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There's no question that many wireless operators consider the next growth opportunity to rest with embedded wireless devices. Some operators estimate that by embedding wireless connectivity into all types of devices -- from netbooks to e-readers to GPS devices -- the wireless industry could reach a penetration rate in the range of 300 to 500 percent. Indeed, in a recent ABI Research study, the firm predicts manufacturers will ship 54 million mobile broadband enabled consumer electronics devices by 2014.
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A team of investigators in Spain is currently developing remote sensing technology that could keep a virtual eye on pollution levels being generated by traffic jams.
OEM and aftermarket consumer telematics systems continue to gain momentum in both developed and developing regions due to growing popular awareness of their many benefits related to safety, security, maintenance, convenience, infotainment, and cost savings. These benefits will drive growth from 37 million telematics users in 2010 to more than 211 million in 2015, well over a five fold increase.
Christiana Care launched its tele-ICU program five years ago to better monitor patients at Christiana Hospital and Wilmington Hospital, but for the past 17 months it also has been working with rural and small hospitals in Maryland. Because the technology feeds real time patient data and live video from afar, the services of local intensivists can be used to monitor patients hundreds of miles away.
St. Jude Medical has paid $60 million to acquire a 19 percent stake in CardioMEMS, a firm that's developed a wireless patient monitoring technology.
While media coverage is certainly not a new concept at the race, at the 2010 Tour de France, fans had access to more information about their favorite riders than they had in previous years thanks to M2M technology. Fans were able to get real time statistics on cyclists such as their location, distance traveled, even heart rate, via the Web.
Location based Web services like FourSquare, Gowalla or Facebook’s Places feature may be all the rage in the tech news, but by and large, Americans aren’t buying into it, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Location based Web services generally allow people to “check in” via their Mobile devices -- actually registering their physical location with the Web site -- with the goal of playing a game, receiving a coupon or discount, or connecting with friends who may be nearby.
Recently, Peter Hartwell an engineer from computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. told the audience at the firm's Executive Energy Conference in Dubai he believed intelligent sensor technology deployed on oil rigs and other drilling equipment could have prevented the disaster had they been installed, and that certainly in the future, such measures should be taken to avoid a repeat of the disaster.
An ABI report indicates that renewed interest from mobile operators in the M2M space, coupled with the widespread deployment of 3G, has led it to predict the M2M market will be worth $3.8 billion by 2015.
Juniper predicts that the number of mobile connected M2M and embedded devices will reach almost 412 million globally by 2014. The growth of these embedded devices will mainly come from an ever increasing number of utility meters, mobile connected buildings, consumer and commercial telematics and retail and banking connections.
As part of its ongoing commitment to improve driver safety for its commercial auto customers, Travelers today announced a potential discount of up to 15 percent on certain auto liability insurance premiums for qualifying businesses that effectively use telematics technology to monitor their commercial fleets and driver behavior. Similar to GPS, vehicle telematics go beyond navigation and positioning by storing and sending data on how a vehicle is operated.
Technologies such as wireless sensor networks, real time distributed sensor networks, and FPGA-based reconfigurable I/O hardware are relatively new to the wind industry. But the reconfigurable hardware is central to many network applications.
In the years ahead, the National Football League looks set to dial up some new tech blitzes that will make the game fairer and safer. Among the technologies most likely to make it onto the field soon are wireless sensors in the ball and in players' gear.
Putting chips into devices other than computers and mobile phones - a market known as embedded processors - represents a $10 billion opportunity, according to Intel's Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini. The market for PC processors is $34.5 billion.
3M has agreed to acquire Tel Aviv based Attenti, a remote people-tracking technology provider for $230 million.
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