Monday, March 12, 2012

Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly – Week of March 12, 2012

The Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility and M2M that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Microsoft will soon have another operating system available for download in "preview" form: Windows Embedded Standard 8. That OS is at the heart the company's big push into so-called "intelligent systems. Read Original Content

An RFID solution is trying to put the breaks on warehouse accidents. Several consumer goods manufacturers are testing technology from Transmon Engineering to alert forklift drivers when they come within range of a pedestrian. Read Original Content

Identive Group, Inc., a provider of products, services and solutions for the security, identification and RFID industries, has announced results for Q4 2011. The company saw a 21 percent revenue growth to $102.7 million.  Read Original Content

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F4Devices has released its new Flint rugged handheld. The Flint offers a combination of flexible GPS configurations, ranging from 1 to 3 meters to sub-meter accuracies, while supporting geotagging with the 5 megapixel autofocus camera as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G data. Read Original Content

The Census Bureau is considering trying out RFID technology to keep track of hundreds of thousands of computers and other items in a pilot project. The bureau issued a Request for Information looking for input from vendors on what types of RFID systems might be suitable to track 80,000. Read Original Content

Syclo announced at IBM Pulse 2012 that the Syclo SMART Mobile Suite For Maximo is now available for Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Android smartphones and Android tablets. Read Original Content

Dayton, Ohio city officials and local technology agencies unveiled a new application for RFID technology in the public works operations. The tags will be embedded in concrete under the streets and help workers identify who is responsible for work underneath. Read Original Content

Smartphones are a dime a dozen these days, but rugged phones are few and far between. Samsumg’s Rugby Smart meets U.S. military spec 810F for dust, humidity, rain, shock, and temperature. When all of its ports are tightly closed, it can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Read Original Content

TriggerSmart has developed an RFID-based firearm that authenticates its owner before firing. An RFID reader is first embedded in the handle of the gun and programmed to recognize a passive RFID tag, carrying a unique ID number that is embedded in either a ring or a bracelet, worn by the gun owner. Read Original Content

Pyramid Research expects global M2M subscriptions to grow at an annual 25.5 percent between 2010 and 2016. By 2016, M2M should account for 3.6 percent of mobile subscriptions globally - an almost threefold increase in total M2M airtime revenue, from $2.2 billion in 2010 to $7.0 billion in 2016. Read Original Content

OnStar LLC and Telefónica have reached an agreement in which Telefónica will provide M2M connectivity to OnStar-equipped General Motors vehicles in its future expansion to markets outside of the United States, Canada and China. Read Original Content

The Guardian reports on some of the innovations that will be unveiled in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress 2012, including smart baby pajamas that will send a text message or e-mail when a baby's diapers need changing - but will also be able to monitor heartbeat, emotional state, temperature and activity level. Read Original Content

In 2020, revenues from the sale of connected devices and services, and revenues from related services, such as pay-as-you-drive car insurance, will be worth $2.5 trillion – $1.2 trillion of which could be addressed by mobile operators and the remainder by the broader connected life ecosystem. Read Original Content

Ameren, Illinois has submitted a 10-year, $625-million infrastructure improvement and modernization plan to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The city intends to spend $174 million to install smart meters and estimates more than 60 percent of its electric customers will have smart meters by the end of the 10-year initiative. Read Original Content

Electricity prices in Western countries will soar 400 percent in the next 30 years if electricity grids do not become smart grids, according to Dr. Guido Bartels, chairman of the Global Smart Grid Federation and general manager of IBM's Global Energy and Utilities Industry. Read Original Content

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