Sprint expands asset tracking portfolio with Omnilink

On Monday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, Sprint announced it is expanding its portfolio of products from Omnilink, a provider of location-based services (LBS) and platforms.  Omnilink’s asset tracking service operates on the Sprint wireless networks and offers an out-of-the box tool for tracking assets at risk for theft or damage, such as: bank bags, automated teller machines (ATMs), computers and data storage devices, vehicles, consumer

Numerex announces new location-based services platform

Numerex Corp, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) products and services, last week unveiled its new Location-Based Services (LBS) platform, which provides enterprises with services for monitoring, tracking and recovering a variety of mobile assets.

Locaid to provide Wyless with device location for M2M services

Locaid, a Location-as-a-Service company, and Wyless, a global M2M managed services provider, announced an agreement whereby Locaid will provide location-based services (LBS) to Wyless customers and partners across the globe.

Report: mobile Internet privacy major concern among consumers

Last week, the GSMA, an association that supports the deployment of the GSM mobile telephone system, announced the results of a study of more than 4,000 mobile phone users in Singapore, Spain and the UK, which sheds light on privacy issues, particularly relating to the use of the mobile Internet and mobile applications.

Intel acquires Israeli mobile navigation firm Telmap

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Chipmaker Intel Corp (Santa Clara, Calif., U.S.A.) has agreed to acquire mobile navigation software maker Telmap (Herzliya, Israel), the chief executive of the Israel-based company said on Sunday.  Details of the deal were not disclosed but Israeli media said Intel is paying about $300 million to $350 million.

Sprint teams with Trimble to deliver fleet management services to general services administration

Sprint today announced that it is teaming with Trimble, a provider of location-based technology solutions, to provide U.S. government agencies a broad range of fleet management capabilities and solutions as part of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

The BPA will be administered by GSA Fleet, which provides fleet management services to more than 75 participating federal agencies. With more than 217,000 vehicles, GSA Fleet manages one of the largest non-tactical federal fleets in the U.S. government.

South Korea police probe Google over location data collection

Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.

The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.

aisle411 and Location Labs partner to deliver retail navigation with targeted location-based ads

aisle411, the mobile retail navigation service that helps shoppers find what they are looking for and get rewarded for it, and Location Labs, provider of mobile location-as-a-service, yesterday announced that aisle411’s industry first retail navigation solution will integrate Geofencing, powered by the Location Labs’ Sparkle Platform to enable users to receive real-time alerts on available coupons and access to store navigation when approaching a store in the aisle411 system. aisle411 showcased its solution at CTIA Wireless Showstoppers in Orlando, Florida, last week.

Royal Academy of Engineering report warns of GPS over-reliance

Claims UK could be dismantled by cyber-terrorism

Society may already be dangerously over-reliant on satellite radio navigation systems like GPS, the Royal Academy of Engineering (London) warns in a report published today. The range of applications using the technology is now so broad that, without adequate independent backup, signal failure or interference could potentially affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy.

CeBIT 2011: Pacific Controls CEO details M2M activity in Dubai

Smart city is far ahead of most

Dilip Rahulan, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Controls (Dubai, UAE), offered a number of key insights during an M2M Zone panel discussion yesterday at CeBIT. The company's home territory is a leader in the uptake of machine-to-machine connectivity.

Already, Pacific Controls has connected a whopping 60,000 buildings with M2M services, at an explosive rate of 120 buildings per day, according to Mr. Rahulan. He believes the overall infrastructure boom in Dubai is largely to thank for the echo-boom in M2M. As a result, projections for 2015 uptake have already been exceeded today.

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