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June 21, 2012
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Creating Wireless Connectivity Everywhere

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  • Maps are key to connected-car technology, TomTom exec says
    Mapping applications are a key part of how automobiles will respond to road conditions in the future, according to Peter-Frans Pauwels, co-founder and chief technology officer of TomTom. Maps could inform cars of inclines in the route, leading to smoother automatic shifting of gears as the car goes uphill, for example. They could also lead to more energy-efficient routing, he says. (U.K.) (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Eyes Free" feature with Apple's Siri may go into GM cars
    Two vehicles from General Motors may be the first to offer Apple's "Eyes Free" technology. The Chevrolet Spark and Chevrolet Sonic already come with the MyLink system, which integrates with a driver's smartphone to offer access to navigation and entertainment services, but the new Apple service -- which will rely on the company's Siri application -- could greatly expand functionality for iPhone users. CNET/The Car Tech blog (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T, Sirius say they can put WCS spectrum to work
    AT&T and Sirius XM have asked federal regulators to approve a plan that would free up idle WCS spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band for AT&T by creating a 10 MHz buffer zone between the carrier's and the satellite radio company's transmissions to ward off interference. If the Federal Communications Commission approves the proposal, AT&T could more easily expand its 4G footprint. The move, however, could disappoint companies such as DISH Network and Clearwire, which have hoped to sell their own spectrum to AT&T, analysts say. CNET/Politics and Law blog (6/19), GigaOm (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More firms tap connected devices to lower health care costs
    Doctors and patients are finding that remote-care solutions powered by telemetry technology and cloud computing offer a way to increase patient access and boost outcomes for a number of chronic conditions, but connected devices can also go a long way in cutting the cost of care. A number of companies are making headway in the space, including Independa -- which introduced a cloud-based service that transfers and stores medical data -- and Sorin Group, whose SmartView solution provides remote monitoring to patients with cardiovascular diseases. (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carriers look to tap into M2M gold mine
    Global carriers are pulling out all the stops to derive revenue from connected devices, also known as machine-to-machine communications, with new products that include health-monitoring systems and a watch to help elderly people call for help. Swisscom's network will power the Limmex watch. Bloomberg Businessweek (6/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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