Adelaide invites tenders for smart grid energy system

Adelaide, Australia. August 20, 2012 — An international competitive bidding tender for a smart grid energy system is reported to have been issued by Australia’s Urban Renewal Authority.

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Mobile payments alliance for smartphones led by Shell, Target, Wal-Mart and 7-Eleven

An alliance of 14 retailers has been set up to create a ‘mobile wallet‘ on your phone that will better similar attempts by Google and mobile network operators. The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) comprises Wal-Mart, Shell, Target, 7-Eleven and other large retailers.

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GE acquires PRESENS, Norway-based supplier of industrial sensors

Boston, Massachusetts, USA (BUSINESS WIRE) — GE has announced the acquisition of PRESENS, a provider of pressure, temperature and flow measurement solutions. The acquisition expands GE’s portfolio of sensing solutions and will be part of the company’s Boston-based Measurement & Control business

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O2 UK's major network outage is put down to HLR systems failure – Were you affected?

UK. July 17, 2012 — A serious failure in the O2 UK mobile network last week is being ascribed to a failure of a Home Location Register (HLR) software system. As reported on our sister site, VanillaPlus.com, the wholly-owned Telefonica subsidiary, which trades in the UK under the O2 brand, lost service to a large

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Global group of 7 network operators agree to co-operate in M2M

Amsterdam, The Hague, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto. July 10, 2012 — Seven tier one mobile and fixed line operators – KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom – have formed an alliance to collaborate on their M2M businesses.

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Melrose PLC offer to acquire utility control provider values Elster Group at $2.3bn

Elster Group SE has entered into a definitive agreement with Melrose PLC, by which a wholly-owned subsidiary of Melrose PLC will offer to acquire Elster’s shares for $82.00 per share in cash, value the business at approximately US$2.3 billion.

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Telefónica awarded large M2M win by G4S as Visa Europe named preferred mobile payments partner

London, UK. 06 July 2012 – Telefónica, which operates under the O2 brand in the UK, has agreed to further extend the partnership with G4S Utility Services (G4S) a leading international security solutions group and one of the UK’s major smart meter operations service providers.

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u-blox acquires Cognovo for US$16.5m to serve new M2M markets for high-speed LTE modems

Thalwil, Switzerland. June 28, 2012 – u-blox, a Switzerland-based producer of positioning and wireless semiconductors, is to acquire UK-based Cognovo Ltd. for US$16.5 million. Cognovo specialises in software-defined modem (SDM) chip development technology.

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Aeris Communications announces global partnership with India's Tech Mahindra

Aeris combines its industry leading machine-to-machine platform with Tech Mahindra’s global telecom IT services expertise to expand global footprint

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Sierra Wireless agrees to acquire Sagemcom M2M for €44.9m in cash

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. June 18, 2012 — Sierra Wireless today announced it has entered into an exclusivity agreement for the acquisition of Sagemcom’s machine-to-machine (M2M) business. Sierra Wireless has submitted a binding offer to acquire substantially all of the assets of the business for €44.9 million in cash

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ABB acquires Tropos Networks to boost support for smart grid services

Zurich, Switzerland – ABB, the power and automation technology group, has agreed to acquire Tropos Networks Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company that develops and markets wireless technologies and products for distribution area communication networks.

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Verizon to expand into mHealth, cars and home automation as it buys Hughes Telematics for US$612m

New York and Atlanta, USA. June 1, 2012 – Verizon Communications Inc. and Hughes Telematics, Inc. today announced a definitive merger agreement under which Verizon will acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI) for $12.00 per share in cash, or a total of $612 million. The transaction will expand Verizon’s capabilities in the automotive and fleet telematics

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Beijing Motor Show reflects flourishing Chinese in-vehicle telematics market

The recent 2012 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition will be remembered for several in-vehicle telematics systems such as Ford’s SYNC, Hyundai’s BlueLink and SAIC’s iVoka.

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Dubai Municipality joins Etisalat in 'Emirates Energy Star' project

Dubai Municipality has recently confirmed their participation in a programme which aims to reduce carbon footprint levels in the country. Underpinned by Etisalat’s M2M technology, the Emirates Energy Star project is being rolled out across the country under the patronage of the Ministry of Water and Environment, Government of UAE.

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Acal BFi and TeliaSonera announce wireless M2M partnership

Acal BFi, a division of Acal plc (FTSE: ACL), has been selected to join the TeliaSonera Global M2M Services Partnership Programme. Under the programme, Acal BFi will provide hardware and product solutions for applications in the fast growing wireless M2M market place throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

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M2M managed services specialist Wireless Logic makes senior UK and European appointments

London, UK. May 14, 2012 — With growth across key European countries a major strategic objective for Wireless Logic, the UK-based M2M managed services specialist has made a number of senior appointments. Country managers now head up new subsidiaries in France, Germany and Spain

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