Networked Globe Briefing – 21 April 2014

IoT Asia in Singapore kicks off today and we can expect tomorrow’s Networked Globe briefing to have plenty of news on Asia-Pacific announcements on new M2M products and Internet of Things Alliances.

The end of last week saw announcements around the Global M2M alliance, various developments in the in car automation sector and an interesting profile of how one Welsh museum is rolling out iBeacons.

iBeacons in museums

Nestled in the valleys of North Wales, the Welsh National Slate Museum has rolled out iBeacons as a pilot project in adding services and features for visitors.

The museum has a YouTube clip that illustrates how museums can use beacon technology and the Internet of Things for exhibits, visitor interaction and to make a bit more money from the gift shop. It’s a worthwhile view on how retail shops and public facilities can use M2M technologies in their operations.

SkyWave joins the Global M2M Alliance

Canadian satellite communications firm and Inmarsat reseller, SkyWave Mobile Communications has joined the M2M Alliance, a coalition of companies created to promote M2M technologies and solutions.

“Joining the M2M Alliance creates a unique opportunity for us to promote all the different aspects of our M2M communications solutions, a value that we can then pass on to our customers,” says Sue Rutherford, Director Marketing at SkyWave.

Volvo Cars and AT&T enter agreement for U.S. and Canada

US giant AT&T and Volvo Cars have entered into a new multi-year agreement to enable the brand’s vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with high speed wireless connectivity.

AT&T will power Volvo’s 2015 US models with Sensus Connect from later this year. North American Volvo customers will also have access to Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and an emergency crash notification service.

The single SIM and Jasper Wireless powered AT&T Control Center also gives Volvo with the ability to manage wireless device deployment and operations across markets with advanced diagnostic tools and smart alerting.

“We expect Volvo customers will be delighted to have these services on board, and we’re committed to working with Volvo Cars to give their customers a unique and valuable service,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility.

Ford to overhaul in-car systems

Confirming the rumours that Ford were moving from Microsoft Windows to Blackberry’s QNX system, The Wall Street Journal reports that a major overhaul of its My Ford Touch in-car infotainment system that could be introduced in new vehicles as soon as late this year, the site quotes a company source as saying.

The currently Windows based My Ford Touch has been criticised for sometimes buggy operation and slow response times and Networked Globe has previously reported on rumours that the automaker was about to abandon the current system.

Last Tuesday Ford’s Head of Operations in the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, said the company is working to “improve the stability and responsiveness” of My Ford Touch, the WSJ reports.

Image of Welsh National Slate Museum courtesy of David Neild through Wikimedia

About the author

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.