LG unveils smart appliance lineup

Wi-Fi enabled washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, and even vacuum robots

LG Electronics has unveiled its new range of smart appliances, enabled by "LG THINQ" technology, at the 2011 International CES. All products in the lineup are comprised of five key features, dubbed Smart Grid, "Smart Diagnosis," "Smart Access," "Smart Adapt," and the intriguing "Food Management."

IBM predicts rising 'mobile threats'

Electric grids, water systems, embedded devices may be vulnerable

Kristin Lovejoy, VP of Strategy for IBM Security Solutions, predicts 2011 will see the first cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as electric grids or water systems.

In an interview with SearchSecurity.com, Lovejoy says "when it comes to the embedded devices, there's two things we're worried about. We're worried about people using those devices to cause some sort of harm or to cause societal conflict. Alternatively, we're seeing the use of those devices to enable support for some form of financial gain."

The Potential of User Analytics

Navigating the path between customer experience, customer information, and profitability

As competition and the economic crunch pit themselves against communications service providers (CSPs), it’s getting harder and harder for them to maintain profitability, so the search is on for ways of exploiting underused assets. Take customers for example – CSPs have them by the billions, yet they often know almost nothing about them other than an address or a phone number in the eyes of many providers.

Siemens to assist with smart grid development in northern Russia

Announces cooperation agreement with Tyumenenergo

Last week Siemens (Berlin, Germany) announced a strategic cooperation contract with Tyumenenergo, an energy company that operates in northern Russia. The agreement is designed to promote innovation in the operator's grid infrastructure facilities, starting with a pilot project for adaptation of smart grid technology to the Russian grid.

Nissan's e-car compares mileage among neighbors

Infotainment system features 'eco-competition'

Nissan (Yokohama, Japan) has come up with a creative way of using telematics to promote efficient driving habits for early adopters of its "zero emission" electric vehicle, the Leaf. A section of the vehicle's integrated infotainment system supports a service called "Carwings," which not only tracks the energy efficiency of the user's driving style, but compares statistics with friends and neighbors using the system.

FCC adopts 'Net Neutrality' rules for Internet traffic

Providers may ration network access

U.S. communications regulators adopted Internet traffic rules on Tuesday that prevent providers from blocking lawful content but still let them ration access to their networks. Operators may still legally institute policy control and traffic management, but prioritizing that traffic based on content is against the FCC's order.

TomTom deploys Sierra Wireless embedded module

Drivers may access nearby points of interest, location of speed cameras, traffic

Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) today announced that TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), a location and navigation solutions provider, is using Sierra Wireless "AirPrime" Intelligent Embedded Modules to provide cellular connectivity to its integrated navigation systems for Renault and Mazda vehicles.

M2M device connections will jump to 2.1 billion by 2020

New research from Analysys Mason

The global market for machine-to-machine (M2M) device connections will grow from 62 million devices in 2010 to 2.1 billion devices in 2020, according to a new report from Analysys Mason (London, UK). With a year-on-year growth rate of between 36% and 52%, M2M seeks to be one of the fastest-growing connectivity sectors in the next decade.

The "Machine-to-machine devices connections: worldwide forecast 2010-2020" covers 8 regions, 7 industry segments, and 20 product/solution categories.

ITU redefines '4G'

International body loosens definition to include LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+

Commercially deployed LTE, WiMax, HSPA+, and even "evolved" forms of 3G now may all be accurately referred to as "4G." The International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, Switzerland) has altered the definition of the "4G" standard to one that aligns with the marketing activities of companies like Sprint, Clearwire, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless; though public controversy will no doubt continue.

AT&T will purchase Qualcomm spectrum licenses for nearly $2 billion

Qualcomm's 'FLO TV' service to be shut down in March

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, CA, USA) announced today that AT&T has agreed to purchase spectrum licenses in the lower 700 MHz frequency band from Qualcomm for $1.925 billion. The bold move will boost AT&T’s anticipated 4G mobile broadband rollout in the U.S. over the coming years.

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