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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.”

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.

Fleet Management Systems to Rebound Beginning in 2012, According to ABI Research


LONDON - Market growth in fleet management systems will remain flat in the short term in the wake of the global economic recession, but will stage a return to healthy growth starting about 2012 as the market dynamics and trends shift to scalable end-to-end solutions, driver management applications, and regional strategic ecosystems. FMS revenues are expected to reach $9.5 billion in 2015, according to forecasts just released by ABI Research.

From cost-reduction to workforce productivity

Telematics practice director Dominique Bonte says, “As a recession begins, costs (in this case particularly fuel costs) become increasingly important, and failure to reduce them can be fatal for some smaller businesses. Survivors squeeze every penny out of a fleet management service, focusing on small things such as driver behavior, route navigation efficiency, routing, vehicle diagnostics, and preventive maintenance. Most of these are machine-to-machine applications that have very little to do with human beings.

“As recovery kicks in, emphasis will shift from cost-reduction to workforce productivity. Now, the industry is moving towards empowering humans to drive profits rather than machines to reduce costs.”

This effort is supported by increased awareness and adoption of technological solutions, and falling hardware component and wireless connectivity costs.

Ripe for consolidation

Among the barriers to FMS market growth are the absence of standardization, market fragmentation, and the lack of differentiation between operators. “Most fleet management operations are doing pretty much the same thing,” notes Bonte. “Given that, the industry is ripe for consolidation. What the market needs in the long term is a standard platform portfolio of features from which firms can pick and choose those that best suit their size and operations.”

ABI Research’s “Fleet Management Systems” study provides a definition of target vertical markets, and considers end-user applications, enabling wireless technologies, and market dynamics. It includes profiles of selected ecosystem participants. Market forecasts are also given for regional subscription penetration, system subscriptions, system hardware shipments, and total system revenues by regional segments.

This report is included in two ABI Research Services: Telematics and M2M, which also provide other Research Reports, Research Briefs, Market Data, ABI Insights, ABI Vendor Matrices, and analyst inquiry support. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com.

2010.04.05

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

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

Dick DeBlasio, IEEE Smart Grid & Interoperability Expert

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

For more infomation about P2030, DeBlasio, or IEEE's interoperability programs, visit smartgrid.ieee.org. More information about the New Orleans Smart Grid Day is available at www.ieeet-d.org/smartgrid.html.

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

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.

2010.03.18

Berg says GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets shipments up 92% in '09

Gothenburg, Sweden – March 18, 2010: According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.7 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 770 million units in 2014. Adoption of GPS technology started in the smartphone segment where it is now essentially a standard feature on all new models. Berg Insight anticipates high attach rates of GPS also in new low-cost smartphones about to enter the market. In addition, GPS will become more common in mid-range featurephone models during 2010. Starting next year, users can also expect gradual improvements in location performance in handsets.

 

“Chipset developers and handset vendors are already working on next-generation location technologies that will address the limitations of GPS when using handsets in urban canyons and indoors”, said André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “Multi-mode receivers that also support the Russian GLONASS satellite system will appear in handsets in 2011. By combining the two systems, more visible satellites will increase the chance to receive sufficiently strong signals to get a fix in more locations”. He adds that receivers compatible with GPS, GLONASS and later also Galileo will not be enough to enable reliable positioning indoors. In the next decade, further performance increases will come from developments in hybrid location technologies. These fuse signal measurements from multiple satellite systems, cellular networks and Wi-Fi, together with data from various forms of sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and altimeters.

For additional information, please contact:

Johan Fagerberg, CEO

E-mail: johan.fagerberg@berginsight.com

Phone: +46 31 711 30 91


2010.03.17

Networkfleet, Inc. Launches New Fleet Utilization Reports

SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)-- Mar 02, 2010 Facing tightening budgets, fleet managers are looking for ways to maximize vehicle usage and optimize fleet size. To assist them, Networkfleet today announced the availability of new fleet utilization reports for users of its wireless fleet management system. The new reports provide detailed information on each vehicle’s usage, including miles traveled, engine hours, days utilized, number of trips, and more, for specific periods of time. This allows fleet managers to analyze both under and over utilization of vehicles to maximize fleet productivity.

Networkfleet’s wireless fleet management system continuously monitors a vehicle’s GPS location and engine status. Fleet managers log in to a secure web site to access the new Networkfleet utilization reports, which include the Utilization Summary Report and the Utilization by Day Report. Users can set multiple parameters for each report. This flexibility allows them to run a comprehensive report for all vehicles on a single parameter such as “miles driven,” or an exception report such as “miles driven greater than 100” or “days utilized less than five.”

“In this economy, fleet managers are being asked tough questions about how, why and by whom their vehicles are being used,” said Keith Schneider, president and CEO of Networkfleet. “Networkfleet is working closely with customers to provide them with the information they need to make intelligent decisions that improve fleet utilization and maintain mission-critical operations.”

The utilization reports were originally developed for one of Networkfleet’s state government customers, who used the reports to successfully reduce its fleet size by 20 percent, recovering $2.3 million in operating costs. Since then, a variety of fleets, including those from local, state and federal governments, have used utilization information from Networkfleet to significantly reduce costs. The Fleet Management Department of San Bernardino County, California, is one example.

“San Bernardino County Fleet Management has always monitored vehicle utilization in order to optimize fleet size and mix, but current economic conditions and the resulting budget pressures have made this even more critical," stated Ron Lindsey, Fleet Services Manager, County of San Bernardino, California. “The Utilization Summary Report and the Utilization by Day Report are additional tools we will use to improve utilization, efficiency and reduce operational costs for the County of San Bernardino's vehicle fleet.”

2010.03.05

Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth and Telemedicine

DUBLIN --(Business Wire)-- Mar 05, 2010 Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/b0fdbf/2010_healthcare_be) has announced the addition of the "2010 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth and Telemedicine" report to their offering.

With rising healthcare costs fueling much of the debate surrounding healthcare reform, many healthcare organizations are turning to telehealth and telemedicine to lower costs and improve efficiencies while expanding patients access to services - particularly in rural areas.

How common is the use of telehealth for clinical and non-clinical purposes, and for which purposes and medical conditions is remote monitoring most often employed? Which technologies comprise a telehealth solution, and how has telehealth affected levels of healthcare access, efficiency, cost and patient compliance?

An increasing use of telehealth points to a healthcare future where no patient is left behind due to a lack of access. 2010 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine provides actionable information from 139 healthcare organizations on their utilization of telehealth & telemedicine. This 20-page resource documents trends and metrics on current and planned initiatives in the use of telehealth and telemedicine, provides lessons from early adopters and identifies emerging applications of these technologies.

This exclusive report analyzes the responses of 139 healthcare organizations to September 2009 Industry Survey on Telehealth and Telemedicine, presenting the data in easy-to-follow graphs and tables.

This industry snapshot is enhanced with commentary from Randall Williams, M. D., F.A.C.C., founding CEO of Pharos Innovations, on leveraging data and technology to engage patients.

This report provides expanded data on:

  • Current and planned telehealth and telemedicine programs;
  • Populations and conditions targeted by telehealth and telemedicine;
  • Most frequently employed applications and technologies;
  • Emerging trends in funding, reimbursement and incentives for telehealth and telemedicine;
  • Challenges, benefits and barriers related to the use of telehealth and telemedicine;
  • The impact of telehealth on healthcare delivery, efficiency and ROI;
  • The complete September 2009 Telehealth and Telemedicine survey tool and more.

Organizations who are considering an investment in telehealth and telemedicine can learn from the experiences and feedback from healthcare payors, purchasers, providers and others presented in this resource.

Key Topics Covered:

Executive Summary

Key Findings

Survey Highlights

Key Findings

Survey Methodology

Respondent Demographics

Survey Responses

  • Respondents Using Telehealth
  • Planning Telehealth in Next 12 Months
  • Purposes for Telehealth
  • Targeted Populations for Telehealth
  • Using Telehealth for Remote Monitoring
  • Targeted Conditions
  • Telecommunications Technologies for Telehealth
  • Funding Sources for Telehealth
  • Awareness of State Legislation for Telehealth Reimbursement
  • Impact of Telehealth on Organizational Processes
  • ROI From Telehealth
  • Greatest Barrier to Telehealth
  • Respondent Demographics

Prescription for Success: Leveraging Data and Technology to Engage Patients

Benchmark Survey Tool: Telemedicine

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/b0fdbf/2010_healthcare_be

2010.03.02

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

For more information, visit ABI Research.

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