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

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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.

Brazil, Europe plan undersea cable to skirt US spying

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Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia.

At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the $185 million cable project was central to "guarantee the neutrality" of the Internet, signaling her desire to shield Brazil's Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.

Alcatel to stay out of telecom price war, inks Intel deal

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Alcatel-Lucent said it would stay out of a brewing price war in the telecom equipment market and set itself apart with better service and new products, including those from a partnership announced on Sunday with Intel Corp.

Chief Executive Michel Combes said Alcatel-Lucent wanted to gain market share but not at any cost, as it entered the second year of a three-year turnaround aimed at restoring regular profits and cutting 1 billion euros of costs.

Deutsche Telekom kicks off smart-city pilot in Pisa

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom has launched a pilot smart-city project in the Italian city of Pisa that includes the provision of smart-parking and intelligent lighting services.

The operator expects the technology to help reduce carbon emissions and energy expenses.

It says drivers hunting for parking spaces are responsible for as much as 30% of traffic in big cities, and that more efficient management of street lighting could reduce electricity costs by up to 70% and maintenance costs by as much as 10%.

Lebanon trials smart-metering technology from Itron

Lebanese authorities are trying out smart-metering technology from Itron as part of efforts to improve the country’s energy distribution network.

State electricity utility Electricite du Liban and distribution service provider KVA anticipate deploying more than 1.2 million smart meters across Lebanon – in what would be the largest smart-metering deployment in the Middle East so far – should a pilot prove successful.

Wyless agrees takeover of European M2M player Aspider

M2M managed-services player Wyless has agreed a takeover of Aspider M2M, a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) based in the Netherlands.

Aspider (Woerden, Netherlands) provides a range of M2M services to customers, mainly in the Benelux and German-speaking markets, and the acquisition by Wyless (Lawrence, MA, USA) – the terms of which were not disclosed – will give Wyless a stronger presence in Europe.

In a statement, Wyless said the Aspider business would be integrated with its UK division.

Telefonica launches Smart M2M in Argentina, Chile, Mexico

Telefonica has launched its Smart M2M Solution in Argentina, Chile and Mexico, allowing customers in those markets to connect and manage M2M services using local SIM cards.

The service was launched in Spain and Brazil about a year ago and has been developed by Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) in partnership with network equipment supplier Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden).

The Spanish operator says the solution allows companies in a range of sectors to deploy and manage M2M services such as real-time monitoring and advanced diagnostics.

Deutsche Telekom flags smart-city pilot in Pisa

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom has announced details of a new pilot smart-city project in the Italian city of Pisa.

The pilot is aimed partly at helping motorists in Pisa to find parking spaces more easily.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has deployed a sensor-based parking management system in Piazza Carrara in the city center, while a big-data service analyzes historical traffic data to help improve the flow of traffic.

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