ZigBee Certified Products Surpass 1,000

— Continual growth in ZigBee Certified products signals the growing demand for the Internet of Things

SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced that there are now more than 1,000 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, demonstrating the rising demand for the Internet of Things.

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ZigBee standards have been implemented in products developed by more than 400 global manufacturers. The rising number of Alliance members and ZigBee Certified products is a reflection of market demand. In fact, analysts from Research and Markets have forecasted that the global ZigBee enabled devices market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 67 percent from 2014-2018.

The ZigBee Certified program ensures that quality, interoperable ZigBee products are available for product manufacturers and their customers. The program focuses on two areas, the ZigBee Compliant Platform program and the ZigBee Certified Product program. The ZigBee Compliant Platform program evaluates all platforms before they can be engineered into products, including testing for compliance to a ZigBee specification. The ZigBee Certified Product program tests any product using an Alliance-developed standard, ensuring that the product is fully compliant to the standard. To learn more about the ZigBee Certified program, visit: http://www.zigbee.org/Certification.aspx

“The rise to 1,000 certified products is the result of ZigBee’s prominence in the booming Internet of Things industry,” said Tobin J.M. Richardson, President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “ZigBee is the only standards-based wireless technology designed to address the unique needs of device-to-device communication in just about any market, and the more than 400 member companies consistently certifying new products with ZigBee are a testament to that fact.”

ZigBee members continue to experience success, delivering tens of millions of devices to a variety of markets including:

Smart Home
ZigBee is the only global, standards-based wireless solution that can conveniently and affordably control the widest range of devices to improve comfort, security and convenience for consumers. ZigBee enjoys strong adoption in the smart home driven by consumers purchasing through retail stores such as Staples and Lowes, telecommunication companies such as Comcast, Deutsche Telekom and EchoStar, and directly from home automation companies including LeGrand, Schneider, and many others.

Connected Lighting
ZigBee continues to drive interoperable and very easy-to-use consumer lighting and control products allowing consumers to gain wireless control over all their LED fixtures, light bulbs, remotes and switches. Recent announcements by GE, OSRAM, Philips, Busch Jaeger and others demonstrate the growing dominance of ZigBee for connected lighting.

The Connected Lighting Alliance, comprising almost all the major global lighting vendors, has endorsed ZigBee Light Link as the preferred standard for residential lighting applications. This decision represents the first time an alliance of leading lighting companies has unanimously endorsed a common open standard for wireless lighting solutions.

Energy Management
ZigBee is already installed in tens of millions of smart meters today and continues to be the standard of choice for utilities around the world. For instance, Great Britain will begin its Smart Metering Implementation Programme which will lead to the replacement of 53 million meters in homes and small businesses across Great Britain with smart electricity and gas meters by 2020.

To see the full list of ZigBee Certified products, visit: http://zigbee.org/Products/Overview.aspx.

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ZigBee offers green and global wireless standards, connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, non-profit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org

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Vodafone Report Shows Asia Pacific Organisations Lead in Adoption of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Solutions

HONG KONG, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Surging global demand as M2M adoption increases by more than 80% in the past year
  • Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP) powers ahead of US and Europe in M2M take-up
  • Region expected to lead global adoption rates over the next two years
  • More than a fifth of global companies have implemented M2M, expected to be 55% in 2016
  • Consumer electronics is recognised as fastest growing sector, along with automotive

Vodafone published its second annual ‘M2M Adoption Barometer’, a global survey of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, which finds that companies in Asia Pacific were among the leaders in M2M adoption globally. In 2014, 27% of AMAP based companies on average have adopted M2M solutions  a 15 point increase over 2013. Average adoption rates were 21% in Europe and 17% in the Americas.

M2M, which connects previously isolated machines or devices to the internet to make the ‘Internet of Things’ possible, is now a mainstream solution as 22% of organisations on average globally have adopted M2M, an impressive increase of over 80% on last year; the survey findings suggest.

The survey, carried out by Circle Research, captured the views of more than 600 executives 38% of whom were from the AMAP region — involved in setting M2M strategy in seven key industries across 14 countries, making it one of the leading global surveys of M2M implementation.

The 2013 Vodafone M2M Adoption Barometer report had predicted that the US will be overtaken by the AMAP region as the geography with the widest adoption of M2M. The 2014 survey now predicts that the AMAP region will continue to lead the rest of the world over the next couple of years  with adoption expected to hit 48% on average across companies based in this region in 2015. This year’s report also suggests that by 2016 the gap will be negligible with all regions close to 55% average for adoption.

Globally three sectors have emerged as front runners in M2M with nearly 30% adoption rates: automotive, consumer electronics, and energy and utilities. Vodafone’s report shows that the consumer electronics sector is at the forefront of a shift from the warehouse to the living room. Automotive is the most mature of the sectors where M2M is now seen as an enabler for additional services such as remote maintenance and infotainment. M2M adoption in energy and utilities is also growing rapidly as ‘smart’ home and office services such as intelligent heating and connected security gain popularity.

While more firms are seeing a return on investment from M2M than last year 46% of respondents cited a ‘significant increase’ compared with 36% in 2013  there are still some barriers to adoption, including managing security concerns and the challenges of global deployment.

Director of Machine-to-Machine in Asia Pacific, Vodafone, Niklas Ekarv said: “This year’s report findings leaves no doubt that momentum is accelerating as companies in Asia Pacific begin to realise the commercial potential of the Internet of Things. Machina Research expects M2M connections in Asia to grow at a CAGR of 20% till 2023*. This technology is transforming whole industries across Asia as companies find new ways to operate and engage with their customers. Greater China is expected to dominate Asian M2M revenues as per Machina Research; followed by Japan, India, Korea and Australia. Vodafone has invested in capabilities across Asia Pacific to become the provider of choice for M2M solutions.”

Principal Analyst at Machina Research, Alex Chau, said, “We estimate that the market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow to over 9.4 billion connections by 2023 and is expected to be worth over US$679 billion in revenues a 4x multiplier increase over 2013. Vodafone’s M2M Barometer report indicates just how fast M2M is being adopted. M2M technologies are being used more and more to drive efficiency and add new features, giving companies a competitive edge. It is also starting to facilitate new ways of working, fundamentally changing how organisations do business and how they serve their customers.”

The report is available to download from https://m2m.vodafone.com/barometer2014.

*Source – Machina Research’s M2M Forecast Database

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About Vodafone Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

Vodafone Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connects previously isolated machines or devices to the internet, delivering new functionality and enhanced services without the need for human intervention. Supported by more than 250 dedicated employees, Vodafone’s global M2M platform makes it easy for global businesses to manage centrally M2M deployments across multiple territories, with greater control and at a lower cost than previously possible. In 2014 Vodafone was named global M2M leader by Machina Research, for the third year in a row. For more information, please visit: https://m2m.vodafone.com/home/.  

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VeriFone Mobile Money and Airtel Africa Group Announce Master Agreement for the roll out of Merchant Enablement across Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — VeriFone Mobile Money and Airtel Africa, part of the Bharti Airtel Group, today announced that they had reached an agreement to offer VeriFone Mobile Money’s merchant enablement applications for mobile Tap n Pay across their 17 operating companies in Africa. VeriFone Mobile Money’s Tap n Pay applications are a smart, secure and fast way for customers to pay, buy, bank, bill and remit money with their mobile phone at the point of sale.

Chidi Okpala, Director & Head of Airtel Money – Africa, stated, “Airtel is excited to offer VeriFone Mobile Money’s applications to our teeming Airtel Mobile Money customers across Africa. Using their Airtel Money Wallet with VeriFone’s contactless / NFC point of sale terminals our customers will have a more convenient, fast and secure way to make multiple payment transactions utilizing Tap n Pay.

“With this solution, we will be at the forefront of efforts to transform payments systems within the public mass transit and retail sectors in Africa.”

Africa has one of the most evolved mobile money systems in the world,” said Chris Jones, VeriFone Mobile Money’s CEO. “Over 42 million people across Africa according to the GSMA are actively using mobile money services and there are more than 520,000 registered mobile money agents across the continent. With only 22% of Africans holding a bank account or credit facility, we fully expect the number of people to quadruple as mobile financial services offer the ‘unbanked’ a way to transact, pay bills and build assets.”

“We are excited to partner closely with Airtel Africa Group to design a unique offering to drive Africa’s mobile money evolution,” stated Mr. Jones. “The partnership will enable our teams to work together with banks, insurance and transport companies to expand access to mobile financial tools and services for Airtel Money customers.”

VeriFone Mobile Money has signed a group master agreement for the delivery of its merchant enablement solutions to Airtel Africa part of the Bharti Airtel Group of companies with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. VeriFone Mobile Money will implement a full suite of Retail Enablement applications integrated to VeriFone’s range of payment devices across the group, enabling the deployment of Mobile POS (mPOS), POS and Biometrics for International Remittance to Airtel Money customers, the solution will enable fast and secure transaction processing at the agents point of sale.

VeriFone’s payment devices are compact, easy to install and easy for both merchant and customer to use. They accommodate a wide variety of card payment options including NFC, mobile wallets, EMV, and contactless payments.

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Frost & Sullivan: PXI Lowers Cost and Time to Market, First Choice in Test & Measurement Industry

— Market participants devise various strategies to lower the burden of integration on customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) across industries are adopting PCI extensions for instrumentation (PXI)-based instrumentation as its measurement speed, small footprint, low power consumption, and flexibility reduce the time to market and overall cost of tests. In particular, companies in the wireless communications space are turning to these solutions to satisfy new test requirements for radio frequency (RF) wireless technologies.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, PXI Market to Change the Face of the Test and Measurement Industry, finds that the market earned revenues of $563.3 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $1.75 billion by 2020.

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“Besides the uptake in RF wireless communications, the global PXI market will get a leg up from new programs in aerospace and defense and integration of wireless technologies in the industrial and consumer electronics industries,” said Frost & Sullivan Test & Measurement Industry Director Jessy Cavazos. “Additionally, it is finding opportunities in the semiconductor automatic test equipment market.”

However, test engineers’ trust in traditional box instruments they have used effectively for decades is slowing down the transition to PXI test systems. In due course, the emergence of a new generation of test engineers that is more comfortable with computers will mitigate this challenge.

“Meanwhile, the more complex process of integrating PXI test systems, in comparison to rack-and-stack test systems, can be a challenge for customers,” pointed out Cavazos. “To ease the process of integration, market participants across the globe are offering different levels of integration services and tools that enable customers to assemble PXI test systems quickly with minimal effort.”

Additionally, participants are offering subsystems, hardware/software bundles, and box solutions that use PXI in their internal architecture to lessen the burden of integration on customers.

Via organic means and partnerships, PXI manufacturers deliver multiple options ranging from individual components to fully integrated test systems. Furthermore, they are looking to expand the total addressable market by rolling out new PXI instruments with enhanced capabilities and increasing customer awareness on the benefits of PXI-based instrumentation.

PXI Market to Change the Face of the Test and Measurement Industry is part of the Test & Measurement (http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Radio Frequency Testing Market, Analysis of the Global Oscilloscopes Market, Quantifying the Global Opportunity for LXI, and Global Wireless Test Equipment Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Spreadtrum Announces Mass Production of Next Generation Multimode LTE Modem

SC9620 adopted by leading China handset brands for 3-mode LTE devices

SHANGHAI, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, today announced its next generation multimode LTE modem, the SC9620. This new LTE modem pairs with Spreadtrum’s smartphone chipsets to provide customers with a complete turnkey mobile platform for 4G smartphones. Spreadtrum’s 4G mobile platform has been adopted by leading China handset brands Lenovo and Coolpad and is shipping in 3-mode LTE smartphones recently launched for the domestic China market.

The SC9620 is an LTE baseband modem designed for use in 4G smartphones, tablets, or other data devices, supporting 3GPP LTE Release 9 Category 4 at up to 150 Mbps downlink speed. In tandem, Spreadtrum has released a turnkey solution for 3-mode LTE devices supporting TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and EDGE/GPRS/GSM for the domestic China market. Supported TD-LTE bands include Band 38, 39, 40 and 41.

“Our turnkey solutions for LTE smartphones help reduce the overall time and cost involved in bringing 4G devices to the China market,” said Dr. Leo Li, chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications. “We are pleased to partner with leading handset brands to bring devices to market that meet the needs of China consumers. With this chipset, we are expanding our portfolio to support 4G smartphones and tablets, which will help drive continuing growth in mobile chipset shipments.”

Turnkey solutions supporting 5-mode operation will follow later this year.

About Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Spreadtrum is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum’s solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum’s customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. Spreadtrum is a privately held company headquartered in Shanghai and an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Ltd. For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.

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BBC Selects Mindtree for Digital Testing Services

BANGALORE, India and LONDON, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

– Multi-year, multi-million contract awarded as part of the BBC digital services framework initiative

Mindtree, a global information technology services company, announced that it has been selected by BBC to test a range of its digital products.

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As part of this non-exclusive engagement, Mindtree will deliver and support testing of digital products and applications. Digital products include applications and websites that run on a wide variety of digital and broadcast platforms. Some of them are desktop computers, mobile devices, cloud, integrated digital TV, internet protocol TV, terrestrial, cable, satellite TV and the web.

Mindtree testing services will include functional, non-functional, test management, exploratory, automation and load testing. BBC selected Mindtree for its testing capabilities, test tools expertise and the ability to effectively deliver the engagement.

Ramesh Menon, Senior Vice President and Head of Technology & Media, Mindtree said, “We are excited to be part of the BBC digital services framework. Millions of citizens globally benefit from BBC and we hope to enrich their experience with our superior digital testing capabilities.”

Richard Smith, Head of Market Engagement, BBC covers the program details on digital services framework at his blog.

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PowerbyProxi Announces Availability of Wireless Power Evaluation Kits for Consumer Electronic Devices

– Evaluation kit enables Resonant Mode charging and Qi compliance

PLEASANTON, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — PowerbyProxi, developer of the world’s most advanced and safest wireless power solutions, today announced the release of Proxi-2D EVK-1, an evaluation kit for wireless charging of consumer electronic devices. The evaluation kit enables customers to test the capabilities of PowerbyProxi’s resonant technology features such as full spatial freedom, 7.5W power transfer per receiver (the highest power delivery available on the market) and multi-device charging up to 15W.

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PowerbyProxi recently demonstrated this system at Computex in June, showing significant improvements over the 3.5 to 5W systems currently available. “The Proxi-2D EVK-1 is the next step towards getting advanced resonant wireless charging technology in the hands of consumers,” said Greg Cross, CEO, PowerbyProxi. “Allowing customers to experience the safety, efficiency and speed firsthand, furthers our goal to enable innovation in the market.”

High speed resonant wireless charging of multiple devices, and backwards compatibility with the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC) Qi standard, make this an attractive option for OEMs looking to build upon the 50 million Qi devices currently in use through the 500 products on the market today.

Proxi-2D EVK-1 – specifications

PowerbyProxi’s newest evaluation kit includes a transmitter and two receiver modules to test charging of multiple devices at 7.5W per receiver. The system displays resonant mode charging across the entire charging surface for both Qi v1.1 and resonant receivers. The Proxi-2D EVK-1 kit also highlights a critical next step towards the advancement of the Qi specification by delivering a resonant solution capable of Qi v1.1 compliance.

See the Proxi-2D EVK-1 in action on the PowerbyProxi YouTube channel or find more information through the website: http://powerbyproxi.com/evaluation-kits/proxi-2d-evk-1/ .

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PowerbyProxi is a leader in advanced, safe, wireless power solutions for consumer electronics (CE) and industrial markets. Our resonant technologies deliver a better consumer experience with full spatial freedom and multi-device charging, and solve mission-critical problems in demanding, hostile industrial environments. We license technologies and deliver modules to battery and semiconductor suppliers, OEMs/ODMs and system integrators, with proven highly resonant implementations ranging from less than one watt to multiple kilowatts. PowerbyProxi is a venture-backed company spun out of The University of Auckland — an internationally recognized leader in wireless power innovation — and holds a comprehensive portfolio of 221 patents worldwide. For more information visit: www.powerbyproxi.com

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Frost & Sullivan: Explosion of OEM’s Investments in Automotive Connected Services in Brazil and Mexico

— Combined telematics subscriber base in both countries to reach over 1.6 million by 2020

SAO PAULO, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Brazil and Mexico have a strong and well-developed automotive aftermarket, with service providers (SPs) offering stolen vehicle tracking (SVT), monitoring and immobilization solutions. However, passenger vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking to go beyond the existing basic service offerings to create new revenue streams and boost their presence in these countries. Connected services are expected to play a vital role towards brand differentiation and maintaining market share in an increasingly competitive automotive market.

Automotive Connected Services.

Automotive Connected Services.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the Automotive Connected Services Market in Brazil and Mexico, finds that the total number of telematics service subscribers in Brazil will go up from 4,800 in 2013 to nearly 1,300,000 in 2020. Mexico’s telematics subscriber base, on the other hand, will grow from 2,000 in 2013 to approximately 330,000 in 2020. By the end of the forecast period, automotive connected services is expected to penetrate between 26 to 28 percent of new cars sales in Brazil and approximately 23 to 25 percent of new cars sold in Mexico. The study covers automotive connected services offered by vehicle OEMs and independent aftermarket solutions.

“In Mexico, the provision of automotive connected services in vehicles from General Motors, and the expected introduction of these services by other premium vehicle OEMs, will propel the market,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Industry Analyst Yeswant Abhimanyu. “Likewise, the market in Brazil will expand as more vehicle OEMs venture towards offering telematics services.”

However, the high cost of vehicles in markets such as Brazil could dampen sales volumes, considering that over 60 percent of cars sold are from the price-sensitive A- and B- segments. Also, since purchasing vehicle insurance is not mandatory in Brazil, insurance-coupled telematics services might not find much acceptance among cost-conscious customers. As customers begin to realize the value of insurance in the event of car theft and other situations, insurance-coupled telematics offerings will grow in popularity.

The continued delay in the implementation of the Conselho Nacional de Transito (CONTRAN) 245 mandate that requires the installation of anti-theft equipment in all new vehicles in Brazil is also understood to be slowing market development. In light of the different possible scenarios, vehicle OEMs and other participants along the value chain are unsure whether to introduce telematics services just yet. This, along with a debate regarding the right mix of automotive connected services to offer customers, is slowing market introduction and current potential.

“Partnerships among vehicle OEMs and SPs are expected to pave the way for the advancement of the automotive connected services market in Brazil. While vehicle OEMs can take advantage of the bandwidth and scope that SVT and immobilization service providers have in the country, the SPs can move towards complete, high-end telematics service providers (TSPs),” noted Abhimanyu. “Vehicle OEMs might even extend their partnerships to hardware manufacturers and other value chain participants, using innovation and flexibility as key decision-making criteria to choose appropriate partners.”

SPs across Mexico could also consider partnering with vehicle OEMs to broaden their service offerings and thereby attract more customers. Focus should lie in providing advanced telematics services such as turn-by-turn navigation and automatic crash response.

Strategic Analysis of the Automotive Connected Services Market in Brazil and Mexico is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://www.automotive.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. A complementing study, Voice of the Consumer (End Consumers – Car Owners) that looks at the consumer’s willingness to pay for connected services, the features of interest, and the effects of the smartphones, is also in progress.

For more information on this and related studies, please email Francesca Valente, Corporate Communications, at francesca.valente@frost.com.

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