Networked Globe Briefing – 15 January 2014

Ruggedised routers, and hardware component giant Bosch joining the IoT bandwagon with business centres in Germany, India and China are the main news in the M2M world today. Meanwhile in the Arabian Gulf, Vodafone Qatar extends its reach in the industrial internet.

Vodafone Qatar and media network extend partnership

Vodafone Qatar and media solutions company Media Network have extended their partnership to include SMS Connect which will give businesses in the Gulf kingdom the ability to communicate with their customers using text messages.

Media Network have been using Vodafone’s mobility services for one year and in May 2013 began using Vodafone’s Machine to Machine (M2M) solution to track the location of all of their Company vehicles.

“We are proud that Media Network relies on Vodafone for their telecommunications needs- mobile network, M2M and now SMS connect. We are committed to ensure that Vodafone’s growing range of business services coupled with our local and global expertise serves the needs of businesses in Qatar,” said Mohammed Al Yami, Director of External Affairs, Vodafone Qatar.

Bosch sets up company for internet of things and services

Automotive component giant Bosch has set up a new company, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH, to supply compact electronic products and software expertise across a broad range of applications. The new company will initially focus on sensor-based applications for smart homes as well as traffic, transportation, and logistics.

“From vehicles and smart phones to containers and machines – by 2015 more than six billion things will be connected to the internet. Entirely new services will emerge that will transform people’s everyday lives and open up huge new business opportunities. These services will rely on the smart networking of devices within wider systems,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH is headquartered in Reutlingen and will also have sites in Coimbatore, India, and Suzhou, China.

RacoWireless and B&B Electronics offer rugged cellular router & wireless data plan

Ruggedised hardware vendor B&B Electronics and RacoWireless, a machine-to-machine (M2M) data provider,  announced they have teamed up to offer a Spectre cellular router packaged with a prepaid wireless data plan using the T-Mobile network as a starter kit for customers who are developing industrial M2M monitoring and control applications.

Developed to help network engineers jump-start their industrial M2M network designs, the kit allows users to develop their solution before having to commit to a full data plan.

“As an industrial cellular device manufacturer, it’s our goal to work with partners like RacoWireless to facilitate device activation and connectivity for industrial customers, similar to the way the local cellular store does for consumers,” said Jerry O’Gorman, CEO of B&B Electronics. “Customers can expect seamless support from both companies to ensure that their application operates smoothly.”

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Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.