ESMIG promotes Smart Metering in Europe
The foundation of the European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) recognises the fact that the relevant industries have a key role to play in
- the general roll out and adequate use of Smart Metering technology,
- a consistent technological roll out in each of the 27 Member States of the EU and
- the provision of maximum benefit from the new technology for users, utilities and the environment.
Traditionally, the primary role of utility metering has been to accurately measure usage of electricity, gas and water. Until now this usage data has been - with some exceptions - manually collected by the utilities. But the metering market is currently undergoing considerable change, and as smarter metering systems become available, they are being viewed as the future for utility metering.
ESMIG will give advice and provide its expertise to key stakeholders and actors, such as the European Union institutions, EU Member States governments and authorities, regulators, consumers and utilities on all aspects related to Smart Metering.
ESMIG has a number of objectives including:
- the pan-European introduction and roll out of Smart Metering through harmonisation and interoperability
- the creation and implementation of consistent standards for metering and communications
- the identification and promotion of best practice solutions for smart multi-utility metering.
Global Certification Forum
The Global Certification Forum (GCF) Ltd is an entirely industry driven, non-profit
making organisation responding to market requirements.
The three membership types, operators, manufacturers and observers come together and debate what technologies ought to be included in certification across a range of areas - test criteria, test tools and test cases for new technologies.
Global best practise is achieved through GCF acting as a focal point for the most experienced professionals in the industry testing and approval eco-system to work together to great mutual value.
European Telecommunication Standards Institute
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces globally-applicable
standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed,
mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies.
ETSI is officially recognized by the European Commission as a European Standards Organization. The high quality of its work and its open approach to standardization has helped ETSI evolve into a European roots - global branches operation with a solid reputation for technical excellence.
ETSI is a not-for-profit organization with almost 700 ETSI member organizations drawn from 60 countries world-wide.
Mobile is one of the world's leading drivers of innovation. It is likely to become
the primary or a major medium for media, internet and a wide range of important services
e.g. financial or health while the number of total connected devices is expected to
increase from approximately 9 billion today to more than 24 billion in 2020.
The GSMA represents the interests of the world's mobile operators in the development of this dynamic industry. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organizations. The members of GSMA represent more than 5 billion GSM and 3GSM connections.
In addition, GSMA produces the world's largest mobile event, www.mobileworldcongress.com, attracting each year, over 60,000 key decision makers to annual congress in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona. GSMA development fund is a critical player in utilising mobile in driving societal benefit in the developing world.
eCall / eSafety
eCall is a project of the European Commission intended to bring rapid assistance to
motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the European Union. The project's goal
is to deploy a hardware black box installed in vehicles that will wirelessly send
airbag deployment and impact sensor information, as well as GPS coordinates to local
emergency agencies. As of 2005, the European Commission expects implementation by
Many companies are involved with telematics technology to use in different aspects of eCall including in-vehicle systems, wireless data delivery, and public safety answering point systems.
Standardization of communication protocols and human language issues are some of the obstacles. Prototypes have been successfully tested with GPRS and in-band signalling over cellular networks.
Once in active deployment, other telematic services are expected to explode such as route advisories and traffic information.
The project also is supported by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), an interest group of European automobile, bus and truck manufacturers, and ERTICO, a nonprofit organization promoting the implementation of intelligent transportation systems and service providers in Europe. Many of the stakeholder companies involved with telematics technology have membership in ERTICO or ACEA. An advantage of this membership is increased ability to influence developing eCall standards.
Telit is an active member of the eCall Iniative and has signed the eCall/eSafety MoU.
Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance
Telit and Intel have been working in with each other since 1997, recognizing early
on that their synergies could move the M2M industry forward. The partnership is based
on three pillars: close technology cooperation, joint marketing efforts and mutual
business development. The first Telit M2M module based on an Intel chipset was the
GM862-GPRS released in 2002. Since that time Telit has used several E-Gold Intel chipset
generations for its platform while still maintaining the same module form factor to
ensure investment protection and ease of integration for its customers.
As the M2M market becomes more vertically integrated, both companies recently intensified their partnership to develop new market segments and work on major opportunities together. As a result, Telit and Intel developed a joint product based on Telit's HE910 module that will be marketed by both companies from mid-2012 on.
Since 2011 Telit has been one of 25 associate members in the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance, a worldwide technology program providing hardware, software, firmware, tools and systems integration for embedded systems based on Intel technology.
As part of the alliance, Telit has early access to roadmaps to Intel platform releases as well as the ability to test platforms and offer design support. The Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance also offers joint sales and marketing opportunities including events, roadshows, documentation and press activities.
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971.
LG Innotek is producing PCB that is the core circuit board mounted with the core components
of the digital devices. On the LG Innotek's PCB, the high-tech digital devices are
materializing the dream such as semiconductors, home appliances, telecommunications,
automotive, and medical equipment.
An Association Bringing Together the Best on the Market
In February 2007, key players serving in niche areas of the machine-to-machine (m2m)
market came together from the automation technology, application software, electrical
engineering, IT and telecommunications sectors to form the m2m alliance.
Machine-to-machine refers to the automated communication between machines involving terminals such as robots, vehicles or containers communicating with a central control station in order to remotely monitor, control, and service machines, equipment, and systems. This concept has been traditionally described as telemetry. Communication between machines, or more specifically, terminals, involves the application of information and communication technology in conjunction with micro-systems technology.
The m2m alliance is an open initiative for suppliers and users of m2m solutions. Its goal is to provide a forum for the market interests of those involved to leverage the combined potential and drive market development. The primary focus of the m2m alliance is to promote the distribution of the various m2m technologies and publicize the numerous opportunities. Furthermore, the alliance plans to achieve technical harmonization for m2m applications as part of a drive toward standardization. The m2m alliance is taking a dual-channel approach to networking. The Technology Working Group primarily targets those involved in the m2m value-added chain and promotes standardization on the part of vendors. The Public Relations Working Group concentrates on the exchange of relevant information and ideas with various industries, as well as focusing on research and training. It also serves as the alliance's interface with the media, politicians, administrative bodies and other associations.
Micron is one of the world's leading semiconductor companies. Our DRAM, NAND and NOR
Flash memory products are used in everything from computing, networking, and server
applications, to mobile, embedded, consumer, automotive, and industrial designs. Micron
is an innovator and industry leader, developing groundbreaking technologies that transform
what's possible. It is also a partner with other manufacturers and enablers, making
it easier for customers to try new things and gain competitive advantages in their
Mobile Devices was founded in 2002 in Paris, France and has since rapidly become a
leader in the embedded telematics industry with more than 200.000 terminal units sold
in more than 40 countries.
Its unique and open platform enables thousands of developers worldwide to easily port their own telematics applications to the MCT2.0 embedded operating system thanks to Morpheus, a rich software development kit with near 3000 APIs. All these applications can share the same hardware using Mobile Devices’ core technology including CloudConnect, a standard multi-application communication gateway with its own communication protocol and APIs.
Mobile Devices has a workforce of more than 75 people and thanks to a proactive strategy for an international presence in Europe, United States and Asia, the company gathers more than 400 partners throughout the five continents.
Mobile Devices was awarded the 2009 Frost and Sullivan Telematics and Navigation award “Best Product Differentiation and Innovation”.
Molex is a leading one-source supplier of interconnect products. The team of highly
skilled experts is focused on the design, development and distribution of innovative
product solutions that touch virtually every walk of life. Portfolio is among the
world's most extensive, with over 100,000 reliable products, including everything
from electronic, electrical and fiber optic interconnects to switches and application
From core electronics for mobile phones, computers, and audio-visual equipment to
new applications for automotive electronics, environment/energy and healthcare: In
an even broader range of fields, Murata is creating new value as an "Innovator in
Electronics®", opening up a bright future.
The Perytons™ analyzers are feature-rich portable tools for troubleshooting and monitoring
a variety of wireless networks and protocols in the lab and in the field. Perytons
analyzers help developers, integrators, and support teams quickly map networks topology,
capture activity patterns, make sense of the bits and packets, and identify and resolve
problems more quickly and easily than ever before. Enhanced monitoring tools allow
to locally or remotely monitor operational networks, identify problematic scenarios,
and generate events and alarms.
With unique features and a large array of user-friendly tools, Perytons protocol and network analyzers combine performance and flexibility with ease of use unmatched in today’s market. An enhanced analysis toolbox helps identify and understand problems using flexible search, compare, statistical, and other intuitive analysis utilities.
QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple
Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and Telit Communications S.p.A.,
an international mobile communications specialist, announced that the companies have
entered into a commercial WCDMA modem card license agreement. The agreement affects
the wireless solutions business unit of Telit. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing
agreement, QUALCOMM has granted Telit a worldwide license under its CDMA patent portfolio
to develop, manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA modem cards. The royalties payable by Telit
are at QUALCOMM’s standard worldwide rates.
“QUALCOMM welcomes Telit, a prominent European supplier of cellular m2m technology and wireless products, as a licensee of our patent portfolio for the manufacture and sale of WCDMA modem cards and embedded modules,’’ said Marvin Blecker, president of QUALCOMM Technology Licensing. “With 3G WCDMA, Telit can now offer high speed m2m wireless broadband data services to consumers and business professionals at anytime, anywhere they are.’’ “There is an increased momentum toward WCDMA and a transition to 3G mobile services in Europe and worldwide,’’ said Yossi Moscovitz, CTO Telit Communications PLC. “Telit is looking forward to expanding its product offering to include 3G WCDMA modem cards and to offer its customers advanced wireless communications solutions through our diverse product portfolio. The cooperation with QUALCOMM is a further milestone on our way to implementing our global market strategy.’’
Telit is an international mobile communications specialist. The Wireless Solutions Business Unit develops, produces and sells GSM/GPRS and CDMA modules for machine-to-machine communication (m2m). Telit sells its modules worldwide via sales offices in Asia, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. Telit’s key target customers are system integrators who develop various vertical m2m applications and require the communication modules needed to do this. Depending on the application and the required depth of integration, customers can choose between the product ranges GT, GM, GE and GC.
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Telit and Red Bend Software Team Up To Deliver Firmware Over-The-Air (FOTA) Update Technology for m2m Devices
FOTA provides a cost-effective, fast, secure and reliable way for wirelessly reflashing
the firmware on mobile devices, ensuring that embedded software is up-to-date with
the latest enhancements and features. In the past 12 months, FOTA has become a must-have
feature on mobile phones, and is now adopted by all major handset manufacturers and
wireless operators around the world. FOTA is currently available in a quarter of all
mobile devices globally, growing to 50% by 2008, according to ARCchart, a U.K.-based
research firm. Now, Telit and Red Bend Software are bringing the benefits of over-the
air update technology to m2m devices for the first time. Telit has licensed Red Bend
Software’s vRapid Mobile® client software for use in its m2m product portfolio.
The ability to manage software over-the-air is a necessary requirement for all customers who design m2m products because of long lifecycles of m2m enabled products. The lifecycle of m2m enabled applications in the market ranges from 5-10 years. Downloading firmware version updates with new features represents an important new capability for m2m applications. It does away with the need to have the device upgraded in the field by technicians, cutting costs and timing of maintenance of the fielded applications. OTA mobile software management also improves the reliability figures of m2m modules.
“We believe that the introduction of OTA firmware upgrade capability will offer a significantly increased value to our customers by drastically reducing maintenance costs of m2m solutions,’’ says Dominikus Hierl, President Telit Wireless Solutions. “The need for on-site visits and recalls of remote applications will be soon reduced to an absolute minimum, because only hardware related failures, which happen less often, will need to be fixed manually. As an innovative leader in the cellular m2m space, Telit is happy to partner with Red Bend Software which brings experience in OTA from the consumer space into our segment.’’
Red Bend Software is the market leader in mobile software management and Firmware Over-the-Air update solutions for mobile devices. Its vRapid Mobile client software is now embedded in more than 50 handset models used by 70 million consumers in 91 countries. Red Bend Software has earned the trust of the world’s leading handset manufacturers to ensure consumer satisfaction with their phones.
Its customers represent in excess of 70% of the global mobile phone market. Red Bend Software’s customers include LG Electronics, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, BenQ Mobile, and NEC, and others. “We are excited to team up with Telit, a world leader in m2m technologies, to target this important and fast-growing segment of the cellular market,’’said Yoram Salinger, CEO of Red Bend Software. “The ability to deliver software improvements over the wireless network will bring even greater capabilities to m2m devices, while improving their efficiency of operations and reducing support costs.’’
Now in its fourth product generation, Red Bend Software’s vRapid Mobile software does not demand any changes to the m2m firmware image structure, and can perform updates any number of times, forwards and backwards. It can update a device in minutes from any version to any version, and creates a bit-for-bit, identical version of target firmware. vRapid Mobile has patented methods for generating small update packages for fast OTA download times and consistently enables the fastest updates. Additionally, its fail-safe feature eliminates the risk of rendering a device disabled due to a power loss by automatically resuming updates from the point of interruption, ensuring 100% completion. Finally, it applies a patented pre-update verification technique, which verifies the compatibility and integrity of the device firmware and the update package. Additional verification methods are used to guarantee the success of the update prior to the process getting underway.
The m2m market recognizes the importance of over-the-air firmware update technology as a critical part of advanced module deployment. With mobile modules becoming increasingly complex, operators and manufacturers benefit from solutions that provide them the means to remotely upgrade firmware and software over the air.
The implementation of vRapid Mobile from Red Bend Software in Telit modules provides the following advantages:
- Identifies the essential changes from an existing version of firmware to a new, updated version.
- Reduces the new firmware update to a compact package, up to 97% smaller than can be achieved through other techniques and allows an efficient over-the-air delivery.
- Updates to the new firmware within the limited memory available on a wireless device.
RF Micro Devices
RF Micro Devices, Inc. (RFMD®) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance
semiconductor components. RFMD's products enable worldwide mobility, provide
enhanced connectivity and support advanced functionality in the cellular handset,
wireless infrastructure, wireless local area network (WLAN), CATV/broadband and aerospace
and defense markets. RFMD is recognized for its diverse portfolio of semiconductor
technologies and RF systems expertise and is a preferred supplier to the world's leading
mobile device, customer premises and communications equipment providers.
CSR is a leading provider of multi-function semiconductor platforms for the auto,
camera, document imaging, low-energy connectivity, and wireless voice & music markets
- as well as semiconductors for the handset and many other consumer electronics markets.
The core expertise is in the areas of audio, connectivity, location and imaging technologies.
The technology portfolio includes: Bluetooth® and Bluetooth® Smart; Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and GPS location products;
FM radio; Wi-Fi; Near-Field Communication (NFC); audio and associated
codecs; and imaging and next-generation video processing technologies.
In recent years, CSR have pursued a strategy that has brought about significant diversification of the capabilities and the markets they serve. They have moved beyond the design and supply of single technology semiconductor products and related software solutions to a global business providing innovative and multifunction platforms that provide the core functionality of many consumer products. CSR combined organic growth, particularly in voice & music and gaming businesses, with acquisitions, including most recently those of SiRF in 2009 and Zoran in August 2011.
The strategy of developing leading platform solutions is an important part of CSR future growth and they continue to look to provide technology and solutions that will meet the needs of a wide range of consumer electronic devices which require enhanced audio, connectivity, deep-indoor location and image quality.
TriQuint Semiconductor designs, develops and manufactures advanced high-performance
RF solutions with Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), Gallium Nitride (GaN), Surface Acoustic
Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) technologies for customers worldwide. TriQuint
is a leader in market diversity serving customers in mobile devices, 3G and 4G cellular
base station, WLAN, WiMAX, GPS, defense and aerospace markets.
University of Trieste
At the University of Trieste’s Department of Electrotechnics, Electronics and Informatics,
the Bioengineering and ICT (BICT) Group with its Higher Education Program in Clinical
Engineering (HECE) has a very long tradition in developing, implementing, and testing
large network solutions and m2m openstandard interoperable software applications.
These applications are designed for e-health, e-learning, e-government, e-business and e-logistics, in a scalable environment from a single company or institution to trans-national ventures. For over 15 years, the Open System Interconnect and Software Open Source have been some of the University‘s key projects.
To encourage focused open-source development for critical fields like health, emergency management and rescue, with portability through the use of Java and Web technologies, the University of Trieste recently founded the Open Three Consortium – O3. O3 and the other activities of the Group of Bioengineering and ICT operate through international networks of cooperating partners including: the Alpe Adria Initiative University Network (ALADIN), the Adriatic-Balcanic Ionian Cooperation on Biomedical Engineering, the ICT Task Force of the Central European Initiative, among many others.
These networks are promoted and managed by university of Trieste, who is also the European responsible for the development and deployment of the new domain of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative, called Patient Care Devices (PCD), so that all fixed and mobile medical instrumentation will be m2m interoperable within any context, from the hospital, to the ambulance, to home care, to personal mobile care. With its extensive experience in the GMS/GPRS/UMTS embedded systems, the University of Trieste was the natural leader for this group, which plans to include close cooperation with Trieste-based Telit for the development and implementation of a Java virtual machine, open source primitives, and libraries.
Further integration of other open source software, starting with The Open Three Consortium will promote and market these global applications in the fields of e-health, rescue, risk and disaster management, starting in northeastern Italy and central European (ALADIN-based) regions. Open source is seen as a system to encourage grassroots development of m2m architecture, preventing proprietary corporate development from stagnating the marketplace.
The ZigBee Alliance includes representatives from some of the finest companies and
individuals in the industry. All of our members are committed to helping the Alliance
achieve its mission. The ZigBee Alliance offers two levels of membership (Promoter
The ZigBee Alliance is a large, diverse ecosystem of companies providing everything from radio semiconductor chips, to finished products, with service, support, tools, testing and other companies in between.
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable,
cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based
on an open global standard.
The goal of the ZigBee Alliance is to provide the consumer with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into everyday devices. ZigBee technology will be embedded in a wide range of products and applications across consumer, commercial, industrial and government markets worldwide. For the first time, companies will have a standards-based wireless platform optimized for the unique needs of remote monitoring and control applications, including simplicity, reliability, low-cost and low-power.
- Defining the network, security and application software layers
- Providing interoperability and conformance testing specifications
- Promoting the ZigBee brand globally to build market awareness
- Managing the evolution of the technology