Securitas Direct is linking millions of home and business security systems to Sigfox’s industrial wireless network, creating a backup communications link when the regular phone networks go down.
San Francisco-based Lively, one of the finalists in GigaOM’s upcoming Mobilize Showcase, uses in-home sensor networks to help people keep tabs on older family members.
News that the FDA has cleared iRobot’s medical robots for use in hospitals stoked interest across the web, but ‘robodocs’ are just one way telemedicine could keep healthcare costs down, improve care and increase access to patients.
Mobile health is on the upswing but, to date, consumers have mostly gravitated to apps for fitness tracking and general wellness. In 2013, however, the field could make its biggest strides yet in the actual delivery of healthcare services.
AT&T is launching yet another new business division, this one called Digital Life Services. The operator hasn’t revealed many details about the new unit, but from the sound of it, this may be AT&T’s attempt to tackle the smart grid, targeting consumers and businesses directly.