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Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: April, 2014


Standards bodies moving too slowly for M2M industry
Standards bodies were urged to speed up their activities by M2M players gathered at last week’s M2M World Congress in London.

Itron wins major smart-grid deal in Japan
Itron has won a deal to provide its smart-grid software to Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for use in a major smart-metering project with Chubu Electric Power Company, the third largest electric utility in the country.

Trilliant and Malaysia’s TNB announce smart-grid collaboration
Trilliant has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia’s Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) that will see the two players collaborate on the development of smart-grid services for TNB customers.

TESSCO inks distribution deal with GE’s Digital Energy Business
TESSCO Technologies has become a channel partner and distributor for GE’s Digital Energy Business, according to an announcement from the two companies.

Smart Metering Systems agrees $23.5 million takeover of Utility Partnership
UK-based Smart Metering Systems has agreed a £14 million ($23.5 million) takeover of Utility Partnership as it looks to embellish its portfolio of services in advance of a deployment of smart meters across the entire country.

AT&T’s energy director to pioneer new M2M services
US telecoms giant has appointed John Schinter its new assistant vice president of energy and smart buildings – a role that will see him take responsibility for the deployment of M2M and big data services targeting those markets.

TrueNet to manage network build-out for M2M Spectrum Networks
Following on from news of its launch, M2M Spectrum Networks has named TrueNet Communications as a new strategic partner for the construction of its network, which the company claims will be the first in the US dedicated to M2M services.

Silver Spring Networks to enhance smart-grid offer with MongoDB tie-up
Silver Spring Networks has teamed up with software developer MongoDB to bolster the features available through its smart-grid services.

Accenture, Siemens form smart-grid joint venture
Accenture and Siemens have teamed up on a new joint venture aimed at developing smart-grid solutions for utility businesses worldwide.
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Sensus bolsters service portfolio with Verdeeco takeover
Smart-meter player Sensus has bolstered its portfolio of services with the acquisition of smart-grid analytics player Verdeeco.
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Itron to support smart-grid deployment in Worcester
Itron says it is to support National Grid with the next phase of the utility’s smart-grid deployment, installing its Cisco-powered platform in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Elecsys launches remote-monitoring modems with Verizon Wireless
Modem maker Elecsys has unveiled details of a new “e-Modem” series of embedded cellular data modems developed in partnership with Verizon Wireless and designed to support remote monitoring services for the oil and gas industry, among others.
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UK startup Senaptic aims to steal M2M thunder
Several prominent tech entrepreneurs have come together to form a new M2M company that aims to steal the initiative from network operators entering the M2M market.
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Google's Nest halts home alarm system sales over possible defect
(Reuters) - Nest Labs Inc, the maker of smart thermostats that Google Inc acquired for $3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms on Thursday after it discovered a possible defect that could cause users to turn it off unintentionally.
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ComEd beats job-creation targets for smart-grid rollout
Illinois energy utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) says its smart grid program has beaten the targets set for job creation in 2013, supporting a total of 2,871 full-time positions.
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Accenture to manage smart-meter rollout for FirstEnergy
Managed services and consulting giant Accenture is to manage the rollout of some two million smart meters being carried out in Pennsylvania by utility group FirstEnergy.
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Smart grid could save $16.6 billion for UK economy: EA Technology
UK networks and consumers could save as much as £10 billion ($16.6 billion) between now and 2050 by deploying smart-grid technology, according to new research from EA Technology.

ABB to deploy smart-grid systems in Rome for ACEA
ABB is to help Italian utility Azienda Comunale Elettricita e Acque (ACEA) with the deployment of a smart grid across part of Rome’s electrical distribution network.
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IEEE launches smart-cities initiative
Standards body IEEE has launched a new smart-cities initiative aimed at providing strategic and practical advice to municipalities hoping to address population- and resource-related challenges through the use of M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
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Denmark’s Kamstrup flags growth in sales, market share
Danish smart-metering specialist Kamstrup claims to have grown its share of the global market in 2013 while reporting an increase in sales.
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