Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Smart Energy Newsletter Archives: February 2015

 



British Gas pays £44m for smart home firm AlertMe
UK utility British Gas is paying £44m to acquire AlertMe, a UK-based company that creates products and services linked by the IoT to enable connected homes.
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AT&T and GE combine research into smart energy products
AT&T and GE are working together to create the next generation of smart energy products for the industrial IoT, helping to improve the way the energy industry works. The companies are jointly working on proof of concepts at the AT&T IoT Foundry in Plano, Texas.
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Cisco targets utilities with IoT offerings
Cisco has announced products aimed at expanding industrial use cases for the IoT for organisations such as utilities, oil, gas and energy companies, and municipalities. The Industrial Operations Kit and Industrial Ethernet 4000 (IE 4000) series switches provide networking options to support the growth of IoT applications and unlock the business value of IoT and increased connectivity.
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Drought city rolls out smart water meter network
The city of Santa Fe in New Mexico is deploying 34,000 smart water meters that will be connected over cellular networks. Santa Fe has serious water shortage problems and is in its fifth consecutive year of drought. Last summer was the hottest on record.
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Taiwanese embedded computer brings M2M to refineries
An embedded computer has been launched by Taiwan-based Axiomtek to bring M2M and IoT services to harsh environments such as refineries, outdoor electricity distribution systems, petrol stations and power plants.
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Utilities prioritise RoI from smart grid deployment
Showing return on investment (RoI) and value from smart grid investments is the number one priority for municipal and cooperative utilities, according to a survey from North Carolina-based smart grid technology provider Tanatlus.
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Taoglas cellular M2M amplifier targets utility and metering markets
California-based M2M and IoT antenna provider Taoglas haslaunched a cellular amplifier for the North American 850 and 1900MHz PCS frequency bands.
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CESC prepares to rollout smart meter trial in southwest India
The Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) is planning a pilot smart metering project in the southwest of India. The project is being managed by Bengaluru-based Enzen Global and is the first to be rolled out of 14 smart grid pilots under the Smart Grid Task Force in India being funded by India’s Ministry of Power.
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Ericsson and Landis & Gyr partner on smart grid projects in Middle East
Metering company Landis & Gyr and Ericsson have created a partnership to address the Middle East’s smart metering and smart grid transformation projects.
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Argentinian oilfield extends wireless network services
An Argentinian oilfieldis spending more than US$1m for the second phase of a wireless network to connect people and machines.
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Networking platform strengthens core smart grid operations
A mesh-enabled sensor networking platform to connect small, battery-powered devices for emerging smart energy, smart city and other IoT applications has been introduced by Silver Spring Networks as part of the fifth generation of its Gen5 critical infrastructure networking platform.
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Italtel and Cisco extend smart grid partnership
Italian telecoms company Italtel is extending its work with Cisco on smart grid applications for electrical utilities, the two companies announced last week at Cisco Live in Milan.
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Quby acquires university smart energy monitoring spin-out
Joulo, a spin-out from the University of Southampton in the UK, has been acquired by Quby, a Netherlands-based developer of smart thermostats and energy displays.
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Fielding gives performance indicators to oil and gas companies
Oil and gas companies will be able to see meaningful key performance indicators, updated in minutes not days, thanks to a feature added to Florida-based Fielding Systems’ ScadaVisor remote scada monitoring and field automation software.
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Module lets smart meters use public communications infrastructure
Utilities can take advantage of the public communications infrastructure with a mesh-cellular smart grid module introduced by Texas-based Nighthawk. The RDG960 is for use with GE’s I-210 meters.
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Smart meter firm Trojan Utilities moves into new HQ
Smart meter installation and maintenance company Trojan Utilities has moved into a new 785 square meter headquarters on Middlebrook’s retail, leisure and business park in Bolton, UK.
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