Embedded technology is the name of the game in the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors, gateways, networks and other software and hardware are making machine to machine (M2M) communication possible. Here are the top embedded M2M solutions stories this week.
Spireon, a provider of GPS tracking devices and fleet tracking software, recently unveiled its GoldStar GPS and LoanPlus CMS now offer enhanced telematics capabilities on the Sprint CDMA network. Spireon's GoldStar GPS and LoanPlus CMS information platforms connect automotive dealers and lenders to real-time vehicle information to expand their auto loan portfolios and provide financing for a broader range of customers. The real-time data also helps protect vehicle assets, reduce risks and decrease costs to drive the bottom line while also providing positive consumer impact.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has recently issued three TRX Systems patents for systems and methods for determining 3D indoor location using unique sensor fusion, building features and signature mapping. Patent numbers US8,712,686, US8,706,414, US8,688,375 were issued, all directed toward unique TRX innovations for locating people, mapping indoor spaces, and unique methods for using known and discovered map data to deliver accurate user location.
iGen Networks Corporation, a provider of cloud-based services, successfully completed the acquisition of Murrieta-based Nimbo LLC, a company specializing in integrated GPS tracking and vehicle warning solutions for various markets. There are expected to be billions of M2M connections over the next few years. These connections via cellular and other WAN wireless technologies are projected to nearly triple by 2017, becoming the largest growth engine for operator revenue.
Together, both iGen and Nimbo have shown interest in offering industry leadership with a broad range of M2M applications including stolen asset recovery and fleet management solutions via device integration and an innovative self-provisioning platform.