Machine to machine technology is working its way into all kinds of industries these days, and as the applications for M2M continue to expand, plenty of news is generated. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the embedded M2M highlights from this week.
The Dash app – a smart driving system that uses an on-board diagnostic (OBD) dongle with Bluetooth connectivity to gather data from the user’s car and monitor engine and driver performance – was made available to Apple (News - Alert) device users. Launched for Android devices in January, the iOS version hit the App Store last week. According to the company, the Dash algorithm will monitor the safety and efficiency of the user’s driving and the performance of their car in order to cut emissions, increase miles per gallon and save money — while at the same time offering tips on how to become a better and safer driver.
Also this week, a presentation from Silver Spring Networks was announced. The company is a networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks in Australia. Now it is showcasing the benefits of smart streetlights using LEDs and a connected network in a presentation by CJ Boguszewski, global commercial lead for smart city applications for the company. In his presentation, titled "Street Lighting Controls: Why They’re Ready Today, Important for Tomorrow and Critical in Australia," Boguszewski makes the case for modernizing critical infrastructure in cities so they can be smart and more efficient.
Airbiquity, a provider of cloud-based connected vehicle services, announced this week the addition of two infotainment content providers – Twitter (News - Alert) and TuneIn Radio – to its Choreo platform. Choreo provides a fully integrated interface that allows its apps to run through an in-dash display without the need for a smartphone. To this end, the company offers advanced vehicle connectivity technology upon which four programs are built: Connected Vehicle, Driver Experience, Driver Assistance, and Driver Efficiency. The Choreo platform is rapidly gaining popularity and has already been installed in over four million vehicles around the world. It can be easily customized, deployed, and scaled for connected car programs in over 50 countries and for about 30 different languages.
News also came this week regarding a new podcast series, “M2M Mondays,” from networking provider Sprint (News - Alert). The series, hosted by Retail M2M Marketing Manager Kelly Robinson, focuses specifically on how M2M can be used to improve services for food trucks. The series features Sprint M2M Solutions customer Itty Bitty Donuts and Sprint Account Manager Emily Trapani, and will address topics such as how to combine mobile Point of Sale (mPoS) with Vantiv and a Sprint Samsung (News - Alert) tablet and Geotab Geo-fenced GPS-based alerts. You can watch the podcast series on its website, http://m2mmondays.com.
That’s all for this week’s highlights, but be sure to check back to Embedded M2M Solutions regularly for all the latest news in this exciting industry.