The Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), Gen-i (a member of the Telecom New Zealand Group) and Alcatel-Lucent have joined efforts to launch New Zealand’s first trial of a healthcare remote patient monitoring (RPM) solution using mobile technology to monitor and manage chronic illness in the home. The three-month trial focuses on 20 heart disease patients selected by Auckland Hospital.
At PayPal X Innovate 2009, Sun Microsystems announced an alliance with PayPal to support application payment in the Java Store Beta and enhancements to the beta user experience.
NEC announced that it has completed the implementation of the digital terrestrial TV-network in Denmark for the network operator, Broadcast Service Danmark A/S (BSD). The switchover from analogue to digital took place on October 31, 2009 at midnight, marking a significant date in Danish television history.
The industry’s top provider of processors for eBooks has joined forces with the leading supplier of eBook electronic paper displays to develop highly integrated embedded solutions that lower costs and foster innovation for eBook manufacturers and their customers.
In an effort to build a nanoscale DNA sequencer, IBM scientists are drilling nano-sized holes in computer-like chips and passing DNA strands through them in order to read the information contained within their genetic code.
At the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, the government of Kenya and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a joint commitment to improve education in Kenya. Launched in collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Education, the Accelerating 21st Century Education (ACE) project aims to improve the quality of primary and secondary education through the effective use of information and communications technology (ICT).
IBM, the City of Shenyang, and China’s Northeastern University announced they are embarking on a major “smart city” collaboration effort focused on enabling Shenyang to improve the lives of its citizens by meeting its environmental responsibility goals.
Infineon, together with 17 European partner companies, has formed the technology cooperation SmartPM (Smart Power Management in Home and Health) to bring down electrical waste to a minimum in home appliances, power supplies and in healthcare and medical equipment.
TomTom and Vodafone Italy have announced an exclusive agreement to bring TomTom HD Traffic and TomTom’s LIVE Services to Italy.
Philips will unveil its latest advance in heart disease detection, the PageWriter TC50 cardiograph, which uses gender-differentiated criteria to assist in the diagnosis of heart disease in women, where symptoms may be different from men. The PageWriter TC50 will have its global launch at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2009, at Barcelona, Spain.
Nokia introduced Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service offering consumers with mobile device access to basic financial services. For many consumers, this will be the first time they have had any access to such financial services.
Cisco announced results from Cisco HealthPresence pilot programs in Aberdeen, Scotland and San Jose, Calif., which found that more than 90 percent of the patients were satisfied with the remote care experience and would recommend it to others.
UnitedHealth Group and Cisco will build the first national telehealth network, which will give patients access to physicians and specialists when in-person visits are not possible. The new “Connected Care” program combines audio and video technology and health resources to expand physicians’ reach into rural, urban and other underserved areas.
Cisco and IBM will team on a pilot to help the Dutch utility Nuon and the city of Amsterdam make smarter use of energy by enabling consumers to make more informed decisions about their energy consumption.
MasterCard Worldwide, working in collaboration with Toshiba Corporation and Dai Nippon Printing, announced that a dual-interface card equipped for contactless MasterCard PayPass and contact EMV payment applications is launched in Japan.
The world’s first RFID-based scheme for single-journey reusable ticketing in mass transportation has recently gone live in Seoul, South Korea, and is expected to save some 3 billion Won (over US$2.4 million) per year using a solution based on RFID technology from STMicroelectronics.
IBM announced it is working with the City of Venice on a mobile phone-based pilot initiative to guide tourists to discover lesser known parts of the city, provide instant information on historical sites and prevent “walking jams”.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Microsoft announced a joint task force to help higher education institutions worldwide meet the growing challenge of supporting economic stimulus efforts and work-force development strategies.
ABI Research expects the number of paying handset-based turn-by-turn navigation users to increase to 26 million by the end of 2010 with the Asia-Pacific region experiencing the strongest growth.
IBM, NoMachine and Novell announce that Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) in Glendale, California has improved the experience of its hospital patients by delivering email and Web access in patient rooms, while saving information technology (IT) maintenance and energy costs.
At the Second Annual Mobile Money Summit, in Barcelona, Spain, the GSMA, the body that represents the worldwide mobile communications industry, announced that the first three applications to the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Fund have been approved.
At the SmarterCities forum in Berlin, the city of Rotterdam, one of the main engines of the Dutch economy and the largest port in Europe, announced a collaboration with IBM on the design and testing of a monitoring and forecasting system for smarter water and energy management.
Nokia Siemens Networks will provide mobile television provider DMTV with a Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) solution in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria. The system will allow operators across the region to provide an enhanced TV viewing experience on multiple devices, including the latest Nokia phones.
The Global Humanitarian Forum together with Ericsson, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), mobile telecommunications company Zain, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University announced a major initiative, dubbed “Weather Info for All”, to improve Africa’s weather monitoring network in the face of the growing impact of climate change.
After a successful pilot in the state of Maharashtra, Nokia announced the commercial launch of its pioneering Nokia Life Tools service in India. The service will be rolled out first in Maharashtra in association with the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB).