This week we have seen how companies are improving their solutions and products to accommodate the ever-changing platform in 2013.
Social media has been intertwined into our daily lives, creating new platforms of communication that have been embraced by industries we never thought possible. In light of this, Banjo, a geo-location software manufactuer, has released its Banjo 3.3 that is designed to help social media websites give their users an even more enhanced experience.
This new software can be used by social media platforms to help identify the location of their users with ease and efficiency, and with “so many apps and services trying to show the who’s and what’s around you right now, that exploring ‘here’ is not a problem we’re trying to solve,” said Damien Patton (News - Alert), CEO at Banjo. “At Banjo, we’re focused on one thing: building contextual engines that help everyone else understand what's happening ‘there.’”
Mercedes-Benz has plans to release a new update to its GPS as it begins its collaboration with Daimler, TomTom and Deutsche Telekom (News - Alert) that is hoped to increase its quality of traffic information technology. As reported by TMCnet, Mercedes-Benz Live Traffic is being touted as the traffic technology information of the future, and is expected to deliver the latest information including tailback reports, current traffic density, traffic holdups and travel warnings in real-time. To reach this goal, Deutsche and Telekom have developed a communication infrastructure that is designed specifically for Mercedes-Benz.
Another GPS-themed piece of news came from Qualcomm (News - Alert) Enterprise Services, a division of chip makers and provider of wireless systems, who has this week launched a trailer tracking app for the Mobile Computing Platform 110 and 200. The new Trailer ABS (News - Alert) is designed to meet the fleet management requirements of fleets that have not adapted a fully featured tracking solution.
According to Vikas Jain, vice president of product management and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert)), Qualcomm Enterprise Services, in a statement, the tracking app is designed “for fleets that don’t require the more robust features of our Trailer Tracking 210 platform, Trailer ABS Connect provides essential visibility into an organization’s tractor and trailer connections to ensure resources are used to the fleet’s best advantage.”
Lastly in this week’s Embedded M2M news is the release of the new in-car telematics device, the SmartBox, offered by UK-based specialist Adrian Flux Insurance Services. The SmartBox tracks motorists’ mileage and driving methods and transforms into an in-car telephone following an accident, providing immediate attention to the person involved in the crash.
Gerry Bucke, general manager at Flux, said the ability for claims staff to communicate directly with those at the scene of an accident is very beneficial, as it not only speeds up the claims process, but provides an immediate record of what happened as well as how many people are involved. Even more, it allows insurers to speak with the third party at the scene – thus reducing the opportunity to later fabricate evidence.
Stay tuned to the embedded m2m solutions community to discover the newest trends and latest developments!