Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) (New York, N.Y.) on Monday released a framework to critically evaluate how effective California public utilities' plans to upgrade the state's outdated electricity network into a digital smart grid will be at delivering environmental and consumer benefits. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) approved a roadmap last June based on the provisions of state law SB 17. It requires that utility smart grid investments help California meet its climate change, demand-side management and renewable energy goals.
Echelon (San Jose, Calif.), an open-standard energy control networking company, announced on Tuesday its Edge Control Node (ECN) is Verizon 3G certified. According to Echelon, certifying the ECN product through Verizon Wireless’ (Basking Ridge, N.J.) Open Development program ensures that utilities can use Verizon’s network as the backhaul for their smart grid systems.
Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc. (Rome, Italy), announced Tuesday that its CC865-DUAL and GC864-QUAD V2 M2M modules will provide cellular capabilities for SemaConnect’s (Annapolis, Md.) ChargePro, a compact charging unit that can be installed into existing parking environments.
Charging stations are being deployed throughout the state of Maryland according to a SemaConnect spokesperson.
ChinaComm (Guangzhou, P.R.C) selected the Tellabs (Naperville, IL) SmartCore 9100 platform for a packet core network for broadband wireless access services in Beijing and across nine other mainland Chinese markets. According to Tellabs, it will represent more than 90% of the markets where ChinaComm initially plans to deploy broadband wireless services.
According to Tellabs the SmartCore 9100 platform will support broadband wireless access networks from various manufacturers.
The Greek government on Monday agreed to sell a 10 % stake in Hellenic Telecom (OTE) (Maroussi, Greece) to Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany) as the Mediterranean state kicks off privatization deals to cut its debt pile.
Only 12 months after the public auction, Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) will launch the first LTE high-speed network (Long Term Evolution) in the major German city of Cologne. According to Deutsche Telekom, after Cologne, more than 100 other cities in the entire country will be provided with next generation mobile communications. Further expansion will occur in the third quarter of 2011, but Deutsche Telekom could not provide an exact date.
According to Deutsche Telekom, the 100 LTE base stations will make surfing with up to 100 Mbit/s possible.
Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J.) on Monday announced that they will be showcasing 4G LTE Telematics technology in conjunction with several companies at the Telematics 2011 Conference on June 8-9 in Detroit.
According to Verizon Wireless, its 4G LTE network covers multiple components of Telematics, such as GPS systems, maintenance indicators, wireless Web access, hands-free connectivity and roadside assistance, along with other technologies and applications.
Verizon Wireless will be sharing the booth with the following collaborators:
Weather Telematics (Nepean, Ontario), a company that designs and integrates mobile sensing systems for vehicles, created 40 million weather points it its first year. Weather Telematics used mobile assets to carry sensors along major Interstates throughout the United States, pulling readings every ten seconds. This means that weather data is pulled, on average, every 300 meters or 10 seconds at 60 MPH.
KORE Wireless Group Inc. (Alpharetta, GA), a wireless services group focused on the global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications market, Wednesday announced the acquisition of Mach Communications Pty Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia), a wireless M2M network provider. The identity of Mach Communications Pty Ltd will transition to KORE Wireless Asia-Pacific in ensuing weeks. The acquisition, which was completed following unanimous approval of all shareholders, is now complete.
There were plenty of new BSS/OSS and CRM products to be found at the TM Forum Management World conference in Dublin last week, as software providers scrambled to offer new weapons that will allow carriers to hunt revenue opportunities in Cloud Services (among other places). Just some of the new product introductions included…