first Address Point product in Russia to identify the precise location of destinations for spatial analysis and application display;
  • Rich content to enhance Tele Atlas Urban Maps, including additional metro station points of interest (POIs) and pedestrian walkways in Greece, Italy and Germany, and;
  • More advanced database features such as signposts and speeds in South Africa and the Middle East, including United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

How Tele Atlas Maps are Made
Tele Atlas has the only digital map database in the world that is updated daily with the insight of a community of millions of GPS system users worldwide, who along with the company’s unmatched network of sources help to track and validate changes. To date, Tele Atlas has validated and processed more than more than 1.5 million edits sourced from this group of users, the largest GPS data collection community in the world.

To update its maps, Tele Atlas captures and verifies changes from a comprehensive network of global sources, ranging from government documents and public safety officials to construction companies, professional truck drivers, its own drivers, proprietary mobile mapping van technology, as well as satellite and aerial imagery. By validating and adding contributions from individual drivers as an additional source, Tele Atlas is able to increase the total number of changes identified by its network, particularly in geographically dispersed and rural areas covered less frequently by other data sources. This community input is backed by stringent review and validation processes and further enables Tele Atlas to create fresher, higher quality maps and deliver a better experience for end users of its maps.

For more information, visit www.teleatlas.com.

2010.03.23

AT&T, Ericsson To Expand 3G Ecosystem With AT&T Connection Kit For Device Developers

Source: Ericsson

DALLAS, TX, March 23, 2010 - AT&T and Ericsson today announced the launch of the AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developers. Targeting a wide range of developers in the connected device and applications space, the kit contains everything needed to integrate the nation's fastest 3G network with emerging and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.

Combining AT&T's 3G network and service delivery platform with Ericsson's hardware technology and Software Developer Kit (SDK), the AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developers creates a rich environment which aids in streamlined device development and optimized device performance.  Leveraging Ericsson's next generation broadband modules in different categories, a complete test cradle solution and SDK, the Connection Kit also includes AT&T SIM cards, data capacity for testing, access to AT&T Control Center, powered by Jasper Wireless and best practice guidelines. To order an AT&T Connection Kit, developers can register at att.m2m.com/ericsson. Kits will be available in April.

The enhanced AT&T Connection Kit builds on the existing AT&T M2M Developer Kit available through a dedicated AT&T emerging devices web site, www.att.com/edo.  The basic kit is designed for developers who are already using a network ready module, and includes the same network connectivity and Control Center access, but does not include the modules or test cradle available in the enhanced kit.

 "Our single focus is to wirelessly enable everything," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, AT&T. "By teaming with Ericsson, we're able to provide developers with additional tools needed to explore new ways to make wireless a reality for just about any device that benefits from a 3G connection."

Ericsson's next generation mobile broadband modules include the wake-on-wireless feature, which allows a device to be remotely enabled by a user while it is in sleep mode. This feature, along with built-in GPS functionality, opens up the range of wirelessly-enabled devices and applications that can be created by developers.

Mats Norin, Head of Mobile Broadband Modules at Ericsson, said "Mobile broadband connectivity over HSPA opens up new opportunities in multiple device segments. The work of developers will play a critical role in making new and innovative devices a connected reality."

AT&T Control Center offers testing capabilities for immediate feedback on device performance, real-time network diagnostics to quickly troubleshoot connectivity issues, and a full standards-based API suite to automate operational controls into backend applications.

AT&T also has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, delivering voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 190 countries. Already today, there are more than 1,900 HSPA enabled devices globally, according to GSMA.

2010.03.22

Wyless to showcase M2M capabilities at CTIA Wireless 2010

Source: Wyless

Wyless, the Global M2M Enabler, will be exhibiting in the M2M Pavilion at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 show, held by the CTIA – Wireless Association in Las Vegas, from 23rd  – 25th March 2010.

With a growing presence in both the North American and EMEA markets, Wyless will be highlighting its concept of an “open platform for a connected world”. The company will show how this is enabling its partners and customers in vertical sectors such as healthcare, mobile EPOS and remote tracking, to reduce costs, provide new revenue opportunities and improve time-to-market in these challenging times.

Wyless will also demonstrate how its web-based management platform, Porthos, is helping customers to achieve global real-time control and visibility of their network and connected devices.

During the exhibition, Dan McDuffie, SVP North America at Wyless, will attend an exclusive, high-level M2M roundtable discussion to be chaired by Ericsson. Aimed at intensifying industry dialogue within the M2M community, the event will bring together the major players in the marketplace, including IBM, Intel and Digi.

Dan McDuffie commented: “CTIA provides an ideal environment for us to demonstrate Wyless’s Global Managed Services capabilities and provides the opportunity to highlight the importance of M2M technologies to potential Partners and customers.”

“In the last year our company has experienced significant growth and success in providing Managed Services to our customers. We are seeing increasingly large scale opportunities from companies looking at the business benefits of out-sourcing their managed services requirements to Wyless.”

“We are also excited to be participating in such a high profile roundtable discussion, which should set the agenda in the M2M market for the year ahead.”

Dan McDuffie concluded; “ Wyless welcomes all visitors to the three-day event and to visit our stand #160 in the M2M Zone. Visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand the Porthos User experience, and to discuss with me and my team the business benefits that working with Wyless can bring to you.”

For a complete list of exhibitors at the M2M Pavilion, click here.

2010.03.19

GridWise Alliance, Embassy of Canada co-host Energy Event

Source: GridWise Alliance

Following in the spirit of President Obama and Prime Minister Harper’s agreement to work bilaterally on several energy issues, including smart grid, the Embassy of Canada and GridWise® Alliance co-hosted an event at the Embassy on March 17, 2010.

Several government officials gave presentations, including Eric Lightner and Dan Ton, US Department of Energy; Shannon Fraser, International Trade Administration US Department of Commerce; Michael Tita, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Marc Lepage, Special Advisor, Climate Change and Energy, Embassy of Canada.

A panel of utilities representing both countries discussed their smart grid efforts to date. These utilities included Ralph Zucker, BC Hydro and David Curtis, Hydro One representing Canada; and Wayne Harbrough, BG&E and Michael Maxwell, PEPCO representing the US.

Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters delivered a keynote address stressing collaboration and innovation between the two countries.

Companies from Canada had the opportunity to showcase their technologies, including: Hydrogenics, Aztech, Corinex, GE Digital Energy, KinectSolutions, Redline Communications, and Schneider Electric.

The GridWise Alliance has undertaken several international efforts. Agreements have been signed with Korea Smart Grid Association, SmartGrid Ireland, and Smart Grids Australia. Several other such associations are in the works.

2010.03.18

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.

MSUA 
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