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Telefonica has signed a deal with JCDecaux that will see the Spanish telecoms operator develop new M2M products and services for the outdoor advertising company, from digital screens to self-service bicycle stations.
The agreement covers markets in Europe and South America and is designed to help JCDecaux (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) offer a more sophisticated range of advertising services to its clients.
The UK’s Plastic Logic has formed a partnership with US-headquartered Solvay Specialty Polymers aimed at developing low-power flexible electronics for sensors, mobile displays and wearable devices.
The two companies say they have committed to a joint development program that will demonstrate and industrialize low-power variants of such devices within two years.
Plastic Logic (Cambridge, UK) is regarded as a leader in the development of organic thin-film transistors, while Solvay (Alpharetta, GA, USA) produces high-performance polymers.
Dutch tech giant Royal Philips has launched a new medical alert service in the US that will notify emergency services if a user has fallen within his or her home.
The technology is aimed at elderly healthcare patients who may be too incapacitated to push a button on a standard remote-monitoring device, or use a phone, in the event of an accident at home.
It is also designed to eliminate the need for a landline, with more than a quarter of US households having already taken this step, according to data from the latest US Census Bureau.
Telit has launched a new automotive business unit following its takeover of a platform business from Dutch company NXP Semiconductors.
The UK-headquartered hardware player says it has now completed the acquisition of NXP’s (Eindhoven, Netherlands) automotive telematics on-board unit platform (ATOP) business, which develops technology allowing vehicle makers to implement eCall or similar functionality in a straightforward and cost-efficient way.
M2M hardware player u-blox says its new 4G LTE module has been certified for use on the network of US telecoms giant Verizon Wireless.
The Swiss company says certification opens the door to the development of M2M services and applications that will function on one of the country’s biggest 4G networks.
Customers will from now on be able to design the TOBY-L100 LTE module – as it is called – into devices operating on Verizon’s (New York City, NY, USA) LTE system.
French cable operator Numericable has agreed a €13.5 billion ($18.5 billion) takeover of Vivendi’s SFR, beating off competition from communications rival Bouygues for the country’s second-biggest mobile operator.
The acquisition promises to radically alter the shape of the French telecoms market, putting Numericable (Paris, France) in control of mobile assets and giving it the opportunity to challenge telecoms incumbent Orange (Paris, France) in the market for bundled services that include fixed, broadband and mobile elements.
The United States on Friday criticized proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws.
In its annual review of telecommunications trade barriers, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said impediments to cross-border data flows were a serious and growing concern.
The European Parliament voted to end mobile phone roaming fees by 2016 and barred telecoms operators from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others, moves that will cheer Europe's consumers and frustrate industry seeking new forms of revenue.
In a session in Brussels, lawmakers backed telecom reform legislation that will phase out roaming fees across the 28-country European Union by December 2015, bolster consumer protections on mobile and broadband contracts and seek to make the sale of mobile licenses more uniform across Europe.