Smart-grid benefits need communicating in UK: report

The benefits of smart grids still need to be communicated to industry and consumers in the UK, even though there is clearly an appetite for energy-sector change, according to a new report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).

According to the study, various key issues have yet to be tackled in preparing for the “smart” revolution, including low levels of public understanding, misuse of data and concerns that energy suppliers will be able to remotely control home appliances.

Nordic countries an M2M hotspot, says new research

Nordic countries are a hotspot for M2M growth, with the number of “connected things” in the region already surpassing its total population, according to new research from TeliaSonera and Arthur D. Little.

The study predicts that by 2017 there will be 2.6 connected things per person, with solutions for connecting buildings, vehicles, people and consumer gadgets all driving growth.

Telefonica forms smart wearables alliance with LG, Samsung, Sony Mobile

Spain’s Telefonica has announced a partnership with LG, Samsung and Sony Mobile to support the development of emerging smart wearables technology.

Under the agreement, announced at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) aims to integrate its services with smart wearables being developed by the three device makers.

Telefonica notes that it remains open to agreements with other market players, including manufacturers and content providers, aimed at ensuring devices are commercially successful.

Telenor Connexion strikes SDN deal with Asavie

Telenor Connexion aims to strengthen its M2M offering through a deal with software-defined networking player Asavie Technologies that will allow it to speed up the deployment of M2M services.

With Asavie’s (Dublin, Ireland) M2M Connect technology, Telenor Connexion (Stockholm, Sweden) believes it will be able to activate more complicated M2M deployments in hours – even where bi-directional routing or firewalling are required.

Ericsson to supply smart metering to Italgas

Swedish networks vendor Ericsson has signed up another customer to its smart-metering services in the form of Italgas, a natural gas distributor in Italy.

Under the deal, Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) is to build an advanced meter management and reading system and integrate this with existing systems for some 150,000 large and industrial customers of Italgas (Turin, Italy).

The system will be the first in Italy’s gas market, allowing Italgas to gather data from gas meters and transfer it to its own internal IT environment.

Deutsche Telekom launches cloud-based M2M service for machinery operators

Deutsche Telekom is launching a new cloud-based service allowing companies to manage and monitor M2M devices with greater ease.

The service appears aimed primarily at helping machinery operators to track the performance of their equipment – allowing sensor data to be processed using ERP or other systems.

Raco, Inmarsat partner on fleet management

M2M player Raco Wireless is to distribute fleet-management services from satellite operator Inmarsat in the Latin American market.

The MVNO has announced that it will support Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro fleet-management services, allowing customers to benefit from both satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

Raco Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) says it will integrate the service into its Omega Management Suite (OMS) – a cloud-based dashboard that includes tools for device management.

DCN, Oberthur team up on remote monitoring

M2M player Device Cloud Networks (DCN) is partnering with Oberthur Technologies (OT) to support the remote-monitoring services it provides to OEMs and enterprise customers.

DCN (Rockville, MD, USA) will introduce OT’s (Paris, France) M-Connect service into its offering, allowing it to securely manage device connections on its M2M network.

Once integrated with its M2M service, M-Connect will help DCN to support customers including carmakers and smart meter manufacturers, which use DCN’s services to help them manage their manufacturing and distribution processes.

Sales of connected health devices growing strongly in Europe: GfK

Sales of mobile connected health devices – such as blood pressure monitors and personal weighing scales – are taking off in Europe, according to new data from GfK.

The market-research company said sales of mobile-connected blood pressure monitors in Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands were 42% higher last year than in 2012.

Meanwhile, sales of connected personal weighing scales were up by 88%.

EU lawmakers want to scrap roaming fees by 2015 - EU paper

Reuters

EU lawmakers want to scrap mobile phone roaming charges by 2015 and to prevent telecoms network operators from charging companies such as Google and Amazon to provide faster Web services, EU documents show.

The proposals from the European Parliament's industry committee go far beyond European Telecoms Commissioner Neelie Kroes's plans to overhaul the EU telecoms industry, which include ending roaming fees by 2016.

The plans come as Europe's telecoms providers struggle to lift their revenues, down for the fifth consecutive year.

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