2010.04.08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goal Setting, Real-Time Feedback and Social Engagement Key Drivers for Smart Grid Adoption

GroundedPower Submits Behavior-Focused Recommendations for California Smart Grid Initiative

NEWTON, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- GroundedPower, creator of the interactive customer engagement system (iCES) for consumer-driven energy management and efficiency, has urged the California Public Utilities Commission to encourage utilities to adopt web-based technologies that appeal to self-identified consumer motivations beyond price signals. According to GroundedPower’s formal comments, consumer acceptance and adoption are among the top challenges utilities face with moving to the Smart Grid. This is especially true in California, where consumers in some areas are already rebelling against what they perceive to be higher costs related to the technology.


In response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s request for commentary on the state’s Smart Grid deployment plans and the best methods for providing access to electricity prices and usage, GroundedPower writes that “while price is an important motivator, it is just one of a number of factors that encourage consumers to save energy.”

GroundedPower argues that consumer engagement is fundamental to the next generation of energy efficiency and demand response applications, particularly in a Smart Grid environment. The Company notes that price as a lone motivator may overlook the significant potential of other factors, such as improving the environment, competition, cooperation, peer comparisons, learning and recognition and rewards.

Additionally, GroundedPower recommends that the Commission provide flexibility to utilities to encourage adoption of new and innovative technologies, including those related to web portal and other communications vehicles. In pilot applications, GroundedPower has found that consumers who are engaged, motivated and empowered to achieve energy efficiency goals will have greater recognition of the importance of demand side management. This is displayed in both the level of savings being achieved and in anecdotal information showing increased favorability toward the program sponsor or utility.

For example, the Company points to a pilot project on Cape Cod, Mass., for which monthly savings are averaging close to 10 percent without an in-home display, plug level monitors, time differentiated pricing or direct load control. Participant interest for this pilot program was high, with 90 percent of participants indicating they were interested in keeping the system after the pilot period. With 80 percent of participants logging on to the dedicated site weekly, it is clear that ongoing engagement is imperative to adoption of Smart Grid initiatives.

“The recognition that consumers are motivated by behavior that goes well beyond price signals is crucial to the success of the California Smart Grid. In fact, focusing solely on dollars can lead to user resistance rather than interest and cooperation,” said Dr. Paul Cole, CEO and founder of GroundedPower. “Environmental concerns, competition, community cooperation, peer comparisons, rewards and recognition and learning are proven motivators for changing behaviors related to energy use. Offering technology that enables consumers to tap into their motivations will ensure that California utilities provide users with all the right tools—technological and behavioral—to become habitually more energy efficient, and to feel favorably about electricity providers.”

For more information, visit www.groundedpower.com.

New Standards Based Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) RFID Platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Intelleflex, specialists in Extended Capability RFID, today announced their next generation, standards based Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) XC3 technology platform. The new XC3 technology platform, comprised of RFID chips, tags, reader modules, fixed readers and mobile hand held readers, supports both the existing EPCglobal Class 1 Gen 2 standard and the emerging ISO 18000-6C Class 3 standard, which just received final technical approval.

The new Intelleflex XC3 technology platform provides industry leading BAP RFID performance and capabilities that are normally associated with active RFID solutions, such as: read/write operating ranges up to 100 meters, 60 kbits of on-chip extended memory, security using multi-layer password protection and over-the-air data encryption, and sensor support. These capabilities come at a significantly lower price point than traditional active tags and will enable applications previously not served due to prohibitive tag cost. Intelleflex is upgrading their existing tag and reader family with the new XC3 technology.

“Our customers have been asking for solutions that provide better visibility into, and management of, their cold chain operations,” said Jeff Wells, President and CEO of Franwell, an RFID software integrator and solutions provider. “Existing solutions are either too costly or lack the performance required in RF challenging environments. Intelleflex’s XC3 technology is the first RFID solution to meet our customers’ needs, providing the performance required at the right price. We are looking forward to implementing solutions for our customers based on the Intelleflex XC3 technology.”

“The Intelleflex XC3 technology represents a breakthrough for RFID as it enables cost effective, real time access to tag data even when the tag is buried in a pallet of produce or a sealed package,” said Peter Mehring, President and CEO of Intelleflex. “Delivering extended capabilities, such as reading or writing tags at up to 100 meters or accessing real time sensor data from tags buried in RF challenging product, all at a compelling price point, provides a new tool to significantly increase cold chain visibility and improve logistics management. No longer will transporters and customers have to manually retrieve data collection devices from their shipments or incur product losses due to a lack of supply chain visibility.”

The new Intelleflex platform provides unique benefits and significant ROI for many applications and industries, including: asset tracking, cold chain management, manufacturing WIP control, construction, agriculture, reusable container tracking, vehicle/yard management and many others.

Intelleflex will be demonstrating their new XC3 platform at the upcoming RFID Journal Live Show in Orlando, Florida, April 14th – 16th at Booth 660. As part of a technology demonstration highlighting the platform’s capabilities, Intelleflex will be showing a new XC3 platform tag with integrated temperature sensing and data logging. Also at their booth, Intelleflex will be providing a white paper explaining the new ISO BAP Class 3 standard, and how it can be used to generate significant ROI in specific markets and applications. The new platform components will sample in June, with general availability in the third quarter.

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.

Connected Devices Summit in May - by invite only

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. --(Business Wire)-- Apr 05, 2010 Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. a provider of on-demand transaction management software platforms, today announced that it will host the Connected Devices Summit – “The Connected User Experience” in May at the Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, California. This three-day event is a device-centric forum, bringing together a diverse group of companies that are part of a unique ecosystem, such as OEMs, retailers/e-tailers, cable operators and communication service providers (CSP).

Invited executive-level participants – all whom represent a unique cross-section of the connected devices market as well as some very interesting business models and go-to-market strategies – include Acer, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Cablevision, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Nokia, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sony, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, and Yahoo.

Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor and Producer of The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital and Columnist, and Rich Wong, partner at Accel Partners (one of the leading venture capital and growth equity firms in the Silicon Valley), will provide keynote presentations at the event.

The market for connected devices is experiencing considerable growth, with industry forecasts ranging from 10 billion units (Morgan Stanley Report) to 15 billion connected devices by 2015 powered by the embedded Internet according to Intel.

“The plethora of connected smartphones, netbooks, eReaders, navigation systems, gaming consoles and other Internet-enabled devices presents a broad array of new market opportunities and challenges for the ecosystem,” said Omar H. Téllez, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. “Similar to other events we have hosted, the Connected User Experience Summit will offer a unique, executive-level forum to explore different go-to-market strategies and approaches to deliver the best connected customer experience.”

The Connected User Experience Summit will be held on May 16-18, 2010 at the Calistoga Ranch. For more information, visit www.synchronoss.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.

2010.03.31

Cinterion Faces Failure? - rumors circulate

Earlier this week, Cinterion Wireless Modules, on behalf of its financing ownership, published an announcement on its website that it would file for reorganization.

The message includes the following....

.... Cinterion Wireless Modules Holding GmbH is reorganizing its financial structure. Before discussing this restructuring, we would like to illustrate the structure of Cinterion in a simplified form:


Cinterion Wireless Modules Holding GmbH holds 100% of the shares in Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH (CWM GmbH). The holding company deals with the financing structure, whereas all business activities run under Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH.

The operational business of Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH, with which your business relationship exists, is not affected by this and will continue without any restrictions.... The operational business of Cinterion will remain profitable. This has also been confirmed by a recent review via PricewaterhouseCoopers.

....German insolvency law provides the option of reorganizing the financial structure of a company without compromising the ongoing business operations of subsidiary companies. That also applies in our case. There will be no layoffs, no branch closures, liquidations or anything similar in this respect.

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We think this is a set back for the module maker that spun out of Siemens M2M inititatives several years ago, but that its proactive stance on mHealth initiatives will pay off in the long run. Please leave your comments.

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.

NEC Electronics America Enhances Microcontrollers for Industrial, Consumer Devices

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

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

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

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

Pricing and Availability

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

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

Erdgas Münster controls pipeline network with KEYMILE systems technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Erdgas Münster

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


Gemalto Expands Range of Secure Linux Payment Terminals

Amsterdam - Gemalto recently announced it is expanding its MagIC3 range of Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals. The new MagIC3 product is a cost-effective solution for wireless payment, requiring no extra subscription nor additional communication fees. Remarkably light and compact, with unmatched autonomy, MagIC3 W-1 delivers increased convenience in restaurants and outdoor retail outlets. Several important financial institutions are currently leading the new payment terminal deployment in Europe and in Asia.
 
MagIC3 W-1 is part of Gemalto’s MagIC3 product family, which incorporates the Open&Sec technology running on LinuxTM. The MagIC3 product line leverages Internet Protocol (IP) technology and ensures high-level security in an open environment. It features Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections for instant plugging of peripherals such as check and barcode readers, WiFi dongles or electronic cash registers, making it a flexible and highly evolutive payment solution. The MagIC3 W-1 terminal comes equipped with an integrated Ethernet broadband connection to offer very high-speed secure transactions.
 
MagIC3 W-1 offers mobility, speed and ease-of-use that make it really convenient for retailers to present the terminal to their customers,” commented Frédéric Deman, senior vice president e-payment terminals at Gemalto. “Our customers have started deploying MagIC3 W-1 and we already received very positive reactions. Retailers using the Ethernet broadband connection expressed strong satisfaction with the transaction speed.”

"Linux" is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds, the original author of the Linux Kernel.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connected Development Partners with RFI Global to Streamline Approval and Certification

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multi-Tech Systems Announces Cellular Development Platform for M2M


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

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

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

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

Visit www.multitech.com.
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