Siren Marine Launches Next Wave Of Connected Boat Tech

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New Technology Brings Peace of Mind to all Types of Boaters, Benefits Fleet Operators and Boat Builders

Siren Marine LLC, a pioneer in Connected BoatTM technology, has announced a late-May 2017 release date for its breakthrough MTCTM boat monitoring and tracking system, and companion iOS and Android apps.

More than two years in development, Siren Marine’s MTCTM technology enhances the overall boating experience by eliminating worry. This next generation 3G cellular system gives boaters the power to know — wherever they are — that their boat is safe, secure and ready to enjoy. Because it is affordable, easy to install and comes with a choice of cost-effective subscription options, the MTC is a practical solution for boats ranging from center consoles and bass boats to cruising sailboats and trawlers.

“As long-time boaters, we understand how valuable time on the water is,” said Siren Marine CEO and Founder Daniel Harper. “Our technology connects people with their boats in ways we’ve now become accustomed to with our homes and cars — empowering them to predict and prevent problems, rather than just react to them. With the MTC, boaters have the peace of mind that when they arrive at their boat with family and friends, they won’t find dead batteries, a flooded bilge, or worse,” added Harper.

A sophisticated base unit engineered and constructed for marine use is at the heart of Siren Marine’s MTC system. Paired with a variety of wireless and wired sensors, the MTC lets boaters “check in” on their vessel from their home, office or on the road. GPS tracking makes it easy for owners to see where the boat is, for added security and peace of mind when family members and friends are using it. Even when they’re not thinking about their boat, the MTC will automatically alert owners via the Siren Marine app to a variety of critical conditions, such as unauthorized entry/motion, battery voltage, bilge status, temperature and vessel location. No longer will boaters have to stress over such everyday situations as dragging anchors, leaky through-hull fittings or pesky marina neighbors “borrowing” their shore power cable.

 

In addition to the confidence and security that come with remote vessel monitoring and tracking, the MTC gives boaters unparalleled ability to control key onboard systems. The ability to remotely trigger an alarm or control cabin and cockpit lights, air conditioning, battery switches and more from a smartphone or computer not only enhances security, but also reduces prep time and helps get boaters out on the water and having fun faster.

This ability to monitor, track and control vessels remotely bring a range of important benefits to boat builders and fleet managers, as well. Siren Marine’s MTC will help charter companies, boat rental clubs and commercial fleets stay on top of where vessels are located, how they are being used, and how key systems are functioning — improving safety while minimizing down time and maintenance.

Affordability, ease of installation and intuitive operation were key design goals for the MTC — making the technology accessible to a wide spectrum of boaters. A choice of wired or wireless sensors lets boaters configure the optimal system for their vessel, needs and budget — as well as their personal DIY capabilities. MSRP for the MTC is $599, and the MTC-Plus, which will be available later this year, includes the base unit and four wireless sensors for just $799. With affordable yearly, monthly and seasonal (April-October) wireless subscription plans, boaters can find the most cost-effective option for their boating lifestyle.

To ensure the best possible coverage for boaters, Siren Marine has partnered with global cellular provider Vodafone. With reliable 3G service from a world communications leader, cruisers using the MTC will benefit from seamless international roaming as they travel from country to country. Wherever the destination or port along the voyage, the peace of mind that comes with the MTC will be along for the journey.

Siren Marine plans to expand its offerings later in the year with the addition of two new products. The MTC-Pro will offer even greater functionality and capabilities, while the MT will provide a scaled-down version of this technology, ideal for yacht tenders and other small boats.

Source: Siren Marine

 

Toyota pushes into blockchain tech to enable the next generation of cars

On the same day that Ford officially ousted its chief executive in a bid to remake itself as future-focused vehicle manufacturer, Toyota announced its own steps to embrace technology’s next wave.

Andwhile Ford is looking to catch up to the leaders in autonomous and electric vehicle manufacturing, Toyota (through the Toyota Research Institute) appears to be taking the next fork in the road toward enabling that autonomous and electric future.

Together with MIT’s Media Lab, Toyota has enlisted a series of partners that specialize in different aspects of blockchain technology (the distributed, encrypted ledger technology that powers the cryptocurrency bitcoin) to explore how the technology may be applied to the car industry.

Toyota unveiled a number of projects that aimed to address how software will help people become comfortable with autonomous technologies. That means monitoring and distributing information about the safety of individual vehicles, the way owners use the cars, and cut down on fraud.

“Hundreds of billions of miles of human driving data may be needed to develop safe and reliable autonomous vehicles,” said Chris Ballinger, director of mobility services and chief financial officer at Toyota’s research institute, in a statement. “Blockchains and distributed ledgers may enable pooling data from vehicle owners, fleet managers, and manufacturers to shorten the time for reaching this goal, thereby bringing forward the safety, efficiency and convenience benefits of autonomous driving technology.”

Initially the research is focusing on sharing data on every trip that an autonomous vehicle takes; on developing tools that users can have to make ride-sharing easier; and to create new insurance products that are usage-based for customers who may prefer that coverage.

“I’m excited Toyota is spearheading this initiative that uses blockchain technology to create an open platform where users can control their driving data,” said Neha Narula, Director, Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, in a statement. “Our hope is that other industry stakeholders will join this effort to bring safe and reliable autonomous vehicles one step closer to reality.”

TRI isn’t just working with MIT on the initiative, but also with a few choice startups and smaller companies big in the blockchain space. Berlin-based BigchainDB, a startup which raised over $3 million to develop a flexible, scalable blockchain-based ledger; is helping develop the kind of architecture Toyota will need to roll out to have growth and scale it wants. Meanwhile Oaken Innovations and Commuterz, from Dallas and Tel Aviv, respectively, are working to develop blockchain apps for car sharing, vehicle access and payments and carpooling.

Finally, Toyota is tapping the Los Angeles-based blockchain application developer, Gem to port the applications it has been developing for the healthcare insurance industry to car insurance. The company provides a ledger for distributed inputs from a number of different sources that can then be used to automate much of the insurance claim process.

With Toyota, Gem will specifically work on usage-based insurance products tied to the telematics coming off of a users’ vehicle.

TRI’s partners include: Berlin-based BigchainDB, which is building the data exchange for sharing driving and autonomous vehicle testing data; Oaken Innovations, based in Dallas and Toronto, is developing an application for P2P car sharing, vehicle access and payments with a newly created mobility token; Commuterz, a startup from Israel, is working with TRI on a P2P carpooling solution; Gem, from Los Angeles, is working with Toyota Insurance Management Solutions (TIMS) – Toyota’s joint venture telematics car insurance company – and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Services on the usage-based insurance platform.

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Source: Jonathan Shieber Techcrunch

Prestige cars no longer passé with car thieves

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A whopping 32% of all stolen vehicles recovered by TRACKER in 2016 were valued at less than £5,000.  The age, mileage and even brand of a vehicle doesn’t appear to matter to vehicle thieves as much as motorists may think, which should serve as a stark warning to the average car owner, advises stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER.

Interestingly, confirming the demise of the prestige car as the thieves’ number one target, the average value of cars stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was just over £16,000, down from over £19,000 in 2015 – a 13% drop in value.  Over £11.5 million worth of stolen vehicles were returned by TRACKER to their rightful owners last year, a notable 10% year-on-year increase for TRACKER.

Whilst the most expensive car recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG worth £120,000, the reality is that less than 1% of stolen vehicles TRACKER recovers are worth between £75,000-£120,000.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER and a former Chief Superintendent for South Yorkshire Police, comments, “Understandably, many vehicle owners think that organised car thieves typically target high end prestige cars. Yet our data tells us that criminals continue to target more affordable, popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models. Indeed, these were stolen in record numbers last year, with the lowest value car stolen and recovered being a VW Golf worth £400.

“If people think their car isn’t worth enough for thieves to steal it, think again. 3 out of 4 stolen cars we recovered were worth less than £20,000.  The message for all motorists is to protect their car from thieves or as we say at TRACKER – if you love it, track it!”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for over 20 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Orange Business Services helps innovative UK start-up Stonelin bring its IoT tracking technology to market

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  • Stonelin on track to launch three tracking devices
  • Orange to provide Europe and Asia IoT services over five years

Orange Business Services is supporting UK-based start-up Stonelin Communications in launching a trio of tracking devices designed to tap into diverse opportunities in the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market. The services will improve automotive, patient and worker safety and performance.

Orange will provide IoT connectivity services to Stonelin in Europe and Asia over the next five years. Orange Business Services has been involved closely with Stonelin since the prototype stages of the devices, providing advice on optimal IoT connectivity solutions. Stonelin has already run successful trials using Orange SIM technology for the new devices in strategic locations across the globe.

Stonelin plans to launch its first product – V-Trak – a  low-cost aftermarket vehicle tracker, designed for fleet managers to monitor vehicle location and driver vehicle performance, in the first half of 2017. Unlike other fleet vehicle trackers on the market, it does not require any special fittings, which means there is no time lost while the car is off the road.

This will be followed by the launch of D-Trak, a dementia and Alzheimer’s ‘lost person’ wearable tracking device with unique power management features that can track and locate patients when they wander. A base station will act as a charger to the tracker via Bluetooth, allowing the device to stay in low-power consumption mode, until a virtual fence set up by the patient’s caregiver is breached.

Last, Stonelin will release W-Trak, a tracker for carergivers working in the homecare sector where they are employed to look after people’s health and welfare needs. The tracker will monitor how much time the caregiver spends travelling and how much time is spent in each person’s home.

These innovative tracking technologies are built on the success of Pettorway, a real-time GPS pet tracker, which was developed by Stonelin’s founders.

“With our planned IoT portfolio, performance is paramount. As a start-up, the Orange experience in GPS tracking, IoT connectivity and connected device data support has been invaluable in the development of our tracking products and will ensure they realize their full potential,” explained Steven Stone, managing director, Stonelin.

“We are proud to support Stonelin with their innovative tracking technology. As a global provider, we can support them with accurate and wide scale IoT coverage. And with our Datavenue IoT and data analytics offer, we look forward to helping companies like Stonelin capitalize on the ever-increasing connected world and data explosion,” commented Helmut Reisinger, executive vice president, International at Orange Business Services.

Download an image of the V-Trak here

Source: Orange Business Services

Telefónica joins efforts with the 5G Automotive Association

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  • Telefónica becomes a member of the 5GAA contributing to the cross industry association efforts to boost developments in the connected and autonomous car arena

 

Telefónica have annouced  its active participation in the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA). The company joins a group of other leading telecommunications and automotive companies with the objective of accelerating the penetration of mobility services such as connected and autonomous car and intelligent road infrastructures.

The association main activities include defining use cases, selecting technology and establishing way ahead, initiating standardization, addressing specific needs of vehicle-to-x in terms of connectivity and leading innovation and development projects. Along with this initiative, Telefónica is also actively participating in the European Automotive-Telecom Alliance (EATA) which objective is to promote the wider deployment of connected and automated driving in Europe.

Dino Flore, General Director of the 5GAA: “We are very excited to have Telefónica as new member of 5GAA. Telefónica expertise and background will greatly benefit the association in its mission to define truly global, end-to-end connected mobility solutions”

Telefónica has been working in the connected car space for several years now and has communications and IoT solutions deployed in a large number of vehicles in several countries around the globe.

Furthermore, the company, in cooperation with Ericsson, presented the world´s first 5G remote driving concept at MWC proving certain aspects of this technology, such as reliability, high speed and low latency, which will transform the automotive industry.

As Vicente Muñoz, Telefonica´s Chief IoT Officer says: “We are delighted to join the 5GAA to bring all our efforts on the 5G technology to the automotive industry. We recently showcased our recent progress in 5G with our connected car demo at MWC in Barcelona and continue to work in this arena to make things move faster”.

Source: Telefonica

Masternaut partner with Vauxhall for pre-installed Telematics

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Exclusive partnership with Vauxhall for pre-installed telematics

18 May 2017 – Vauxhall / Opel and Masternaut have announced an exclusive partnership to provide fleet telematics services to commercial vans. As of May 2017, businesses can purchase Opel and Vauxhall vans with Masternaut’s telematics devices pre-installed, eliminating deployment time, hassle, and cost. These vehicles are then managed via the industry-leading platform Masternaut Connect, which helps customers realise substantial gains in safety, savings, service excellence, and sustainability. This offer will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

The benefits in short:

  • Management of commercial fleet data via a powerful B2B software platform
  • Customers avoid the cost, hassle and time of installing telematics
  • One partner to talk to – get everything from the Opel or Vauxhall dealership

Industry game-changer

This partnership doesn’t only help Vauxhall respond to business customers’ needs, it is a significant milestone for the rapidly growing commercial fleet telematics industry. Industry analysts estimate that over 10 million commercial vehicles in Europe will be managed with telematics by 2020, representing growth of 20% per year. Part of this growth will come from reducing hurdles to deployment, which include taking productive vehicles off the road and incurring separate installation charges.

The CEO of Masternaut, Dhruv Parekh, believes that pre-installed telematics is a game changer: “The telematics industry has witnessed impressive growth in recent years, but many companies still want easier installation. Despite its proven benefits, telematics is still only installed in a tenth of European commercial vehicles. We are proud to partner exclusively with Opel and Vauxhall to bring Masternaut’s leading technology to market in a simple and efficient way.”

With connected car and autonomous vehicle trends accelerating quickly, vehicle manufacturers are investing heavily in technology development and strategic partnerships. Opel and Vauxhall are part of GM, the second OEM to partner with market leader Masternaut, following PSA Group’s Peugeot, Citroën and DS. While Vauxhall use their own technology for cars, they sought an experienced partner to serve their business customers’ light commercial vehicles.

Technology that saves time, money and lives

Vauxhall chose Masternaut as their exclusive partner due to their industry-leading technology which, unlike other devices, reads data directly from the vehicle in a fully secure way, without risk of interference with vehicle systems. Steffen Raschig, Director Commercial Vehicles Opel & Vauxhall, said, “We were already interested in working with Masternaut, as they are one of the largest telematics providers globally. We decided to build a deeper partnership as we learned more about Masternaut’s patented hardware. The device provides read-only access to all vehicle data, providing our customers much richer insights than other telematics devices offer. We were also impressed with Masternaut’s new enterprise-grade Connect platform, which is intuitive and easy-to-use.”

With Masternaut Connect, customers have real-time visibility into vehicle locations and journeys, and they also receive smart reports on driver behaviour, timesheets, vehicle utilisation, and routes. Customers can add an in-cab driving coach that provides immediate feedback and has been shown to reduce speeding by up to 70%.

Masternaut recently conducted research across 10,000 vehicles in its customer base, finding that its technology lowered fuel consumption by 220 litres per vehicle and total fleet running costs by £660 per vehicle annually, resulting in a 3-5x ROI. In addition, smart reports and in-cab coaching help drivers to significantly reduce harsh driving events and speeding, keeping them safe on the roads. Every year, Masternaut’s 10,000+ customers avoid 300 accidents and reduce the release of CO2 by 230 million kg.

Source: Masternaut

 

Co-Star Invest in Cutting Edge Machinery to Produce RF Cable Assemblies For Connected Devices

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Co-Star a global supplier to the Mobile Communications Industry have invested in the latest cutting edge machinery to speed up the production of RF cable assembies for the latest connected devices.

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Co-Star manufacture the cables at their UK headquarters based in Harrogate and supply them Globally.

The cables are used to connect antennas to the latest 4G wireless devices in applications including: Connected Cars, Mobile Wi-Fi, Telematics,  IoT, Emergency Services and Transport.

Co-Star can manufacture the cables with any combination of connector and cable length including: SMA, FME, TNC, FAKRA, SMB.

The cable types manufactured by Co-Star are: RG58 standard, RG58 low loss, RG58 ultra low loss and RG174.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented;

” We have made a major investment in the latest machinery to enable us to increase our production capacity and speed up delivery times to our customers. We can now  turn around orders within days which helps our customers working on time critical installation projects”.

Projects that Co-Star have worked on include supplying cables to connect Wi-Fi systems in public transport, connecting critical communications systems in Ambulances and working with the Automotive industry on connected car projects.

For more information on the cable assemblies available from Co-Star please click here>

Source: Co-Star

 

 

Record first quarter for UK used car market

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  • 2.1 million used cars sold in the UK in Q1 2017, a 3.4% rise on 2016, and the highest Q1 on record.1
  • Growth seen across diesel, petrol and electric/hybrids, up 5.6%, 1.6% and 43.2%.
  • Mini segment sees biggest growth, up 13.2%, but supermini still has most sales with 728,145.

The UK used car market got off to a strong start in 2017 with a record number of vehicles sold in the UK in the first quarter, according to data released by SMMT. 2,133,956 used cars changed hands in the first three months of the year, 3.4% more than in 2016 resulting in the biggest-ever volume seen in Q1.

Diesel and petrol sales remained steady, with gains of 5.6% and 1.6% respectively. Of the 851,569 used diesel cars sold in Q1, one in five were the latest low emission Euro 6 models. More motorists also took advantage of the wide range of alternatively fuelled hybrid, electric and hydrogen cars entering the second hand market, with registrations rising 43.2% to 21,320 units. This segment accounted for 1.0% of the market, compared with 0.7% last year.

The supermini segment continued to be the most popular, accounting for more than a third of the used car market, however, the mini segment was the fastest growing – with sales up 13.2%.

While silver remained the best-selling colour at 463,959 sales, figures show its popularity may be fading with sales declining -2.1%. White cars saw the biggest growth, up 17.1%, with used car sales echoing trends seen in the new car market in recent years.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

A buoyant used car market combined with strong residual values is good news for the sector, with motorists benefitting from the wide range of models and high-tech safety and connected features entering the market. Diesel cars remain as popular as ever, with consumers now able to take advantage of the low emission Euro 6 diesels available in the used car market. It’s also positive to see sales of used electric and hybrid vehicles rise, reflecting what we have seen in the new car market. To ensure this growth is maintained and the benefits of low emission vehicles spread quickly throughout society, continued investment in infrastructure, incentives and a tax regime that encourages demand is essential.


Notes
1 SMMT used car sale records begin 2001. Second highest Q1 on record is 2016 with 2,063,674.

Rambus and Cybertrust Partner to Secure Connected Devices

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Cybertrust selects Rambus CryptoManager™ Infrastructure for secure device management and software updates  

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – May 18, 2017 – Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) today announced a partnership with Cybertrust Japan Co., Ltd. (Cybertrust), a leading provider of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions and a subsidiary of SoftBank Technology Corp.(JPX First Section: 4726), to deliver secure key provisioning and security services for connected devices spanning from enterprise multi-function printers to connected cars.

This collaboration combines the Rambus CryptoManager Infrastructure, a secure provisioning and key management system, and the Cybertrust PKI solution, to secure communication from device-to-cloud and for over-the-air (OTA) software updates. The joint solution brings two leading security providers together to deliver a turn-key platform that addresses the increasingly complex security challenges for connected devices.

“Connected device management including periodic OTA software and data updates are critical for manufacturers and service providers,” said Yasutoshi Magara, president, Cybertrust. “This joint solution optimizes highly secure, in-field device updates, safeguarding sensitive information and mitigating cyber-attacks.”

“We are excited to partner with Cybertrust, a leading security provider committed to securing critical systems,” said Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the Rambus Security Division. “Our combined expertise brings an innovative secure solution that delivers a robust platform, shielding devices from attackers and securing these OTA updates.”

Rambus CryptoManager Infrastructure provides secure key provisioning and key management services for device lifecycle management. CryptoManager provides lifecycle cryptographic security management necessary to secure connected devices over public networks. Services include:

  • Provisioning of keys during semiconductor and device manufacturing
  • Controlling critical test and debug traces
  • Enabling feature and device settings
  • Securing in-field key provisioning
  • Over-the air-updates of device software and firmware

Source: Rambus

 

Telefónica and Project Loon collaborate to provide emergency mobile connectivity to flooded areas of Peru

Within 72 hours, mobile internet connectivity was deployed to thousands of people in the most affected areas of the country.

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  • Telefonica and Project Loon have been in technical trials in Latin America since 2014 to bring internet to remote areas.

Lima, May 17th, 2017. Through a joint collaboration agreement, Telefónica Peru and Project Loon join forces to provide mobile internet connectivity emergency relief during the catastrophic floods in Peru.

During March and April of this year, a series of floods and rainfall known as “Coastal El Niño” caused serious damage to public infrastructure, including telecommunication networks. The events affected hundreds of thousands of people in a widespread area. In situations like these, connectivity services are particularly crucial and Telefónica Peru immediately focused on re-establishing communications services.

As part of this effort, Telefónica Peru and Project Loon agreed to expand the scope of our ongoing technical trials in the country to provide temporary relief to the affected populations.

In less than 72 hours, Project Loon’s balloons, which fly at 20 Km up in the stratosphere, started to provide mobile internet connectivity to tens of thousands of people in the most affected areas in the center and northwest of the country, the highlands of Lima, Chimbote and Piura.

This is the first time that balloon powered internet has connected tens of thousands of people. The joint trials in previous months had focused on integrating Project Loon’s technology into Telefónica’s network to connect people to the internet in remote areas but this was the first wide and successful scale trial directly to people’s phones.

This effort was an exceptional demonstration of the ability to collaborate between both companies during this crisis.

Telefónica and Project Loon provided basic Internet connectivity to more than 40,000 Km2 of the country, providing over 160 GB worth of data –enough to send and receive roughly 30 million WhatsApp messages, or 2 million emails.

This action was part of diverse initiatives that Telefónica executed to keep operating services and collaborate with authorities to alleviate the situation. Among these, the company gave free calls via public telephony and unlimited text messaging, and led the “TeleFon”, an initiative to provide aid to survivors with the participation of more than 110,000 Peruvian clients of the mobile industry.

Dennis Fernández, Vice-president of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs of Telefónica Perú, said: “The company focused on bringing the best connectivity support in these emergency situations, especially in the most affected areas. It was a complex logistical challenge to attend all the needs in those extreme circumstances”.

In addition to Peru, Telefónica and Project Loon have been in other technical trials in Latin America since 2014 to bring internet to remote areas.

Source: Telefonica