For embedded machine to machine (M2M) solutions, it's usually a big week just about any week. This week proved to be no exception as a variety of news made headlines. So with the weekend now almost in grasp, it's a good time to take a look back at some of the biggest news to make headlines this week.
First, Garmin (News - Alert) International was tapped by Daimler AG to provide global navigation services for all Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The partnership will bring in Garmin devices over the course of the next four years, and looks to take advantage of Garmin's easy-to-use interface along with Mercedes-Benz's already impressive infotainment systems for a better overall user experience. The partnership will not only provide navigation information to a dashboard display, but will also offer route information to a second display behind the steering wheel.
Next came a report on AOpen, who was about to offer a whole new way to prove the value of its digital signage solutions by providing a set of analytics tools to businesses wanting to keep better track of the investment in digital signage. Businesses first start by analyzing goals—whether it's increased traffic, increased sales, or help with merchandising or the like—and then, the AOpen system can start analyzing the market in the area to point out ways to help reach those goals, using the digital signage to call attention to cross-sellable items (promoting breath mints for people who buy beef jerky, for example) or more specific interests.
We then had the chance to take a closer look at Inmarsat's M2M portfolio, especially the Hughes (News - Alert) 9502 BGAN M2M terminal, which just recently got hazardous locations accreditation. But Inmarsat's line goes well beyond hazardous locations, as we discovered that Inmarsat's (News - Alert) line extends to solutions for land, sea and air alike. Such incredible versatility can be had thanks to a system that can respond to both locations inside and outside of a coverage area, automatically switching over to a satellite when the coverage area would ordinarily be lost. This makes Inmarsat's line especially valuable in transport industries where assets may regularly slip in and out of coverage.
Finally, we got a look at Webtech Wireless Inc., as it partnered with the office of Byron Brown, 58th mayor of the city of Buffalo, to bring out Buffalo Roads. Buffalo Roads is an app available for iOS, Android, and the Windows Phone (News - Alert) that serves as the telematics industry's first ever integrated mobile application for road status. With Buffalo Roads, citizens can get rapid access to road condition reports and it can even tell residents the last time the street was plowed, a welcome tidbit for anyone who lives in a region prone to snow like this area. The app is a free download, and ties into cameras, traffic, weather reports and similar information.
This week in embedded M2M solutions was a big one indeed, with plenty of new products and services to discuss. Our global online community had its eyes out for fresh news all week, which makes this a great place to hit for everything going on in the space.
Be sure to join us back here for more of that big news, and of course, every weekend for our week in review coverage!