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2010.03.17

Sprint and Axeda Announce Alliance for Global M2M Solutions

Alliance Provides Customers with Integrated Solution to Quickly Build and Deploy Connected Products

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & FOXBORO, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 17, 2010 Embedded wireless broadband chips are expanding functionality across a vast range of devices beyond just mobile phones. Sprint (NYSE:S) and Axeda Corporation announced today an alliance to make it easier, faster and more cost-efficient for businesses to take machine-to-machine (M2M) solution ideas from concept to completion and deliver connected products using the Sprint 3G network and the Axeda® Platform.

Connected products such as e-readers, security devices, utility meters, and patient health monitors are already driving new business models and significant revenue streams across a variety of industries. According to ABI Research, it is predicted that revenue from these products in markets such as consumer, government, energy and utilities, and healthcare could grow 250% by the year 2013.

Sprint and Axeda help businesses take advantage of these opportunities by providing a highly secure, scalable and communication-optimized platform to build applications - allowing companies to focus on providing a business solution, not the enabling technology. Easy deployment through cloud-based services provide for faster time to market with no infrastructure costs.

“Over the last 12-months, we have seen a significant increase in enterprise-scale projects to create new products and services based on connected devices,” said Josh Holbrook, director, Yankee Group. “The challenge they face is managing the sheer volume of information coming from these devices - they need to build applications that make sense of this data and turn it into actionable information.”

For over a decade, Sprint has collaborated with customers and partners in a variety of industries to help develop deliver and support innovative M2M solutions. Sprint boasts that millions of embedded/M2M devices are running on the Sprint Network and partners benefit from the ability to certify devices on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network through the company’s Open Device Initiative. For more information, visit www.poweryourideas.com/m2m.

“Partnering with Axeda enables Sprint to take advantage of the limitless business opportunities presented by connecting the rapidly expanding number of embedded and non-traditional mobile devices,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “The Axeda Platform already powers some of the most advanced M2M applications on the market and our relationship will give our customers proven, enterprise-class technology with which to build critical business applications.”

Over 100 major organizations, including Abbott, EMC, Diebold, and NetApp rely on the Axeda Platform today to get value from their connected products. A Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, it reduces complexity and costs and provides key capabilities such as: condition monitoring, content management, location-based services, business rules, secure communication, and enterprise system integration that speed the creation of connected products.

“Our platform is built to manage hundreds of millions of interactions between products, people, and businesses on a daily basis,” said Dale Calder, president & CEO, Axeda. “Our alliance with Sprint allows for the cellular transmission of communications to be optimized for minimum cost to customers, while enabling them to take advantage of the reliability and speed of the Sprint 3G network.”

2010.03.10

IRS Will Not Tax Smart Grid Grants to Corporations: GridWise

Source: GridWise Alliance

Washington – The GridWise® Alliance today welcomed the determination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that smart grid grants to corporations will not be subject to taxation. Thanks to the hard work of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) General Counsel and Recovery Act Team as well as letters from industry groups like the GridWise Alliance, EEI and NARUC, nearly all of the smart grid projects funded by DOE can now commence.


“We are thrilled that the IRS has made this decision and that our advocacy efforts played a positive role in their decision,” stated Katherine Hamilton, President of the GridWise Alliance.

“Now these smart grid technologies can be deployed and begin doing what they are intended for — stimulating the economy. These projects will make our electric grid more reliable, flexible and efficient, while creating much needed jobs in utilities, manufacturing and across the energy value chain.”

In an effort to move this decision forward, the GridWise Alliance sent letters to the General Counsel at DOE, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and had responded to substantive and technical questions throughout the process from Congress and the White House. “This is one issue on which we all agree; we are very pleased with the outcome,” concluded Hamilton. “We eagerly await the results of smart grid implementation so that we can demonstrate the success of these technologies.”

Accenture Announces Mobile Money Management Solution for High-Volume Mobile Financial Services

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Accenture has announced a new secure, high-speed, high-volume mobile financial transaction software solution for telecommunications service providers and large banks. The mobile money management solution allows firms to reach customers through existing mobile operator networks, web and Internet channels and mobile devices, regardless of the device their customers prefer to use.

It also allows customers to conduct traditional banking transactions, automatically adjusts to fluctuations in network traffic, such as sudden peaks of traffic at the beginning of a business day, and can facilitate thousands of simultaneous transactions. Since it uses “cloud-like” technology, the solution can be launched quickly and economically and scales easily. Customers can be segmented by brand, product or language. The solution is now available worldwide, and is a key element in Accenture’s focus on mobility services.

“Mobile operators and banks are facing increasing pressure to provide mobile money services on mobile phones to all users,” said Andy Zimmerman, global managing director of Mobility Services at Accenture. “If they do not provide these services they risk losing subscribers and being eliminated from the payment process. Accenture’s communications industry experience uniquely positions us to support businesses that want to get into the kind of high-volume mobile money applications that can contribute significantly to their customer service and help generate new revenue streams.”

The mobile money management solution makes it possible to process micropayments in real time, which helps companies take advantage of new business models, while potentially opening new streams of revenue. Micropayments are used to process small transaction amounts that would otherwise severely limit profit, or even cost more than the actual product if processed as traditional card transactions.

This type of payment is typically used by Internet merchants who sell content – or other intangible goods – that cost between a few cents and a few dollars each, such as music, pay-per-play games, newspapers, articles, reports, small computer programs, tickets and postcards.

The mobile money management solution incorporates the Fundamo Enterprise Mobile Financial Services (EMFS) platform and combines it with Accenture’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP). Mobile money management is available from Accenture Mobility Operated Services, an Accenture business unit which provides services for mobile operators, financial institutions and large retailers to help enable new, revenue-generating services delivered through mobile channels, such as ticketing, loyalty, mobile marketing and mobile money.

Fundamo is the world’s largest specialist mobile financial services provider. Fundamo’s EMFS platform is powered by technology that already delivers secure mobile financial services to consumers around the globe.

“Mobile money management is about businesses facilitating financial services,” said Zimmerman. “Because it involves elements such as financial regulations, as well as customers’ money, and personal details, mobile money must meet extremely high standards in terms of performance and security.

“By installing the Fundamo solution onto our industry-leading SDP, Accenture helps provide businesses with an industry-tested way to deliver reliable, secure, mobile services to their diverse customer segments. This is an important advancement for the mobile financial services industry.”

Accenture is offering the mobile money management solution as a non-branded, “white label” capability, which allows businesses to retain their brand with their customers. The solution is offered under a transaction-based pricing model, which means businesses pay only for the number of customers who use the capability.

Accenture offers mobile money management as a managed service, hosted at Accenture data centers around the world. As a result, businesses do not have to invest in additional infrastructure, which reduces start-up costs.

“In the wake of the financial crisis, mobile finance has become a critical frontier for bank industry growth,” said Noel Gordon, global managing director of Accenture’s banking practice. “Consumers are looking for more convenience, simplicity and manageability in their financial lives. The banks that will win customer loyalty will be those with the technologies needed to deliver world-class financial services over mobile devices."

Australia's Western Power Awards Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Mincom


BRISBANE, Australia --(Business Wire)-- Mar 08, 2010 Mincom, a leading global provider of software and services for asset-intensive industries, today announced a significant new agreement worth $7 million with Western Power, which serves the electricity needs of nearly one million homes and businesses in Western Australia and maintains an electricity network comprised of nearly 88,000 km of power lines. Through its adoption of Mincom Mobility solutions, Western Power will enable 1,600 operational field employees to access real-time data about the state of every company asset – such as power poles and street lights – remotely from their mobile devices.

“The deployment of Mincom Mobility represents a major step forward for our organisation, helping us shift from disparate inspection systems to a solution that fully integrates inspections with the corporate asset-management system, enabling a more proactive asset-maintenance program,” said Leigh Sprlyan, chief information officer at Western Power. “Detailed information needed to manage company assets – from their location and structural composition, to worker availability and required skills – will help us optimise scheduling decisions and, in doing so, even more cost-effectively manage our workforce and contractors. And advanced features, such as Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, will further enhance our visibility of both the state of our assets and the work plan, ultimately improving our ability to manage the network.”

For more than 10 years, Western Power has successfully streamlined its asset infrastructure with Mincom Ellipse, the leading solution for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for asset-intensive industries. After a substantial re-evaluation of applications supporting the company’s core business processes, Western Power decided to further extend its use of Mincom Ellipse to improve productivity, seamlessly meet regulatory standards, and reduce operating costs.

Under the new contract, Western Power will upgrade to the current release of Mincom’s EAM platform, Mincom Ellipse 6.3. In addition, Western Power has licensed Mincom Mobility, a suite of end-to-end, fully integrated mobile applications for automating field-force operations using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and PDAs. The company has also licensed Mincom Critical Inventory Optimisation (MCIO), software that helps analyse and adjust stock levels and reordering requirements on an ongoing basis. Western Power will also use Mincom Axis B2B, a hosted solution providing business-to-business integration and Web applications to optimise business processes between trading partners.

“Asset-intensive organizations with mobile workforces often have to operate without technology support in the field,” said Greg Clark, CEO of Mincom. “By augmenting its proven-successful deployment of Mincom Ellipse with Mincom Mobility solutions, Western Power can now efficiently streamline asset management directly where it happens – in the field. We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with one of the true leaders in the utilities industry as it further evolves its best-practices application of technology for business benefit.”

Western Power is an electricity-networks corporation responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity in the southwest region of Western Australia. Consisting of nearly 88,000 km of power lines, its electricity network is one of the largest isolated networks in the world. Every day, the company powers nearly a million homes and businesses and approximately 150,000 streetlights. For more information, visit http://www.westernpower.com.au/.

About Mincom

Mincom Pty Ltd is a global software and services provider with nearly 30 years experience in providing business solutions to asset intensive industries such as mining, utilities, transport, defence and government in more than 40 countries across North America, South America, Australia, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Mincom Inc. operates in North America and is a subsidiary of Mincom Pty Ltd. Mincom is owned by Francisco Partners. For more information about Mincom, visit www.mincom.com.

OnAsset Intelligence Acquires Chemical and Bio-Agent Sensor Technology

OnAsset SENTRY Device Integrated with Quantum Fingerprint Sensor Technology from United States Semiconductor Corporation and NxGen Electronics to Secure Cargo from Biological Tampering

IRVING, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010 OnAsset Intelligence Inc., a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking, sensing, and control solutions, today announces that the company has acquired exclusive marketing and distribution rights to the Quantum Fingerprint Sensor Technology (QF Technology) from United States Semiconductor (US-Semi) and NxGen Electronics for the consumer, commercial, and industrial markets. This technology enables environmental sensing of explosives, chemical and biological agents, biological cargo, and illegal drugs. Combined with OnAsset’s wireless SENTRY™ device used for monitoring and securing freight for intermodal, ocean, and air cargo shipments, customers of OnAsset will be able to monitor cargo location and security as well as whether any dangerous, illegal, or possibly hazardous materials have been placed inside the container with their cargo.

“Maintaining cargo security as shipping containers move between countries is critically important to the world economy,” said Adam Crossno, President and CEO of OnAsset, “during this time when security concerns are at an all-time high, deploying a sensor that determines whether the container space has been in contact with an illegal or dangerous substance provides a new, unprecedented level of awareness.”

The QF technology is a ground-breaking sensor technology that in lab trials has already been proven to be more consistent and effective than specially trained narcotics detection dogs. This sensor is the only sensor available that can sample the environment in milliseconds on a parts-per-trillion basis and that can perform this unique capability at a distance of up to 10 meters. For the world cargo business, this is a major break-through, making it possible to validate the load integrity throughout the entire container with one sensor.

“The combination of OnAsset’s wireless SENTRY product line with the QF technology is very exciting for the asset security industry,” says Richard Ausbrook, President of NxGen Electronics. “Not only will companies know if inappropriate items or contraband are being shipped with their cargo, they will know in real-time when and where they were inserted.”

The integration of QF with SENTRY is underway now with field trials for customers targeted during Q3 of 2010. OnAsset with US-Semi and NxGen will be commercializing the technology for use with all OnAsset hardware products including the award-winning SENTRY FlightSafe™ for air freight and its SENTRY ContainerSafe™ line for refrigerated and non-refrigerated containers.

“We’re excited that technology developed for government and military applications will now be used in the commercial marketplace, and we’re very pleased that the sensor capabilities we’ve created will contribute to the global security focus,” says David Salva, President of US-Semi. “Not only do we facilitate the need for supply chain information and security, we contribute to the velocity and efficiencies of this critical global segment."

Enfora and Smart Management Collaborate on Supply Chain and Asset Tracking for Oil & Gas Industry

RICHARDSON, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010 Enfora, a provider of intelligent wireless networking solutions, and Smart Management, a leader in automating supply chain management for oil and gas, today announced a joint initiative to enable the wireless tracking and monitoring of assets and equipment in the oil & gas supply chain.

Enfora and Smart Management have developed an integrated solution that combines Smart Management’s TAG-HUB supply chain management system with Enfora’s Spider AT® asset monitoring system to provide automated tracking and monitoring of assets and equipment throughout the oil & gas supply chain. For example, this solution can track vital equipment and materials as it is moving from the supply vessel through a port and to an onshore supply base.

Smart Management’s TAG-HUB web-enabled application makes it easier for companies to exchange information about their assets and goods across supply chains. The TAG-HUB system also provides services that facilitate inspection, documentation, data-capture, etc. The result is greater efficiency in managing the overall supply chain.

Enfora’s Spider AT is designed around low power technology and powered by a long lasting battery pack that provides up to 3 years of service without maintenance. It allows users to retrieve critical information, such as asset location and movement patterns, based on user defined alerts, specific events or geofence boundaries, while at the same time optimizing power management and minimizing maintenance. The Spider AT has been ATEX certified for operation in hazardous environments.

Enfora’s Services Gateway enables customers to directly connect, manage and provision wireless devices. The Gateway has been configured to work seamlessly with, and accelerate the deployment of, the Spider AT.

“We were very excited to work with Enfora,” said Bernt Wold, managing director for Smart Management. “By using Enfora’s Spider AT and Services Gateway, we can directly connect our TAG-HUB system to physical assets in the field and thereby significantly improve the effectiveness of supply chain management.”

“Our combined solution brings together leading technologies to supply chain management in the oil & gas industry,” said Steve Priestley, vice president of enterprise sales for Enfora. “We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Smart Management.”

Initial efforts under this initiative will focus on opportunities within Norway. Subsequent efforts are planned for bringing this solution to oil & gas customers across the globe.

Industry’s First “Transportation Application Store” Featuring 3rd-Party Apps for Transportation Management

RALEIGH, N.C. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 08, 2010 Transite Technology, a leading provider of logistic and shipping cost-management software and services, has introduced the industry’s first “transportation application store” for its growing Jaguar Transportation Management Suite of products — a set of industry-unique transportation management products for carriers, 3PLs and shippers. Jaguar products deliver the core functionalities of a full transportation management solution — ranging from contract management, dispatch and audit — while enabling the customer to fine-tune their transportation systems to their specific business needs by building their own transportation management applications or purchasing independent 3rd-party products.

The Jaguar Suite is currently comprised of Jaguar Transportation Development Platform and Jaguar Contract Manager.

Third-party applications found on the storefront include:

CarrierImport - CSV/Text file import to define partner carrier service areas within Contract Manager.
LTLPricing/RateShipment – simplified VB.net interface for calling Contract Manager web service (programmed and unit tested). Upgrade of working VB.ASP script.
LTLRatingTools.xls – a family of pricing (and routing) Excel add-on functions. Provides a very efficient and simple alternative for sales reps that need to add rates to spreadsheets provided by clients.
LTLRatebase – MS-SQL Rate Calculator for SMC3 Czarlite, Middlewest Motor Freight Bureau, Rocky Mountain Motor Tariff Bureau.
LTLRateAdjust – VB.Net product allows traffic department to specify flat CWT or percentage adjustments for deliveries to certain zip codes and/or cities. Freight class and weight ranges can be specified and can be applied to any rate base by end-user.
FreightPoints.Net – Design for a multi-modal freight routing web site and web service which supports carrier partnerships and promotes their coverage & services.
“Too many companies have to build around the capabilities of their technologies,” said Chris Leenhouts, Senior Consultant for Logi 6 Technologies, which develops many of Jaguar’s 3rd-party applications. “Transite’s products cover all of the transportation fundamentals while allowing customers to build or buy applications to help solve problems unique to their businesses.”

About Transite Technology

Transite’s innovative solutions, technologies and services enable some of America’s best run 3PLs, brokers, shippers and carriers to streamline processes and increase profits. Since 2002, Transite has worked in partnership with these parties to automate and manage LTL, TL, small package, ocean, and air shipments. Our products range from complete solutions to technologies used by other TMS and ERP vendors to provide best-of-breed functionality. Transite’s solutions are hosted or purchased, flexible, quick to implement, and cost-effective. www.transite.com

Ministry Health Care Selects Aternity’s Application Performance Management Platform

Integrated Health Care System Leverages Aternity for Visibility into Real User Application Performance of Electronic Health Record Systems

BOSTON --(Business Wire)-- Mar 09, 2010 Aternity Inc., the industry’s technology leader in end user experience management solutions for Global 1000 enterprises, announced today that Ministry Health Care, a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, has selected the Aternity Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI) Platform for its strategic end user experience management initiatives. With Aternity, Ministry Health Care is monitoring and analyzing the performance of its Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems including GE Centricity® EMR and CattailsMD™ EHR.

By uniquely transforming every desktop, real or virtual, into a self-monitoring platform that is user-experience aware, the Aternity Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform arms IT and business executives with empirical evidence on how application performance and usage impacts end users’ productivity and how to optimize their technology to improve it. The Aternity FPI platform culls end user performance and usage metrics from mission-critical applications in both real and virtual desktop environments, enabling enterprises to quickly gain the agility required to rapidly address issues before they impact business results. Rapid implementation and integration result in immediate ROI.

“We currently possess the largest patient database in the State of Wisconsin with 2.5 million patients and more than 1,000 clinicians sharing access to those records, and we continue to expand this number as we further grow our EHR initiatives,” said Will Weider, CIO at Ministry Health Care. “Gaining visibility into our end user’s EHR experience is key to achieving solid clinician adoption. That is why we chose Aternity. When we do have end user issues, we can demonstrate progress and not be hindered by a user perception that often trails reality.”

“Adding Ministry Health Care to our marquee client list is something we are extremely proud of,” said Trevor Matz, President and CEO of Aternity. “Ministry continues to push the envelope around delivering excellent patient care, and their EHR monitoring initiative further represents the strategic stake they have made around aligning next-generation technologies to help deliver on this vision.”

To learn more about Aternity’s Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform, register today for a live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th at 11 AM PST/ 2 PM EST. www.aternity.com/news-events-aternity-intro-webinar.htm

About Ministry Health Care

Ministry Health Care is a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services. For more information, visit www.ministryhealth.org.

About Aternity

Aternity redefines real end user experience management by delivering the industry’s first Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI) Platform, effectively transforming every desktop – real or virtual – into a self-monitoring platform that is user experience aware. With Aternity’s 360 degree view of end user experience, advanced analytics for preemptive problem detection and cause analysis, and right-time decision support capabilities, Global 1000 enterprises finally have the empirical evidence on how application performance and usage impacts business results, providing them with a path for constant improvement. Visit www.aternity.com.

Wireless M2M Leaders Launch New Concept in Project Outsourcing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SA Brown Marketing Strategy
sara@sabrownmarketing.com

Telenor Connexion launches new platform for business critical M2M solutions

Mar 08, 2010 09:36 CET   

- The request for secure and reliable M2M connectivity solutions puts entirely new demands on mobile operators that intend to be a part of this development. As a leading provider of embedded connectivity, we are proud to progress the technological development with this new platform and the services attached. This is the result of over 10 years of experience and close collaboration with customers such as Securitas, Volvo and Daimler, says Per Simonsen.

Less CO2 emissions, increased safety in traffic and improved life for patients is enabled by the recently launched technical platform solely built for reliable M2M data communication. Products, devices and vehicles are increasingly equipped with embedded mobile connectivity to further enhance product offering, enable new services and cut costs.

- Telenor Connexion provides its existing, and future, customers with a sophisticated and extremely reliable platform. Our global connectivity solutions are used for our customers critical services such as eCall and remote health monitoring. Our new platform is solely built for, and dedicated to, reliable global M2M data traffic, says Per Simonsen, CEO, Telenor Connexion.

Telenor_Simonsen_2010 According to the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of mobile M2M connections will grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 25% to reach 187 million connections by 2014. The majority of this growth will come from areas within automotive, utility and health sectors where applications are often business, or even life, critical. The reliability of connectivity is imperative for services such as eCall, where vehicles automatically alert local emergency operators in case of an accident. Remote health monitoring and alarm solutions are other examples depending on reliable and real-time wireless data connectivity. Solutions for monitoring and managing remote equipment such as wind mills, water pumps and industrial machinery are equally depending connectivity to secure optimized operations. The connectivity of these devices needs to be built on secure platforms with reliable and redundant technology in order to operate in a secure and stabile way over many years.

Telenor Connexion customers have real-time access to monitor operational status and manage all their devices via an online Service Portal or an API solution directly integrated into the customers monitoring or operations systems. In addition to that, the customers solutions are monitored 24/7/365 by dedicated technical support expertise with tailored routines and processes to secure business critical applications. The platform is fully redundant and providing access to +400 mobile networks around the world.


In addition to the new technical platform, Telenor Connexion has developed a chip-based eSIM solution to be integrated in industrial environments such as machines and vehicles to further secure and enhance connectivity.

- Embedded connectivity solutions are fundamentally different from traditional mobile operators services and we take an end-to-end approach. By separating the M2M business with a dedicated organisation, technology and processes we can provide the next generation services and meet the new demands coming from embedded connectivity in critical applications and products, Per Simonsen concludes.

About Telenor Connexion
Telenor Connexion is a leading global provider of managed M2M connectivity solutions. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a rapidly expanding market. Companies in industries as diverse as automotive, security, utilities and fleet management are implementing M2M solutions to achieve productivity gains, cost management, environmental improvement and to expand customer services. With more than 10 years of experience Telenor Connexion is an experienced and reliable partner. We are dedicated to our customers business and understand their needs. Telenor Connexion has provided international, cost-effective M2M communication solutions to a number of global customers such as Volvo, Daimler and Securitas Direct.

For more information please visit www.telenorconnexion.com, or contact Karin Karlung, karin.karlung@telenor.com.

2010.03.05

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.”

Wireless Innovation Forum Approves Two New Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Wireless Innovation Forum

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

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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • 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 http://www.mitcio.com/. The early-bird registration discount is available until April 20, 2010. Registration information is available at http://www.mitcio.com/index.php.

2010.03.03

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)

2010.03.02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Appliance Processors Take Energy Efficiency to New Levels

SAN FRANCISCO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Manufacturers of security appliance equipment will soon have a highly scalable suite of turnkey solutions from Freescale Semiconductor, thanks to strong market acceptance from top ODMs, board manufacturers and independent software vendors.

Leading companies including Advantech, BitDefender, Curtiss-Wright Controls, O2 Security, Portwell and Silicon Turnkey, have adopted Freescale multicore processors to establish one of the broadest portfolios of security appliance solutions in the market – with performance scaling from 4 Gbps up to 20 Gbps.

The solutions are designed to help OEMs quickly and cost effectively create a range of security applications including unified threat management (UTM) appliances, secured routers, IPS/IDS appliances, VPN routers, secured switches and business gateways. Designed to deliver outstanding performance-to-price ratios and dramatically shorten development cycles, the solutions tightly integrate optimized low-level software and production-ready boards with Freescale’s VortiQa application software and multicore PowerQUICC and QorIQ processors.

According to analyst Jeff Wilson of analyst firm Infonetics, the security appliance market is valued at $4.3B per year and expected to grow to $5.5B by 2013.

“These offerings deliver substantial value to our customers and demonstrate Freescale’s intent to apply our technology, software, ecosystem and networking leadership to provide segment-specific solutions,” said Sathyan Iyengar, vice president of Software Products for the Freescale Networking and Multimedia Group. “The solutions offer compelling options for the network security marketplace and underscore the advantages of VortiQa application software, which is specifically designed and optimized for our highly advanced QorIQ and PowerQUICC processors.”

The suite of security appliance solutions based on Freescale silicon includes:

  • The Advantech NCP-7560 4U eight-way network processor platform based on Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core processor for high-end enterprise or service provider systems
  • BitDefender antivirus technology with Freescale VortiQa software on QorIQ platforms for comprehensive security solutions
  • The Curtiss-Wright VPX6-187 single board computer based on Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core processor and related devices for embedded, aerospace and military security applications
  • The O2 Security SifoWorksTM 8572 1U Network Security Appliance based on Freescale’s MPC8572 PowerQUICC III dual-core processor for mid-enterprise IPS based deployments
  • The O2 Security SifoWorksTM 8540 1U Network Security Appliance based on Freescale’s MPC8540 single-core host processor for small- to mid-size enterprises
  • The Portwell CAK-2000 1U UTM security appliance, based on Freescale’s QorIQ P2020 dual-core processor for mid-enterprise, low-power systems
  • The Portwell CAK-2000 1U UTM security appliance, based on Freescale’s QorIQ P2010 single-core processor for high-performance, low-power small enterprise value systems
  • The Silicon Turnkey GP3SSA Network Security Board with the MPC8541 PowerQUICC III and MPC8555 PowerQUICC III single-core host processors for network security applications

2010.03.01

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.

>> Read more about CeBIT Destination ITS

M2M Zone, Seminar Make Debut at CeBIT 2010

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Today in Hannover, Germany, a ICT technologists from around the globe prepare for the opening of CeBIT 2010, which begins Tuesday morning. For the first time, the Telematics hall will feature leading M2M service providers, including Telenor Connexion, Orange, Telefónica/O2, and KPN.

The M2M Zone, situated in the heart of Destination ITS will also host a seminar on Thursday, 4 March, which will include presentations from Telenor, KPN, Cinterion Wireless Modules, and SkyWave. The seminar will begin at 2:00 PM in Hall 7, room A46, with an introduction by M2M Zone's cohost, the M2M Alliance, followed by an overview of M2M standardization efforts by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). For more information, visit http://www.m2mzone.com/M2MSeminar_CeBIT2010.asp.

To learn more about CeBIT's wide array of conferences and exhibitions on these topics, visit the event Website:

CeBIT Destination ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems)
http://www.cebit.de/destination_e

Low Energy Living - featured in the Future Parc
http://www.cebit.de/78534

eHealth at CeBIT
http://www.cebit.de/telehealth_e

Stay tuned for more details on the presenters and their insights into Energy, Transportation, and Telehealth applications and services.

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