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Certicom’s New Certificate Service Secures Smart Meters, IoT Devices

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:44

BlackBerry subsidiary Certicom has introduced a new managed public key infrastructure certificate service designed to help device manufacturers and service providers secure their Internet of things (IoT) networks and ecosystems. Certicom began issuing certificates in mid-April for the UK’s smart meter initiative. The British market has more than 104 million smart meters and home energy…

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DTE, Vectorform Team on Smart Energy Mobile Platform

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:43

Vectorform and Detroit Edison (DTE) have collaborated on a smart energy mobile platform that enables consumers to significantly increase energy savings. The Powerley platform allow utility companies to present real-time energy consumption information to their customers, who can then adjust their usage to create significant energy savings. Previously, utilities could only provide dated information to…

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US Utility Installs One Millionth Smart Meter

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:11

One million down, three million to go. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) has installed the one millionth smart meter in its service territory since 2013, and is scheduled to install three million more by 2018, three years ahead of the original 2021 end date. Michael McMahan, ComEd’s vice president of automated metering infrastructure implementation, says, “We’re…

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Smart Doorbell Doubles as Security Device

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:32

This is not your father’s doorbell. Ring is more door butler than simple smart appliance. The user-friendly device includes a wide-angle camera, speaker, microphone, motion sensor and a button that triggers your home’s doorbell chime. When a visitor or delivery person approaches your home, Ring sends an alert to your smartphone that there is someone…

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Sensus Opens Smart Meter Manufacturing Facility in China

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 19:23

Sensus has established a new smart meter manufacturing and assembly facility in China’s Fujian Province. The facility was designed to produce 150,000 meters yearly to help meet the region’s growing demand for advanced meters. Sensus president Randy Bays notes, “Quality is the way we set ourselves apart from the competition. This factory builds upon that…

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AutoGrid Systems Launches New Smart Energy Platform

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:37

AutoGrid has released the third version of its energy data platform (EDP). The solution, which includes applications for customer engagement, grid operation, and revenue assurance, provides a real-time assessment of a utility’s energy assets through expanded core tools, platform services, analytics, big data, and data science capabilities. The upgrades were designed to improve customer engagement,…

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Using Smart Meters to Fight California’s Drought

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 03:08

Long Beach, California, is using technology to help conserve water. With California in the throes of a choking drought—the worst to hit central and certain southern parts of the state in more than one thousand years according to historians—the beach city is identifying residents who waste water through smart meters. The Long Beach water department…

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CenterPoint Energy a Smart Meter Success Story

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 02:16

Five years after receiving a $150 million federal grant from the US Department of Energy for smart meter deployment and $50 million toward smart grid implementation, CenterPoint Energy has installed more than 2.3 million smart meters throughout the utility’s five thousand square-mile service territory. Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy’s senior vice president of electric operations notes,…

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Silver Spring Networks Selected for Paris Smart City Project

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 01:47

Silver Spring Networks is collaborating with EVESA to deploy a citywide network in Paris that connects above- and below-ground cabinet-based controllers for street and traffic lights. Scott Lang, Silver Spring Networks chairman, president, and chief executive officer, says, “With more than two million citizens and 16 million annual visitors, modernizing the public lighting infrastructure for…

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Silicon Labs Introduces M-Bus Smart Meter Solution

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 03:58

Silicon Labs has introduced the industry’s first complete wireless metering bus (M-Bus) platform solution the company says will simplify the development of wirelessly connected smart meters for electricity, gas, water, and heat resources in the European market. M-Bus is a European standard for the remote reading of gas or electricity meters. Silicon Labs’ smart metering…

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Florida Utility Debuts New Smart Grid Facility

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 01:30

Florida Power & Light (FPL) has launched the Power Delivery Diagnostic Center, which the utility reports is designed to “leverage advanced smart grid technology to better manage the electric system and deliver reliable service that ranks among the best in the nation.” FPL’s vice president of power delivery Manny Miranda notes, “The electric grid, which…

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Landis+Gyr Updates Smart Meter Data Management Solution

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 02:10

Landis+Gyr has released version 3.5 of the Gridstream smart meter data management system (MDMS), which includes new data storage architecture, improved performance of on-demand commands, and an enhanced user interface. According to Landis+Gyr, Gridstream MDMS “validates the accuracy and integrity of data and automates the movement of that data between utility systems and advanced metering head-end…

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Scots Bullish on Renewable Energy

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:09

According to polls taken ahead of the upcoming General Election in May, nearly 80 percent of Scottish adults want the next UK government to continue supporting the development of renewable energy. In addition, approximately two-thirds of the survey participants want policies that help cut emissions and tackle climate change. Scottish Renewables’ director of policy Jenny…

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Energy Summit to Focus on Renewable Energy Storage

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:58

Washington State University (WSU) will host an energy summit on April 2 that focuses on storage technologies as it pertains to incorporating renewable energy into the electric power grid. WSU will use the occasion to dedicate Avista’s Energy Storage Project, which will be tested in a real-world setting at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. Washington Governor Jay…

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PG&E is Largest Solar Utility in the US

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:11

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) recently connected the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In 2014, the California utility connected more than 45,000 new rooftop solar customers and added approximately 326 MW of installed solar power, generating enough energy to service more than 70,000 homes. This year PG&E connecting approximately four thousand new solar customers…

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Smart Grid Workshop Eyes Future

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:33

A recent smart grid workshop hosted by the University of Alberta’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering attracted leading researchers and energy industry professional from across the globe to discuss soft power grid solutions, distributed generation, and the continuing evolution of power systems. The conference was designed to build and strengthen connections between industry and…

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Austin, Texas, to Host Smart Energy Summit

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 19:08

Organizers of the Energy Thought Summit taking place this week in Austin, Texas, says the conference will focus on how smart grids are utilizing the latest monitoring and analytics technology to adapt to changing electricity demands. At least 750 attendees are expected to attend the event on March 25-26 event, which will feature 175 energy…

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Another Potential Benefit of Electric Vehicles

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:17

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and China’s Hunan University have found that electric vehicles (EV) emit significantly less heat than autos with combustion engines and believe that adopting EVs could help cool major urban areas such as Beijing that suffer from the urban heat island effect, which can raise temperatures within cities as much…

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DOE Report Bullish on Wind Power

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 14:13

A new report from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) concludes that between technological advancements driving projected cost reductions and continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states. The report also stressed the importance of wind in the US’s energy portfolio and outlines…

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IBM, Semtech Introduce New IoT Technology

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 05:50

IBM Research and Semtech have introduced a new technology based on low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) that are touted as having advantages over cellular networks and Wi-Fi for providing machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. In past years the Internet of things’ (IoT) potential for business has been challenged by technical obstacles such as limited battery life, short communication…

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