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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)

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)

IoT Devices and Apps for both Industry and Consumers

By Caleb Benedict, Research Analyst, GIS/IoT Recently Google acquired the home automation company Nest. Nest is a company that sells IoT (Internet of Things) enabled devices that allow homeowners to control the temperature of their homes through their smartphones, plus it sends notifications if it detects dangerous levels of smoke or carbon monoxide. This company is a great example of how IoT is expanding beyond its industrial roots. Why would Google get involved in home automation systems?  Because their real goal is to collect, analyze and utilize data to provide more personalized online and mobile experiences. Cognizant calls this strategy "Code Halos" strategies.  Nest will provide Google with a much deeper understanding of consumers' "patterns of life." In the next few years we will see widespread adoption of IoT technologies for consumers. This will include a ra... (more)

ControlBEAM, Fortune Techgroup, FreeWings Technologies, Grid2Home, Legrand Group, MachineShop, and Vedams Join the AllSeen Alliance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/17/14 -- The AllSeen Alliance, the broadest Internet of Everything open-source project, today announced that ControlBEAM, Fortune Techgroup, FreeWings Technologies, Grid2Home, Legrand Group, MachineShop and Vedams are the group's newest members. Since its formation in December 2013, the AllSeen Alliance has brought together 58 organizations to collaborate on an open software framework, based on AllJoyn open source code, to connect devices and services regardless of brand, transport layer, platform or operating system. AllSeen Alliance members are located across the world and represent diverse market segments including consumer electronics manufacturers, home appliance makers, automotive companies, Internet of Things (IoT) cloud providers, enterprise technology companies, innovative startups, chipset manufacturers, service pr... (more)

The First Smart Grid Controversy?

Like any new technology, the emergence of smart grids has not managed to avoid some kind of controversy. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the technology per se, but all the benefits of a smart grid and smart meter deployment is enabling a new set of business models (read charging models) that not everyone is happy about. According to this article in the Boston Globe and nicely summarized in this blog post by EcoEquilibrium, one US utility’s proposed pricing plan is hitting some raw nerves with both users and commentators. On paper, the suggested pricing plan sounds exactly like the kind of plan that takes advantage of the capabilities of a smart grid. The utility in question, Western Massachusetts Electric Co., is proposed two distinct plans - a pre-paid plan in which customers will pay up front for electric and be informed of what they are using, and a ... (more)

Kevin's M2M News Weekly - July 7, 2010

Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly. This is an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices that I read each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. I believe that enterprise mobility and the M2M markets are converging. Both areas exchange wireless data with the enterprise. Both play important roles in enterprise asset management, fleet management and field services. You can read archived editions of Kevin's M2M News Weekly at Also check out Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly and Kevin’s Enterprise Mobility Blog. Please send me any interesting M2M news links,... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Monthly According to a report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc the global chipless RFID tag market will reach $2.0 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content Panasonic will release a 10 inch Android tablet during the fourth quarter of 2011.  Read Original Content Industrial giant Siemens is investing in smart grid start up Tendril and the two will market Tendril's home energy system to utilities.  Read Original Content General Dynamics is supplying the Air Force with 300 rugged and secure handheld computers to senio... (more)

EMC to Open Cloud and Big Data R&D Center in Russia

EMC on Wednesday announced it plans to establish an R&D center in the Skolkovo Foundation's Innovation Hub in Russia that will focus on development of cloud infrastructure solutions and Big Data analytics technologies for Bioinformatics and Energy Efficiency.  EMC also plans to collaborate on research projects in these and other areas with Russian universities, government agencies, and local and multinational companies in the Skolkovo community. The new EMC facility will be located at the Skolkovo Innovation Center and will work in close cooperation with EMC's existing R&D center in St. Petersburg. The agreement was signed today in Moscow by Joel Schwartz, EMC's Senior Vice President, and Viktor Vekselberg, Skolkovo Foundation President. The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on establishing an innovation hub to stimulate innovative entreprene... (more)

Power Assure Appoints New Members to Its Board of Advisors

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/01/12 -- Power Assure®, Inc., a data center infrastructure and energy management solutions provider, today announced two new members to its Board of Advisors. New appointments include Paul De Martini, managing director, Newport Consulting Group, providing management consulting services to technology and energy industry executives worldwide regarding strategic planning, business transformation and technology management; and Ashley Davis, a business evangelist, university lecturer and recognized global specialist in the design build and operability of data centers. Ashley was formerly managing director of data center strategy for JP Morgan Chase, and is currently a non-executive director for UK-based Infinity, a provider of data center services. Tweet this: @PowerAssure #DCIM appoints new members to Board of Advisors http://bit.l... (more)

Eidsiva Nett AS selects EnergyIP for Smart Metering Roll Out

Foster City, Calif and Hamar, Norway - October 8, 2012 - eMeter®, A Siemens Business, a leader in Smart Grid management software, today announced that Eidsiva Nett has selected the EnergyIP® Platform and selected Applications as their meter data management platform and energy Analytics solution. This makes Eidsiva Nett the first Norwegian company to use this world-renowned system for its meter data management. Eidsiva Energi, based in Hamar with large sections of Oppland and Hedmark as core markets, is the largest producer, distributor and trader of electricity in both counties. Eidsiva Nett serves approximately 140,000 grid customers in the region. The new solution will replace the current meter data management system, and will be a crucial part in order to build a smarter grid in the regions Eidsiva operates. "We see EnergyIP as a smart metering Platform which Eid... (more)

MEMS, the Cornerstone of Intelligent Connected Devices: Key Theme at MEMS Executive Congress US 2012

MEMS Industry Group (MIG), a global industry organization with more than 150 member-companies and partners, wrapped up another successful MEMS Executive Congress® US 2012, November 7-8, 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ. Fueled by double-digit growth rates and with an overall market estimated to reach US $12.5B by 20161, the micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) industry is realizing explosive growth in consumer electronics and mobile handsets, is strongly resurgent in automotive, and is emerging as a core enabling technology in biomedical/quality of life and diverse industrial applications, including energy and transportation. A record number of attendees at MIG’s eighth annual executive conference and networking event were treated to an inside look at what’s propelling the MEMS market, and MEMS-enabled devices, forward. “We are seeing a massive proliferation of MEMS device... (more)