Consumers gravitate toward telephone companies for connected smart home services

London, UK – When it comes to purchasing smart home systems, consumers in major global economies prefer to buy from their familiar telephony providers, according to a new survey conducted by IMS Research, now part of IHS.

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Smart meter technology grew more popular in 2012, according to Navigant Research survey

Boulder, Colorado, USA – According to a new consumer survey from Navigant Research, favourable attitudes toward the concept of the smart grid in general, and toward smart meters in particular, increased noticeably in 2012.

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Telematics could cut consumer confusion and increase loyalty for car insurance industry

Insurance telematics, a system through which premiums can be calculated based on an individual’s driving habits and behaviours, represents a significant opportunity to insurance companies, according to a new survey by YouGov and O2, the commercial brand of Telefónica UK.

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Digi helps Wildlife Research Institute study bear hibernation with remote monitoring solution

Minnetonka, Minnesota, US – Digi International has developed a remote monitoring solution for the Wildlife Research Institute that allows the monitoring of bears in their dens during hibernation.

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Survey finds Brazil, China, Germany and India most ready for M2M to drive connected, smarter cities

Walldorf, Germany – Findings from a study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of SAP AG have highlighted that almost 30%  of IT decision makers (ITDMs) agree that smart cities would be the most beneficial outcome of deployment of M2M technologies.

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Safety and security telematics to be installed in 1 in 7 cars shipping globally in 2013, says ABI Research

London, UK – With infotainment functionality such as music streaming, connected navigation, and social networking having dominated much of the connected car market in 2011 and 2012, traditional safety and security telematics is expected to make a comeback in 2013

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Strategic Research Unit for smart grids and super grids to be opened in DNV KEMA's headquarters in Arnhem

DNV will open a new Strategic Research Unit at DNV KEMA’s global headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, which will focus exclusively on the further development of smart grids and super grids

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Ovum sees a US$1.5bn opportunity for PON vendors from China’s smart grids

The deployment of smart grids based on PON fiber communications will provide a US$1.5–$2bn opportunity to FTTx PON component and equipment vendors, according to global analyst firm Ovum

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Global smart electricity meter installed base to double by 2016

By the end of 2016, the global installed base of advanced electricity meters is expected to double, according to a new market study from IMS Research

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Sony and InterDigital team to launch M2M-focused joint venture called Convida Wireless

InterDigital and Sony Corporation of America have announced the launch of a joint venture to combine Sony’s consumer electronics expertise with InterDigital’s wireless machine-to-machine and bandwidth management research.

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The $$ cost of M2M hype and false hopes

(EDITORIAL): How often have you looked at M2M research figures and muttered, “Really?” Many of the people I talk to, says editor, Jeremy Cowan, are as unimpressed as I am by forecasts of billions of connected devices and trillion dollar revenues. Eventually such figures become meaningless.

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