A new research report from Berg Insight forecasts that the number of tracking devices and wireless alarm systems monitored via mobile networks by alarm receiving centres will grow at the equivalent of 41% per year within Europe, from 7 million in 2010 to 39.2 million by the end of 2015.
The number of wireless machine-to-machine modules shipped for security applications will grow at an even higher rate, increasing from last year's figure of 2.4 million wireless M2M modules to 21.4 million in 2015.
Mark Bridge writes:
Imagine a mobile phone that can’t be built without the permission of Apple. Impossible? Unrealistic? Not necessarily.
This week, Apple was awarded US patent 7,966,578. It's an application that was originally filed at the end of 2007, almost a year after the iPhone was first revealed.
The Alcatel One Touch brand, owned by TCL Communication, has signed a three-year partnership with Amaury Sport Organisation for the Tour de France and a number of other major cycling events.
It makes Alcatel one of the official partners for the cycling competition in 2011, 2012 and the 100th Tour de France in 2013.
Sony Ericsson has added two new Android-powered smartphones to its Xperia range. Both devices will run Android v2.3 when they arrive in the autumn.
The aluminium-framed Xperia ray, which has a 3.3-inch screen and is less than 1cm thick, includes a 8.1-megapixel camera and 1GHz processor.
Glympse, which launched its location-sharing app as a public beta two years ago, says it's just passed 1 million users and has also raised $7.5 million in funding.
Glympse lets users share their location for a specified period, allowing friends to see where they are or to follow real-time movements.