GE has announced it will begin supplying smart-grid technology to Skiatook in Oklahoma as local authorities look to modernize the city’s energy infrastructure.
The system will allow Skiatook to take advantage of modern meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for its utility grids without having to incur significant upfront capital investments.
According to GE (Fairfield, CT, USA), a utility will be able to access the system – branded Grid IQ Solutions as a Service and introduced by the industrial giant last year – for a monthly subscription fee.
Although some 200 million new electricity meters have been installed across China since the turn of the decade, only about a quarter of these are equipped with the bi-directional technology that facilitates “true” smart meter capabilities, like demand response.
Indeed, rollouts by China’s State Grid Corporation of China (Beijing) and Southern Grid Utilities (Guangzhou) have seen the introduction of both unconnected meters and ones that support only single-direction communications.
Non-profit R&D organization Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) says it has developed a vehicle-to-grid aggregation system that is designed to suspend vehicle charging when the electric grid frequency falls outside the normal range.
The system has been qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) (Taylor, TX, USA) and is aimed at managing charging activities for fleets of electric delivery trucks.
Utility Partners of America (UPA) says it has been chosen by Inland Power & Light (Inland P&L) to support the installation of nearly 40,000 digital electric meters.
Work is scheduled to begin this month and be completed by the end of 2015, and will see UPA (Greenville, SC, USA) provide complete installation services to the Spokane, Washington-based electric co-operative.
Load curtailment from demand response programs is set to nearly triple over the next seven years, growing from 57.8 gigawatts (GW) to 140.5 GW in 2020, according to a new study from Navigant Research.
Demand response programs shift load to off-peak hours as a way of managing the every-increasing demand for electricity, and have become an important part of utilities’ business strategies over the past ten years.
Travel conditions were terrible across much of the US, but that didn’t dampen enthusiasm for all things connected at the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. There were too many home automation vendors on the show floor to count, and suppliers of M2M infrastructure and services were also out in force to tout the benefits of connectivity, with major new initiatives/investments announced by Cisco, Intel, Wipro and Bosch, among others.
Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers' homes, announcing a $3.2 billion deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led by the "godfather" of the iPod.
Nest (Palo Alto, CA, USA) will continue to operate as its own distinct brand after the all-cash deal closes, Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) said on Monday.
The deal is the second largest in Google's history after the $12.5 billion acquisition of mobile phone maker Motorola in 2012.
M2M operator Aeris Communications is claiming to be the first M2M service provider that can offer an end-to-end solution for any geography using any wireless technology.
In a statement, the company says it has now expanded its coverage to more than 190 countries through deals with mobile operators that have a presence in those territories.
Rising take-up in the automotive, consumer electronics and utilities sectors will drive a 13% annual increase in global M2M revenues, to €40 billion ($54.5 billion), between now and 2017, according to new research from IDATE.
The market-research company also expects to see the number of M2M modules in use grow by 30% over the same period, rising from 175 million in 2013 to 470 million in 2017.
Europe is expected to be the largest market in terms of revenues, although the Asia-Pacific will dominate when it comes to volumes.
Makers of wearable technologies are expected to sell 10 million units of smart glasses, fitness bands and watches globally in 2014, and generate about $3 billion in revenues, according to Deloitte.
The advisory company says a number of trends will spur the take-up of wearable technologies, including the ageing of many countries’ populations, widening cellular connectivity and the introduction of telemedicine.