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Japanese Ministry leads Connected Car Cybersecurity initiative

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Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has drawn up guidelines in a bid to defend against the hacking of an envisaged next-generation driving support system that is expected to help accelerate the development of autonomous driving cars.

The ministry is concerned about the possibility that a cyberattack on the system might lead to traffic accidents.

The ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Connect Promotion Consortium, which is developing the system with the government, plans to establish specifications on the technology to prevent such cyberattacks in autumn this year, sources familiar with the matter said. The consortium is made up of automakers and electronics-makers.

The system is aimed at helping ensure safe driving by distributing information on nearby automobiles and pedestrians, traffic signals and other relevant matters collected through radio communications to moving vehicles. The vehicles will alert the drivers to possible dangers.

The consortium will consider encrypting such information by using special technologies to prevent it from being altered, the sources said.

The next-generation driving support system is also expected to improve automatic emergency braking technologies for preventing collisions.

Autonomous driving uses such equipment as an on-vehicle camera and sensor that collect information on the surrounding environment, with related technologies being developed by automakers and electronics-makers.

The planned next-generation driving support system is being touted as a way to strengthen the safety of autonomous driving by providing information on blind spots, the sources said.

Toyota Motor Corp. is considering introducing equipment compatible with the system in a planned fully remodeled version of its Prius hybrid vehicle and other vehicle models.

Source: Japan Times/Telematics Info

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RapidRide uses Cradlepoint to provide WiFi access to commuters in the US

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FLEET ADMINISTERS MOBILE WIRELESS TO HI-TECH COMMUTERS

SUMMARY

King County, Washington has become one of America’s major technology hubs. Large companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have major offices there, and hundreds of smaller technology companies have started up in the greater Seattle area. With so many hi-tech employees using public transportation, King County decided that it could serve its ridership better by providing WiFi access on its RapidRide commuter bus lines. After an extensive search and in-depth testing, the County’s Metro Transit Division’s System Development & Operations department implemented Cradlepoint LTE networking solutions in its fleet of high-end commuter buses.

COMPANY PROFILE

In 2006, King County voters passed an initiative calling for the creation and continued funding of a new high-tech, high-speed commuter transportation system. RapidRide buses, which serve approximately 30,000 passengers per day, have introduced a number of high-end features to the county’s transit system. The buses send signals to traffic lights so green lights stay green longer and red lights switch to green faster. To provide convenient service, the buses are scheduled to run at least every 10 minutes during the busiest morning and evening travel hours. Bus passengers have access to real-time route information at stops and on board the buses. By providing services that encourage residents to take advantage of this affordable, energy-efficient alternative to private vehicles, King County hopes to relieve road congestion and contribute to cleaner air.

BUSINESS NEEDS

According to King County Department of Transportation (DOT) IT project manager Greg Debo, studies show that between 2000 and 2012, the percentage of adults who own cell phones increased from 53% to 88%. As such, the County knew that providing WiFi access on the buses would be well received by a highly “wired” ridership. But the county had to be very cost conscious about providing WiFi access to these devices. They needed a solution that was affordable and “bullet-proof.” Installing a system that did not provide a consistent, high level of service would only result in customer/rider complaints.

We service an area that includes Seattle, Redmond, and Bellevue [the center of the Microsoft campus], so there’s no question; it’s a service a lot of people are taking advantage of,” says Debo. “Whether it’s just to socialize or check work email, now people can use the time they spend on their bus ride more productively.”

The DOT’s IT Department conducted extensive research to establish criteria for the solution it needed. Then it selected a small group of devices from various manufacturers that met baseline criteria. Criteria included durability, serviceability, compatibility, expandability, remote manageability, and cost. The few devices that met the criteria were physically setup and configured to perform a road test. Based on the results, the System Development & Operations team selected Cradlepoint IBR600LE-PWD. The team concluded that Cradlepoint would give King County the greatest benefit in terms of time, cost, and quality.

The county’s Vehicle Maintenance Electronics division installed the devices in 113 buses, and then implemented Cradlepoint Enterprise Cloud Manager so that the team could monitor and manage all the devices from one central location.

BENEFITS

Remote Access: As a government entity answerable to tax payers, King County is continually trying to find ways to do more with less. IT project manager Debo’s challenge was to find a way to oversee the county’s mobile wireless network with a limited number of staff.

“A key element in our decision was that Cradlepoint has a method to remotely manage the devices through the cloud. I needed to make sure that we could efficiently execute the right firmware updates, the right patch updates, and hot fixes on all 100-plus devices—without our staff having to physically travel to each bus.”

Real-Time Control: Enterprise Cloud Manager also enables Debo to be proactive, to see problems as they develop, and to put solutions in place to keep the devices up and running.

“If a device has an issue, I can go in and stop it and restart it. Or I can remove it from a group, reconfigure it, and then push it back into service. And I can do all of this from my desk, instead of having to find the bus, physically remove the device, and make passengers go all day without having WiFi access. Enterprise Cloud Manager simplifies and streamlines our ability to manage our mobile wireless network.”

Peace of Mind: Part of King County’s fiduciary responsibility is to protect its investments. B y purchasing Cradlepoint CradleCare for its devices, the county benefited from extended warranties as well as from enterprise support agreements, installations, and site surveys to optimize WiFi and 3G/4G/LTE signal strength to increase performance and uptime.

“We’ve invested a lot of money to provide WiFi access on our RapidRide buses. If something happens to the devices, we can just rest a little easier knowing that we’ve bought the CradleCare services.”

Small Footprint: Even on a large bus, space can be at a premium. The Cradlepoint COR IBR600LE-PWD takes up very little space while still delivering WiFi to as many as 64 passengers at a time.

Passenger Support: According to King County, recent customer surveys show that approximately half of all RapidRide riders have taken advantage of on-board WiFi. Twenty to thirty percent say that they use WiFi every time they travel on a RapidRide bus. The county’s analytics show that passengers made more than 5,500 connections in October 2013 alone, and it expects this number to grow as RapidRide passengers become aware of this fast, new Cradlepoint-enabled WiFi connection.

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VE Connect use Cradlepoint COR IBR600 for flexible connectivity

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VENDORS EXCHANGE TRANSFORMS RETAIL AUTOMATION WITH FULLY INTERACTIVE DIGITAL SIGNAGE

SUMMARY

The VE CONNECT is no ordinary vending machine. The “traditional” vending machine experience – dropping coins into a metal and glass box, punching numbers into a keypad, and watching a bag of pretzels fall from the slot – now has a ferocious challenger that comes with rotating 3D product images, sleek multimedia advertising, and unique informational displays, all experienced through a beautiful, intuitive, interactive touchscreen.

While the VE CONNECT is certainly transforming the traditional vending of chips and sodas, it is also moving the automated retail experience into other markets. You might soon spot the VE CONNECT interface distributing:

  • Purple nail polish at grocery stores and malls
  • Laptop batteries and other computer peripherals at business offices
  • Protective gear such as goggles, helmets, and gloves at factories
  • Fancy cupcakes at airports

A typical vending machine gives instant gratification in places where cost and/or space limitations make a regular store impossible or impractical. The VE CONNECT has that same benefit – in a much slicker package – but it also functions as a digital sign when no one is directly interacting with it and can be used as a virtual shopping device.

CHALLENGE

The VE CONNECT requires constant Internet connectivity for uninterrupted operations and an optimal customer experience. These machines are distributed all over the world in incredibly diverse locations including university campuses, factories, malls, airports, sidewalks, and business offices, each with different connectivity challenges. Vendors Exchange needed a single connectivity solution that was both affordable and would work in any environment.

With narrow profit margins, there is little room for error, especially with no one there to troubleshoot. “We wanted to make sure that when we integrated technology, we didn’t disrupt the existing functions of the VE Connect,” explains Chris Goumas, Senior Vice President of Business Development and User Experiences. “Installation of the Cradlepoint is seamless, enabling our machines to create a dynamic user experience.”

SOLUTION

Vendors Exchange needed a network solution that was reliable, cost-effective, and could easily connect to any of the following Internet sources – depending on the unique needs of each diverse location:

  • Ethernet
  • Public WiFi (e.g. university campuses)
  • Private WiFi (e.g. office buildings)
  • Mobile broadband from numerous carriers around the world

The Cradlepoint COR IBR600 with robust features in a small, M2M-designed package met the requirements. The Cradlepoint COR was built for flexible and reliable connectivity anywhere through Ethernet, WiFi, or its embedded modem that works with carriers around the world.

Vendors Exchange found a perfect marriage for its VE CONNECT in the Cradlepoint COR, in part because of its flexibility, but also because of its excellent reliability. “Shy of unplugging the device, Cradlepoint routers pretty much run all the time,” says Goumas. “That’s been something I haven’t had to worry about as we bring this game-changing technology to the world.”

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Telit Introduces New Pan-European Connectivity Solution For The Internet of Things

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Telit’s connectivity portfolio of basic and value-added communication services can now be employed as a separate package 

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the introduction of a Pan-European coverage with enhanced performance, one roaming price for all operators. Features include seamless roaming across Europe as well as Russia and Turkey; In addition, value-added services that allow customers to remotely manage and troubleshoot their deployment (e.g. roaming steering control by the end customer) are offered, thereby improving serviceability and transparency to their end customers.

Out-of-the box

M2M/IoT deployment faces different challenges than consumer subscribers.  Connectivity offering is often not suitable for the life cycle of a M2M/IoT solution.

“Many IoT projects have failed because operators could not provide the right business solution,” said Sammy Yahiaoui, Services Sales Manager EMEA at Telit. “Now connectivity comes out-of-the box for a fixed, comprehensive and affordable price. It’s tightly integrated with the hardware, the modules, and a portfolio of deployment and troubleshooting services which provides additional, innovative functionality. For example, the Intelligence service gives customers a quick and easy way to analyze the business performance of their M2M/IoT deployments.”

Service bundles include module plus SIM, module plus SIM plus value-added services, and a bundle that extends connectivity to the Cloud. When new projects are created, significant benefits are obtained when the full offer is utilized. These services are agnostic and available for customers that use a third-party for their connectivity.

For further information please go to: www.telit.com/pan-European

Source: Telit

BMW supports a shift to cities based around people rather than cars

BMW Group supports a paradigm shift to cities based around people rather than cars. Presentation of concepts that explore how urban mobility can be managed without private cars; Electric car sharing as a key component; BMW i3 now available via DriveNow.
BMW i3 at DriveNow Berlin

Electric car sharing represents an important pillar of the BMW Group’s efforts to help create a sustainable model for urban mobility, reduce traffic volumes and improve the quality of life in cities. In order to bring this goal within reach through partnership with cities, the BMW Group set up a Centre of Urban Mobility Competence in early 2015. The team of experts brought together under its roof are working with cities and the relevant stakeholders to develop sustainable concepts for future mobility in urban areas. Today’s press conference signals the official start of operations at the BMW Competence Centre.

At the same time, 100 all-electric BMW i3 cars are now available for DriveNow car sharing customers in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. In London the BMW i3 was already added to the DriveNow fleet in May, and other cities in Germany and Europe will soon follow suit.

DriveNow has added more than 470,000 customers around the world over the last four years, including 430,000 in Germany (120,000 in Berlin). Since 2013, DriveNow has been running 60 all-electric BMW ActiveE cars in Munich and Berlin as part of the WiMobil and ePlan research projects. They have performed outstandingly well in day-to-day use and will now be replaced by 40 BMW i3 cars in Berlin, 30 in Hamburg and 30 in Munich. “Our customers have enjoyed using the BMW ActiveE cars as much as the conventional vehicles in our fleet,” says Nico Gabriel, managing director of DriveNow. “This initiative has enabled us to put around 3,000 people per month behind the wheel of an all-electric vehicle for the first time – and, in so doing, spark their enthusiasm for electric mobility. The introduction of the BMW i3 into our fleet is the logical next step, and will soon be followed by a range of others in Germany, Europe and around the world,” adds Gabriel.

Electric car sharing acts as a catalyst for electric mobility.

Another key element for the BMW Group is the important role electric car sharing has to play in driving forward electric mobility as a whole in Germany. Vehicles involved in electric car sharing schemes boost the use of charging points in cities – and on a more predictable basis. This rapidly makes electric mobility visible and more easily accessible to local people, turning it from a niche activity into an everyday reality. It breaks down barriers and eases the pathway into electric mobility.

eCarsharing is an important component of sustainable urban mobility concepts.

Electric mobility and car sharing represent two important building blocks for the BMW Group when it comes to working with cities to develop revolutionary mobility concepts. As Dr Bernhard Blättel, Vice President Mobility Services at BMW AG, explains: “A significant change has taken place within the BMW Group. In line with our strategic goals, we are setting out to establish ourselves as the leading supplier of premium products and premium services for personal mobility worldwide. We are witnessing the changes our customers and society as a whole are making and we are taking them on board. Our aim is to work towards developing a higher quality of life in cities with ample space for urban living. Set up at the start of this year, the Urban Mobility Competence Centre has since provided us with a team of experts who are working with cities and the associated stakeholders to develop and implement new concepts for future urban mobility. In the BMW Group’s view, it is possible to further improve mobility for people living in urban areas. It is not a contradiction in terms to improve mobility and at the same time ensure cities offer a high quality of life for the people who live there.”

The quality of life in our increasingly densely populated cities can be improved significantly by putting public spaces to different use. One way we can achieve this is by freeing up a large portion of the parking areas currently required. To make this possible, mobility concepts and frameworks need to be in place which can spark people’s enthusiasm for urban mobility beyond their own car. Local public transport continues to provide the backbone of mobility services in urban areas. Complementing local public transport with car sharing schemes and other modes of transport, and creating seamless intermodal connections, allows people to use all the routes through a city. This results in a significant reduction in the volume of cars looking for parking spaces and in the number of parking spaces required, not to mention improvements in air quality and noise emissions.

The recently published main points of the German federal government’s car sharing legislation fundamentally address this approach. The legislation enables cities to offer parking privileges for car sharers over private car users in the public interest. On the assumption that these kinds of incentives apply in equal measure for users of station-based and non-station-based car sharing, cities would be able to make substantial progress when it comes to extending the reach of sustainable mobility.

The same applies to Germany’s electric mobility legislation, which, among other things, gives cities the option of designating parking areas exclusively for electric vehicles. This can also help local authorities meet their aims when it comes to limiting vehicle emissions. Indeed, authorities can combine such an approach with a well-thought-through strategy for sustainable urban development to set the tone and embark on a course towards creating an environment that provides a higher quality of life.

BMW Group is a leading provider of mobility solutions; Urban Mobility Competence Centre paves the way.

The BMW Group has recognised the changing nature of the challenges it faces when it comes to mobility and broadened its corporate strategy accordingly. The company’s strategic roadmap runs up to 2020 and is clearly defined: the BMW Group aims to be the leading supplier of premium products and premium services for personal mobility worldwide. Alongside DriveNow, this involves other services such as ParkNow and ChargeNow. The substantial pressure on parking in central areas of cities around the world gives rise to considerable traffic caused by people looking for parking spaces – and with it unnecessary emissions. For drivers, this is often the most unpleasant part of a journey. ParkNow serves as an integrated platform on which to manage parking using both public areas and private spaces.

The benefits for users are clear. But there are also advantages when it comes to parking space monitoring in cities if parking tickets can be paid for online and the number of ticket machines reduced. Depending on parking demand, it is also possible to use real-time information in cars to manage traffic by showing drivers the likelihood, based on a learning algorithm, of a space being available on a given street. If there are no parking spaces available in a particular area, this allows traffic caused by people looking for spaces there to be avoided from the outset. This idea can be extrapolated to provide another parking management option – i.e. pegging parking prices to current demand.

The intermodal route guidance function integrated into the navigation system of the BMW i3 moves things forward another step. When route guidance is activated, this function shows not only the most efficient route to the desired destination by car, but also an intermodal connection, should this provide the most efficient solution. For example, a switch onto local public transport – using precise timetable data – or a rental bike can be integrated into the route guidance process. The intermodal route guidance function, which will be introduced gradually across all the BMW Group’s vehicles, allows additional traffic to be avoided and the driver to be pointed actively in the direction of alternative local public transport options.

The technical and conceptual solutions we have detailed here are all part of the BMW Group’s constantly expanding portfolio. Working together intelligently, they open the door to new forms of urban traffic management in the years ahead. Our long-term vision is for cities to offer an enhanced quality of life, in which more efficient organisation of mobility solutions helps to create a new environment in which to live. The top priority of the Competence Centre is to safeguard mobility for all users at its current level at the very least. Deprivation or coercion are not an option. Instead, the types of mobility available will be improved and coordinated so effectively that people will adopt them as a logical consequence.

Source: BMW

 

Telefonica to provide M2M services to GrDF’s smart gas meter project

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Telefonica Business Solutions is one of the key suppliers chosen by GrDF for its m2m Smart Meters Gas project. This contract highlights Telefonica’s expertise in m2m technology and its position as a key player on the energy & utilities market.
The new French and European smart meters implementation regulations are designed to better control energy consumption. To achieve this, GrDF chose to upgrade its metering system with its new meter GAZPAR; a project worth 1 billion euros in investments.
The project will start with a pilot phase in 2015 with the aim to equip 11 million users with a smart meter by 2022. Telefonica’s Smart m2m platform provides a connectivity solution adapted to the needs of GrDF’s smart meter project while also offering new fleet management features. Ultimately, the system will connect up to 15,000 hubs throughout France and will provide mobility tools for GrDF operational teams. The remote system will then record data on a daily basis. With this independent platform provided by Telefonica consumers will benefit from full data protection.
Smart Gas Grids: bringing social, economic and environmental innovations
A first step towards better energy consumption management, GrDF’s smart gas meter project GAZPAR involves the deployment of Smart Gas Grids also called intelligent energy networks. m2m technologies allow smart meters to provide further technological information and new communications features.
Daniel Jimenez, Enterprise and Multinationals CEO, Telefonica Business Solutions: “Thanks to this key deal, as well as the agreement with the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DEEC) to deliver smart meters communications, Telefonica extends its expertise in the smart metering arena”.
Patrick Dradoise, GrDF Gas Smart Meter Program Director: “The future belongs to energy networks that communicate and which we call Smarts Gas Grids. These smart meters are the first step in more ambitious projects, such as distributed power production or the injection of biogas like biomethane into natural gas networks”.
This agreement reinforces Telefonica’s position as a provider of telecommunications services to multinationals in the French market where the telco has recently announced the creation of a joint commercial organization with Bouygues Telecom to generate new business sales both within France and internationally. 
Source: Telefonica

Audi intensifies the expansion of connectivity in cars in China

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AUDI AG concluding extensive cooperation agreements with Baidu and Huawei

  • Audi is enabling seamless and fast automotive smartphone use for its customers in China
  • Brand with the four rings is integrating Baidu CarLife in its cars
  • Ricky Hudi, Head of Development Electrics/Electronics at AUDI AG: “We are working with strong partners and are driving progress in networking the car with the Internet and its surroundings.”
Audi and Baidu CarLife – Integration of smartphones into the car
Audi and Baidu CarLife – Integration of smartphones into the car

Audi is intensifying the expansion of connectivity of its cars in China, according to an announcement by the premium carmaker in advance of the first CES Asia taking place in Shanghai. With Baidu CarLife, Audi will also be offering uncompromising integration of smartphones in its cars in China. A China-specific LTE module, which Audi is developing in a joint venture with Huawei, will deliver fast data transmission.

“The aim of our partnership with Baidu – a company that is number one on the Chinese search engine market – is to drive advances in the online networking of our cars in China,” says Ricky Hudi, Head of Development Electrics/Electronics at AUDI AG. Baidu CarLife is a smartphone integration for use in the automobile, similar to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

As soon as customers connect their smartphone to the car, the Audi smartphone interface starts up. On the MMI display, an environment opens with customized Baidu apps that are very popular in China, especially among young people. CarLife will operate with both iOS and Android, which will allow Audi reach the vast majority of customers.

Audi and Baidu already agreed to form a partnership at the end of January. Along with integration of Baidu CarLife, other components of the partnership include joint development of map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions. For example, they enable the transfer of destination data into the car from a Baidu Map on a computer or smartphone. In addition to Baidu CarLife, another cooperative effort being shown by Audi at CES Asia is the Audi tablet, which already includes the integrated Baidu web browser and Baidu app store.

To assure its Chinese customers of unlimited use of their online services in the automobile, quick and seamless data transmission must be guaranteed. Audi is adapting to market-specific requirements in Asia. Audi has signed an agreement with Huawei Technologies Co., one of the world’s largest network providers, for the development and utilization of an Asia-specific LTE module. Audi will use the module in China, Japan and Korea. It supports the TDD-LTE (Time Division Duplexing) wireless standard by China Mobile, which was redefined in 2013, and the FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplexing) standard. This makes Audi the first premium automaker to offer a fully integrated LTE solution in China.

Source: Audi

Novatel Wireless to Supply Connectivity for In-Car Cleverness

Novatel Wireless will be supplying In-Car Cleverness a portfolio mix of specialized and scalable cellular Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions for both commercial and consumer telematics markets. The solution will be deployed in the United Kingdom first and is now commercially available for deployment throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Demand for in-car telematics has experienced acceleration due to government mandated road safety initiatives throughout the regions. These initiatives propel demand for value-add services such as theft-tracking, emergency services, remote vehicle monitoring, roadside assistance, driver behavior monitoring and auto diagnostics.

Under the agreement, In-Car Cleverness offer the Novatel Wireless line of MiFi Drive IoT solutions for telematics in addition to licensing the Novatel Wireless Device Manager software for remote management of devices. The portfolio includes plug and play OBD II devices that support all five engine OBD protocols, fixed trackers, and “vehicle-as-hub” gateways. Unique features for telematics applications, such as highly sensitive dual accelerometers, advanced diagnostics, pin-point GPS/GLONASS technology, programmable platforms, and cellular certified network options are available in a variety of compact, M2M grade designs customized to the unique needs of different vehicle types.

With MiFi Drive as the motor that enables the In-Car Cleverness platform, customers benefit from reliable, precise driver behavior data and diagnostics. The solution targets car rental companies, fleets, auto dealerships, and automobile insurance companies that require reliable, cutting-edge technology. The technology not only helps businesses mitigate risk and improve efficiencies, it delivers valuable insights on driver behavior that are critical to making informed, proactive business decisions. Users benefit from overall improved driver safety, reduced premiums, and a motivation to be more conscious drivers.

Source: Novatel Wireless

Telefonica and Visualnacert sign an agreement to bring visual solution to farming

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Telefónica and VisualNacert have signed a collaboration agreement to bring the visual solution to the market, a technological tool that enables a new way of visualization and use of information for farming decision making.

This new partner, who becomes part of the m2m Global Partner Programme of Telefónica España, brings a very interesting solution to the agri-food sector. The solution enables crop georeferentiation in any part of the world, with integrated custom information visualization, becoming a critical element so that companies can explore new and more efficient business methods based on production and management techniques evolution.

Information and Communications Technologies, in a more globalized and technical world, have become essential to the agri-food sector

Visual is an innovative solution, highlighting its following features: agricultural plantation geolocalization and visualization from anywhere; in addition, classifies and searches parcels of land based on custom criteria (for example quality; productivity; sanitary state; production ranking; inspection management or seeding year).

Moreover, it generates individual and aggregated data for plantations with SIGPAC cartographic integration; with land registry and with external climate data. It can also custom information based on user profiles and roles; has multi-device access; can generate on-screen or paper reports and manage photos and documentation for each parcel.

The signature of this agreement is a big step forward for both companies to become partners and lead the market of TIC applied solution in a sector, the farming sector, that can increase its productivity thanks to technological changes. The key of the competitive advantage of this solution is the combination of deep knowledge on the sector and mapping technologies, and data analysis that comes within.

With this move, Telefónica guarantees the best quality in communications and technology evolution, continues to develop end-to-end M2M Solutions in traditional sectors, aiming to lead the development of advanced technological solutions, providing its clients with precise tools to improve business results in any sector.

Telefónica will deploy this solution internationally and looks forward to making this a global solution.

About VisualNacert

VisualNacert is a company mentored by Wayra in 2014, Telefónica´s start-up accelerator, that has been able to make its proposal an integrated product within Telefonica´s M2M commercial portfolio.

About Telefonica Business Solutions

Telefonica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, manages globally the Enterprise (Large Enterprise and SME), MNC (Multinational Corporations), Wholesale (fixed and mobile carriers, ISPs and content providers) and Roaming businesses within the Telefonica Group. Business Solutions develops an integrated, innovative and competitive portfolio for the B2B segment including digital solutions (m2m, Cloud, Security, eHealth, Digital Marketing or Education) and telecommunication services (international voice, IP, bandwidth capacity, satellite services, mobility, integrated fixed, mobile, IT services and global solutions). Telefonica Business Solutions is a multicultural organization, working in over 40 countries and with service reach in over 170 countries.

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For more information about Telefonica’s m2m business, visit www.m2m.telefonica.com or follow them on Twitter at @m2mtelefonica and Linkedin.

Source: Telefonica

VANMOOF uses Vodafone M2M for safer cycling

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VANMOOF was founded in 2008 and like many entrepreneurial businesses its founders had spotted a gap in the market. The company pursue one goal only: helping the ambitious city dweller to move around town faster, more confidently and in utmost style.

Business Need

VANMOOF wanted to include GPS connectivity in its e-bike to help combat bike theft and map commuter routes. The company needed a connectivity solution that would allow stolen bikes to be tracked, anywhere in the world.

Solution

VANMOOF uses Vodafone Global M2M SIMs, integrated in the bike frames, to provide connectivity for all its e-bikes. It means VANMOOF can manage all SIMs from the Vodafone Global M2M platform, with price consistency, for bikes shipped anywhere in the world. Vodafone connectivity, and the Global SIMs’ ability to roam to a secondary network if needed, makes for a more robust tracking solution.

Business Benefits

  • Enables a robust bike tracking solution, combating bike theft
  • Ensures global connectivity redundancy from one SIM, managed off one platform, simplifying worldwide go-to-market
  • Boosts marketing and brand credibility, partnering with a global communications leader

We’re a start-up, with a small marketing budget. We need to work with partners who can bring something extra. It is an asset to us to have Vodafone’s credibility and long-term vision.Niels Bark, Sales and Marketing Manager, VANMOOF

Source: VANMOOF