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The institutional horror stories continue, the old Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) address space is nearly gone, and if we do not transition to IPv6 with its nearly unlimited address space the Internet will grind to a halt. A recent survey in Europe by the European Commission concludes that even in technology-progressive European countries "few companies are prepared for the switch from the current naming protocol, IPv4, to the new regime (protocol), IPv6." ARIN (the US-based Internet Registry) agrees, reminding us that "with less than 15% of IPv4 address space remaining, ARIN is now compelled to advise the Internet community that migration to IPv6 is necessary for any applications that require ongoing availability of contiguous IP number resources." OK, so what the heck? Why aren't we listening to those who understand the sense of urgency to migrate to IPv6, and... (more)

Research and Markets: The Development of the Smart Grid in the U.S. - Thorough Understanding of What the Smart Grid is and the Changes It Will Bring to the U.S. Electric Industry

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9fab7d/the_development_of) has announced the addition of the "The Development of the Smart Grid in the U.S. - 3rd Edition" report to their offering. The 3rd Edition of The Development of the Smart Grid in the U.S. (formerly titled Understanding the Smart Grid) is a 50-page report which seeks to provide a thorough understanding of what the Smart Grid is and the changes it will bring about in the U.S. electric industry. The current grid in the United States is based on technology that was invented more than one hundred years ago. Today, it is inefficient, congested, and incapable of meeting the future energy needs of the Information Economy without changes in operations and investment of significant capital over the next several decades. To meet the challenges of the future, the grid must undergo a tra... (more)

UK Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme is Bad for IT Business

As we enter the third month of 2012, we can but hope that this should be the year that the UK Government finally realises that its Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme is bad for business. Introduced under the banner of helping UK industry to become more energy efficient it seems to want to do nothing but penalise growth. Our raison d’etre as the owner and operator of five UK data centres is to help businesses and organisations throughout the private and public sector to consolidate their IT infrastructures. By moving their servers off their premises into data centres like ours, which are efficiently run to maximise computer usage in environmentally-controlled settings, we are driving business efficiency. MPs seem to think that because we use a lot of energy that we waste it. We don’t. In fact energy stewardship is critical to our business success. Our customers have... (more)

Xcel Energy Selects GridPoint SmartGrid Platform for its SmartGridCity in Boulder, CO, A $100 Million Effort

GridPoint Inc., a leading clean tech company whose smart grid platform benefits electric utilities, consumers and the environment, announced Xcel Energy selected the GridPoint SmartGrid Platform™ for its SmartGridCity™ in Boulder, Colo. The platform applies information technology to the electric grid to provide utilities with an intelligent network of distributed energy resources that controls load, stores energy and produces power. Xcel Energy’s advanced, smart grid system – estimated to be a $100 million effort when fully implemented over the next few years – will provide customers with a portfolio of smart grid technologies designed to provide environmental, financial and operational benefits. Xcel Energy’s Smart Grid Consortium, bringing together leading technologists, engineering firms, business leaders and IT experts, will ... (more)

IEEE ICC 2012 Opens Registration for Leading Wireless Networking Conference to be Held June 10 – 15 in Ottawa, Canada

New York, NY, January 25, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC), the premier venue dedicated to the advancement of wireless and wireline communications worldwide, has begun the registration process for its annual event to be held June 10 – 15 at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Themed “CONNECT – COMMUNICATE – COLLABORATE,” IEEE ICC 2012 is expected to host more than 2,000 industry professionals, scientists, academics and government officials attending nearly 1,500 presentations highlighting the latest research, innovations and business policies surrounding the entire range of global voice, data, image and multimedia technologies. “Ottawa is the ideal location for stimulating the scientific exchange of ideas, identifying future trends and illuminating new business opportunities,” says the IEEE ICC 2012 General Chair I... (more)

Who Do You Trust To Meter The Cloud?

Tom Raftery at Greenmonk (the green shoot from Redmonk) has a great analysis of the disastrous use of smart meters by PG&E in Bakersfield, California. He quotes SmartMeters.com that: Bakersfield residents believe their new smart meters are malfunctioning because their bills are much higher than before. PG&E claims higher bills are due to rate hikes, an unusually warm summer, and customers not shifting demand to off-peak times when rates are lower. http://www.smartmeters.com/the-news/682-lawsuit-filed-against-pgae-for-smart-meter-overcharges.html In the same story on smartmeters.com, State Senator Dean Florez, the Majority Leader in California, is quoted as saying “People think these meters are fraud meters. They feel they’re being defrauded. They’re getting no benefit from these things.” This after $2.2b (yes, billion) was spent on the project. Tom Raftery goes on to say: ... (more)

BPL Global reconhecida pelo 'The Clean Tech Revolution' como uma das 10 to Watch na tecnologia Smart Grid

PITTSBURGH, 26 de junho /PRNewswire/ -- A BPL Global(TM), Ltd., líder internacional em soluções de inteligência de distribuição e de banda larga pela rede elétrica, anunciou hoje que figurou na lista de empresas 'Ten to Watch' do The Clean Tech Revolution (A revolução da tecnologia limpa), (http://www.thecleantechrevolution.com/), publicado pela Collins, da HarperCollins Publishers. A BPL Global aparece no capítulo intitulado "Smart Grid: Creating an Intelligent, Distributed, Twenty-First-Century Grid". No livro, os autores Ron Pernick e Clint Wilder, da firma de pesquisa mercadológica Clean Edge, apontam dez empresas, em cada um dos oito setores da indústria de tecnologia limpa, que eles identificaram pelo crescimento e pela influência importantes na indústria no futuro próximo. "Fizemos uma pesquisa abrangente na seleção de empresas para a lista 'Ten to Watch' na... (more)

2013 International CES Exhibitor Profiles: N Through Z

The 2013 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology event, takes place January 8 - 11, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), the LVH, and The Venetian. Listed below are CES 2013 exhibitor profiles (N through Z). Links to important information: 2013 International CES Press Kit CES Exhibitor News: http://www.cesweb.org/News/Exhibitor-Releases.aspx Follow the International CES on twitter: @intlCES Follow breaking CES Exhibitor News on twitter: [email protected] Download the CES Mobile App: http://app.core-apps.com/2013ces Exhibitor Press Kits (N through Z): N.E.W. Customer Service Companies (NEW); Neonode; PhoneJoy Solutions; PureGear; Q-See; Quickfilter Technologies; Rokform; Skinit, Inc.; Synkera Technologies, Inc.; Tiffen; Timbuk2; Valencell, Inc.; VOXX International Corporation; Wireless Power Consortium. *** Company: NCD Technologies, LLC Booth: 754... (more)

Business Process Management (BPM) Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Business Process Management (BPM) Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0963519/Business-Process-Management-BPM-Market-Shares-Strategies-and-Forecasts-Worldwide-2012-to-2018.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Solution_Integration WinterGreen Research announces that it has published a new study Business Process Management (BPM: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018. The 2012 study has 533 pages, 172 tables and figures. Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as people seek to control automated process better and interact with it in a more flexible manner. According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the WinterGreen Research team t... (more)

IBM and Cisco in Amsterdam Smart Grid Pilot

At least two big IT names, IBM and Cisco, will be headlining a trial by Dutch utility, Nuon, to put in a smart grid for 500 homes in Amsterdam. As part of the trial, 500 households in Amsterdam will get smart meters and home energy management solutions to optimise their energy usage. The pilot is being implemented by a consortium of organisations, including housing corporations Far West and Ymere, Amsterdamse Innovatie Motor, Home Automation Europe, ROC Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and Grid Operator Liander. The pilot, a part of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative, is co-funded by the European Fund for Regional Development. “Now that more than half of the global population lives in cities, we need to acknowledge that achieving a sustainable future lies in our urban centers,” said Guido Bartels, General Manager of IBM’s Global Energy & Utilities industry. “... (more)

Enterprise Architecture: Hope Or Hype?

Hype cycles are common in many markets. For technology markets, Gartner® has established a five-phase hype cycle used since 1995 to track a new technology from its trigger phase to the point where it has become widely demonstrated and accepted. For many technologies, these hype cycles typically span anywhere from three to ten years. When a technology breakthrough gains momentum with the press and possibly launches a product, that particular technology gets triggered. This describes the first phase of the cycle. In the second phase, expectations for that technology are inflated because of a few over-enthusiasts pledging unrealistic paybacks. When these paybacks are not obviously realized, the press walks away from that technology, leading some of the enthusiasts to drop out in the third phase. The enthusiasts who remain on board continue to utilize the technology du... (more)