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KORE and Cooltrax Partner to Provide Uninterrupted Real-Time Cold Chain Management

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Leaders in IoT Infrastructure and Real-Time Cold Chain Management Deliver Seamless Temperature Reporting for Fixed and Mobile Assets

KORE, the people powering IoT innovations and opportunities, today announced an expanded partnership with Cooltrax, the leader for real-time cold chain management of fixed, mobile, and product-level assets. KORE’s reliable, seamless network coupled with Cooltrax’s cold chain management solutions help provide real-time information for cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, allowing for less food waste and increased food safety. Along with the partnership, KORE is assisting Cooltrax to obtain AT&T LTE network certification.

Cooltrax’s suite of products, powered by the KORE network, track the location of refrigerated trailers and perishable products. Their solutions also monitor all performance aspects of refrigerator units, delivering independent temperature monitoring using combined telemetry and wireless technologies. Cooltrax solutions monitor the temperature in real time in cold storage warehouses, retail and food-service refrigeration units and other climate controlled facilities using wireless tags and readers. For cold chain fleets, as well as fixed assets, it’s imperative to have up-to-date information on temperature, location and functionality to avoid possible food safety issues and the loss of product due to spoiling.

KORE enables all Cooltrax solutions and products to deliver real-time business intelligence to supply chain managers through a single, web-based interface, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. The Cooltrax Business Intelligence platform allows for customized real-time and scheduled reporting on event-based conditions including geocode/fence activity, door opening activity, temperature monitoring point variations and a variety of other events, allowing for constant control and overview of assets and environmental performance within the cold chain.

“With the 2G sunset and eventual discontinuation of 3G, it’s imperative that our solutions operate at the highest level. KORE’s LTE offering enables us to deliver the service our customers demand,” said Chris Hughes, president, Cooltrax. “KORE has been an invaluable partner in enabling service provider certification for our solutions. Our customers need real-time information on temperatures, locations and overall cold chain asset visibility and performance and KORE allows us to provide that information seamlessly.”

“Secure, managed connectivity is a critical element in cold chain management,” said Alex Brisbourne, CEO, KORE. “Our longstanding relationship with Cooltrax has focused on supporting their in-service business goals, which demand the long-term service assurance of LTE services provided by KORE over its global hub and helps provide critical solutions for cold chain businesses to ensure high standards and safe delivery to their customers.”

To learn more about how KORE can help you with device certification and your secure, managed fleet tracking connectivity needs, please visit http://www.koretelematics.com.

About KORE

KORE provides the people, expertise and technology to support the many visions of the IoT, from the Inspiration of Things to the Innovation of Things to the Internet of Things. Founded in 2003, KORE quickly rose to become the world’s largest managed network services provider specializing in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. Today, KORE is a global leader in software service and platforms that power the IoT, with millions of active on-network units. KORE is the brand powering other leading brands, including some of the world’s largest enterprise customers. KORE’s singular customer-centric focus is to identify and develop solutions that help clients realize IoT innovations and accelerate time-to-market schedules. KORE has over 350 people who serve customers in 110 countries, empowering new business models and opportunities to monetize the IoT. KORE: the people powering IoT. For more information, visit www.korewireless.com, read the KORE blog and connect with KORE on LinkedInGoogle+Facebook,TwitterYouTube and Vimeo.

About Cooltrax

Cooltrax brings unique value and confidence to its customers by providing comprehensive wireless temperature monitoring, GPS-based asset tracking, and web-enabled business intelligence tools to better manage and control the physical quality and informational integrity of their cold chain operations. For additional information, please visit the Cooltrax website at www.cooltrax.com.

Source; Kore/Cootrax

Octo Telematics Launches New Internet of Things Insurance Platform

 

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Octo Telematics Launches New Internet of Things Insurance Platform

The Next Generation Platform allows for complete flexibility in the selection of sensors, analysis and output of data for all insurance and automotive services

It will enable accelerated growth in the global auto insurance market and facilitate expansion into future adjacent insurance and automotive markets

Octo Telematics, a leading global provider of telematics and data analytics solutions for the auto insurance industry, today announced that it has launched its Next Generation Platform (NGP), a business and technology investment of more than $40 million. The platform provides open access and seamless integration of any Application Platform Interface (API), as well as a fully-modular insurance telematics structure, affording flexibility through mix-and-match service selection. The development of the platform as an IOT ecosystem, provides innovators with the scope and ability to meet the rapidly growing global demand for User-Based Insurance (UBI), that is predicted to reach 93m global policies by 2020.

Building on its best-in-industry telematics software, Octo’s NGP can take data from any sensor through its IoT hub, analyse it to deliver multidimensional analytics, and provide real-time data services to support a full digital transformation of the policyholder experience. In addition to core telematics services such as driver behaviour scoring, and crash and claims analysis, these new capabilities provide better risk analytics for insurance, OEM, and long term rental and fleet partners.

Developed with support from Salesforce, Software AG, SAS and SAP, as well as consulting firms Deloitte and Capgemini, the NGP represents a transformation of the industry’s current software platforms. The NGP was built to boost the potential of IoT and digital insurance disruption; giving companies of all scale the solution to build a complete new customer experience for policyholders and transform other insurance verticals besides auto – like home, pet, health and on-demand insurance.

“This is an important business investment, continuing the company’s 15-year history as one of the pioneers in the global telematics industry,” said Octo Telematics’ CEO, Fabio Sbianchi. “The Next Generation Platform will help us meet the growing demand from our current insurance partners, as well as making new customer acquisition faster, more efficient and open up opportunities for any system integration partners, from budding start-ups to the largest multi-national insurers.”

The development of the platform was led by Gianfranco Giannella, Chief Operating Officer at Octo, who commented, “The Next Generation Platform is a truly unique offering, merging the flexibility and openness of a horizontal IoT framework with the go-to-market readiness of vertical-Business Applications . Therefore, providing current and prospective partners the best of both worlds and democratizing access to valuable data analytics to drive further innovation of services for the insurance industry.”

Commenting on the new platform, Software AG CTO Dr. Wolfram Jost noted that, “The magnitude of Octo’s IoT vision is breath taking and working with Octo’s team in utilizing, extending and further developing our IoT software portfolio has been co-innovation at its best. This is the perfect way to partner in developing new digital IoT services: deep industry expertise from Octo combined with Software AG’s leading edge technology – together delivering a huge competitive advantage to customers and revolutionizing their businesses.”

The impacts of the platform are being felt now and will be even more so as autonomous cars move onto our roads. Insurers have previously utilized telematics to provide services such as UBI policies, moving forward through the NGP, it will also allow for greater integration of data coming directly from connected cars and enable a growing number of other third-party services such as tolling and traffic information. The technology is and will continue to be instrumental in providing the crash analysis needed to determine liability and better assess driver premiums, and also help reduce insurance fraud and streamline the claims process substantially.

The Next Generation Platform is currently live and fully operational, and will serve both current and prospective Octo customers for the foreseeable future. A webinar with additional details on the Next Generation platform will be held by GigaOM at 11:00 AM CDT/5pm BST on 12 July 2017. Additional details on the webinar are available here: https://gigaom.com/event/the-importance-of-telematics-in-an-iot-world/.

Source: Octo Telematics

 

Connected car data should be treated as personal data, says FIA

 

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Early results from a new study commissioned by FIA Region I states that most car data can be linked to a user and, therefore, should be treated as personal data.

The study examined how existing and upcoming EU legislation on data protection and liability could apply to vehicle data. It clearly dismisses the attempts to categorise data according to its technical or non-technical nature, as currently proposed by vehicle manufacturers. Data does not automatically lose relevance in terms of privacy because of its technical nature. For instance, technical information regarding a low oil gauge of a specific vehicle is linked to an identifiable customer, it directly relates to this person.

The General Data Protection Regulation, expected to enter into force from May 2018, introduces the concept of data portability, intended to allow users to transfer their personal data to a third party upon request. This provision was drafted to ensure competition. However, data protection legislation alone may not be sufficient to ensure competition as there remain concerns over the latency and quality of the data to be provided.

he study also explores whether liability obligations grant a right to access data to manufacturers. Neither the product liability Directive nor the produce safety Directive oblige manufacturers to permanently monitor data once the vehicles are on the road. If such processing of data was needed, it must be based on consumer consent. Data should also be equally shared with component manufacturers.

The initial findings from the study were presented as part of a European Commission workshop on access to data. The study was carried out by the legal consultancy Osborne Clarke in 2017. The full study will be published in the coming weeks.

Source: FIA

 

Zubie Partners RepairPal to Deliver Real-Time Car Repair Information

 

Telematics leader Zubie joins forces with RepairPal® to deliver real-time car repair information and access to certified repair shops

    

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Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics provider, today took another step forward in delivering on the promise of the connected car, announcing its partnership with RepairPal®, the place to find high-quality, trustworthy auto repair shops.

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Through the integration with RepairPal, users of the Zubie app — fleet operators, consumers and others — will have unprecedented transparency into what the “check engine light” is indicating and what action to take. The app displays not only the cause of the warning light in simple language everyone can understand, but also the severity of the problem, and an estimated cost to fix. The app includes a list of RepairPal Certified shops in the area, making it simpler to quickly schedule an appointment with a reliable, fair-priced repair shop. The RepairPal Certified network currently has nearly 2,000 shops nationwide. The app removes the unknown from dealing with car repairs — an ongoing source of car ownership frustration — making it easier than ever for Zubie customers to manage their vehicle repairs and get the help they need, when they need it.

“Together with RepairPal, we are bringing an unforeseen level of transparency to the service and repair experience for vehicle owners,” said Zubie CEO Gary Tucker. “This is just one more way that Zubie is able to make driving safer and worry-free for all of our customers.”

“Zubie’s technology is able to link customers with the RepairPal Certified network, getting them the assistance they need, when they need it most,” said Art Shaw, RepairPal CEO. “This is a powerful integration of leading technologies that can connect customers with a repair shop they can trust.”

About Zubie

Zubie, Inc. is a connected-car services and data insights company that powers business enterprises with real-time information about vehicles and drivers. Its solutions are tailored for the automotive, insurance and fleet industries, as well as consumers and small businesses. The company, formed in 2012, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with its business operations in Charleston, South Carolina. Zubie was the winner of the “2015 Best Insurance Telematics Product” award from TU Automotive, and the 2016 Tech CARS award for “Best OBDII Device with Software and Services” from Auto Connected Car. Visit Zubie.com for more information.

About RepairPal

RepairPal’s mission is to help consumers find the best auto repair shops that employ highly trained technicians, and to get fair prices for auto repair. Launched in 2007, RepairPal is the web’s most popular site for auto repair, and also the largest network of independent auto repair shops. All RepairPal Certified shops are pre-screened for quality, tools, training, and a commitment to honor the price guidelines set by RepairPal’s Fair Price Estimator©. RepairPal’s patented estimator shows consumers the fair price range for their repair in their neighborhood.

Source: Zubie

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

 

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

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

 

London remains top spot for stolen and recovered cars in 2016

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According to the latest stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) figures for 2016 from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), London continues to top the list of regions where cars were most stolen and recovered. Essex comes in second, ousting Greater Manchester which moves down to seventh place.

The most popular car among London’s thieves is the BMW X5, which also hit the most popular stolen and recovered lists in Essex, the West Midlands and Merseyside; the BMW X5 was the most stolen and recovered car of 2016 overall.  The most expensive stolen car that was recovered in 2016 was a Mercedes Benz from London worth £120,000.  TRACKER’s figures also reveal that a Mercedes C Class worth £2,000 was the least expensive car stolen in London in 2016, proving that thieves don’t just target the cars of the rich and famous.

“London is the theft and recovery hot spot for the fifth year running, proving that the Capital is a major draw for criminals,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “However, there have been some interesting shifts in regional theft and recovery activity when we compare 2016 to 2015.  Leicestershire – which tied 10th with Lancashire in 2015 – and Hertfordshire have both disappeared from the 2016 league table and South Yorkshire makes an entry at 9th place. West Yorkshire jumps up the table to 5th place, joining Kent. Surrey, like London, remains static at 6th place.”

“What’s also important to note is that the average value of vehicles stolen and recovered dropped to £16,436, down from over £19,000 in 2015. Thieves also target more affordable, yet popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models which are stolen in even greater numbers.

“Although a TRACKER device won’t prevent a vehicle from being stolen, it’s clear from our figures that they do increase the chances of it being recovered and returned by the police. We continue to work closely with all UK police forces and in 2016 we assisted with 62 arrests, helping to close the net on the criminals.”

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’S TOP TEN REGIONS WHERE CARS ARE STOLEN AND RECOVERED
2016 2015
1. London and Greater London 1. London and Greater London
2. Essex 2. Greater Manchester
3. West Midlands 3. West Midlands
4 & 5. = West Yorkshire/Kent 4. Essex
6. Surrey 5. Kent
7. Greater Manchester 6. Surrey
8. Merseyside 7. West Yorkshire
9. South Yorkshire 8. Hertfordshire
10. Lancashire 9. Merseyside
10. = Lancashire/Leicestershire
Source; Tracker

Smart Telemetry Tags used to capture underwater data that will help monitor climate change

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LPWA Helping to Track Wildlife and Provide Data on Climate Change; University of St Andrews Developing New Smart Tags to Track Seals Using NB-IoT Technology

21 February 2017, London: The University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) is developing smart telemetry tags using Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) technology to track and monitor the movement of harbour seals and research their population decline. NB-IoT is a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technology that was standardised by the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative and will play a fundamental role in the emerging ‘Internet of the Seas’ by capturing underwater data that will help to monitor climate change.

The new sensors being developed by SMRU will be harmlessly attached to the seals in order to log detailed data on the animals’ behaviour, such as location and dive depth, as well as temperature, salinity and, eventually, underwater sound. Low power devices and networks in licensed spectrum vastly improve wildlife tracking by enabling more efficient tracking tags that are smaller and less intrusive.

SMRU expects to trial the new NB-IoT enabled marine tags later this year. In 2016, it successfully gathered information for analysis from harbour seals in Orkney, Scotland, using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. Mobile IoT networks have the potential to deliver improvements in mobile coverage and the built-in device modules offer battery life superior to devices reliant on conventional cellular technologies.

“The GSMA is supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by exploring how mobile technology can be utilised to capture vital information to support wildlife conservation projects around the world, as well as protect the oceans, seas and the species living in them,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “The intersection between Mobile IoT technologies and global conservation projects such as this is exciting, timely and powerful and will play a fundamental role in helping to achieve healthy and productive oceans.”

The Internet of the Seas
NB-IoT technology can also be used to support the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a UNESCO programme that coordinates global ocean data from different governance bodies. NB-IoT can help monitor climate change by means of low energy sensors and data relay channels that capture information on the temperature and salinity of the oceans. Combined and standardised with data from other sea monitoring systems, such NB-IoT-derived data will help provide scientists and oceanographers with accurate information on the world’s oceans. Tagging animals with smart tags also helps scientists to use their mobility and diving skills to explore both distant and deep parts of oceans.

“NB-IoT technology is the future of our research and allows us to springboard from the success of our previous work using M2M technology and capture far more detailed data in a much more efficient way,” said Dr Bernie McConnell, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews. “Many species, both marine and aquatic, are under threat. NB-IoT is ideally suited to be a global carrier of animal information that will provide vital data needed to inform and benefit wildlife conservation worldwide.”

SMRU was approached by the Scottish Government to investigate why seals on the east coast of Scotland and the Northern Isles were in serious decline with a 70 per cent reduction over the last ten years. The natural habitat of animals around the world is being impacted by climate change that is disrupting food chains and biodiversity. The research is ongoing but the possible reasons for the decline could be food limitation, disease, aggression from grey seals, predation by killer whales, and poisoning from harmful algal blooms. A crucial element will be in discovering where the threatened seals feed at sea.

The GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative
LPWA networks are a high-growth area of the IoT designed for M2M applications that have low data rates, require long battery lives and operate unattended for long periods of time, often in remote locations. They will be used for a wide variety of applications such as industrial asset tracking, safety monitoring, water and gas metering, smart grids, city parking, vending machines and city lighting. The GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative is designed to accelerate the commercial availability of LPWA solutions in licensed spectrum. These licensed standards allow operators to optimise their existing mobile network infrastructure through an upgrade to LTE-M for LTE networks, while NB-IoT can use both 2G and 4G spectrum. It is currently backed by 30 of the world’s leading mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies. The GSMA Mobile IoT initiative is supporting the industry with multiple global pilots with full commercial solutions expected in market later this year.

Mobile IoT at Mobile World Congress 2017
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA’s Connected Living Programme will host the ‘GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit’ with leading industry experts on Sunday, 26 February from 13:00 – 17:30. The session will explore how the industry is working together to realise the full potential of Mobile IoT. There will also be a separate session, ‘Mobile IoT (LPWA) – Open for Business’, on Wednesday, 1 March from 13:30 – 15:30 that will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest commercial rollouts, launches and pilots. There will also be number of demonstrations of LPWA technology at the GSMA Innovation City located in Hall 4 in Fira Gran Via. For more information or please visit www.gsma.com/connectedliving/event/mobile-world-congress-2017/ or download the Connected Living IoT Guide to MWC 2017:
http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/iot-guide-mwc17/. For more information on the GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative go to: www.gsma.com/connectedliving/mobile-iot-initiative/

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Source: GSMA