Nissan Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn said some car makers remain reticent about working with technology giant Google Inc as it develops driverless vehicles for fear of their brands’ identities becoming submerged. Ghosn, who also heads France’s Renault, said car makers can benefit from collaborating with Google, which offers its Android software for cars and which is building prototypes of self-driving cars. “But at the end of the day, I think all car makers are extremely cautious about maintaining control on their own cars,” he told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
BANGALORE,INDIA: Cisco today announced a strategic engagement with Electronics City Industries Association (ELCIA) to develop Asia’s first end-to-end ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Hub’ in Bangalore. Riding on India’s fast growing Internet penetration, this collaboration will help establish the foundation for a new ecosystem to help Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) companies and other companies of electronic city engaged in IoT product development.
BBS Group and EnVerv, Inc. announced today their collaboration on a range of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) products. The Metator Smart Meter family covers applications for residential, commercial and industrial AMI metering in which EnVerv’s EV8010 Power-Line Communications (PLC) modem will be employed as the communication platform. “We selected EnVerv as our AMI technology solution due to the superior performance of EnVerv’s modems under challenging network conditions and the fact that EnVerv offered the highest density and the lowest bill of material for its external circuitry”, said Behrouz Gholamrezaey, Chairman and CEO at the BBS Group.
MediaTek and Acer will cooperate in the Internet of Things sector to promote cloud applications, wearable devices, and the Internet of Things technologies. The news was announced during Computex Taipei 2014. The cooperation between MediaTek and Acer will focus on open platforms and it will be based on the Acer Open Platform. Stan Shih, chairman of Acer, and Ming-Kai Tsai, chairman of MediaTek, announced that with the cooperation, MediaTek will join Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud project.
LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Korea Telecom (KT) is looking to a range of converged services that make use of its network and platforms to differentiate itself from domestic rivals and drive growth. CTO Dongmyun Lee told delegates that with high bandwidth mobile broadband and unlimited data plans offered by all three operators in South Korea, this is no longer a differentiator, meaning KT is looking at other areas. “This kind of competition is beginning to weaken our cost structure so we are trying to escape from this vicious circle,” Lee said.
LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Chang-Gyu Hwang, CEO of KT, this morning talked up the potential for operators to benefit from the growth of the internet of things (IoT) market, by evolving networks to support the new range of services and connected devices that are proliferating. “Convergence among industries will be accelerated through innovative technologies. Development of sensors, chips, the expansion of connected devices, the evolution of the mobile broadband network, cloud computing and big data analytics, these are all key drivers that will bring us to a smarter IoT era,” he observed in a keynote presentation.
PARIS: China is in the forefront of the development of an “Internet of Things”, leading the way with the number of machine-to-machine connections and opening a new market for operators, a study showed Monday. In the past four years, the number of machine-to-machine connections via mobile networks has grown by 35 percent annually and now accounts for more than 3 percent of total mobile connections, according to the GSMA association of mobile operators.
China is the global leader in the adoption of M2M technology with over 50 million connections or more than one quarter of the total M2M market in 2013, according to “How China is Set for Global M2M Leadership”, a new report issued today by the GSMA. Close collaboration between the country’s leading mobile operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, state-owned enterprises and the government has enabled the market to grow dramatically in a relatively short period of time, laying the foundations for further expansion and the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Quanta Computer’s white-box server subsidiary is planning to establish new branches in Hangzhou and Shenzhen, China to tighten its partnerships with China-based Internet players Alibaba and Tencent, while Wistron has cooperated with industrial PC (IPC) player Arbor Technology to seek Internet of things (IoT) business opportunities.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) teamed up Wednesday with chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) to jointly explore the business opportunities in cloud computing technology and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The partnership was announced at the Computex Summit Forum, where Acer Chairman Stan Shih (施振榮) invited MediaTek Chairman and CEO Tsai Ming-kai (蔡明介) to join him on stage after Shih had given a keynote speech.
BEIJING – Shanghai OnStar, GM China’s telematics unit, touted improved voice recognition, a new vehicle-theft alert and the next generation of its OnStar mobile application at the Beijing auto show in late April. Introduced in June 2011, the enhanced app had 230,000 subscribers as of March 31, GM says. OnStar was launched in China in 2009 as a system embedded within a car’s electronics.
MediaTek plans to begin volume production of its Aster solutions for wearable device and IoT (Internet of Things) applications in the third quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. Aster will come as a platform solution that includes chips, software, firmware and reference designs, and therefore will be very competitive in the market, the sources noted.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global M2M Services Market 2014-2018: AT&T Inc., China Mobile Ltd., Verizon Communications Inc & Vodafone Group Dominate the Market” report to their offering. The Global M2M Services market to grow at a CAGR of 21% to 2018. One of the main drivers in this market is the increased adoption of M2M services by individual users and enterprises. Nowadays, people across the globe are increasingly using mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and PDAs for personal and official purposes.
MUMBAI, India and KYOTO, Japan – Fifth in the World; State-of-the-art Facility for Customers to Help Them Make the Best of Their Investment in Industrial Automation – After the successful launch of its four Automation Centers (ATCs) across the world, OMRON Automation, part of OMRON Corporation Japan – a global leader in automation technology – opened its fifth ATC in Mumbai, India, on April 22. The center, the first in India, was inaugurated by the company’s key leaders from the industrial automation team from Japan, Singapore and India.
Main Taiwan-based networking/communication device makers, including D-Link, Gemtek Technology and Accton Technology, have been transforming their operational models, combining hardware ODM/OEM production with software and/or related services to meet fast growing demand for cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In view of increasing business opportunities arising from cloud computing applications, D-Link will extend business operation from selling own-brand hardware to providing operation-related services, company president AP Chen said.
At the Internet of Things Asia Conference today, Libelium launched a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module that connects Waspmote sensor nodes to smartphones, tablets, and all other BLE compatible iOS and Android devices. The Bluetooth 4.0 wireless protocol, also known as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or Bluetooth Smart, offers low-energy power management for short-range wireless connectivity that is location-aware, and context-aware. Integrated with Waspmote, Libelium’s BLE module allows sensor devices to function as real time location systems, with encrypted data transactions.
SINGAPORE: Google Glass that allows doctors to access medical records instantaneously, smart vending machines, and a system which helps you locate your car in a carpark — these are some of the technologies on display at the inaugural Internet of Things (IoT) Asia 2014. IoT refers to the transfer of information between objects or people over a network without the requirement for human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. The two-day conference and exhibition kicked off on Monday at the Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The global semiconductor industry will remain promising in the second and third quarters of 2014, according to Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The production value of Taiwan’s semiconductor industry is expected to reach NT$2 trillion (US$65.46 billion) in 2014, buoyed in part by TSMC’s leading market position in the 28nm process and the commencement of the 20nm process, Chang said on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA).