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.

Cinterion Wireless Modules Adds Automotive LGA Technology Portfolio

LAS VEGAS – Cinterion Wireless Modules has announced its new AGS3  automotive module at CTIA Wireless 2010. The new module strengthens Cinterion’s market-leading M2M product portfolio, adding land grid array (LGA) technology to its automotive grade modules.

“We continue to push the M2M envelope, providing innovative modules for a broad range of budgets and applications worldwide,” said Norbert Muhrer, CEO and president, Cinterion Wireless Modules. “There’s tremendous opportunity and demand in the automotive sector and AGS3 with LGA mounting enables cost-effective, process manufacturing for eToll, eCall, fleet management and other large scale telematics applications.” 

Optimized for Automotive Plus LGA Innovation
AGS3, Cinterion’s sixth generation automotive module, is optimized for peak performance and rugged automotive application environments. It includes solderable LGA surface mounting technology for efficient, fully automated manufacturing and process consistency as well as advanced telematics features and functionality.

AGS3 meets the requirements of the European eCall initiative and is ideal for ITS applications such toll collect, telematics, fleet management and emergency call and roadside assistance solutions. It provides GPRS class 12 data speeds on 2G Quad-Band frequencies (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) for worldwide coverage. Other highlights of AGS3 include:

-       Cinterion LGA 119 form factor mounting
-       Full TCP/IP support (TCP, UDP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3)
-       Industrial Interfaces (USB, 2x serial, SPI, I2C)
-       RLS monitoring / jamming detection
-       Advanced temperature management, operating range: -40°C to +85°C
-       Latest processor technology: ARM9, 65nm
-       Antenna diagnostics as manufacturing support
-       SIM access profile
-       Automotive e-mark certificate
-       Prepared for European e-call initiative
 
For more information about Cinterion’s new AGS3 module, please visit booth #341 in the M2M Zone at CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, March 23-25, or go to www.cinterion.com.

Companies Provide Operators with an Interoperable, End-to-End Solution for over-the-Air Firmware Updating and Standards-Based Device Management

FORT MYERS, Fla. --(Business Wire)-- Interop Technologies, a provider of core solutions for messaging, device management, and connectivity gateways, today announced that it has achieved interoperability with Red Bend® Software’s market-leading Mobile Software Management (MSM) solutions for firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating and standards-based mobile device management (MDM). As a result, wireless network operators benefit from lower customer care costs and simplified remote management of mobile phones and connected wireless devices.

Following the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA-DM) standards, the two companies have ensured interoperability between the Interop Technologies SCOPE™ (Subscriber Capability Originated Provisioning Environment) Device Management solution and Red Bend’s vRapid Mobile® and vDirect Mobile™ client software, deployed in 680 million mobile devices worldwide. Red Bend’s software has been adopted by eight of the top 10 mobile phone manufacturers to improve the mobile user experience of smartphones, wireless modems, machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and netbooks.

“Achieving interoperability of our SCOPE™ DM solution with Red Bend, the industry leader in mobile software management, will help Interop Technologies meet its goal to be compatible with the broadest number of mobile devices in the market,” said Steve Zitnik, executive vice president of technology and new ventures, Interop Technologies.

“As mobile consumers demand increasingly sophisticated devices like smartphones, e-readers and netbooks, operators are faced with a growing management challenge from both an operational and a customer care perspective,” said Lori Sylvia, executive vice president of marketing at Red Bend Software. “Our collaboration with Interop Technologies gives mobile operators a standards-based solution that will reduce the operational expense of managing the growing number of wirelessly connected devices.”

The Interop Technologies SCOPE™ solution is a robust OMA-DM solution that supports next-generation provisioning technologies and easily integrates with legacy SS7-based OTA solutions.

For more information, visit www.interoptechnologies.com,www.redbend.com.

Fusion Wireless to Introduce CDMA Platforms Based on Enfora Form Factors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.geenergystorage.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.teleatlas.com.

2010.03.23

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

Source: Ericsson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010.03.22

Wyless to showcase M2M capabilities at CTIA Wireless 2010

Source: Wyless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010.03.19

Personal Communications Devices and FreightWatch Partner to Bring Innovative Tracking Device, Geo F2, to Market

Device Supplier and Application Service Provider Partnership Enables Introduction of Next Generation M2M and Tracking Devices

Source: PCD

Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD) a leading provider of technology products to wireless carriers in North and South America, and FreightWatch Security Net (FSN), a leader in covert cargo tracking solutions, announced today a partnership whereby PCD will help FreightWatch market its Geo F2 tracker and future innovative M2M tracking devices.

A covert, portable tracking and sensor monitoring device, the Geo F2 leverages cutting-edge communications technology and has the distinctive ability to operate in impaired environments.  By using both GPS and cellular signals, the Geo F2 can locate objects with extreme accuracy and can be configured over-the-air for greater tracking flexibility. 

“As the M2M space continues to grow, PCD is pleased to extend its partnership with FSN.  The Geo F2 is one example of the unique solutions we will bring to market with FSN, helping both companies to remain at the forefront of the tracking and sensor monitoring solutions marketplace,” said James Daurio, Vice President, Sales for PCD.

The FreightWatch Geo F2, like the CMA8110BK in PCD’s Merca-trax™ line, is powered by the Qualcomm inGeo™ Platform, which enables unique battery hibernation capabilities, producing best-in-class operation and standby time.  This innovative technology enables the Geo F2 to outperform competitive offerings in end-to-end embedded cargo tracking, covert asset location assurance, and investigative surveillance applications.

“We’re excited to be continuing our relationship with PCD and leveraging the success of our first jointly marketed tracking solution, the Geo F1. As we move forward with the Geo F2 and future PCD state-of-the-art M2M products that perfectly complement FreightWatch solution platforms, we anticipate helping expand M2M technology into new markets and applications,” said Bill Games, President of FreightWatch Security Net.

In 2009, PCD and FSN launched PCD’s CMA8110BK which FSN branded as the FreightWatch Geo F1.  The CMA8110BK is the first device in PCD’s Merca-trax line of M2M and location tracking devices.

Geo F2 Key Features

-  Small, covert form factor (H) 2.5” x (W) 1.0” x (D) 0.625”
-  Works indoors and outdoors, even through secure containers
-  Offers exact tracking in impaired environments with no clear view of the sky
-  Provides real-time tracking and monitoring
-  Extended battery life with ‘low duty cycle’ hibernation
-  3D accelerometer for motion dependent reporting rates and alerts

GridWise Alliance, Embassy of Canada co-host Energy Event

Source: GridWise Alliance

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010.03.18

Satellite industry awards recognise Inmarsat innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSUA 
SSPI 

Motorola Fleet Management for Two-way Radio Batteries and Chargers

Las Vegas, Nev. – March 2010 – The Enterprise Mobility Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. introduces IMPRES Fleet Management for Motorola’s exclusive IMPRES two-way radio batteries and chargers.  As soon as a battery is inserted into an IMPRES charger, information is collected and shared with administrators to easily determine proper actions, such as proactively removing poorly performing batteries from the fleet or ensuring each user has the appropriate capacity battery based on their needs. Accumulated data is managed through pre-defined or customizable reports that provide key information to ensure users operate their batteries and chargers to maximum efficiency.

“Managing the performance of the two-way radio batteries is an important part of ensuring optimal performance of the entire radio system,” said Nick Candotti, director of Global Accessory and Energy Business, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions.  “When users begin their shifts, it is critical they understand the exact capacity of their radio battery and know to replace poor performing batteries in advance to increase worker productivity and safety.”

IMPRES Fleet Management allows system administrators to quickly run reports that allow them to proactively manage their fleet of IMPRES batteries and chargers.  They are no longer guessing when batteries need to be replaced within their fleet or keeping a significant stock of spare batteries on hand.

“System administrators can save significant time and money by having a system that provides all their key IMPRES battery and charger information in one place,” added Candotti. “In addition to time saved, operational costs are reduced with fewer spare batteries on hand because of increased information about the existing battery fleet.”

"With IMPRES Fleet Management, we were able to quickly run reports and analyze data on IMPRES batteries and chargers we previously managed manually." said Lieutenant Wayne Rothbauer from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department in Illinois. “Having this information at our fingertips allows us to automate our battery management, saves significant time and ensures our firefighters have batteries that operate at maximum efficiency."

IMPRES Fleet Management is most beneficial for mid-to-large sized organizations that have at least 100 IMPRES batteries in their fleet such as public safety agencies, public works, utilities and manufacturing companies.

For more information, visit www.motorola.com, or visit booth 141 at International CTIA Wireless, in the M2M Zone.

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

e-KNOW Addresses Broadband, Smart Grid Potential

How does the FCC's new broadband plan relate to a consumer's right to monitor their personal electricity use? It doesn't ... not directly. But a U.S. Congressman is introducing a bill that would allow the newly broadband-accessed to get -- well, access.

The Electricity Consumers' Right to Know Act (e-KNOW), filed Tuesday by U.S. Representative Ed Markey, would allow consumers to access smart metering information and other data, using a wired Internet connection or mobile device, to track their electricity use in real time, for free, the Boston Globe reports.

Markey is one of the chief proponents of the national broadband movement. He's a senior member (and former chairman) of the Energy and Commerce Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, and more significantly, he added the mandate that the FCC complete its broadband plan as part of the federal broadband stimulus legislation Congress passed last year.

He sees the legislation as important in guaranteeing that Americans have access to information on energy use. And he's optimistic about the other applications that can spring from this level of connectivity -- such as being able to control air conditioning and heating, or turn off an appliance, remotely.

e-KNOW does address one important aspect of anytime-online data access: making sure consumers' information is secure and that their privacy is protected. It follows the National Broadband Plan's recommendation that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission develop national standards for consumer energy data access.

More information on the bill can be found here.

Trafficmaster Offers Mobile Pay as You Go Satellite Navigation System

LONDON --(Business Wire)--  Trafficmaster’s Smartnav satellite navigation is the first Pay As You Go (PAYG) navigation application on the smart phone market, allowing users to only pay for satnav directions and traffic information when they need it. Trafficmaster’s PAYG satnav service is available on Apple’s iPhone and is an ideal application for people who only need navigation once in a while, but still want to have access to superior routing and navigation, which uses up-to-the minute traffic information. In addition all Smartnav users are able to contact a real personal assistant to help find destinations or provide emergency support.

The introduction of a PAYG tariff provides a flexible, cost effective satellite navigation service for drivers who are not sure how often they are going to use it. You can simply download an initial five routes for only £1.79. Thereafter you are able to purchase 10, 20 or 30 top-up routes.

Smartnav PAYG is part of the Trafficmaster Companion suite of travel services available on the iPhone. Within this application you benefit from Smartnav satellite navigation, which encompasses automatic map updates, efficient route calculations based on live traffic information and time of day data. It also provides ongoing route monitoring, which alerts you to new traffic problems en-route and the provision of alternative quicker routes.

Smartnav PAYG is supported by Trafficmaster’s unique team of Personal Assistants (PAs) who operate round the clock, 365 days of the year. The PAs are on hand to help you download routes and can be called upon in emergency situations, such as breakdowns and road accidents.

The routes can be downloaded via postcode entry or by setting up favourite destinations as well as through the Personal Assistants.* It is easy to use and provides clear directional visual and verbal instructions throughout the journey without distracting the driver with complex maps.

For more information about Smartnav PAYG and Trafficmaster’s other services go to www.trafficmaster.co.uk.

Telogis® Expands Global Mapping with NAVTEQ®

Expanded NAVTEQ Map Data and Content Now Included in Telogis’ Location Based Services Platform

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. & CHICAGO --(Business Wire)-- Mar 16, 2010 Telogis, Inc. (www.telogis.com), the platform for location intelligence, has expanded its agreement with NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, on a global scale. The agreement is the culmination of a six-year relationship between Telogis and NAVTEQ, and will incorporate all products within NAVTEQ’s global portfolio.

NAVTEQ content is now expanded across the Telogis platform including real-time traffic information from NAVTEQ Traffic™, historical average traffic speeds via NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns™, and truck-specific attributes from NAVTEQ Transport™. The additional content enhances Telogis’ turn-by-turn navigation, resource tracking and route optimization for Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and logistics solutions globally. As a result of this agreement, Telogis GeoBase is now available as a free SDK download for commercial use through NAVTEQ Network for Developers™ (NN4D).

Telogis’ GPS-based fleet productivity and management platform, Telogis Fleet, uses NAVTEQ® map data and content in North America and Europe. Telogis Fleet provides comprehensive fleet management applications with the ability to integrate tracking, routing, and optimization functions with Enterprise back-office management. The Telogis GeoBase platform gives MRM and logistics companies a scalable, feature-rich engine that delivers core geospatial functionality in a user-friendly software interface.

Since 2004, NAVTEQ and Telogis have worked together to enable Fleet Management, MRM and Logistics solutions. The agreement expands Telogis’ use of map data and content to all 78 countries where there is NAVTEQ Map coverage.

“We continue to combine our core competence with NAVTEQ’s leadership in digital mapping as we expand our business footprint,” said Dave Cozzens, CEO of Telogis. “Telogis and NAVTEQ have a long-term, trusted relationship which assures that we can provide our customers not only with a seamless geographic experience but also with a seamless applications services experience.”

“NAVTEQ is excited to be supporting Telogis’ global expansion strategy,” said Roy Kolstad, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Americas, NAVTEQ. “The combination of Telogis’ best-in-class tools and high-quality NAVTEQ® map data assures that Telogis’ customers around the world will be able to leverage advanced solutions for their business management needs.”

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.”

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.”

Sprint and Walsh Wireless Launch M2M Device to Drive Usage-Based Insurance for Vehicles

Source: Sprint

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — March 10, 2010 — Increasingly automobile insurance companies are adapting the way they charge customers, basing rates more on individual vehicle use and driving behavior. This is known as Usage-based Insurance (UBI). Sprint and Walsh Wireless today announced the certification and availability of a solution developed to meet this unique and growing market – the Walsh Wireless Data Logger, powered exclusively by Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband.

 
The UBI model helps insurance companies be more innovative and competitive in their approach by improving their risk assessment process, reducing customer churn and ultimately reducing the claims received. Drivers could see a reduction in their premiums by being rewarded for low mileage and/or safe driving habits. The Walsh Data Logger provides the ability to wirelessly monitor in real-time the performance of a vehicle, its location and the driver’s driving pattern through an easy-to-use, self-installed device. It can also benefit government entities and businesses that need to better manage large fleets of vehicles.
 
“This is one of many excellent examples of how we work with various industries to radically change business models to drive more value for developers, customers and end-users,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “This is a great addition to our industry-leading portfolio of M2M embedded devices and we’re pleased to work with our long-time partner, Walsh Wireless, to bring another industry-first solution to the marketplace that leverages our dependable 3G mobile broadband network.”
 
Chick Walsh, chief strategy officer, Walsh Wireless Solutions, added, “We are excited to add the Walsh DL400 and DL450 Data Logger to our ever-expanding portfolio of exclusive products and services. And furthermore, bring a value added wireless solution to the UBI Auto Insurance and Fleet Management industries.” 
 
In October 2009, Sprint announced the formation of its Emerging Solutions Business group, which focuses exclusively on the rapid delivery of end-to-end M2M and mobile computing solutions to businesses and consumers. Sprint’s relationship with Walsh Wireless builds on more than 10 years of experience in working with an open network of ecosystem partners  to provision both Sprint-branded and non-Sprint-branded devices to operate on its networks, as well as extensive expertise in operating multiple platforms and assets. For more information, visit www.poweryourideas.com/m2m.
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