Tech Mahindra bags Bombardier aircraft ground support system contract

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s fifth largest software services firm Tech Mahindra has bagged a contract from Bombardier to develop an aircraft ground support system (AGSS). Under the agreement, Tech Mahindra will develop the AGSS for Bombardier’s Aircraft Health Management System (AHMS) for the C Series family of aircraft, a statement said. The financial details were not disclosed.

China Motor employs cloud computing to manage multinational operations

ChinaNetwork Aasia — China Motor is employing SmartCLOUD, taking advantage of the platform’s dense network and ubiquitous bandwidth in the Greater China Region. The firm has incorporated its ERP system into 40 branch offices in Greater China, establishing a foundation to develop the new market, while enhancing management efficiency and reducing HR costs. China Motor was established in 1969 and began technology exchanges with Mitsubishi Motors in 1970 to produce a variety of car and motorcycle parts.

Thailand’s the world’s 2nd most dangerous place for drivers. This might be the solution

ThailandTech In Asia — But the reality is that IoT is already in a lot of different industries, changing them slowly but fundamentally. Thailand-based startup Drvr (pronounced “driver”) is putting the technology to use in fleet management for logistics companies using telematics – technology used in devices for sending and receiving information remotely.

Acer, ATS sign partnership with Germany-based car vendor for in-car service solution

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer and its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) partner Advanced Telematic System (ATS) recently signed contracts with a first-tier car vendor in Germany to provide an in-car solution that is able to identify and manage the driver and provide specific navigation and entertainment services. The system will be tested in the fourth quarter, but Acer declined to reveal the client.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport to integrate ETC systems

VietnamEnterprise Innovation — Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI), Sojitz Corporation and the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) for a demonstration project targeting the integration of Vietnam’s expressway electronic toll collection (ETC) systems.

Smart cities: TCIL teams up with ZTE

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: State-owned Telecommunications Consultants of India Ltd (TCIL) has tied up with Chinese telecom gear maker ZTE Corporation to work jointly on Smart Cities and railway projects. TCIL is the first company in India which was awarded the work for designing, supplying, installation, testing and commissioning of GSM-based mobile train radio communication system for Eastern Railway, TCIL Chairman and Managing Director Vimal Wakhlu said in a joint statement.

Indian startups in auto telematic mode

IndiaDeccan Herald — According to a report by Future Market Insight, automotive telematics combines telecommunication and informatics to provide various services such as navigation, safety and security dynamically to vehicles. Currently, the global penetration of automotive telematics is 48 per cent, which is expected to reach around 62 per cent by 2020.

GSMA: Smart city tech could save Bangkok $1B per year

ThailandRCR Wireless — In a new report, the GSMA projects the city of Bangkok could save some $1 billion per year by implementing intelligent transport systems common in so-called smart cities. Researchers found that introducing intelligent transport systems would yield economic benefits equivalent to $1 billion each year through a combination of reducing traffic congestion and travel time, cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions and helping avoid traffic accidents.

Big benefits for Bangkok if Intelligent Transport Systems used: GSMA study

ThailandDigital News Asia — DEPLOYING Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the capital city of Thailand could reduce travel times, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and road accidents, driving social and economic benefits of up to US$1 billion per year, according to the GSM Association (GSMA). Citing its new research report, Building Digital Societies in Asia: Making Transportation Smarter, the association said that ITS can also potentially result in long-term positive changes in commuter habits and encourage citizens to use safe and environmentally friendly ways of commuting.

NSW wants to rent out govt car spaces via booking app, from AU

AustraliaThe NSW government is turning to the state’s mobile application developers to help it rent out its unused car spaces to members of the public. The state Finance department operates nearly 400 car spaces for the use of public servants and their fleet vehicles – many of which sit empty a lot of the time, Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet said today.,nsw-wants-to-rent-out-govt-car-spaces-via-booking-app.aspx

Singapore’s Beeline app for buses goes live

SingaporeDigital News Asia — The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) have launched Beeline, a mobile app that they said allows commuters to pre-book rides on express private bus routes. LTA and IDA have partnered private bus companies such as Bus-Plus to operate the initial set of buses routes listed on the app, they said in a joint statement.

SparkLabs and Korean Air launch IoT innovation center with help of Incheon government

KoreaTech in Asia — South Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs and Hanjin, the “chaebol” conglomerate that operates Korean Air, have launched a government-supported innovation center in Incheon. It completes South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s plan to build 17 such facilities across the country to promote domestic entrepreneurship.

Chinese automotive semiconductor revenues to hit US$6.2 billion in 2015, IHS says

ChinaDigi Times — Total automotive semiconductor revenues in China reached US$5.6 billion in 2014, and revenues are expected to grow nearly 11% year over year in 2015 to reach US$6.2 billion, according to IHS. Semiconductors used in automotive powertrains, infotainment and body-convenience electronic systems are the primary drivers of revenue growth, said IHS.

China Telecom and Gemalto to offer instant connectivity in cars

ChinaMIS Asia — China Telecom Corporation (China Telecom) has partnered Gemalto to develop a proof-of-concept for subscription management in connected cars. According to market research firm Gfk, there is an increasing demand for connected cars with advanced telematics, navigation, and safety features in China. Nearly three quarters of the Chinese consumers also claimed that they would be willing to pay more for an “Ultra Safe” car than just a self-driving car.

Huawei, China Unicom serve up cellular IoT with “smart parking”

ChinaBased on Huawei’s “4.5G” LTE service for machine to machine communications (LTE-M), the carrier has rolled out a trial mode of what it refers to as “Smart Parking”, and claims it to be the first commercial application of commercial LTE-based cellular IoT. Smart Parking is intended to help ease traffic and parking congestion in dense urban areas with intelligent sensors across the city. Drivers can search for available parking bay using a mobile app, and has been trialled in Shanghai.

Xiaomi publishes 9 smart car patents, will not make cars

ChinaWant China Times — China’s leading smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, has had nine patents related to its new smart vehicle venture published recently through China’s national patent system. The company has clarified that is aiming to develop the “internet of vehicles” but will not itself manufacture the vehicles, reports Beijing-based news agency Caixin Online.

Toyota, Nissan and Honda to back hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure

JapanMIS Asia — Toyota, Nissan and Honda today announced they will increase efforts to produce more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and said they will work together to build more fueling stations to support them. The three Japanese automakers agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure in Japan. The companies pledged up to $90,000 per station to cover construction and operating costs.

Tokyo’s Haneda airport to deploy robots

AustraliaIT News — Travellers on the new Sydney-Haneda Qantas flights are likely to receive a glimpse of the future upon landing as the Tokyo-based airport begins a major project to put robots in all passenger terminals. Haneda’s operator, Japan Airport Terminal Co (JAT), yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with Cyberdyne, the Japanese university spinout best known for its exoskeletal suit HAL.,tokyos-haneda-airport-to-deploy-robots.aspx

Ratan Tata invests in taxi-hailing company Ola

IndiaThe Star  — Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India’s Tata conglomerate, has bought a stake in online taxi-hailing firm Ola, the company said. Tata, a respected business leader who was the chairman of salt-to-software Tata Sons for more than two decades, has previously invested in start-ups ranging from online retailer Snapdeal to Chinese phone maker Xiaomi.

Real-time traffic updates available in 12 more Indian cities: Google

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Starting Tuesday, people can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement here said. The other cities for which the facility would now be available are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai.